Whether you’re new to the working world or you’re quickly becoming a seasoned pro, finding that perfect summer job can be both exciting and a little stressful. We get it, and we’ve got you covered. Read these top tips to nail your summer job.
1. Think of it as an extended interview
While this opportunity might just seem like a test run, something to do to pass the time (while making a little money), a summer job is often a stepping stone to future success. And in today’s hyper-connected world, word gets around faster than ever before. So
making a good first impression – every day – is super important.
2. Dress for success
You may not need to dress in your Sunday best every day (or maybe you do -- find out!), you will want to look professional. According to etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, apparel still plays a role in the success of leaders – and future leaders. It gives employers clues about your professionalism and personality.
3. Stick around
While most business days end around 5pm, you don’t want to be caught watching the clock, poised to race out the door the moment the long had strikes the top of the hour. Show your flexibility by checking in with the boss before leaving just to be sure you’re not needed for any end-of-day tasks.
4. And then some...
A successful man was once asked the secret to his success, and he said, “I have always tried to do everything I was supposed to do, and then some. Those three words made the difference in my success.” It never hurts to go above and beyond the call of duty. It
shows strength of character and commitment.
5. Be enthusiastic
Even when you love your job, there are times (and tasks) that you could do without. Still, the work needs doing, and it’s your job to do it. Entrepreneurial icon Mary Kay Ash once said, “Enthusiasm is the motivating power to success. Your attitude determines your altitude.” When you exude enthusiasm, not only are you a pleasure to be around (and those at the top will want to keep you around), but it also sets a positive tone for others to follow.
6. Go all in
You might only have a short tenure with your company, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. Volunteer for projects, be curious, ask questions, and share your ideas. As Albert Einstein once said: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
7. Don't be shy
When you’ve completed your summer job, ask your supervisor for a reference and be sure to get their contact information so you can keep in touch. Did you do a great job? No harm asking your boss to endorse your skills on a social channel like LinkedIn.
With a little preparation and a consistently positive attitude, your summer job will not only help get a foot in the door and money in your pocket, it will connect you with the right people and set the tone for future success.
David Aplin Group is a private family and employee owned Canadian staffing agency founded in Alberta in 1975, recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished recruiting firms. Our mission is to positively impact lives. Blog author, Sarah Tokar, is a Partner at David Aplin Group, based in Edmonton, Alberta.