Finding work over the summer is a great way to add to your CV and earn some extra money.
Building your CV
Get the process started by writing a CV. You need to include your exam results, work experience or previous jobs and your contact information. Then print out 10-20 copies and hand them out around the local cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Make sure to show off your enthusiasm when interacting with the employees you speak with.
Once you’ve handed in your CV you need to go back within the week to ask if they have any opportunities for you. Do not wait for them to contact you. A pro-active mentality will greatly increase your chances of securing a position. It shows that you are committed and willing to take the initiative at work.
Your first day will probably be quite intense, so it is important to stay calm. Listen to the advice of your colleagues – they will want you to improve just as much as you do. Another important thing is to ensure your uniform is washed and ironed. You will look respectable and show your commitment to the role.
How many hours?
Always do what you feel comfortable with. If you find that you need more money, work more hours. Also the more hours you work, the less time you have to go out and spend. However, once the summer is over try not to work more than 1-2 days a week and keep your shifts to the weekend. When you are back at school or university you will need to turn your attention towards your studies.
Unfortunately, you’ll most likely be working for minimum wage. For 16-18 year olds this is £3.87, for 18-20 year olds it rises to £5.30 and for 21-24 year olds it rises to £6.70. Some jobs may offer a slightly higher rate of pay, others might provide non-pay based incentives, such as free lunch or store discount. These are all important factors when selecting an opportunity.
If you’re an enthusiastic student, studying at a Russell Group university, online tutoring is a great way for you to earn. You end up with £10-15 per hour, tutoring the subjects you love from the comfort of your own home. It’s also flexible, challenging and fun. All you need to do is go to MyTutor and complete the simple application process to get things started.
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