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Do You Have a Summer Job?

Have you secured employment for the summer between school terms? This would be an ideal time to start thinking about what you want to do for a summer job.

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

If you are only in high school, your options will be somewhat limited, since many places of employment only hire those over 18. Mostly they don’t hire anyone under 16, so if you are only a freshman in high school, you will probably have to try something like a paper route or babysitting. Another good option is trying to do odd jobs around the neighborhood. People are always looking for others to mow and water lawns and do similar jobs. If you bring enthusiasm and diligence to this venture, it will not be difficult for you to find a few clients willing to pay you for your services.

If you are an older high school student, then you will have many more options available to you. The easiest possibilities are retail and fast food. These places are constantly hiring, and they are happy to accept high school students. These types of jobs are a great way to build your resume. You need to start somewhere in order to create a work history, and that is as good a place as any for a high school student. Many of these types of jobs offer scholarship and advancement opportunities for those who are hard workers. This will be an opportunity to distinguish yourself while earning some money to put into savings.

Another possibility is working at an amusement park or beach. You could be a ride attendant or a lifeguard. Being a ride attendant or working the concession stand takes less training, but if you go through the effort to become a lifeguard, you will have valuable emergency certification that will be of great use to you in the future, especially if you are interested in jobs that require such training. If nothing else, you will know what to do if you see an emergency happen in front of you.

Once you are in college, you will have many more options open to you. At this point, you will want to start looking into work that reflects your chosen field of study if at all possible. You will be able to draw from your previous work experiences in order to create your resume, and you should also include any relevant experience that you have from college. For instance, if you are going into journalism and want to secure an internship position at the local newspaper, make sure to mention the fact that you wrote for the college newspaper or helped edit the college literary magazine. These types of activities will help you to appear like an enticing employee to potential bosses.

Whatever type of job you decide to look for, make sure that you put some effort into the search and into presenting yourself in as positive light as possible. You have a lot to offer the world, so make sure that your potential employer knows it.

The School Is an Attractive Employer for Students

College students who need to find work should begin by looking for a job on their school campus. There are hundreds of positions necessary to provide students with the services they need, and current students are some of the best resources for filling those positions. Make sure your resume highlights the number of semesters you have been a student at the school and how your degree program has given you special insight into the type of job you are applying for.

Work-Study Options

Most colleges and universities offer work specifically for students who demonstrate a financial need. These jobs usually pay a little better than minimum wage, but they can also offer special discounts on school-related items such as housing or textbooks. Since you have to be a student in order to qualify for these jobs, they are perfect for helping ends meet while you are attending classes. Talk to someone in your school’s administrative offices about the details of the jobs at your campus. There are generally a wide range of different positions available depending on your schedule and past work experience. Check on work study programs as early in the semester as possible because these jobs tend to be filled pretty quickly once school starts.

Students Already Spending Time at School

One of the reasons a student is a good fit for a school-related job is that students already spend the majority of their time on campus. A student worker has a better chance of reporting to work reliably and on time because there is very little travel involved in getting to the job location. Working at school is convenient for students because they do not have to burn any gasoline or spend extra time commuting to work when the work is already on campus.

A few areas in the university are still working hard but haven’t succeeded yet in getting enough qualified staff for students.

JERRY HOGLE

Familiarity with Campus is a Plus

Students make excellent school employees because they are already familiar with the school. Students know where all of the buildings are, and most students understand what each building’s purpose is. Current students are generally aware of the school’s administrative structure, which makes it easier for them to fit into the jobs that require a more intimate knowledge of how the school works. A student’s familiarity with the school is a definite benefit for the school employer, and it also helps the student acclimate to the new job more quickly than someone who has never been on campus.

Existing Relationships can Help

If a student has attended the school for more than one semester, there is a good chance that they already have some connections with administrative personnel on campus. A student can use past professors and other important relationships to build a good resume with powerful references. Since the references are people who already work for the school, the hiring process can be streamlined because the people doing the hiring will be familiar with the people listed as references on the student’s resume. Students who have a good reputation with instructors and other school officials will have an easier time finding work at the school.

Tips for Securing an Internship at Google

An internship at Google is something many people apply for and something that very few actually manage to get. Google is renowned world-wide for how they treat their employees, for their employee-friendly facilities and unique methods of fostering workplace teamwork. The salary isn’t bad either. Google accepts student interns from many disciplines, be it Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Physics and a considerable number of other subjects. Students who have any amount of experience in multiple fields are recommended to apply because of the diverse way Google operates.

At a Google internship, you’ll learn how one of the largest companies in the world operates. You’ll be expected to perform for at least three months’ worth of full-time work.

Needless to say, Google internships are not the easiest things in the world to land. There’s a few simple things that you can do in order to improve your chances that you’ll get one if you can successfully make it to the interview stage.Remember to be confident above all else. Don’t ever panic. One of the people who interviews interns as his job posted that he likes to ask questions to potential interns simply to see if they’ll get nervous or otherwise “freak out.” In order to understand why this happens, you must first know that Google has a very high turn away rate and an even higher “false negative” rate.

Thus, the need for confidence arises. If you’ve made it to the interview portion of trying to get an internship with Google, you’re likely qualified. If you get asked a math question or something that you might not have the slightest clue about, try to answer it anyway. If you don’t know what the answer is, talk about how good you are at learning what’s required for the job and then talk about your grades if the question applies to a subject. If you’re in an interview for an internship at Google, and this can’t be said enough, you’re likely more than qualified already because you’ve got your foot in the door. So, all you need to do is prove it.

I’m doing an internship, so I’m not getting paid. But the experience of meeting artists and working with record companies is priceless.

VANESSA MOODY 

There are also two things that you never want to do: Never tell the interviewer what is important for their company and never tell the person interviewing you how to conduct the process. Those are two marks that will instantly earn you strikes. The person interviewing you already works for the company and furthermore, unless they ask you for your opinion, they already know what their company needs. It makes sense when you think about it, but you wouldn’t believe how many people make these mistakes in an interview.

The only other real big thing you need to make sure you’re able to answer is a few questions about how data structures and such work. If “Computer Science” is on your resume, you’ll likely be expected to know about any number of general theories. Just knowing general theories is generally enough to get you by with an interviewer. The last word of wisdom is that if you fail and get turned down for your Google internship position, don’t feel discouraged. Re-apply in six months and try again because you may have just gotten an interviewer that didn’t like you or you may have been having a bad day.

Working in Education: Job Search and Opportunities

Careers in the field of Education come in many flavors and varieties. Most of us just think of teaching positions when considering a job in education. There are many positions available in education that do not require a teaching credential or any classroom involvement.

For example, if your resume shows your solid background in business, do not overlook the education section when searching career sites. Colleges and Universities are Institutions of Higher Education and have many positions available, your business knowledge could be put to good use. Financial Aid is a vital area for most Higher Education Institutions. Your background in business could be the ideal fit for positions within the Financial Aid Departments. Remember, most Colleges and Universities rely on Financial Aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants, as their major source of income. Another example is using your resume filled with customer service related jobs allows you to emphasize those skills to become an Academic Advisor at a College or University. There are many education related positions available in School District Offices, County Offices of Education, and at the State and Government levels for individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Your resume should reflect keywords used in the education position for which you wish to apply. Often these keywords include ‘Best Practices’, ‘Rigorous Standards and Practices’, ‘Fully Qualified Educator’, and other terms that apply broadly throughout the education industry. If your strengths include logical, progressive thinking abilities, be sure that your resume reflects those talents. Credential Analysts are needed in nearly every area of education, but that position requires strong abilities in analyzing and evaluating documents as well as people. There is little or no tolerance for mistakes or errors in this area, so place emphasis on projects you have done that reflect successful qualities with measurable results.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

If you are interested in pursuing careers in the field of education, or looking for ways to fund your own education, this is a great field to pursue. Many Colleges and Universities will provide free education to their employees, and free or reduced tuition costs to the employee’s immediate family members. This is an ideal way to obtain a teaching credential without paying high tuition fees, and it has the added benefit of interacting with school district personnel who can prove to be invaluable contacts to find a teaching position once you have obtained your credential!

Do not limit your future by limiting your job search to a narrow range defined only by what your current career may require. Jobs in education are available to individuals from every industry. Use your resume as a flexible tool to place particular emphasis on skills required by a job posting in the education field. You may find that taking a job in education allows you a platform to use as a springboard to a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in nearly any degree plan offered and may open doors to careers that may previously have appeared out of your reach. A job in education may prove to be the best career choice for your live and your entire future.

 

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