Summer Job Hunting 101

Posted by Shannon Hui on February 27, 2018

Careers | Events | Inside Perspectives | York & U

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: it’s time for summer job hunting! Although it may seem early to start looking for summer jobs, many recruiters actually start looking for seasonal hires as early as January and February. From refining resumés to completing interviews, scoring a great summer job takes effort, persistence and patience. To make the process easier, it’s important to be smart about the job search and take advantage of the resources available to you. York University’s Career Centre is dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals. By building students’ knowledge, skills and experiences, the Career Centre can help you to develop your career and get a summer job. Read on to learn more about how you can make the most out of your job search with York’s resources!

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Prepare for your summer job search by using Career Centre resources!

Career Centre Services

For personalized career help, book a one-on-one appointment with a Career Educator. While you can find a full list of the appointment options on the Individual Appointments page, I highlighted a few that are particularly useful and can help you in the different stages of the job search process!

Individual Appointments

  1. Beginning the Search – Job Search Advising

If you’re not sure where to get started in your summer job hunt, book a 30-minute Job Search Advising appointment by registering on the Career Centre’s online system. Some common areas of focus include discussing job resources and effective job search strategies, ideas about expanding your network and tips to enhance your LinkedIn profile. It’s a great starting point to get your summer job search under way.

  1. The Application Stage – Rapid Resumé  Review

Once you have pinpointed a few strategies to start your job search, it’s time to give your resumé some attention. The Career Centre can help you create or improve your resumé during a Rapid Resumé Review. All you’ll need for this appointment is a printed copy of your resumé and 15 minutes! To register, book an appointment on the Career Centre’s online system. If you’re looking for a more in-depth review, consider booking a 30-minute Resumé Feedback Session or Cover Letter Session. The Feedback Sessions can be booked by phone at 416-736-5351 or in person at 202 McLaughlin College. Please note that you must attend a Resumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop to be eligible for the Feedback Sessions.

  1. Preparing for the Interview – Interview Practice Session

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “The art of the interview?” Just like playing a musical instrument or competing in a sport, the best way to improve your interview skills is to practise. During the 30-minute Interview Practice Session, you will get the opportunity to prepare and practise for upcoming interviews and polish your skills! You will also get feedback ranging from identifying your strengths and weaknesses to developing personalized strategies. Book your appointment on Career Centre’s online system.

Success Tip: Appointments are released on the Career Centre’s online system every Friday at 4:00pm for the following week. Book your appointment early so you can get a jumpstart on the job hunt!

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To get the most out of your appointment, be prepared to learn and ask questions!

Career Centre Workshops

York U’s Career Centre offers a variety of workshops to help you prepare for a successful summer job search. From identifying your key skills to learning about useful resources, the Job Search Workshops provide clarification and direction regarding the job search process. To attend a workshop, you must register on the Career Centre’s online system. Below are a few workshops that caught my eye, but you can take a look at the Job Search Workshops page to see the full range of options.

  1. You’ve Got Skills! Workshop

It can be difficult to identify what skills you have to offer as a prospective employee. The You’ve Got Skills! Workshop will help you with this challenge by pinpointing your abilities and accomplishments. All that’s left to do is translate your qualities and achievements onto paper and discuss them in an interview!

  1. How to Find a Summer Job Workshop

The name of this workshop says it all! Get the inside scoop on summer job search resources and learn about strategies for finding “hidden” opportunities.

  1. Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile Workshop

LinkedIn is a professional networking platform that allows individuals to connect with one another. Having a strong LinkedIn presence can help you stand out and enables recruiters to find you online, but it’s not the same as creating a Facebook profile! To help you out with the basics, the Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile Workshop teaches you how to compose, edit and improve your account. As an extra bonus, you can get a professional-looking headshot taken for your profile as well!

Success Tip: Did you know that summer job hiring starts as early as January and February? Start your summer job search as early as possible so you don’t miss exciting opportunities.

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Register for a workshop to develop new professional skills!

Exploring Your Job Options

Not sure where to start your job search or what opportunities are available? Start by looking at York U’s on-campus Work/Study programs and the Career Centre’s online job posting system.

On-Campus Opportunities

You don’t have to look too far to find summer job opportunities! In fact, York University offers four on-campus work programs for students. To be eligible for the programs, you will need to first complete your Student Financial Profile. All the opportunities are posted on the Career Centre’s online job posting system. Take a look at the different Work/Study positions below:

  1. Work/Study Program – offers paid on-campus positions;
  2. Research at York (RAY) Program –offers paid on-campus research opportunities;
  3. College Life at York (CLAY) Program – offers paid on-campus positions to work in the York College systems; and
  4. York Engaged Students (YES) Program – offers paid on-campus opportunities to be engaged in activities involving peer mentoring, ambassadorship and advising.

The Career Centre’s Online Job Posting System

Every year, employees post over 10,000 opportunities for York University students on the Career Centre’s online job board. These listings include full-time and part-time positions, internships, summer jobs and volunteer opportunities. To search and apply for these online postings, use the Career Centre’s online job posting system.

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Search for online job postings using the Career Centre’s online job posting system.

Success Tip: Some job applications will require references. Make sure to coordinate your references early and let them know that they may be contacted.

Finding a summer job isn’t easy, but taking advantage of the York U resources available will help make it easier! Good luck in your summer job hunt, Lions!

What are your strategies for finding a summer job? Comment below or tweet us on Twitter at @YorkUStudents.

Shannon Hui
Shannon Hui

Shannon is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program at York U. She is also an ice cream fanatic (especially for chocolate chip cookie dough), bookworm and stationery enthusiast, and she hopes York students enjoy reading her posts!

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