Need a Summer Gig? Dust Off Your Resume — Employers are Hiring Right Now

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If you hope to land a seasonal job this summer, you better be putting in your applications now.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2,500 employers across the country, and about a third (34%) say they’ll complete their hiring for summer jobs this month.

Nearly as many have already finished hiring for the season, but 20% plan to complete their summer hiring in June. So if you’re late to the game, it’s time to dust off your resume ASAP.

Hiring for Summer Jobs is on the Rise

CareerBuilder’s survey says 41% of employers plan to fill seasonal roles this summer compared to 29% last year.

These jobs include your typical summer positions. Nearly half of employers in the hospitality industry and about a third of retail employers said they’d be hiring seasonal workers.

An increase in summer tourism may be why a significant chunk of employers in these cities reported they’d be filling seasonal roles: Miami (66%), New York (58%), Washington D.C. (46%) and Los Angeles (45%).

But other industries are hiring seasonal workers too. Twenty-seven percent of employers plan to fill engineering positions this summer and the same amount say they’ll be hiring IT professionals. And 11% plan to hire new employees in the banking industry.

About four out of five employers will be paying their summer employees at least $10 an hour, and 19% say they’ll pay $20 an hour or more.

More Than Just a Temporary Role

Summer jobs are great for students or members of the gig economy, but they can also be used as a stepping stone for new grads or someone changing careers to gain experience and get their foot in the door at a coveted company where they hope to work on a more permanent basis.

According to CareerBuilder’s survey, 79% of employers hiring this summer say they will consider seasonal workers for permanent positions — up from 76% last year. So use your time at these seasonal jobs to make it count.

Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s chief human resources officer, recommends that summer hires don’t treat their position as if it’s just a temporary gig.

“You should view it as an extended job interview,” she said. “This is an opportunity for the company to get to know you, to show them what you bring to their organization and to show how you can become a valuable asset.”

Where to Find These Jobs

You all know the saying: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Don’t be shy about tapping into your network to land your summer gig. According to CareerBuilder’s survey, 34% of employers plan to hire a friend, 30% will hire a family member and 19% will employ their child.

Here at The Penny Hoarder, we’re constantly looking for great job opportunities to share with you — seasonal or not. Like The Penny Hoarder Jobs on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She once snagged a recurring summer job due to a family connection. She also had a summer internship that turned into a great freelance gig years later.

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