How To Get A Summer Job, Part 2

You can find Part 1 of this miniseries here.

Photo thanks to Andy B Goode

I was talking about summer employment the other day with a few friends, and it got me thinking about my first article on the subject. I thought I’d made most of the appropriate points, but it occurred to me that I very much wrote it from the point of view of my upbringing and my inbred knowledge about how one is supposed to go about these things.

Bad move, sista! Clearly, not everyone had “professionalism” drilled into them from birth – not everyone applied at the grocery store in grade 9 wearing a little skirt suit. This is clear to me, because now that I have a full-time job, I see the hoards of people “cold-calling” our store to ask for work. And guess what honey? They ain’t all prepared.

So just in case you’re in any way unsure about the teensy details of how to approach your job hunt, look no further! Let’s go back to basics.

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How To Get A Summer Job

Photo thanks to Cavanimages

Before I start, let me declare loud and clear: I am not an expert in this subject! This post will be an accumulation of all the wisdom and tips I’ve gained either through my own experience or by listening to others, and it certainly won’t be the be-all-and-end-all of job-hunting guides by any means. Hopefully it will contain enough information to give you an extra boost in your search for employment this summer! Behold, a few of the pointers I’ve learned.

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Frustration Station

What I wish I could announce over the PA system:

“Good evening bookstore customers. The time is now 9:45 and the store will be  closing in 15 minutes time, at 10 o’clock. If you have left any stacks of books on or beside chairs, coffee cups on shelves, or piles of magazines on the window sill, now would be a great time to put them back neatly, exactly where you found them, so that we don’t have to clean up after your piggyness. For your shopping convenience, we will re-open tomorrow morning, at 9:30 AM. Thank you for shopping at our store, and have a wonderful night”.

..Because honestly, sometimes it gets to be too much. Yes, I am there to shelve books, and mildly clean up after you. But I think it’s rude to leave piles of books sitting on tables or hundreds of magazines scattered. I mean, who does that?? I would actually never even do that, even before I worked at the bookstore. It’s RUDE. Don’t do it. You have no idea how annoying it is. Oh and while I’m at it: don’t just leave books/magazines from one shelf on another shelf. That’s how books get lost if somebody doesn’t notice, and that’s what you get mad at when you can’t find that one book. It’s your fault! Just leave them all on a kiosk or somewhere visible, if you must. If you must. Yeah, it’s my job, but only to a certain extent.

It’s a rant, folks. I’ll still perform my job, but every so often, screaming is necessary.