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While restaurants which are open year-round may not want to hire only seasonal employees, there are opportunities.

Ali Chiavetta
Features Writer

So, now that spring break is over, the next break that awaits us is summer break. That means, for many of us, that it’s time to get a summer job. For college students, it may be harder to get hired based on your small window of availability for the summer.
For those of us who may not live close enough to Millersville to continue our job into the school year, this can prove to be another issue. Rather than becoming frustrated over the lack of job availability, be aware of the hundreds of seasonal job positions offered every year.

While restaurants which are open year-round may not want to hire only seasonal employees, there are opportunities.
While restaurants which are open year-round may not want to hire only seasonal employees, there are opportunities.

Though there is something to be said about applying to traditional retail or restaurant jobs, these places may be less likely to hire temporary workers. On rare occasions, a temporary seasonal position may turn into something more and provide employment options for the rest of the year.
To provide yourself with a higher chance of getting hired, try applying for jobs that are strictly seasonal. Most camps take place during the summer and are looking for people to fill counselor, maintenance, dining and administrative staff positions. These positions are temporary, due to the short nature of the camp, but often pay pretty well.
Another opportunity for summer employment is being a lifeguard at a local or private pool. Often times, lifeguards at privately owned pools in neighborhood communities are paid “under the table.” Lifeguarding, overall, is a job that requires a lot of attention, but rewards with a hefty paycheck.

Pools which open during the summer usually are looking for lifeguards for the season.
Pools which open during the summer usually are looking for lifeguards for the season.

Applying at shops and restaurants that only open during the summer months are a good way to eliminate the time window that restricts you from taking other positions. Places like ice cream shops, Italian ice shops, and beach related places are strictly summer businesses and are often locally owned. This makes these jobs a good option to send your application in to.
While the workplace itself is important, one of the main factors of getting a job has to do with timing. Most college kids apply for summer jobs right around this time so that employers have their applications in time for summer. To be sure, check with the company, camp or pool that you want to work for and see when their summer application deadlines are. When applying for these jobs, make sure to have solid references, even if you have little to no work history.

Rita’s is a popular seasonal Italian ice shop that might be a good place to look for a summer job.
Rita’s is a popular seasonal Italian ice shop that might be a good place to look for a summer job.

A good reference can make or break your application if you are right on the edge of getting hired. Using previous employers, family friends who know you well enough, teachers, or coaches can boost your chances of getting the job. Though the summer job market is extremely competitive for students in this age group, getting a job is not impossible.
Another solution that works for many people is being a nanny. By making an account on websites like care.com, you make yourself available for potential families who may need someone to watch their children on a daily basis over the summer. Often times, these families are willing to pay $10 to $15 per hour. If this kind of job sounds right for you, check out childcare websites to see what they have to offer their potential customers.
By being sure to send in your application on time, calling and following up on an application, and conducting yourself in a professional manner, a summer job can become a reality!