The college semester has wrapped up for most students and you may be asking, “Now what?” If a summer job is in your plans, here are some tips for securing your position over the summer.

Stop. Think. Plan.

Before running out and applying to every place you can, stop and think about your goals. Can you find a job or a paid internship that will provide beneficial experience towards your major? While all job experience provides some kind of learning opportunity, something within your field of study will drastically help you once you are out of college and ready for your first BIG job.

Look Local.

Check out your college’s job board for part-time, seasonal or even full-time opportunities. Check in with the Career Services department on campus. They may have opportunities or leads to relevant jobs coming up.

If you had a previous summer job, check in with the owners/managers to see if they are hiring again this year. It’s a win-win for them – you’ll already have experience so there’s less training involved – and you know what you’re getting into!

Prepare Your Resume.

Now that you’ve narrowed down your summertime goals, prepare your resume. Your resume is an opportunity to give a potential employer a glimpse into your life. Make sure to include any organizations you’re involved in.

Get out there and make it happen!