Finding a job isn’t easy for anyone and it can be especially hard for young adults with little experience who are looking for part-time, temporary work over the summer. These opportunities are becoming rarer every day, so it’s important to approach your summer job search prepared for success. We’ve got a few tips we think can help you excel in your summer job search.

Start early

Many employers begin their summer hiring as early as February or March. This gives them time to train the candidates they hire. If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry: CONNECT2Careers (C2C) still has plenty of summer opportunities right now. You’ll just be at an extra advantage if you start early next year.

Stay flexible

Entry-level jobs which require very little education or experience often have one thing in common—alternative schedules. For some roles, this means schedules that change from week to week; in other cases, you might have a strange, but predictable schedule (a few hours one day, no hours one day, many hours another day, but repeating every week). Position yourself as an asset to prospective employers by maintaining an open availability and saying so when applying for jobs.

Think creatively about your experience

Even many entry-level jobs require applicants to demonstrate some amount of experience with similar tasks to the role for which they’re applying. When applying for these jobs, it’s okay to be creative about the experiences you describe. Volunteer experience, working at a family business and participation in projects for religious or community-based youth groups can all sometimes be used to demonstrate readiness for a paid role.

Seek out summer roles

Your best strategy will often be to look for job opportunities specifically designed for part-time, seasonal work. These are roles where employers are not only fine with you seeking limited hours for a shorter period of time; they’re actively looking for it! Right now, C2C is recruiting for the following summer opportunities:

  • C2C internships with the City of San Diego
    • Get paid to work in a City of San Diego department for 10 weeks
    • Applications on a rolling deadline—the sooner you apply, the sooner you can start
    • Open to certain low-income, City of San Diego residents ages 16–24 who are not in school and not working. Students in continuation and alternative school programs may apply.
    • Learn more at c2csd.org/sdinternship
  • County of San Diego Live Well internships
    • Get paid to work in a County of San Diego department for 10 weeks
    • Opportunities available throughout the county
    • Open to County of San Diego residents ages 16–24 who are not in school and not working. Students in continuation and alternative school programs may apply.
    • Applications due May 20, 2018
    • Learn more at c2csd.org/sdinternship
  • This Way Ahead
    • Get paid to work at a Banana Republic, Gap or Old Navy store this summer
    • Opportunities in Central and South San Diego County regions
    • Open to 16–24-year-olds who live in San Diego County
    • Learn more at c2csd.org/thiswayahead

Hopefully, you’re now one step closer to finding a summer job. And for your entire job search—regardless of the season—register at c2csd.org for access to the thousands of job opportunities available to C2C participants.