10 Summer Jobs Near You

Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

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Job seekers often forget that seasonal jobs aren't only for gift wrappers and department store Santas during the holidays. The warm seasons bring a whole slew of work that makes finding a job for the summer months an easy affair.

While students looking to fill their wallets and pass the time make up a large portion of summer workers, seasoned professionals are on the hunt for work, too. Anyone looking to make a little extra money, whether a teacher on summer break or a retiree who doesn't want the pressure of a permanent job, can take advantage of the bump in summer hiring.

Here are some positions to consider as you head out on your summer job hunt:

1. Child care workers

When children are no longer in class, parents who have jobs outside the home are suddenly forced to find something for them to do eight hours each day. During the summer months, parents take refuge in child care, whether in the form of a private caretaker or a professional facility.

2. Restaurant servers

With sunny weather comes the ability to dine alfresco, which means people will find any excuse to eat out all summer long. Restaurants hire more staff, such as hosts, hostesses and servers, to accommodate the increase in patrons.

3. Sales associates

Working in retail is the tried and true rite of passage for many teenagers, and it's also a good seasonal job for experienced workers who have established customer service skills. Employers need all the help they can get because people need summer wardrobes, vacation attire and, at the tail end of the break, back-to-school fashion. Not to mention all the other gadgets you wind up buying, like sporting equipment, landscaping materials and a barbecue grill that you don't need but can't resist.

4. Lifeguards

The best refuge from the heat is a day at the pool or water park. If you don't mind dealing with hyper children and relish the chance to soak in the rays while getting paid to monitor swimmers, look into being a lifeguard.

5. Office assistants

Even though working in an office means wearing a suit in a cubicle instead of a bathing suit on the beach, you'll find many employers looking for extra staff come summer. Employees go on vacation, which leaves the company short on help during this time. Also, employers know how many summer hires are available and are eager to finally tackle projects they didn't previously have enough staff to complete.

6. Hotel and resort staff

When vacationers want to get away from their daily grind, they like to be pampered in full-amenity hotels and resorts. Somebody's got to do the legwork, which includes working the front desk and attending to other visitor needs.

7. Amusement park attendants

Nothing says summer like riding in a rickety roller coaster cart with your arms up while wondering if you'll fly into the air at the next drop. These mammoth amusement parks are filled with employment opportunities for the summer job seeker – from working the rides to selling souvenirs to wearing a mascot costume.

8. Home improvement workers

While not having a wall between your kitchen and backyard is a nuisance, it's worse when the temperature outside is freezing and snow is drifting onto your dinner table. That's why home renovations and improvements kick into high gear during the warm months. Homeowners need someone to paint their houses (both inside and outside), and renovation crews need strong bodies to knock down walls and build others.

9. Landscapers

When homeowners want to beautify their lawns but they have neither the time nor the talent to keep their gardens alive, they call landscapers. Landscape architects, who are the highly trained professionals who help make the most of a homeowner's green space, often need the assistance of workers with green thumbs who are willing to sweat in the sun while planting, tilling and tending.

10. Camp workers

As an alternative to day care or personal child care, many parents send their children to summer camps. Camps can be multiweek affairs on campgrounds with attendees from various locations or day camps where attendees are dropped off each morning and picked up in the afternoon. Activity guides and counselors help the camp run smoothly so that the children aren't wishing they were at home watching TV on the couch.

Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 06/06/2008 - 3:39 PM


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