• Elaine Latchford

6 often overlooked ways of finding work for the summer!

In today’s blog we’re looking at more ways of finding summer jobs or part time work for teenagers. In my previous 2 blogs, we’ve looked at how to apply online and using recruitment agencies.


But what are the less obvious ways of searching for work?


Here are my 6 top tips:


1. If you are confident enough, I recommend printing off at least 12 CV’s; prepare a little ‘introduction’ about yourself and then get yourself down the town! Pop into all the places that might employ you and where you could see yourself working whether or not they are advertising.

I would suggest you ask to speak to the manager but if they are not available leave your CV (not crumpled!) but make a good impression – have a brief conversation with the person to whom you are handing your CV! Remember, they will have an impact on whether the manager gets back to you!

Employers love the fact that you made an effort. And sometimes they will employ you despite the fact they weren’t advertising. In my experience, employers will sometimes create jobs for people they want to recruit!


2. Whilst you’re out and about, look in all the shop windows – you’ll probably see a few job vacancies. Here are a few I saw this week down one side of Tonbridge High Street. I appreciate they are not just summer jobs but it is still worth an ‘ask’.






3. Talk to friends – particularly those who already have jobs – they know whether jobs are coming up in their own organisation and they can also recommend you!


4. Talk to your parents! Is there an opportunity in their place of work?


5. Ask neighbours if they know of any jobs or if they have anything they need help with – something is better than nothing.


6. Ask on social media – you’ll be surprised who knows someone who knows someone who has a vacancy. Jobs in and around Tunbridge Wells is a Facebook page that might be worth a look.


I hope this helps you to think a bit more widely about job searching. Go for it! And do let me know how you get on – feel free to contact me for help or to answer a question

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