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burnt x’s Tips For Your Summer Job Search

By Jacqueline Pena

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Though the darkness of finals looms right now, the inevitable sunshine of summer is on its way. We’re already enduring the summer heat and can’t wait for the relaxation that comes with it.

In order to relax and enjoy yourself, you need one thing: money. A summer job is a perfect way to make a little money on the side so you can attend that concert, make your daily Starbucks run or even take a spontaneous trip to the beach.

Here are some tips on how to obtain that minimum wage paycheck.

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Apply Now

Don’t wait until the end of finals to start applying. By that time everyone and their mothers will be applying, lowering your chances of getting hired. By applying early, you can make sure that your application will actually get looked at. The only downside to applying early is the possibility of having to work early. As long as you can balance school and work, you will be fine.

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Don’t Be Picky

Working at a fast food joint is not the end of the world. Fast food is not the ideal job, but it is a job. Getting a food handler’s permit is easy since only an online course is required. Fast food places may have a heavier workload than a retail store, but the hours and cleanup are better. Most fast food places are closed by 11 p.m. or midnight, and they won’t keep you past your shift for much longer after that. A retail store, on the other hand, can take up to two hours to reorganize the store after close, especially before a big sale.

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Time Management

If you’re an overachiever who decided to take classes during the summer, make sure you can balance working and going to school. If you cannot dedicate a sufficient amount of time to either entity, don’t attempt to do more than you can. If you try to do more than you can, either your grades or your work performance will suffer.

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Happiness Is Key

If you got a summer job, and you realized this was not the thing for you, don’t hesitate to quit! Assuming you got the job out of choice — not out of necessity — a summer job should not be a burden. It should be a simple, carefree way to make some pocket change. If your job is taking up more time than you thought it would or you are just tired of taking fries out of the fryer, put in your two weeks notice and take a sigh of relief.

Enjoy the summer and apply wisely my friends.

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