Tips to land a summer job

summer-jobSummer is here and you need to make some extra cash. While your friends and family are making money at their jobs or internships, you are struggling to find work. If this sounds like you, know that it’s not too late to find a summer job. Here are some tips to finding a summer job!

Networking

If you’re looking for a job, make sure others around you are aware. Post a Facebook status to let family and friends in on your job search and have them notify you if a position opens up. In this case, more people keeping a lookout are better than just one. If you keep in touch with your professors, contact them for opportunities. Just graduated? If your school has an alumni office, reach out to them and see if they know anyone who is hiring. Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know.

Resume and Cover Letter

If you don’t already have a resume and a cover letter, now is the time to create one. Contact Career Services (973.655.5194 or email at careerserv@mail.montclair.edu) to help you compose one.  Your resume and cover letter are the first things employers look at, so it’s important to make sure they stand out. Make sure you proofread it or have someone review it before sending it to employers.

Remember Interviews are a Two-Way Street

A job interview is a two-way street where you should be asking the employer questions to determine whether you‘re the right fit for the company. It shows that you have done your research on the company and that you are genuinely interested in working for them. When thinking of questions to ask, make sure that questions can’t be easily answered through a quick Google search. You are not the only one making a good impression on the employer, but the employer must make a good impression on you.

Dress to Impress

Be sure to dress accordingly for a job interview. Your first impression is a lasting one and you want make sure that you look presentable and confident. Even if you think your potential job has a relaxed dress code policy, come professionally dressed. Your employer will be impressed with your appearance. It is always better to come overdressed, than to come under dressed.

These are just a few of the many tips in order to find a summer job. Another great source to see if Montclair is hiring any students would be to check this link.

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