The end of the school year may seem far off, but employers looking to hire summer students are recruiting already. For high school and post-secondary students both with and without work experience, the whole job hunt process can be daunting. Where do they start? How can they get their applications noticed?
Food and beverage processors across Ontario with seasonal businesses hire hundreds of students every summer. Here, Dave Shepherd, director of human resources for Ippolito Fruit and Produce, shares his tips on how to land a great summer job.
1. Don't be shy. Speak up and let people know you're looking. Many jobs aren't advertised so start your search by asking friends, family and neighbours if they know of anyone who would hire a student. Ask around and offer to help in any way — you never know what opportunity may come out of it.
2. Write a resume. Even if you don't have a lot of work experience, applying with a professional resume will show you are a serious candidate and help set you apart from your competition. Include any volunteer work and clubs that you have participated in, both in and out of school.
3. Check your digital image. Have you ever tried searching yourself online? One of the first thing employers will do once your application is through round one is google your name. Before kicking off your job search, do a thorough scrub of your social channels. Set your profiles on a private mode and be mindful of what you post. The last thing you want is your future employer enlightened to the ins-and-outs of your prom after-party.
4. Speak with your guidance counsellor or career centre. Your high school guidance counsellor or college or university career centre is a great resource for helping you identify strengths and interests. You can also find job search and interview advice. There may even be a bulletin board with job postings or an online job board available.
5. Crack the hidden job market. Everyone wants a summer job at a top company, but only a few people will get them. Be smart in your job search and target industries and companies that are actually hiring. Did you know that the food and beverage processing sector in Ontario is the largest manufacturing employer in the province? The industry has set a goal to create 60,000 new jobs by the year 2020. Check out some of the skills you can put to use in the industry at tasteyourfuture.ca.
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