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How to find a part-time summer job

How to find a part-time summer job

Rebecca Skeet our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 08/04/2024

Looking to make this summer one to remember? Part-time jobs might just be your ticket to a season filled with flexibility, fun, and new connections. You still get to soak up those sunny days with friends or take care of the little ones, all while earning some extra cash and meeting amazing people along the way.

Now, the thought of adding job hunting to your already bustling schedule might not sound ideal. But we're here to make the process feel like a summer breeze.

So, are you ready to kickstart your summer adventure? Let's break it down into four simple steps to get you on your way to finding the perfect part-time summer job. 

Step 1 - Think about the work that excites you

With options ranging from office work to bartending, the possibilities are endless. But where to start?

First, consider your flexibility. Are you up for evening shifts or do you prefer a more structured schedule? Next, think about the work environment that suits you best. Whether it's a professional setting or a lively social scene, there's something out there for everyone.

And don’t forget, location is key. Your summer is precious, so ask yourself how far you’re willing to travel.

Step 2 - Deliver an eye-catching application Buff up your CV

Your applicationCV is your ticket to making a great impression, so let's give it some shine! First things first, let’s dive into the skills that hiring managers really want to see in a part-time team member.

  • Adaptability
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service and communication
  • Time management 

Next, let's back these up with some numbers and stats. Use action verbs to clearly showcase your achievements. Combining skills, stats, and action verbs is the secret sauce to crafting a sizzling CVapplication!

Your application is your chance to really show off who you are. Share stories that highlight your strengths and why a part-time job is the perfect fit for you. If you really want to stand out, explain why this particular role at this company caught your eye. Just like the full-timers, companies aim to make sure their part-time team members are onboard with the company’s goals!

Now, it's time to bring it all together. Check out these CV templates designed to help you stand out, no matter what your work background is.

University student

School student with no work experience 

School student with limited experience

Experienced part-time worker

Step 3 - Ask around

Looking for a job usually means diving into the digital realm, but have you thought about stopping by your local pub or restaurant to explore job opportunities?

With summer around the corner, the hospitality industry is gearing up for a busy season, and most pubs, bars and restaurants will be on the lookout for part-time staff to support during busier periods. Plus, it can be a great way to pick up some transferable skills.

Drop by your nearby pub or bar in town and enquire about their opportunities over summer. While they may want you to apply online, showing up in person can leave a lasting impression on the manager and set you apart from the crowd!

Step 4 - Prep for the interview

We’ve all heard the typical interview prep advice… arrive early, listen carefully and ask follow-up questions. This is all great stuff, but how about advice for a part-time summer job? 

  1. Be open about your availability and summer plans - Most part-time jobs will be quite flexible so will be able to work around you but it’s best to chat this through early on
  2. Showcase relevant skills - Emphasise your ability to thrive in fast-paced settings, perfect for those busy summer rushes.
  3. Highlight your adaptability - Let them know you can easily blend into new teams and handle whatever comes your way and if the job involves customer service, make sure you to show off your personality!

And if you’re thinking of going down the route of a bar or restaurant job, why not brush up on the top hospitality interview questions?

Come and see what jobs we’ve got on the menu!

So how about it then? Are you ready to secure a part-time summer job? You’re in luck. From crafting cocktails to whipping up summer delights in the kitchen, we've got something for everyone.

Check out summer jobs at M&B and discover the perfect role for you.

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