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Jun 4

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Summer Job

Posted By iamincontrol | June 4, 2013

Girl with summer job
The results are in!  Last month’s poll was:

Is having a summer job important to you?

You said:

  • Definitely.  It keeps you busy and helps your bank account.  (87%)
  • I’m too busy with summer sports to have a job.  (0%)
  • Nope.  I’m going to hang out with my friends all summer.  (0%)
  • No way, summer is for sleeping and watching TV.  (13%)

We definitely agree and think summer jobs are really important.  Here are some of the reasons why you should be looking for a job this summer.

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Summer Job

  1. Add to your resume. – Future employers and colleges are going to be looking for previous experience.
  2. Learn interview skills. – Knowing what it takes to ace a job interview will come in very handy later.  You might not ace your first one, but every bit of practice helps.
  3. Learn to deal with rejection. – Even if you don’t get the job you wanted, you will learn what it’s like to be rejected for a job.  This won’t be the only time rejection happens in your life, so the earlier you learn to cope, the better.
  4. Find out what kind of working environment you like. – Maybe you’ll find a job workinBoy with summer jobg in food service and discover that you love working with people.  Maybe you’ll work with a summer kids program and find it’s your passion.
  5. Find out where you DON’T want to work. – Maybe you’ll take a summer job outside and find out you really prefer an office environment.  Finding out what you don’t want can be just as helpful as finding out what you do want!
  6. Stay busy. – An entire summer of doing nothing sounds great during a busy school year, but it can get really boring.
  7. Make money. – Getting a job can be crucial for buying something you really need – maybe your first car.  You can also save the money for later if there’s nothing you really need now.
  8. Learn time management skills. – It may seem like having less to do would mean you’ll be able to get everything done.  But studies show that being involved in lots of activities, like sports or a part-time job in in addition to school, can teach you to manage your time better.
  9. Network. – It’s never too soon to network!  Meeting more people, even friends of your parents or other family members, might help you find an internship or job later in life.
  10. Gain confidence. – You will learn to rely on yourself and less on your parents or guardians.  You’ll be leaving the nest after high school, so it’s important to feel confident in your ability to run your own life.

If you don’t have any luck finding a summer job, don’t let yourself get down.  Volunteering can have many of the same benefits listed above, and having volunteering experience on your resume might help you land a job next summer.  If they turn you down for the job, ask if you can volunteer there or find volunteer opportunities somewhere else.
Not sure how to interview for a job?  Learn how here.

Need ideas for summer jobs?  Here are 10 Great Summer Jobs for Teens.  (This one isn’t on the list, but Iowa teens, don’t forget about detasseling!  It’s hard work but great money.)

You are in control of getting a summer job.