Summer jobs: the good, the bad

By The Loquitur staff
April 21, 2005

With the semester nearing its end, many students may be thinking about sand and surf, road trips and other fun times with friends and family (and possibly finals). You just might be one who is eager for those summer activities and perhaps finding that summer job is towards the back of your mind.

“Don’t wait. Summer jobs often get filled fast, so get going on your job search!” says Alison Doyle, writer for “Your Guide to Job Searching” on To best be prepared when starting the job hunt, Doyle says to have a resume and references ready. When applying online or in person, some sort of resume and references are usually required. In addition, she suggests asking for help from college Career Services or those whom you may have networked with, for they may have contacts with someone to get you that needed summer job.

Doyle suggests, in addition to checking with Career Services and those in your network, to keep an eye on the classified section of your local newspaper. Although jobs can be found through the classifieds, one of the best ways to find retail, shore and local jobs is by applying in person, says Doyle.

There are also various career websites, such as and, which allow searches for part-time jobs. Although these may be helpful, another website,, allows searches for particular kinds of strictly summer employment.

Be sure to include visiting job sites, filling out applications and interviewing in your summer job search deadline. Remember, the sooner you get out there, the sooner you’ll lose the worry and have the money for those fun summer activities.

Erin Schell, a junior English/communication major, thought she was going to be a veterinary assistant one summer during high school. She liked working with animals and thought it would be a great learning experience. What she didn’t expect was what she spent her summer doing. “I ended up having to clean up animal waste, taking the animals outside and worrying about getting bit when giving medication,” she said.

Andrew Madonia, a sophomore English and philosophy major, said he had a great summer job working at an internet company. “Then again,” he said, “any teenage kid would say it’s a good job if they are making more than $8 an hour.”

While some students may have summer job horror stories, others find decent jobs that last them those valuable three months. Regardless, money can be considered a vital factor when indulging in fun activities and vacations. Furthermore, below are some websites you can take a look at for tips on how to land a good part-time job and keep those wallet-empty summer-time-blues away.

Summer job search websites:


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