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Land that Dream Summer Job! Erin Kemp, Resource & Information Specialist, Job Skills

About the Author

Erin Kemp is a Resource & Information Specialist with Job Skills - Employment and Business Services. Erin has an extensive background working in the social science field and most recently completed her Masters in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. Working with people in the community is something Erin strives for and aided in her decision to change career paths to employment services. Erin assists clients by providing them the necessary resources and information they need to progress in their job search.

It may seem early to be thinking of getting a summer job, but now is the time to begin your job search. Don't wait until school ends to look for a job, get started now to maximize your opportunities! Remember, a summer job is more than an opportunity to save for college or university; it is the foundation of your future working career. So how do you find that perfect summer job?

  • Plan your job search:
    The first step is to decide what you want to do, and what skills you have to offer. There are a number of different entry level jobs, which one best suits you? Some entry level jobs for students include: camp counselor, cashier, general construction labour, lifeguard, landscaping, child care, food services, general office clerk, and many others. Decide what skills you would like to develop while you're working for the summer. For example, if you're planning on pursuing an education in marketing, developing experience in customer service is a great way to build your resume while saving for college.

  • Create a professional resume:
    A good resume can be the difference between getting a great summer job, or spending the summer weeding your neighbour's garden for pocket change. There are a ton of great resources out there to teach you how to write a resume books, workshops, websites. Better yet, find an Employment Ontario Employment Services Agency and register; find one here:

  • Google yourself:
    Social networking is a part of everyday life nowadays and companies are well aware of that fact. If your Facebook profile is not something your future employer should see, take the time to clean it up. Should your potential boss search for you on the internet, you want them to find only positive information, not the hilarious-but-inappropriate photos posted on your friends' timeline.

  • Make it public:
    Let everyone know that you're looking for work, and ask them to tell others. 80% of all jobs aren't advertised, so spread the word! Don't wait for a job posting to appear at a company you'd like to work for, contact them and ask to send a resume. Network as much as possible and always appear positive and eager to work.

  • Make it your job to get a job:
    Treat your job search professionally and invest your time and effort. Make use of every possible resource in your search, such as the internet, newspapers, local bulletin boards and community agencies. Check the Service Canada website for government funded initiatives such as Summer Jobs Service: 905-898-6199 and the Canada Summer Jobs Program 1-800-935-5555. Look beyond the government job bank, there are tons of great websites for job postings. Take advantage of Internet Search Engines for jobs such as that enable you to search through job postings published across the Internet. There are also sites devoted to industry, such as or, as well as websites like which is specifically for students and recent grads.

Remember, looking for work can be hard work but the end result is a great summer job!

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