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Some Tips to Help You Get That Summer Job

May 10, 2013 by admin

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By Sarajane Sheare

     With the end of the semester quickly approaching, more students are starting to look for summer jobs. Whether the reason to get work is to pay for college, pay for social summer events, or simply to keep yourself busy, the hunt is on. During the approaching summer months, the competition is heavy when it comes to standing out to an employer. You always want to make the interviewer remember you, but for good reasons only.

     Being an employer at a high-end retailing store, I see many different hopefuls walk in and out of my door, and from one teen to another, I have compiled a few tips to really help you land a summer job.

     First and foremost, always be prepared. When you enter an establishment seeking employment, you’ll most likely be filling out an application. Written on either a prepared piece of paper or stored somewhere on your phone, be sure to have all the numbers, information, dates, and past places of employment ready to be copied down; blank spaces in required application fields are an absolute red flag. To me and most other employers, this indicates that you may be ill prepared, irresponsible, or have a weak memory.  

     Another thing that stands out to me is a resume. Even if you have to fill out an application, prepare a resume for yourself with a cover letter. It looks great for the individual, and reading a resume also lets me read a little more about my potential new employee. Personally, I don’t care if your previous work is Burger King and Rite Aid; a resume is an organized display of responsibility and confidence.

     A big factor that I look for when I hire new employees is how they present themselves. When I was 15-years-old and I was jetsetting into the world of finding work, I always dressed to impress, even if I was just going door-to-door inquiring about work. My theory is dress as if you’re already the manager, this way you look as an equal to those hiring you, subconsciously implanting in your employer’s mind that you’re up to their standards.

     If you walk into my store in denim and a nice shirt asking for a job, I’ll read your application, but I won’t call you. For men, I suggest dress pants and nice long sleeve button down. I’ll even look twice at the man who wears khakis and a crisp polo. Women are my biggest issue when it comes to interview attire. Either their clothes are too tight or their breasts are spilling out. What I would suggest if you were sitting down at an interview with me is to wear nice long slacks with a blazer. Personally, I’d rather see a two button blazer, but that is a story for another day. Under the blazer, I would place an eye-popping color, like a lilac or a palm tree green. The placing of the bold color is subtle enough to be noticed, but not loud enough to seem like it’s cheesy.

     The choice of the color shows confidence in yourself, like you want to be noticed and remembered. Also, let’s keep the breasts inside the shirt where they belong, I’m a manager not a pimp.

     One last tip that I’d like to share would be interview demeanor. I love a person who smiles and has strength to their voice when they speak; a dominant individual who is strong with their personality, but never bossy. I will never hire someone who is soft-spoken and meek, not only would I be concerned about their interaction with customers, I would be concerned how the person could perform in high-stress situations.  

     On a final note, always be confident in yourself and speak with clarity and assurance. Always dress to impress the interviewer, not potential lovers. Being prepared is key when it comes to filling out an application. Having a resume never hurt anyone, and it certainly won’t hurt your chances with landing your new summer job.

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