According to a recent U.S. News and World Report column written by Tim Tyrell-Smith, a simple summer gig can blossom into a full-time job by using some simple techniques.
To start, Tyrell-Smith says, landing a summer job, rather than being lazy by the pool all day, is crucial. A summer job fulfills a basketful of key objectives when it comes to starting a career, such as experience, resume building, making contacts and the ever-important extra cash.
Once a part-time job is secured for the summer, there are eight ways to really stand out as an employee who could be in it for the long haul, according to Tyrell-Smith.
The tried-and-true method of arriving early and staying late will let bosses and coworkers know you are committed to the job, and that you are interested in the goings-on of the workplace. Finding a mentor that provides guidance as well as training, Tyrell-Smith says, is an integral part of finding a niche within a company.
According to the author, scheduling informational interviews, visiting customers or vendors and taking classes or seminars can help to gain knowledge from superiors or trained professionals, and will provide invaluable skills that will add to your brain potential.
Engaging in special projects will create a great story to accompany information on your resume, Tyrell-Smith says. If there is an opportunity to tackle a visible problem, devise a solution that can be accomplished during the summer stint. This will bolster work accomplishments greatly.
According to the author, above all, express interest. Don't leave the summer job without telling the employer how interested you are in a permanent position. If the experience was a good one, let them know you would like to be a part of their operation.
A summer job could be the gateway to personal growth and the discovery of a career that brings happiness to your life.