Finding & Making the Most of Summer Work

Can you believe it! The merry old month of May is here, which means the time’s ripe to plan that summer job!

Yes, that’s right, if you’re looking for summer work you need to get your skates on. Openings will be closing quick smart, so we’ve got some tips for seasonal workers hoping to make hay – or money – while the sun shines.

Summertime & the living is made from hospitality…

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Closely linked to tourism, in many places, roles in hotels, restaurants and bars catering to visitor attractions, sporting events and music festivals are likely to be looking for enthusiastic and customer service-savvy people.

Someone else’s holiday is your temp opportunity

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Care workers, for example, should look out for roles providing care while a vulnerable person’s family or usual carer is on vacation.

You may even get the opportunity to accompany someone with health or social care needs on holiday! Tweet: You may get the opportunity to accompany someone with health or social care needs on holiday #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK http://goo.gl/xEyvnt

Seasonal work can be taxing for students

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Most employers deduct tax through the pay as you earn (PAYE) scheme which can cause higher tax deductions if you’re working full-time but on a temporary basis. That’s because PAYE is deducted monthly but calculated annually.

Although this is less likely to happen now that reporting methods have changed. For more information check out the government’s student tax guide.

Do you need to get a visa to work in the UK over the summer?

Temping over the summer is a great way to get to know a country – and maybe have a bit of holiday! But, if you’re from outside the EU you’ll have to apply for a Temporary Worker visa.

You can apply for your visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK and you should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. But check out what else you need and your country’s visa processing times here.

Summer work and your CV

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The number of students taking on paid work while studying is in decline, so having some real work experience on your CV will show initiative and give you a competitive edge.

While for others, temp work can be a great way to try out a career or hone a particular skill.

Get your CV summer job ready
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If you’re applying for a people-facing position, like bar work or waiting, there’s little point going into detail about your history or economics degree, for example.

Concentrate on your communication skills and use your studies to emphasise soft skills like: self-motivation, the ability to follow instructions or being a quick learner, say. For more CV tips check out our blog here.

A savvy summer job can take you places…

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Always be enthusiastic and take on tasks willingly. If you’re savvy about where you get your summer job it can be a great way to get a foot in the door.

So, if you’re a history student, say, you could try getting a waiting job or tour guide role at historical venue.

Getting to know the place and the people in the know while you work will make you a much better candidate if you want to apply for a graduate role in the future.

Get a summer job get a referee

With that in mind making a positive impact while you work is a great way to get a reference to put on other job applications you’ll be making later – it’s always better to have a bone fide boss to back up your job applications!

Where do you find these summer jobs, then?

Your local recruitment agency should be a great source of knowledge when it comes to temp work and seasonal positions.

While some summer jobs are advertised online, many openings aren’t publicised far and wide, with many companies choosing to fill temp roles through agencies with a pool of candidates on tap.

Plus if you’re temping through an agency, like Angel, we make sure all that essential paperwork’s in order – what could be more relaxing than that!?

What Next?

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