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Things to consider for your summer job

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jun 26, 2017 4:27 AM

Having the right summer job can have many positive benefits for you if you are willing to put in the time. By leaving a good and strong impression to the people you work for over the summer, you can build relationships that can help you launch a real career. With that said, there are many factors that one should consider when looking for a summer job. From components such as location, schedule, safety and much more, you have to make sure that these circumstances help you pick the appropriate job for you to be able to receive the most benefits from it. To allow for detail, we will discuss how the factors of asking questions, knowing the location, and safety on the job should be strongly considered. Without further ado, here are the factors that you should consider for your summer job.

Asking the right questions
First thing is first, you have to land the job in order to benefit from it. When it comes to interviewing for that summer position, asking the right questions and giving the right answer to questions given to you can in some cases, be the difference between higher and lower pay. One of many important tips is that you need to be prepared to answer questions.

Knowing the answer to questions like why are you interested in this job, why should we hire you, and do you have any summer vacation plans are the most obvious and easier questions to answer. It's in asking that most people struggle with, however, author Alison Doyle also helps in that aspect. In her article, she gives you tips to give questions such as how would you describe the responsibilities of the position, how would you describe a typical day and week in this position, and If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start. Asking these questions alone impress your interviewer and help you land the position.

Location, Location, Location
Location when choosing your summer job is one of the strongest factors to consider. It does not mean knowing the specific location of your job, if you do not know that then maybe they hired the wrong person. Location in this sense means knowing where you are going to be spending the summer. This detail might be obvious yet some people tend to pick the wrong location. The wrong location would be close to friends where the temptation of their work free summer might cause you to have a little too much fun yourself and ultimately lose your job. Locations of that nature should be considered to be a no go.

The location should also be considered because it can have a positive and negative impact on things such as your schedule and motivation to go to work. To give an example, if you choose a job that is an hour away put pays just three dollars more an hour than a closer job, you start to ask yourself a question like is an extra three dollars worth your time and motivation for just a temporary summer job. It might be an obvious factor to consider to some but do not underestimate the importance of this factor. Choose the right location. For more information on this topic, take a look at this article.

Safety
To many, safety is the most important thing to consider when looking for a summer job. To outline this very important issue, try comprehending this statistic, "According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 59,800 workers who are younger than 19 years old are sent to the emergency room for injuries sustained in the workplace". Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality of a lot of jobs and without a doubt, is a situation that should be considered for your summer job.

Final Tips
You should consider many things when looking for your summer job. Of the three that were discussed previously, they might be the most important ones. However, once you have considered these topics and landed your first job, remember to accomplish the following goals. Be professional, avoid complaining, and be dependable, this way you benefit the most from your time and launch a successful career in the future.

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