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Summer Job Applications: A Crash Course

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, many Eastern students are looking for summer jobs. However, many students (sophomores especially) don’t know where to start. Fortunately, I completed the application process for a job just last week, and it is not as complicated as it seems.

The first big step of getting a job is to figure out which places are hiring. Because of the pandemic, almost all establishments are desperate for new employees, so it should not be hard to find something that works for you. 

After figuring out where you want to work, create a résumé if you don’t already have one. There are templates of all colors and styles on Google Docs, Canva, Microsoft Word, etc. The only items that you need to add to your résumé are your contact information, any academic accomplishments, sports/clubs you’re involved in, and any leadership positions you have. For example, I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawk Herald, I am on the crew team, and so I’ve added those to my extra-curricular activities. 

After creating a résumé, it’s time to fill out the actual application. I recommend doing this part in person if you can, but many places have moved to exclusively online applications. If that’s the case for you, simply fill out the application and attach your résumé as a pdf (there should be a spot to upload it).

The final, and arguably the hardest part of getting a job, is the waiting.  After submitting your application, it can take weeks to receive a response. Additionally, the place you applied to may require you to give them additional information such as references and potentially an interview at the location.

Good luck with your applications, Hawks! If you have yet to apply for a summer job and wish to do so, now is the time! 

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