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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.

New Year, New Career

There’s nothing better than the beginning of a new year to start fresh. Something about that blank slate of a new calendar opens up possibilities as we dream about what the next twelve months might bring.

One of the questions you may wrestle with is whether or not to take the leap into a new career. Maybe you’ve been bored for a long time now, having learned all you can or care to learn at your current job. Maybe you’re facing a layoff as you watch your once-thriving industry dwindle down to nothing. Or, maybe you’ve been taking stock and getting honest with yourself and realize that if you don’t start going for the career of your dreams, you’ll never forgive yourself.

It can be both scary and exciting to consider what else you might be doing with your days. What better time to take those steps toward a new career than now? There will always be obstacles in the way — from the opinions of our families, spouses, and friends, to financial commitments like mortgages and car notes, to our own fear of the unknown and disbelief in our abilities. It helps to remember that the perfect time will never come. It does not exist. Something will always be in the way. At no point will you find yourself with no competing possibilities, nagging doubts, or financial hurdles. A new year is as good an excuse as any to make needed changes in your life.

Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret.

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But where to start? The idea of changing careers can seem overwhelming. It helps to break the process down into smaller steps. If you know what your ideal new career would be, take some time to do research. Start at square one. Will you need to go back to school? Could you find a part-time position in your new field that would give you some valuable experience? Are there skills you hope to use in your new venture that you can offer to others now on a freelance basis? Writing down some answers to these questions will help anchor your mind and give you some forward momentum.

If you don’t know what your new career might be, the new year is just as magical for sparking the imagination. Next year at this time, where would you like to be? Is there something you wanted to become as a child that still interests you now? Do you have a hobby, such as selling antiques, that you might be able to spin off into a full-time business? What kind of things do you enjoy doing for others? Is there anything they might pay you for? No matter how far-fetched or unrealistic your ideas might seem, they can help point you in a new, more fulfilling direction.

The only perfect time to start your new career is now. The beauty of a new year lets us set course with a clearer outlook and renewed intentions. If you’ve been looking for a sign, consider that this is it!

New part time job: Telemarketing

One of the hottest new career fields is the world of telemarketing. Depending on the position or the company, you might work at a dedicated call center or work from your own home. Telemarketers typically work in a sales-related field, taking orders from customers. Telemarketing actually involves four different types of work: lead generation, sales, inbound work and outbound work.

Inbound jobs are one of the easiest tasks because you do not make any calls yourself. With inbound calls, you work at a call center for a major retailer or company. Companies that use the inbound system include credit card companies, department stores and mail-order retailers. When you page through a catalogue or look at a store’s website, check the toll-free number associated with phone orders. When you call that number, you reach a worker that accepts your order. Working in an inbound job means that you accept the call from the customer, input that information into the computer and process the order. You never make any calls on behalf of the company because the customers call the toll-free number.

Outbound calls are completely different because these jobs require that you make the calls yourself. You might work for a hospital or mechanic that attempts to collect debts owed by past customers. You might work for a newspaper or magazine company that solicits orders over the phone. Some charitable organizations call people at random to gain donations for the organization.

If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you.

ZIG ZIGLAR

Sales jobs are another form of telemarketing. The point of sales jobs is to get potential customers to place an order within minutes after you call. Depending on the position, you either cold call customers or work from an established list. With cold calling, you contact random people in the hopes of turning those people into customers. When you work with an established list, you only contact those that expressed interest in making a purchase in the past.

Telemarketing also includes something referred to as lead generation. With lead generation, you focus on getting sales leads for a specific company. This involves cold calling customers and convincing those people that the company you work for is the best. Stock brokers, retailers of diet products and mail order companies often use lead generation specialists. You do not make any direct sales yourself, but rather find people willing to discuss making a purchase later. The jobs typically pay a set amount based on each lead that you find. Some companies pay you based on the sales that person makes later. You can make quite a bit by finding the best possible leads.

Telemarketing positions usually do not require much experience in the field. Even if you never worked as a telemarketer before, you can still find a good-paying job. When you apply for the job, focus on the sales and customer service related aspects of your previous jobs. Companies that hire telemarketers want employees that can make sales, but also people that have experience working over the phone or working directly with customers. By emphasizing your past customer service roles, you can help yourself land that job.

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