Want a summer job?


Move fast — many employers are already hiring for the summer.


Almost every sector of the economy hires summer students. There are also a lot of opportunities in seasonal businesses, from camp counselling to working at tourist attractions But getting a job is a bit of an art. Here is some advice from the federal government’s website, www.youth.ca, on what you need to do.


First step: Resumé

Many employers may have an application form you can fill out, but make sure you also give them a resumé that lists your basic information, plus any experience or background you have that might be useful at their company.


Second step: Cover letter

A cover letter is your way of introducing yourself to a potential employer and getting their attention. It should be no more than one page and focus on the most relevant information about you the particular employer needs to know. For instance, if you are applying for a lifeguard position, you should include your swimming credentials; if you are applying for a job as a waitress, mention your volunteer work at the nursing home serving tea. Then address it to the appropriate contact person — call the company to check if you don’t know. (And while you are on the phone, check to make sure you have the right spelling of their name.)

Third step: Applications

Some employers may also ask you to fill out an application form. Do this carefully — employers may pitch your form if it is missing information. Read the whole document first and follow the directions carefully. Answer every question. Write N/A (not applicable) if a question doesn’t apply to you.

Last step: Followup

Call to confirm that your application was received. Be polite and professional.

If all goes well, you will be called in for an interview.

what employers want

Most employers are looking for the same appealing qualities in prospective employees:

  • A positive attitude, motivated, honest, goal-oriented.

  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions.

  • Can relate well to others.

  • Good verbal and written communication