Finding the right job can be difficult especially when you first start searching for it. If you are having doubts about things to look for in your summer job, these steps will help you make an informed decision.
- Type of sector
You might be confused about which sector to choose for your job. Do some research and see what intrigues you. One of the key roles of a summer job is getting to experience a specific role to help you decide whether you want to pursue it for a career. Getting involved in the job role will help you make a well-informed decision and find the right career path.
- Chance to work with smart and motivated people
You tend to pick up the energy you are surrounded by. That’s the reason you should surround yourself with knowledgeable and motivated people. This will make you work harder and enjoy doing your work. A company where the employees are excited to come to work will make your job enjoyable. So, always choose a positive work culture.
- Opportunity to earn an income
Make sure that your job obeys the national minimum wage legislation. If you have any doubts about the pay, just ask at the interview stage. Don’t ask it straight away, wait for the right time or politely ask at the end. Normally, summer jobs are full time, but some organizations offer part-time work as well.
- Access to mentors you can learn from
It is important to have mentors you can rely on who will help you when needed. Look for jobs that have an in-built support system to contact higher level executives. This will help you increase the exposure you get within the organization. You will also have access to expert-level understanding by people who have been working in the industry.
- Distance from home
There are two levels to consider here. First, taking a summer job can allow you to work in a new city or a new country. You can browse the net to find out international job opportunities. Second, some of the factors to be considered that will help you identify if it will be feasible every day are mode of transport, how long will it take you to commute, and how much will it cost.
- Opportunity to add new tools to your toolbox
Applying your theoretical knowledge is very important. Try to learn the skills that your professors haven’t taught you. Find the program and tools relevant to your profession and become an expert at them. You can set yourself apart as a fast-learner that is beneficial to people who are looking to add value fast.
- Qualification required
You must be qualified for the position you are applying for. There is no point spending time on an application that you are not qualified for. Read their requirements and fill accordingly. Make sure you mention your qualifications properly to make it easy for the recruiter to shortlist.
- Way to test your knowledge
Validate your interest in the company you’ve chosen by testing what you’ve learned. Summer jobs are a great chance to get exposure to a possible career path without having to pick it for the long-run. Take this opportunity to discover different paths. Use this time to get a better understanding of what you are interested in.
- Identify the office culture
Look for a job that provides an environment that suits you in the workplace. Look for companies that provide work schedule comfortable to you. Understand what the industry values and what they expect from you.
- Check online rating
One of the ways to find out if the job is suitable for you is by reading a review written by previous employees about that company. Look at the company’s social media accounts, where people usually share their experiences.
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About U Diverse’s founder:
Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...