The past year has been hard on college students who are looking to find work during the summer. Many businesses are not hiring at all, never mind part-time work for a few months out of the year. As an event management major, I have really felt this, especially due to the ever-changing guidelines surrounding events. Since this is the summer before I graduate, I was looking to have a position with either a planner or a venue that would give me more experience, to prepare me better for after graduation. This was tricky, especially since I could not do interviews in person because I go to school away from home. So, here are my tips and tricks to landing that amazing summer job during pandemic times.
Send Emails- To be able to land your dream summer job, but you do not see a job listing, reach out to the department you would be interested in. In this email, provide them with a brief explanation of yourself, why you would want to work there and ask if there are any open opportunities for you at their company for the summer. By doing this, it shows you are interested and want to take initiative, which makes you look good. Attach your resume as well, so that they can see if you would be the right fit for the company.
Be Open- If you are unable to land a position at your dream job, be open to other possibilities that may arise. An example of this could be a situation I was faced with. I was looking for an event manager/coordinator job. Although the venue I was talking to did not have that spot open for me, they did have a spot open as a hostess. I took that position and was able to learn the restaurant side of the industry, which allowed me to get more experience and become a more well-rounded applicant for future positions.
Connect on Linkedin- Linkedin is a very useful resource. By connecting with places you may want to work at, and even department heads at that location, you will be able to learn even sooner about job postings. Also, connecting with those individuals will allow you to be considered more for the position.
Wait Before Accepting- I have made this mistake every summer. As soon as I hear from a job and they offer a position, I usually take it right away. However, waiting to see all of your job offers allows you to view aloof your options and choose the one that is the best for you.
All of these tips and tricks allow you to fully get the most out of your summer work experience. Let us know if you have any more tips for us!