Summer break is approaching for millions of students, which means those looking for summer work will try to land a job. Your Better Business Bureau says do your research before applying or accepting a job.
According to SnagAJob.com, an employment Web site, employers are hiring summer workers earlier than in the past. They also say the summer job market is competitive and to gain an edge you must start early, be persistent and apply to as many summer jobs in your area that you can find.
Your Better Business Bureau offers advice for summer job hunters:
• Start your search now. Waiting may decrease your chances of landing a job.
• Spread the word among your network. Tell your teachers, coaches, family members and neighbors you’re looking for a job.
• Consider finding a job where you shop. You’ll be familiar with the product and you may receive a store discount.
• Treat this job search like you’d do any other. Dress appropriately and have your resume up-to-date. Be prepared to be interviewed on the spot.
• Be flexible. Summer employees are expected to work long hours, weekends, and nights and even on holidays.
• Share your strengths and job knowledge with potential employers.
• Be aware if you’re offered a job without applying, it’s most likely a scam. Don’t provide personal information because it could lead to identity theft.
• Be cautious if a potential employer will only communicate through text messaging or e-mails and never via phone. That’s a sign he or she may be trying to hide a foreign accent or may be avoiding giving out the phone number.
• Be skeptical of e-mails or text messages that contain poor English, are hard to understand or have a lot of grammatical errors.
• Be wary of someone charging a fee for training, background checks or drug checks. A reputable company won’t do business that way.
• Watch out for a company offering a large amount of money for little work.
Remember, if you’re looking for a trustworthy employer, contact your BBB to check out businesses you’re considering. For more advice on finding a summer job, visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.