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.