Friday, April 25, 2014

Summer Jobs = Work Experience

Good news, job seekers! With summer just around the corner you’ll start to see employers advertising summer employment. Why would you want a job that’s just temporary? Well,
because summer jobs can oftentimes lead to full-time employment or, at the very least, can add more work experience to your resume for future employment opportunities.
So where should you look for these summer jobs? Major retailers, restaurants, and customer service employers are just a few of the areas to check out.

Summer Employment Outlook
Snagajob produces an annual Summer Employment Outlook that lists results gathered from surveying employers across the nation. Here are some of the findings from this year’s Snagajob Summer Employment Outlook:
  • On average, employers expect to hire 25 summer workers, of which 78 percent will be new workers that are not returning from a prior season
  •  Seventy-four percent of employers who plan to hire summer workers expect to have those positions filled by the end of May; seven percent have already filled summer positions
  •  Employers in the hospitality industry will pay highest average wage for summer employees: $10.89; food-service: $10.43; and retail: $10.07

Virtual Job Fair
Young adults, ages 14-24, also have the chance to apply for summer, temporary, part-time, and full-time jobs through our Virtual Job Fair. This is a FREE virtual event.

Between May 11th - 17th, job seekers can apply to jobs that local employers have uploaded. These jobs are located throughout the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota-Manatee Counties. For more information and to register, please visit
Internships are another great way to gain applicable, hands-on experience. CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas recently launched a new website with the expressed intent to connect those looking for an internship to local employers looking for interns.

These internships may be paid or unpaid, but all offer the chance to gain work experience for your resume, which can lead to better post-internship career opportunities. It's FREE to register and internship-seekers can browse and apply to intern listings at their leisure.

To register, visit

Other Resources
There are plenty of job opportunities on and new jobs added daily. Search through the jobs and even tailor your search via the “Advanced Job Search” tab to find jobs that are the best fit for your skill sets.

Additionally, be on the lookout for the “NOW HIRING” signs that many employers will begin to or have already begun posting in their store fronts. Like the report says: many employers plan to hire their summer workers by the end of May.

For other job opportunities, remember to check our Hot Jobs page on the website. New jobs are added every week.

Happy hunting!


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