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Best Spring & Summer Seasonal Jobs

Part 2 of 2

Summer Seasonal Jobs
Many of the jobs available during the spring will also be available during the summer, and some opportunities come into play once the summer hits.

Lifeguard
Lifeguard hiring increases significantly during late spring and early summer as the weather gets warm enough for people to head to their local pool or beach. You need to be a competent swimmer, but beyond that, many pools and beaches will provide the required safety and first aid training. If you've been a lifeguard before, it makes it easier to land a job.

Benefits include pool or beach access, free training, and skills development.

Beach:
Average wage: $15/hr

Pool:
Average wage: $17/hr

Child Care
Childcare workers are in extremely high demand, even during the winter and fall months. In summer, especially, kids are not in school, and their parents often need good childcare services. Childcare providers may start increasing their hiring as their need increases at this point. You'll need to be able to pass a background check in most cases. Don't assume that this opportunity is just for women. Male childcare workers are rare, and many childcare providers prefer to have a mix.

Benefits often include free or reduced-price childcare, free training, skills development, and at times paid training for necessary childcare certificates and education, such as CPR.

Average wage: $12/hr

Summer Camps and Camp Counseling
Summer camps start and run throughout the summer. While some may require specific qualifications, most are looking for patient individuals to help run and operate different aspects of the camp experience. Camps also need cooks, maintenance workers, and more!

Benefits can include free travel, free housing, free or discounted food, free training and skills development.

Counselor:
Average wage: $12/hr

Cook:
Average wage: $14/hr

How to Apply
Speed and attention to detail are going to be critical when applying for seasonal employment. You will be competing with other aspiring seasonal workers, so your best bet is to apply early. Preferably, for both spring and summer, start asking employers about opportunities before the season begins. These employers know the drill and want to have their positions filled and ready before they need them.

When you're filling out applications, make sure you read each requirement carefully, complete the application as requested, and include only the most relevant references. Avoid using family members for your references. Opt for previous employers or managers whom you have worked for or with for at least six months to a year, and who you think will have good things to say about you. Try to avoid listing previous employers or managers from positions you held more than 3-4 years ago. The more recently you worked with the reference, the better.

Always be honest about your educational attainment as well. Employers will check. If possible, turn in your application in person, and make sure to make a follow-up phone call or email to the hiring manager a week after applying.

What to Do at the Interview
If you do land an interview, make sure to follow these helpful tips:

Dress professionally, but don't overdress. You want to come across as professional, but not flashy.

Have questions about the work and the company/employer, but do not inquire about salary or pay until after you've received an offer.

Never interrupt hiring managers. Allow them to ask questions, and respond with an answer, or request more information so that you can better answer the question.

Maintain eye contact and present a friendly demeanor.

Never talk badly about former employers or jobs you had. If your employer asks about a reason why you left a previous job, give reasons that discuss your traits, but also discuss ways you've reflected and areas you've sought to improve.

Discuss how the work will help build your skills -- do not focus only on the money.

Send a thank-you note or email to the hiring manager within a few hours of the interview.

Depending on the need, you may be asked for an interview immediately upon turning in the application. Make sure you dress appropriately and prepare for an interview even if you are just turning in an application.

Seasonal employment may not be everything you want, but that doesn't mean you should overlook it. Aside from the obvious financial benefits, seasonal work will give you new skills and connections and will show other prospective employers that you are a motivated employee who is willing to take on diverse challenges. That makes a difference in the way potential employers see you. If an interview down the line asks why you took that job, look that interviewer in the eye and say, "because I want to work." Desire makes a difference, and that difference can work for you.