The summer job is a rite of passage for a lot of students in high school or college. They help you build your work history, gain new skills, and make extra money. If you want to get a great job this summer, it pays to be prepared. Knowing where to look, what to look for, and how to make the right connections will help you land a fantastic job this summer and beyond. Here are a few tips from Meador Staffing to get a great summer job.

Start Early

The best way to get a jump on a summer job is to start early. If you’re under 18, get your paperwork to have the proper work permits in place. If you’re over 18, start looking at online job boards before summertime to get a feeling for what will be available. If you haven’t started already, start right now to get all the pieces in place.

Write a Resume

If you’ve never had a resume before, now’s the time to write one. It can feel challenging for someone without a lot of experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Include any previous jobs you’ve had in reverse chronological order. Create a summary of the kind of work you want to do and how you can help a company succeed.

Gather References

A potential employer will ask you for references. Of course, if you’ve had other jobs in the past, provide their information. Otherwise, include teachers or club leaders who can talk about your abilities. You can also choose a family friend who’s had some experience with your workstyle. You can gather letters from your references, but most companies want the contact information so they can call and verify the details.

Search Online

Now that you’re ready to apply, begin by looking at jobs online in your area. Review job descriptions and apply to roles you think would be a good fit for you for the summer. You may also want to include a short introductory cover letter.

Apply with a Recruiter

With only a short time frame to work, applying with a staffing agency like Meador to find a temporary summer job is a great idea. Staffing services place people in short-term employment and can help you every year throughout college or even after graduation.

Are You Looking for Summer Jobs in Houston?

Contact Meador Staffing to chat with a recruiter or browse our online job portal for great part-time and full-time jobs.