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Think Outside The Box!
By Will from Holland
The summer of 2011 can be a tough summer to find a part-time job, if you're still in school: plenty of college graduates can't find work. Many businesses—even those that normally hire people in the summer—have cut back their staffs. And plenty of adults with years of work experience are out there pounding the pavement, too.
So, what can you do? Be creative, and be brave—that's what! And be quick. April is nearly too late to pin down a job in many fields.
- First up, how about becoming part of somebody else's family as a summer intern?
Many well-to-do families hire a summer helper. Become a driver, errand runner, take-the-kids-to-daycamp assistant. You'll improve your people skills and also learn patience. After dealing with kids for a summer, you'll appreciate what your parents put up with all the time!
Where to find a family: dress sharp, and introduce yourself to the manager at a local family gym or country club—or talk to the manager of a fancy restaurant. Don't forget other contacts such as bankers, leaders of faith communities or other professionals. Get names and then make calls.
- Second, how about looking for a job nobody else wants?
A great friend of mine got a job on a deep-sea fishing boat. He says it was the hardest summer of his life—but to this day says it was the most important summer of his life. Another friend got a job on a garbage truck, filling in for workers on vacation. The worst part: up at three a.m. The best part: finished at 9 a.m.
- Third, hire yourself!
Start a business, but think beyond grass cutting or baby sitting. Why not offer to teach adults how to use a computer? Why not offer to organize a neighbor's garage/storeroom?
Now, after you get that job, how do you safely manage that money? Make sure you get the most out of your hard-earned dollar?
Learn everything about managing your money, right here at the credit union! Head to any of the FoolProof programs. Poke around the many fun and interesting money topics while watching videos, playing games and listening to music.
Hope this helps.