What job is best for you?

Things to think about when pursuing a summer career

May 25, 2010|By LAKIN THOMAS / Pulse correspondent
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This summer is a great time to start looking for a part-time job. Getting a job means you won't have to keep bugging your parents for money every time you want to do something fun or to buy new clothes.

Earning your own money allows you to feel responsible and puts you in charge of where the money goes. But it may be hard to find the job that's right for you. That's where this pop quiz comes in. So before you sign up for a worker's permit, take the pop quiz to find out your interests. Then go on a search to find something that suits you and will make you happy while you work.

1. You and your friends have decided to hit the mall for some summer shopping. Each of you has a different style, meaning you'll want to look in different stores. The store you are sure to head to first is:


A) A trendy clothing store where you know there is always something that you like and maybe a few extras, too.

B) The pet store. It may not be something to add to your wardrobe, but you can't help stopping by to see which cute puppies are up for adoption.

C) The food court. It's hard to shop on an empty stomach, so you hit the nearest restaurant to satisfy your cravings.

D) The kids' department at a big department store. You saw a cute little sundress for your little sister in the circular and know she will love it.

2. It's the end of summer, and you are trying to scramble up some extra cash to buy some new clothes for school. You decided to hang up posters in your neighborhood advertising:

A) Purses that you handmade. They come in all different shapes and sizes, which will allow for a variety of interests.

B) A pet fashion show. You love working with animals and it would be so cute to get them all dolled up and walk them down a runway.

C) A lemonade/cookie stand. You are an excellent at baking and crafting up new recipes so you are sure to bring in the money you need.

D) A one-day child care business. You get to watch the kids, play some games and give their parents a break.

Mostly A's:

If you answered both A's then you should check into a retail store that is hiring. It sounds like you have a lot of interest in fashion, so check around to see if you can find a job that lets you be creative, and you may even get a discount on the clothes you love to buy.

Mostly B's:

Animals seem to be your thing, so try checking out local pet stores. You may start out by simply stocking shelves and cleaning up, but once you learn the basics you may be able to score a position actually working with the animals.

Mostly C's:

You are mostly interested in the food industry aspect. It might seem like all the jobs concerning food are only in fast food restaurants, but the more you look you might discover that there are more exciting endeavors in places such as a bakery.

Mostly D's:

Children have always been the most adorable thing to you. The way they are always so curious and crazy, makes you smile from ear to ear. Try looking around for jobs that will allow you to be around children most of the time. You may be too young for smaller children, but you might find somewhere that offers help with bigger kids.

The Ultimate Job Hunt

Hearing your friends talk about their jobs and how they got them might make it seem like it's an impossible process. However, you don't have to fret too much. Here are some common sense tips when looking for employment.

Make you resume shine. Your resume is one of the most important aspects to getting a job. Before you go in for your interview, the employer will look over the information you have provided. Look online for the correct way to write a resume.

If you've worked at other jobs, then be sure to include it in your resume so that your employer can see that you've had experience in the same field. You can also add volunteer experiences that you've had just to show that you are trying to learn more about the area you're interested in working in.

Remember: The point of your resume is to make yourself look good. When putting down references, make sure you don't put anyone down who will say negative things about you. Your references should be former employees, teachers or volunteer coordinators, not your best friend or your parents.

Before you send it in be sure to have someone proofread your resume. An employer can ignore your application if you misspell his or her name or the company's name.

Also don't use texting lingo, it's also a big turn-off and it makes you look unprofessional.

Be sure to make your resume look the best by adding those little details, which might make it stand out from the rest of the applicants.

Start by volunteering. You might think that it will take forever to find the job you are looking for if you are busy volunteering, but try to think positive.

When you go into job interviews, it will look good on your resume that you have had hands-on experience in a field similar to the job you are applying for. This might make you a better candidate for the position you are applying for.

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