Summer jobs: how to stay calm


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Philosophy
Category: Social sciences and social care

20 April 2018

As the days begin to get longer and the weather starts to warm up, we all know what is coming... SUMMER! But if you want or need a job, how do you go about getting work?

For most this means a week away in a warm country, with late nights, sand, sea, cocktails and relaxing. Maybe you have a festival or two that you are eagerly waiting for the tickets to be posted through your door. Or maybe it’s just a chance to read that book you have been meaning to get through. But what are you going to do with the rest of your summer? WORK!

We all wish that we didn’t have to spend the lovely warm days working but the truth is we all could do with the money. Whether it’s to pay off money we borrowed from our family, if we have a car to run, or we just need to get through the summer with a little cash in our pockets.

So how do you go about preparing yourself for the painstaking job interviews, waiting for that email, or call, to say if it’s a yes or no?

Here are some tried and tested tips to make this process a little easier.

Sort your CV and cover letter out now

Your CV is the first thing people get to see about you, so make it good. It’s okay to talk yourself up to an extent. Don’t use flowery language. Make it true and put any good qualities you have about yourself on your CV. Remember, you want to make sure you are the one that the employer remembers. If you are unsure if your CV is up to standard then you can always bring your CV or laptop down to ARU’s CV surgery (all information is on the Employment Bureau website).

Apply, apply, apply!

You aren’t going to get people coming up to you and asking you to work for them, you need to be actively looking for work. Go online and look at websites every day so you can be one of the first to get your CV in. Employers love people who are keen to work for them.

When it comes to the actual interview, relax. If it doesn’t go well it’s not the end of the world. Just remember that these people are going to be making a fast decision about you. If you are calm and confident it shows that you don’t crumble under pressure, which may be useful for some jobs.

How to stay calm? Before you even leave you house, make sure you have something to eat. This will help wake you up and get ready for the day. When you are waiting to go in just take a moment to breathe. Relax your shoulders. This will make you look and feel less tense. But remember, they were all in your place once, and probably had to have an interview to get the job they are in now. They are just people trying to earn some money, too.

Practice makes perfect

No matter if you are returning to a job or starting a new one it’s important to go to job interviews to get practice for after university. No matter what field you go in to, we will all have to go through an interview once in our lives, sometimes even to get our university place. So why not get practising now and earn some money at the same time?

It’s okay not to get every single job you apply for. No one does. All you can do is start putting yourself out there and applying for jobs that come your way. And if you don’t like the job you are in, then leave. Your mental and emotional health is more important than any job.

Have a great summer and happy job hunting. Good luck!


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