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Your Summer Job Search Plan

Last updated January 16, 2021

Looking for a summer job? Get started with our summer job search plan. Even during uncertain economic times, there are summer jobs available for young people and having a summer job search plan will help you find the right one for you.

We know it might be tempting to apply for every job you find, but having a plan will make your job search more efficient, keep you on track, and save you time in the long run. Proactively schedule time every week to work on the following activities that will help you land that summer job.

Determine what type of job you want

Before you type in a search or hit the apply button, think about the type of summer job you want and the type of work you enjoy doing. Not sure where to start? Take a free career interest assessment to learn about jobs that match your interests. 

Get your resume ready

A resume is a way for you to highlight your skills and accomplishments for prospective employers. Although every job may not ask for one, most do, so make sure you have your resume handy. Pro tip: When applying to jobs online, upload your resume to complete your application faster. Need to create your first resume? Use our template to help you build yours. Already have a resume? Great! Send it to us and our job coaches will review it for free and provide you with feedback. 

Start your job search

Once your resume is up to date and you have a sense of what type of job you are interested in, it’s time to start looking. Finding a job takes time and persistence, so be sure to apply to several opportunities, not just one.


Not all jobs are listed online. Use your network to help you land your summer gig. LinkedIn is a great way to help you build your professional network and connect to job and internship opportunities. Not sure what a network is or need help building yours? Check out 6 reasons why you need LinkedIn

Brush up on your interview skills

You never know when a hiring manager will reach out. Be ready to rock your interview by taking the time to prepare in advance. Here’s our tips on how to prepare for a phone interview and watch our video on the top 5 interview questions to learn how to best answer the most common interview questions. 

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