How To Get a Summer Job

Tips from the PTSO’s Summer Job Event


Seniors Sam Wexler, Hannah Hacker, Marcus Casar, Carly Gallant, and Taylor Ficker give advice on finding a summer job at the April PTSO meeting.

For the spring 2017 PTSO general meeting, a panel of seniors gave advice on how to get a summer job. Many seniors on the panel had been at their respective jobs for several years in a row. Though each gave some advice relevant to their particular industry- from restaurant work to retail- there were a few things they all agreed upon.

  • This is likely one of your first jobs- it may even be your very first. This lack of experience, coupled with the competition that exists for many entry-level jobs, means you can’t really afford to be picky. Find the best job you can, but be careful not to turn down a job just because it’s ‘below you’
  • Be confident in the interview
  • Come prepared. Research on the company beforehand can really pay off, and can make you stand out to a potential employer
  • Realize that finding a summer job can be a significant amount of work- plan ahead to spend time applying
  • Have a resume saved. You’ll likely be providing a resume to multiple potential employers, and having a pre-made resume helps quicken the process
  • If you don’t have any job experience to list, you can include a skills list on your resume, as well as accomplishments in extracurriculars or school activities.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, both in the interview and in the job itself. Asking questions makes it clear that you’re engaged and listening. It doesn’t make you seem unprepared- you’re not expected to know everything. It’s easier and simpler to ask your coworkers or manager if you’re confused about something, rather than trying to figure it out yourself
  • Be conscientious about what you post on social media. Potential employers can easily look you up, and though not all of them do, you want to demonstrate that you’re responsible
  • Be on time. Though it may sound obvious, many employers that hire teenagers are, first and foremost, looking for someone reliable. Being on time, or even early, demonstrates that you value your job.
  • Especially early-on in the job, some mistakes are expected. As long as you learn from them, mistakes can be an opportunity to improve