Summer jobs provide important career experience


Many people think that getting a summer job is fast and easy, but the reality is, it can be a long and meticulous process.

Patty Little, director of the Center for Student Success, highly recommends going to the Malone website and finding the link to College Central Network under the Career Development Services. This is a network that is provided by Malone for students and alumni to use to get information on businesses that are hiring.

Many people think that getting a summer job is fast and easy, but the reality is, it can be a long and meticulous process. (Photo by Autumn Berry)

The next step is to do a little research on the job itself. It is always good to know what is entailed in the work load.

“The database is paid for by Malone for the students. Why not use it?” Little said.

This is where thinking through personal skill comes in handy.  It is also important to know your availability. The employer you will be contacting needs to know when you can work for scheduling.

The next step in the process would be contacting the business and asking for an application.

After the application is filled out, it is best to get it returned to the employer as fast as possible. The longer you wait to turn in an application the less likely it is that the job opening will still be available for when you finally turn the application in.

“It was stressful, but it didn’t take as long as I thought it would to fill out the application. The worrying about having the right experiences for the job is what was the worst,” said sophomore exercise science major Kayla Stewart.

If the employer likes the resume, you will most likely be called in for an interview. This importance of this part of the process cannot be stressed enough.

First impressions mean everything in today’s world.  Remember to dress professionally and be polite.

“When going to your interview, make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep eye contact with the interviewer,” said freshman creative writing major Riley Gable. “Speaking clearly is really important also. First impressions make or break your chances of getting hired.”

Patty Little also recommended the Perfect Interview software through Malone’s website. It allows you to practice interviews until you feel comfortable.

“It is really important to be proficient in interviews,” Little said. “The more practice, the better you will be, and the more likely you will get hired.”

Once the hiring process is completed, the final step is remembering that a job is a responsibility.  It isn’t something you can decide to show up for one day and skip the next. It takes dedication and hard work.

“When you get hired, that company relies on you; in a way, the business is being partially held by you,” Stewart said.

The more job experience you have, the better off you will be in the future when it comes to beginning your career.

Hanna Lucas is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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