How to Score a Summer Job

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Having extra cash in your pocket is always a good thing, so if you're thinking about getting a summer job this year, it's time to start looking. Ready to hit the pavement? Here are some helpful tips to get you on your way.

Search wisely. - Beyond looking on job sites, think about picking up the phone and calling around to local establishments. Better yet, show up in person and check out stores or jobs that you think you might want. Many times, openings aren't listed anywhere -- you simply have to ask.

Network, network, network. - The phrase is pretty straightforward. Tell as many people as you can that you're looking for a summer job. If a friend finds out about an opportunity, chances are they'll tell you, if they know you're on the hunt.

Start early. - According to the Rapid City Journal, job seekers should start inquiring before the season begins. "You usually want to start doing your checking before Memorial Day," Fred Dieken, assistant manager for the Rapid City field office of the South Dakota Department of Labor, said. "I would say the strategy is better early than late."
Be professional and prepared. - If you're visiting places in person, dress and act accordingly. No, that doesn't mean you have to wear a suit, but you should look put together and not wear anything too revealing or extremely casual. Also, be prepared for an on-the-spot interview. Gear yourself up to be asked questions about your work history (if any), availability and character.

Enjoy yourself. - Your summer job should be fun, and earn you pocket money. Pick a position you know you'll like doing. If you like your job and your employer likes you, who knows? You may even be asked to stay on through the school year. %Poll-46488%

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