Wednesday, 25 May 2016

☀ 60+ Hot Tips for Summer Jobs and Where To Find Them

As more adults compete with teens and students for summer jobs, you need all the help you can get.

60+ Hot Tips for Summer Jobs and Where To Find Them

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First, did you know there are…

4 kinds of summer jobs

Knowing this can open your eyes to options you haven’t already thought about.

A summer job can be any of the following:

  • a job that only happens in the summertime
  • a job whose timing this year happens to match up with the coming summer
  • a job related to something that experiences a temporary or regular hiring boom, such as in the summer
  • a regular job that a company temporarily gives to a lower-salaried person until a full-time hire is found, such as a student available in the summer

In other words, if you’re NOT a teenager, student or graduate, most summer jobs will probably not be relevant to your career unless you want to test a new direction or you work in a seasonal industry.

Summer jobs competition between teens & adults

That said, you can use a summer job as a way to get your foot in the door of a targeted company, and then impress the employer into hiring you full-time.

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Summer job search tips

Now let’s take a look at what’s so special about summer job hunting.

Target industries that boom in the summer

Entertainment and tourism-oriented businesses do better in the summer as people go on vacation, everyone knows that, right? Yet there are lots of other industries that boom in the summer too for less obvious reasons. Read on for ideas below.

Be the first to apply …

Many summer jobs require little to no experience. To save time and money, many employers will hire the first reputable (read: trustworthy) candidates that apply.

… But you don’t have to be the first to apply

Many summer job openings are already filled by April, but with all that time until the jobs actually begin, things can come up and plans can change. Candidates may decide they prefer other jobs or not to work at all, and employers may realize they need more help than anticipated.

Treat application forms like resumes

Many summer jobs, such as at fast-food restaurants or retail stores, will want you to submit an application form instead of a resume (which many teens might not have anyway).

Spend the time to complete any forms correctly. If the form needs to be filled in by hand, take a few copies in case you make a mistake you can’t correct. Like with a resume, have someone reliable proofread your applications before you submit them.

Stay open to working multiple jobs

If you read my summer job history, you’ll notice that during 3 different summers, I worked more than one job. That was never planned in advance – although it could have been – but if you keep your eyes and ears open and stay ready, you can quickly jump to a better job or just another one if your first one ends early.

Experiment and take risks more readily

Are there are any job search tactics you’ve been too shy to try on your long-term career job search? Give them a shot during the summer when there’s less at stake. You’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t, and build more confidence for when you really need it.

Play up your specific qualities

If you’re a teenager or student, aim for jobs where having a flexible schedule is important, or dealing with other teenagers and students.

If you’re an adult, aim for jobs where employers will feel more comfortable by your experience, or where you’ll need to work with people who might be uncomfortable dealing with teenagers and students.

Don’t start your own business unless…

… you can clearly make money immediately, or you won’t need to.

Summer is short and if you try the wrong idea, you might waste the whole summer without any returns for your efforts.

DO start your own business during the summer if you’re not desperate for cash right way and are hoping to time things so that earnings will arrive after the summer when you’ll need them more.

Aim to return next summer

Make this your last summer job search by impressing your employer so much they’ll want you to come back next summer.

When the summer ends, ask about returning and try to get a date during the year when you can followup for confirmation. But only if you actually liked working there…

With those tips in mind, here are lots of ideas where to look for summer jobs.

Where to find summer jobs


Previous summer employers – call to see if you can have your old job back or a new one

Your family business

Your friend’s family business

At home i.e. get paid for chores or odd jobs in your house and/or the neighbors’

Get your parents to ask their friends

With your friends who have already lined up summer jobs that might need more people

Student career centers

Local employment services and bureaus

Store & restaurant windows

Shopping malls / shopping centers

Public bulletin boards, such as at community centers, churches, synagogues and mosques

Ads in local, regional or national newspapers

Classified ads in local, regional or national newspapers


Job boards – search for summer-specific openings

Summer-only or seasonal job boards – just google “summer jobs”

Online forums where people chat about summer plans

Twitter accounts that list summer jobs

Facebook groups and pages, both general and those only for summer jobs

Classified ads online, such as on the Craigslist site for your area

Search the websites of local newspapers for articles about companies that are hiring this summer

Quick break

Businesses that experience a hiring boom in the summertime

As promised, this list should inspire you to find summer jobs that others haven’t even imagined:


Summer schools (for teachers)

Summer camps

Schools, camps and programs for special needs kids

Doctors’ offices

Medical and/or dental clinics


Customer service centers / call centers

Companies that offer internships

Software testing (QA) & summer projects at technology companies

Lifeguards at community pools/beaches/gyms/camps

Beaches – selling t-shirts & other gimmicks

Mother’s helpers and au pairs

Babysitting as daycare centers close

Pet-sitting and/or walking

House-sitting as people go on vacation

Ice cream parlors, outdoor cafes and other dessert places

Amusement and theme parks

National parks

Country and state fairs


Stadiums, arenas and other sports event venues

Rental agencies – cars, trailers, boating, apartment rentals

Photo studios, shops and camera stores

Toy stores

Golf courses, tennis courts, parks and anywhere people pay to play sports

Movie theaters

Bars and clubs

Restaurants and fast-food branches



Tourism jobs such as guides, trip organizers, drivers, greeters, museums, guards, flea markets

Annual festivals in your city or region

Businesses that need to prepare for the fall season, like the textile & school supplies industries (shipping departments)

More summer job search tips

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

πŸ‘„ 3 Things You Must Say At Every Job Interview

A few unique job interview tips to make you the one they want.

3 Things You Must Say At Every Job Interview

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This is a guest post by Thomas Taylor. 

Job interviewers read and hear so many cliches these days that they just about walk and talk in their sleep during the recruitment process. No more “I should get the job because I’m honest, hardworking, and reliable” — it’s time to say something different if you want to them hire you.

In job interviews, you’ve not just got to talk the talk. You’ve got to walk the walk. Here’s how with these unique job interview tips.

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1) Give examples

It’s more than likely that you’ll never have met the interviewer. Somehow, though, you have to convince them that you’re the person for the job.


You prove you’re not just blowing hot air, by supporting your answers with examples: of problems you’ve solved, of (good) results, of how you’ve turned things around in some way (if that’s the case).

Show that you understand the job requirements. Demonstrate that you know about the sector by highlighting key statistics or referring to the latest developments — remember to check the trade press that day (online and off).

Avoid sounding like a know-it-all, though. Quote relevant statistics without slipping into long-winded monologues. Likewise, drop a name once or twice, but don’t litter the conversation with every big name you’ve worked with.

Nobody likes a boaster. 😑

2) State you can add value to the company

Companies want to make money. They want you to help them, so tell them how you will add value to the company. This alone can clinch you the job.

However, it’s a crucial statement, so don’t just say it for the sake of saying it.

If you worked outside of your country and were managing your company’s business bank account, for instance, prove how your employer benefited from it. Maybe you negotiated some better terms and conditions on business loans for the company. Maybe you introduced a new, more efficient system for processing payments.

Show how your skills, knowledge, and experience will turn you into a money-making asset for the company.

Potential employers are looking for two things if you’re to impress them: demonstrable proof that you’re the person for the job, and indications that you can bring something new to the table, be it skills or ideas. But what you bring to the table must bring the company money i.e. add value to it. When an employer hires you, they’re investing in you.

Time for you to generate the returns.

3) Ask interesting questions

One of the golden rules of any interview is to ask questions, either about the company or the job. It shows you’re interested. However, you should make these questions original.

Many job websites suggest asking questions about training opportunities — could be a mistake, as it’s almost suggesting you don’t have the skills for the job.

No, ask an original question to capture the interviewer’s attention. They’ll see that you have an innovative streak in you.

One simple question would be to ask the interviewer what they themselves like about the company. Another would be to ask what they company would like you to achieve within the first 60 to 90 days. Questions like this reveal drive and enthusiasm.

Which questions to ask at the end of the interview

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

πŸ“ 9 Tips for a Surprisingly Helpful Hobbies & Interests Resume Section

Why you might include the one resume section that most people don’t.

9 Tips for a Surprisingly Helpful Hobbies & Interests Resume Section
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This is a guest post by Martin Demiger.

Most people think that a hobbies and interests resume section is a silly addition, but that’s only true if you include silly hobbies and interests.

It can actually be a very helpful addition to showcasing who you are, your personality and your capacity for work.

Potential employers will appreciate that you put in the extra effort to tell them a little bit more about who you are as a person.

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Why have a hobbies and interests section?

1) Stand out

Most people do not list their hobbies and interests on their resume, so this alone will immediately make your resume different.

2) Present potential interview topics

You’re opening up topics of discussion if you’re contacted for an interview.

3) Prove you’re well-rounded

Hobbies and interests can show off how likable you are and how easily you’ll mesh with future colleagues.

But what to include?

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Not just any hobbies and interests

1) Be relevant

If the job you’re seeking and your hobbies or interests coincide, don’t be afraid to play that factor up.

For example, if you are applying to a restaurant for the job as a chef or even a cook, list that you are passionate about cooking and food and devote a lot of your spare time to the kitchen.

2) Be relatable

Put your hobbies and interests that you think a potential employer will relate with the most, and this may need to change from employer to employer.

3) Be honest

Don’t just list things to try and impress a potential employer. If you end up interviewing for or even getting the position, any lies will probably come back to haunt you.

4) Be authentic

You should be able to discuss and demonstrate your interests. This may sound clichΓ©, but be ready to show off your skills if asked. If you listed “reading”, be able to talk about the last few books you’ve read and share your thoughts with potential employers.

5) Be positive

Add the hobbies that come across as a positive and fun use of your down time.

For instance, if you enjoy playing poker, it shows that you like to be mentally engaged and utilize strategy. Sports are also a great hobby to include, as it shows you’re active, like to exercise and are a team player.

6) Be passionate

If it interests you, your eyes will light up when you talk about it and employers will take notice.

If you love rock climbing, share it on your resume. Not only is it athletic and impressive, but it highlights your sense of adventure and willingness to take risks — something that a future employer may appreciate.

7) Be unique

Instead of saying “reading” is an interest, be specific about what you love to read, whether it is a specific author or time period. For instance, don’t just say that you enjoy Shakespeare – be specific about which works move you the most.

8) Be concise

You don’t want to bore the employer by going on and on. Keep it short and sweet yet informative — this could be the difference between getting your foot in the proverbial door or getting your resume filed with a ton of others.

9) Don’t skip it on application forms

If applying for a job via an application form, do not leave the hobbies and interests section empty as potential employers can view this negatively. Inversely to the above, it says to an employer that you are not very well-rounded, don’t like to open up personally and may not be a good asset to their team of employees.

Now some more suggestions of hobbies and interests to include and why.



This shows you like to be mentally stimulated and have an imagination. Mention latest, most relevant book.


Tells an employer you are not afraid to venture out into the world and experience new things. Mention most relevant recent destination/event.


Music is something that everyone has in common, so it’s a no-brainer to include it in the hobbies and interests section of your resume, but mention which kinds of music.

The more you tell a possible employer about yourself, the better odds that your resume will stand out among others in getting you the interview and ultimately, the job.

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

⛔ Older Job Seeker? Stop Making These Mistakes Immediately

5 problems that older job seekers struggle with unnecessarily.

Older Job Seeker Stop Making These Mistakes ImmediatelyAre you making these mistakes too?

Don’t worry! They’re all fixable. πŸ‘

1) Focusing on what worked in the distant past

This is normal. It just isn’t helpful.

Whenever you need to do something again, it’s natural to try what worked last time.

But what if your last job search was 10 years ago or more?

Job search is more Internet-oriented than ever, and the Internet changes all the time.

The longer it’s been since your last job search, the less chance that what worked then is going to work now.

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2) Over-emphasizing experience

In the 2013 JobMob Census, when I asked “Are there any specific topics that you’d like me to blog about?”, one of the responses was typical:

“Finding work for older job seekers, who are unemployed and have a lifetime of experience in their profession.”

In 7 Clear Signs You Should Call Yourself An Expert, I mentioned one of my favorite quotes:

“Niels Bohr famously said that “an expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Only an expert knows how things can go wrong and how to anticipate and avoid that from happening.”

Experience (or accumulated expertise) matters but what if your experience isn’t (all) relevant for the job you’re applying for?

3) Using ageism as an excuse

Ageism is very real.

(So are many other forms of job search discrimination: racism, sexism, and more, such as discrimination against younger job seekers, which is technically also ageism, although not usually discussed that way).

If you feel you’re suffering from ageism on your job search, it’s usually your own fault.

Not the ageism itself, of course; rather, the fact that you’re suffering from it.

Let it go! Easy to say, I know, but adversity is part of the job search and you can’t let it affect you. What you can do is stop doing things that hurt your cause, such as emphasizing your 20 years of industry experience, and do things that help your cause, such as emphasizing the 5 years of experience in a still-relevant branch of your field.

But if you still feel you are suffering from ageism, there’s a good chance that you’re…

4) Applying for jobs in the wrong places

Studies show that employers hire people they want to be friends with, and wouldn’t you do the same?

It makes a lot of sense when you consider how much time colleagues spend together.

With that in mind, do you really think that a few extra years of experience are going to matter more to a small company made up entirely of people 10-20 years younger than you, who are at a different stage in their careers and lives?

If their job listing explicitly requires a lot of experience, then yes! You’re absolutely right to apply.

Otherwise, do yourself a favor by first researching companies who currently employ people with a similar level of experience. In other words, companies with a track record of hiring people like you. Then, only apply to them.

5) Incorrectly assessing your value and skills

Truth be told, job seekers of all ages have this problem.

But it’s how they react that’s different.

I can’t count how many times an older  job seeker said to me “I’m prepared to do anything, I just need a job.”

Can you imagine a movie poster claiming the movie is about “whatever you like”?

Would anyone see that movie?

Of course not. You see a movie because you’re in the mood for something in a specific genre, whose trailer pulled you in, or a friend recommended it.

Similarly, employers consider you because they need someone with a specific skillset, whose resume clearly showed success in a related role and/or who was recommended by a credible reference.

Figure out which of your skills is most marketable, and aim for relevant positions only.

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