Summer is here, you have experienced the longest heatwave anyone can remember but you’re running out of cash to keep going out with your friends. Well, Strike is here to help you out with the top five summer jobs that will look amazing on your CV.
5. Retail Jobs
The great thing about doing a retail job over the summer is that the jobs are relatively easy to come by and you have many different companies to choose from.
Retail jobs give you the chance to improve your interpersonal skills and learn how to react and deal with difficult situations very quickly.
While it is not greatly paid, you can find a range of full time or part time work depending on your needs.
Best part? You usually get an employee discount to spend in store!
4. Hospitality Jobs
Hospitality can mean anything from washing dishes in your local café to seating people in the classiest venues.
The pay is fairly adequate but be prepared to work for it. On the upside, you usually get a free meal on your break!
If you go down the event route, you can easily pick up shifts as and when you need them.
3. Festival Jobs
You’ve been looking at that festival website for the past couple of years but you have always missed a great line up because it was too expensive? Well, why not get a summer job at your favourite festival?
The great thing about it is that you usually get a day off to actually go to the festival and experience great music for free!
Summer festival work is not terribly well paid but you usually get meals, drinks and a free ticket to the festival on top of any hourly wage.
You can have roles from bar tending to ensuring the performers are on stage on time. Besides, is there a better summer job than one where you get to listen to some of your favourite artists every day?
2. Working Abroad
For all you adventurous types out there, summer work abroad is something employers always ask about when they see it on your CV. It just looks so impressive.
Anything from bar work to building houses, from Spain to China, you can go anywhere in the world and not only do you earn some money over the summer, you also get a free holiday! Just be wary of scams asking for money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Working abroad also gives you the chance of learning another language, which always looks great on any CV.
From babysitting to gardening, bike repairs and tutoring, entrepreneurship is a great way to spend your summer doing something you love and it shows initiative and determination to prospective employers.
The great thing about offering your services is that you can choose your own hours and rate of pay. You will never miss a summer party again.
It may be a little difficult at first putting notices in shop windows and knocking on doors, but the satisfaction you gain doing something you love is always worth it.
So that is it, our top five summer jobs! If you find you might be lacking in experience, you should also try volunteering over the summer. From working in a charity shop to helping elderly people, there is no limit to what you can do. It is a great way to get experience in an industry you might like and shows your will to work.
By Nathalie Lot
31 July 2013