Act Now to Find a Summer Job

Having a summer job can be fun and set you up for future success. You can meet new friends, learn new skills, and earn extra money.

Act Now to Find a Summer Job

Don’t wait until school is out to start thinking about getting a job. By then it may be too late. Instead, start thinking about it now:

  • Talk to your Promise Counselor

    Promise can help connect you with employers who hire for the summer. Your Promise counselor can help you create or improve your resume, prepare for the interview, and be ready to start working.

  • Network!

    Let others know you want to work this summer. Do your part to learn of job openings. One of the best ways to learn about jobs is through friends and family. Tell others that you want to work this summer. Your friend, teacher, mom, dad, or even next door neighbor might be the person who connects you to your summer job.

Be Realistic . . .

Would you like to be a lifeguard, but don’t know how to swim? Being a lifeguard may be a great long-term goal (after you’ve taken swimming lessons), but probably wouldn’t work for you this summer. Think about:

  • What do you like to do?
  • What do you know how to do?
  • What types of jobs are available in your community?

But don’t limit yourself!

You may have skills and abilities you’re not even aware of. Often, it’s easier for someone else to see your strengths than it is to see your own.

Typical summer jobs for teenagers include fast food, retail, and clerking at grocery stores and gas stations. These can be good jobs and a great way to gain work experience and learn new skills. But don’t limit yourself to what’s typical, or to what you think you might be able to do.

  • Talk to your Promise Counselor

    Your Promise counselor can give you a fresh perspective on your abilities and the jobs available in your area. There may be employers in your community who are looking for someone just like you.

  • You can work AND have fun this summer!

    Summer is a great time to relax, hang out with friends, and do all the things you can’t do during the winter. It’s also a great time to take on new challenges and prepare yourself for future success.

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