It's Still Not Too Late to Find a Summer Job!
While it may be mid-summer and you're still looking for a summer job, don't panic. There are plenty of options out there for you, and some of them may lead to a permanent position or a recurring placement for next summer. It’s not too late to get out there and find a great opportunity in the hospitality industry!
There are plenty of reasons someone may be leaving his/her summer job in mid-July, creating an opening just for you. Some students are taking summer classes, which are usually divided into 2 sessions, one beginning in May and ending in early July and one beginning in early July, ending in mid-August. Those 2nd-session students will be leaving the summer jobs, and that means employers will be looking for replacements.
Plenty of music and craft festivals, conferences and other annual events will be taking place in late summer and require additional labor to manage the crowds. What about helping out at a vineyard as they prepare for harvest or learn about organic farming while getting paid? Big farm stands are ramping up their fruit deliveries for a 6-7 week long season, starting later in the summer and looking for customer service employees, pickers and packers.
Adventure parks are constantly hiring primary customer service staff to greet guests, answer questions and provide assistance where needed. Food and beverage services are a big draw at theme parks, distributing food throughout the park, maintaining inventory and learning about receiving and storing food safely in the warehouses.
Fairs, special events, and hospitality companies are another opportunity for seasonal work towards the end of summer. Whether you’re providing food service, customer service, greeting guests, doing maintenance or taking tickets, it’s a chance to learn about working a big event and all that goes into running and organizing it. It’s fast-paced and a lot of fun.
Tour buses are another option. Tours for sight-seeing, fishing, brew-hopping, etc. are running all summer long and looking for reliable drivers who are friendly, engaging and love working with people.
Hotels and restaurants are also good options for late summer as they are always hiring for positions like servers, bussers, housekeepers, cooks or kitchen help, or other temporary or hourly positions. That’s when the permanent staff is taking time off before the busy holiday season, and it’s a chance to learn the ropes in the hotel or restaurant business and start building your hospitality resume.
No matter where you find your job, you should always do your best and go the extra mile to be helpful, take on tasks that are unpopular, work extra shifts and be flexible. Employers love employees they can depend on and when they find them, they want to keep them. Here’s a chance to learn more about a variety of hospitality career paths and try your hand at a few in the real world. Make yourself an asset to the team and you may be pleasantly surprised where it leads!