School is officially out for the summer, which means high schoolers and college students across the country are looking for part-time work to pick up some extra cash. But it's not just students who want summer jobs: The seasonal job market draws a lot of professionals looking for flexible, temporary employment.
"There's a lot of demand for the part-time, temporary labor force," said Steve DelVecchia, founder of online staffing platform Adaptive Professional Solutions. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 90 percent of [recent] job growth has been part-time positions."
These statistics are also supported by research conducted by George Mason University, which reported in a McClatchy DC article that 97 percent of net job creation in the first half of 2013 was part-time work. [What the Part-Time Economy Means for Employers]
So where might you find one of these part-time summer jobs? Most seasonal businesses are in the recreation and tourism industry, said David Horen, career expert and help provider on Helpouts by Google. These include vacation destinations, pools, summer camps, amusement parks and ski parks. Other outdoor businesses such as farms and construction, as well as restaurants and movie theaters. also generally increase hiring during the summer.
For more practical professional experience related to their career path, many part-time job seekers also look into internships and temporary jobs at corporate offices. While these types of positions are often already filled months in advance, you may be able to find a last-minute opening if hired candidates unexpectedly leave.
No matter what type of position you're seeking, there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying.
Clean up your digital profiles. For any job seeker, a virtual self-marketing strategy is key, DelVecchia said. Employers are relying on LinkedIn more than ever, so make sure your profile stands out. If you're using a staffing agency, you can use your digital presence to market yourself within the agency, so your contact there will know where to allocate your talents.
Highlight your relevant qualifications. As with any position, you should show that you have relevant skills and experience that apply to your target job, Horen said. When submitting application materials, make sure to highlight previous work that is most applicable, since that's what employers will be looking for. It's also helpful to show that you're passionate about the industry in which you're getting involved.
- Try your former employers. If you held a part-time summer job in previous years, it might be worth a try to go back to those companies and see if they'd hire you back for the season. DelVecchia noted that your past employers can be the best way to find a job since they already know you and the quality of work.
It's also never too soon to start preparing for next summer, Horen said. Getting started on your job search early can greatly increase your chance of landing a job.
"If you know you want a summer job, reach out to the company in the winter, especially if they are smaller, and let them know you are interested," Horen told Business News Daily. "When the time comes to actually make a hire, the hiring manager will already be familiar with you."
Originally published on Business News Daily.