It’s been a long time since I last published on my blog. As some of you know, I’ve been busy.
Well, exams are over and I passed my second year of University. When I finish a year it means that for the summer I’ll be working, trying to make enough to continue paying my university and living expenses. Unfortunately this year, I missed most of the application deadlines for the jobs that students get in the summer, due to sickness and an overload of coursework. So come the end of April I was still looking, and applying anywhere and everywhere no matter the job or the paycheck. I did manage to find a job, thanks to some strong connections, but that’s a topic for my next blog post.
What I really want to talk about today, is the problem of finding a job as a student. There are many of you that are familiar with the standard summer job posting available to students. Many students will try to work on summer crews under the government or in the city or town that they live in, many more will look to campgrounds and recreation areas to do general labor for the summer. The unfortunate part of these jobs is that the opportunity window to send in your application just so happens to fall at one of the busiest times of the year in regards to school work and exams, and once you miss the window it is extremely difficult to get your resume to the right people. Besides, sending in a resume late is never a good idea because it portrays you as someone who is not responsible.
So, if you’re like me, you end up missing the application deadlines and then scouring every town, city, and government website, along with Kijiji postings, and all the jobs on Indeed; applying for all the jobs that you could possibly be qualified for, and even some that are a long shot, hoping that something will pay out. There really are no shortage of jobs. Well, that is if you have several years of experience, or a degree/diploma, of you are applying for full time not just summer temporary full time. With all those restrictions it becomes harder and harder to find jobs that are available to you.
Of course there is also the issue of making enough money. My qualifications say minimum wage, but all my expenses crave a job that pays $20 or higher just to pull through. I guess minimum wage would be enough if you just had to pay your living expenses and all. But minimum wage is not enough to pay your living expenses, your university fees, and maybe save up just enough so that one day your dream of owning a house can come true. It also doesn’t help when the prices of everyday necessities such as groceries and gas are so high.
With all that, I’m sure you can see that the job hunt as a student is difficult to say the least. Thankfully I ended up actually getting a job, and one that pays a little more than minimum wage, even though it’s not the kind of job I hoped for…but hey it is a job.
But that’s a different topic, for a different day. Feel free to comment any suggestions or tips for my future job searching in the comments section of this post. Or, you could always shoot me an email at email@example.com.