Olivia Lyyra’s blog
We’ve only got a few months until the summer is here. And that means it’s yougster’s time to look for a summerjob. I would rather call it hunting, because it’s not actually easy. When you are underage and in highschool (like me) you don’t have a lot of chance to get a whole-time job here. The ecenomical situation of Finland and Europe is not on top at the moment and we have a lack of jobs here. I bet that it’s a big percent of students in Kuopio that would like to work for the whole summer. And I bet that not many of them have the possibility to do it. But anyways, we have try of course.
First, the most important thing is to have the right attitude. You should not expect a lot and you shouldn’t care about what kind of work it is that you apply for. If we only applied for jobs that we would willingly have, there wouldn’t be much chance to get a job at all. I have simply learned to apply for every free job I find whatever they include because then there is much better probability to get one. Because does it really matter what kind of work we are doing for one summer, when we get money and valuable work experience from it?
After you have fixed your attitude, it all starts from surfing in the net and finding as many job adverticements as possible. There are some quite good websites that have lists of free jobs where you can search for a good one. And after that comes writing. Filling and sending tens of applications. The earlier you get it done, the better. When you’ve finished with that, you can congratulate yourself. And then just wait. Wait and wait for a reply which you might get or not. Maybe you’re called to an interview and if so, it’s a big step. The number of applicants to every summerjob is so big that the companys just don’t have time to interview them all and that’s why only part of the applicants are called there. After the interview you will get the job or not. So, this simply is the process and I can tell you it does take time.
Another chance is to go to different workplaces in the town and ask if they need workers. I did that this year and felt it better way than just sending the applications in the net. When you concretely visit the place, the staff can see you and get a signal of you as a worker.
Then there is the way that you can get a job if you know the right people. People whose parent or relative owns a company or works there, have much better probability to get a job. In my opinion it’s a bit unfear for others who don’t have that kind of situation, like me. But it’s very understandable because of course it’s much easier way for the companys to get workers than reading hundreds of applications and interviewing many people.
So, summerjob hunting is a nightmare that we have to face almost every year, but I bet it becomes easier every year when we get older and wiser!
Good luck for summerjob hunting and those who have already got a job, be happy!