Cliché Yourself into a Summer Job
Remember when you were in grade school and the end of the school year meant it was time for summer vacation? It was great! No homework or studying. Staying up late and sleeping in until all hours. Minimal adult supervision. Hanging out with friends. Family trips to cool places.
Well, not in my family. One of our most memorable family trips consisted of packing the seven of us (including my hugely pregnant older sister) into a family vehicle that was reminiscent of the Griswold’s family truckster and heading to the Bad Lands so we could camp in tents at the flattest and windiest treeless park in the entire state and eat spaghetti off paper plates. I was not a “happy camper,” literally. But, I digress.
When we’re young, summer is week-after-week of structure-free days filled with relaxation and fun. But, these types of summers gradually change — becoming busier with commitments each passing year. And, once we start college, summers are often spent trying to earn some cash and gain some experience.
If your summer plans include a job search, here are a few tips in the form of clichés to help you get out of a job search and into a job as soon as possible.
- You can’t learn to swim without getting in the water. You won’t find a job if you don’t look for one.
- The early bird catches the worm. Don’t procrastinate — start looking right away.
- Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. You should have applications submitted at several employers. Don’t hold out for that one job you really want.
- It’s not what you know, but who you know. Don’t forget to use your network.
- You have to look the part to get the part. Dress appropriately. First impressions really do matter.
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Don’t be so picky that you end up without a job.
But remember it’s still summer and you’re young, so make sure to have some fun. Otherwise, you’ll be at risk. Because, as they say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”