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Getting a holiday job

The long summer holidays will soon be here.  If you’re thinking of working over the summer to fill your spare time; earn some cash; or gain some experience by volunteering… here are some tips of how to get started with your search and things you will need to consider.   

Before you get started with your search have a good think about: 

  • how far you would be willing to travel for a job?  How you would get there... walk, public transport?     
  • how many hours a week realistically you can dedicate to work? Have you got any coursework or revision that you need to do before going back to school or college?  Have you got any holidays pre-booked with family or friends; or anything else that you’d like to do before getting a job? 
  • your skills and any previous experience you have had e.g. work experience placement in school.  Think about things that you are interested in outside of school or college, subjects you enjoy and are good at and match to possible job opportunities. 

If you are clear on the career path you want to follow in the future, it could be a good idea to look for a job in the same industry, or look for a voluntary work (unpaid) placement.   
 

The important thing to remember is that the skills you develop in most jobs or voluntary work placements are transferrable, so any experience you can gain will help you in the future when you’re looking for full-time work. 

Where to look

Retail is often a popular option for part-time work; with lots of stores having ‘summer sales’ there may be the need for additional part-time staff during this busy period.   

If you’re out shopping, look in shop windows or notice boards as lots of stores put adverts up for temporary or weekend staff in their displays.  If there are no vacancies advertised, ask a member of staff if they have any temporary work available.  It’s a good idea to take copies of your CV with you so that even if they don’t have vacancies, they can keep it on file and contact you if any suitable work comes up in the future.   

If you’re at college, sixth form or University find out where your ‘job boards’ are displayed – some colleges and universities have dedicated job shops advertising part-time vacancies from local employers. 

Other ways to search for job opportunities include: 

  • asking friends and family if they know of any vacancies
  • looking in the local newspapers
  • sending a CV and cover letter to companies you would like to work for
  • online job search… most companies have their own website and may advertise vacancies in this way.

Other ways to search for job opportunities include: 

  • asking friends and family if they know of any vacancies
  • looking in the local newspapers
  • sending a CV and cover letter to companies you would like to work for
  • online job search… most companies have their own website and may advertise vacancies in this way.

CVs

When searching and applying for jobs, it’s likely you’ll be asked to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae).  Don’t worry if you haven’t got one we can help you develop a CV from scratch; or support you in enhancing your existing CV.

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