January 30, 2017

When Is The Best Time To Apply For Summer Jobs?

What are you doing for work this summer? Do you know when is the best time to apply for summer jobs? The answer is, right now. If you’re chasing seasonal employment, here’s a good general rule: always plan out your next job a full season before you will be working. This will keep you on top of the job search and ensure that you are always planning ahead.

Ad in newspaper for summer job opportunities that's been highlighted

Did you know that roughly 20% to 25% of employers hire additional workers during the summer? That’s significant. Add in the seasonal employers who need to hire en masse and you’ll quickly realize that the summer job market is very competitive. Summer is prime time to build your resume, gain professional experience, and collect a paycheck. It’s your job to be organized so that you stay on top of the job search and ultimately land the job that you want.

What You Need To Know About Summer Hiring

The biggest summer job search mistake is waiting too long to apply. Employers start to post summer job openings in the middle of winter. They want to have their hiring completed long before the busy summer rush so that they can focus on other things. These employers want and need to see your applications ASAP – the sooner the better.

The best time to apply for summer jobs is during the winter or spring. Since most summer positions begin in May or June and end in August or September, it’s best to have a job lined as early as possible.

Start Your Summer Job Search Now

Start your summer job research right now. Decide what you want to do and where you want to do. Then research employers and job opportunities. Many employers will have application deadlines so pay attention! It’s smart to get your application in early so that you can complete the hiring process well before the job begins. This means that the best time to apply for summer jobs falls in to the period of January to April. If for some reason your dream job isn’t posted yet, contact the employer to find out when you can apply.

Whether you want to land a seasonal job, a professional position, or an internship, you need to be on top of it. Stay organized and plan ahead. It’s mandatory if you want to get the right job for you, but what is the right job for you?

Here’s a quick preview of summer job niches that might interest you. What are you going to do for work this summer?

Learn about more seasonal jobs on JobMonkey.com. Best of luck with your summer job search!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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