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Career Highlight – Summer Jobs

A summer job is the ideal opportunity to apply the technical skills you’ve been learning through Career and Technical Education, but also to learn those critical “soft skills” that you may have heard about. Here are six tips to get you started.

  1. Check with your school counselor for job search assistance – like résumé writing help, letters of reference, and even local job listings.
  2. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a summer job! Tell all your friends and their parents, and have your parents tell their friends. This is called “networking,” and if you are specific (and honest) about the kind of job you’re looking for and the skills you have to offer, you’ll have a whole army of people promoting you with potential employers.
  3. Be easy to find. Your “army” needs to be able to contact you in at least a couple of ways – phone, email, social media; keep in touch.
  4. In addition to looking at job listings online and in newspapers, start walking! Looking around as you walk through your neighborhood, the mall, sports arenas, parks and restaurants – and go ahead and submit an application in person, if you can.
  5. Whether you have a formal interview or simply have a conversation with the person who is hiring, make sure you appear neat and clean, and are ready with clear and concise answers about why you’ll make a good employee.
  6. Say thank you. Say it to everyone who is helping you look for a job, and be sure to put it in writing after a job interview.

One last tip; if you don’t find a paying job, consider an unpaid internship or volunteer position – especially if you can find something that is related to your career interests. Paid or unpaid, working gives you an edge today and in the future!

For more information on what Utah employers want, visit: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/pathways/WhatUtahEmployersWant.pdf.

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