Working it: Tips on finding summer jobs

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

Artwork by Logan A. White / Times-News correspondent

School is almost out, summer is here, and freedom is just around the corner. Think of all the possibilities this newfound free time offers. You’ll have time to shop, hang out at the movies, or grab a cold treat with friends. But all that fun requires funds — and that means that you need a job. Here’s four employment options that could be your potential summer job.

RESTAURANTS

   This is probably one of the most common forms of employment for teens. Working in such a high-action environment is a great way to work on your time management skills and go behind the scenes of food prep.
“You get a better understanding of how to work with people and be on your toes,” said Holly Treadwell, owner of The Blend & Co. in downtown Burlington.

 

RETAIL

   Best handled with a smile and helping spirit, a job at a retailer is all about customer service and organization. The key to success in retail and merchandise relies on your actions, but more importantly — your attitude.
“I like a young person who talks about their past work with enthusiasm,” said Tommy Wilkinson, a Southern States general manager.

 

VOLUNTEER

   Even if you’re not looking to make a little summer cash, finding opportunities to volunteer in the community is the best way to have fun and make a difference. Working for a cause that helps others can help you get both volunteer hours and valuable experience.

 

CREATE-YOUR-OWN

   The best jobs are the ones that you enjoy, and using your passions and talents to develop your own business or service can be satisfying to you and potential customers. It could be as simple as trimming your neighbor’s lawn or helping organize a community garage sale. Plus, online stores like eBay and Etsy make it easy to resell items you don’t use or create and market your very own merchandise.
Whether you’re looking for a little bit of extra cash or just something productive to do, having a job is great for building character and expanding your worldview. The process of landing a job is just the beginning of a lifelong journey.
“Show initiative,” Treadwell said. “Be confident in who you are.”
“Make sure that you’re dressed sharp,” Wilkinson added. “Dress for success and put your best foot forward. I’m always impressed when a young person drops by the business to meet face to face.”
Finding your perfect summer job may be difficult, but it’s worth the work. Whether you’re already in the workforce or still trying to find that first position, all the skills you develop can be applied again when it’s time to find a career. Take the time to clock in now — it will become a valuable investment later.

Logan A. White is a home-schooled junior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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