Tips To Get A Summer Job

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4th November 2010, 06:22pm - Views: 1793

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Summer job tip No. 1 - Hit the Streets

If you’re looking for a job over the summer months your best bet is to hit the streets and knock on


That’s according to one of Australia’s largest and most experienced job services organisations, The

Salvation Army Employment Plus (TSAEP).

During the summer months, thousands of extra jobs are created across Australia and low

unemployment levels mean many employers are having trouble filling their positions.

“Heading into the holidays and Christmas the retail and hospitality sectors are the ones really looking

for additional staff virtually everywhere,” said TSAEP spokeswoman Kirrilee Trist.

“But local areas can have their own boom industries which thrive in summer – for example its tuna

season so they’re crying out for deckhands in Port Lincoln in South Australia and down in Victoria's

Yarra Valley the growers can’t get enough fruit pickers.

“Whether you’re looking for a temporary job or trying to start a career, our experience shows you can

certainly increase your chances,” she said.

So TSAEP has pulled together the following list of tips to help people secure a summer job.

KNOCK ON DOORS many seasonal businesses don’t advertise job openings (or haven’t gotten

around to it) so it often pays to simply knock and ask. Meeting your potential employer face-to-face

puts you well ahead of the pack – you get to sell yourself and you show initiative.

BE WELL PRESENTED first impressions do count so you need to show you care. Dress

appropriately and be polite.

BE PREPARED before you hit the streets put together a succinct resume and a one-page cover

letter with your personal details and an outline of any relevant experience you might have. Even if

there’s no job today you can leave it behind in case there’s an opening later.

DO A LITTLE RESEARCH find out what’s happening in your area. Is there a seasonal industry you

weren’t aware of?

BE FLEXIBLE people willing to work late, start early or do odd shifts are more likely to get a job.

Once you get the job there might be a chance to pick and choose your hours later on.

BE POSITIVE show a little of the energy you’ll bring to the job.

“If you land a summer job not only do you get paid but you get experience which can help you secure

something more permanent in the new year,” Ms Trist said.

“And people shouldn’t think that summer jobs are only for kids and backpackers – there are all sorts of

businesses requiring all sorts of people. If you want to work your best bet could be to just get out there

and give it a go.”

Media inquiries - Kirrilee Trist, TSAEP Marketing & Communications Manager, 

0431 727 619.

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