When I was younger and looking for my first job, I had these visions of rolling into my local Footlocker and being offered a position based on the freshness of my kicks alone.

Of course, being me, I decided to do this when the summer holidays were already in full swing and only managed to leave my resume with a cashier that ‘promised’ to pass it on to her boss. I spent that entire summer bored and broke.

Don’t be like me.

If you’re after a summer job, you need to start looking as soon as possible; there’s no such thing as too keen.

1. Beat the rush

Going through job applications takes time and effort and employers don’t want to be doing this during the summer period when they’ve already got a massive workload. Because of this, they tend to get their holiday hiring out of the way well before it actually starts.

Which means you need to get in quick. Drop off resumes, go through all the online applications and beg your mates to put in a good word for you before every man and his dog is also looking get a chrissy casual gig.

2. Have one in the bag before school gets too hectic

Like some sort of messed up reverse-storm, the school year gets most hectic right before it gets absurdly calm.

This means that those that say they’ll start looking for a job later in the year will get caught in a mess of assignments and essays and presentations and late night study sessions; they won’t have time to catch up on the latest Netflix series, let alone look for a job.

Get some work sorted now so you can at least have one thing under control when exams proceed to screw up everything else in your life.

3. Go through setbacks

The next chapter of my Footlocker fiasco featured me trying again the next year, albeit in October rather than January.

Problem was, I was denied an interview again.

Of course, since it was still early days, I had time pick up what sense of self-worth I still had and continue looking for a job despite this rejection.

It definitely took a few tries but starting early meant I was able to go through numerous stages of hope and disappointment before I signed a contract and started actually earning some cash.

4. There won’t be a weird boring stage

Waiting until school finishes before looking for a job means you’ll be spending the first few weeks of your holiday writing applications and sending off resumes and nobody wants to do that.

Another funny thing about not having a job is that it means you won’t have a source of income, so you won’t have any money to spend on fun things while you wait for an interview.

You can go through our job archives to get tips on things like landing a job or jobs that are perfect for students, then get out there and start applying.

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