“I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar.”
– Eddie Cochran
Luckily, minimum wage is more than a buck today. It’s now mid-March and many people are looking forward to the summer. Are you trying to think of places that may have employment opportunities over the summer break? Now is the time to do it. If you wait, it won’t matter how loud you can holler as the summer jobs will be filled.
Using the “how to search” job tips for summer employment listed in earlier blogs, I thought I would also provide some ideas on “where” to search.
Amusement Parks – The GTA has Canada’s Wonderland, The Ex and some of the travelling amusement that appear in strip mall parking lots. Check out their websites and watch the local papers for recruitment fairs.
Summer Camp – There are a number of city-run programs during the summer held in local schools and libraries, for which they are recruiting a range of staff, including many Counsellors. Check the city website for information. There are also some private day camps, running all over the province. Check out jobs at Canadian summer camps at this site, which is one of many online sites which list jobs.
Private Resorts and Campgrounds – Ontario has some of the most beautiful private campgrounds and resorts. The larger resorts can be found at Blue Mountain and in the Muskokas. Online, you will find Resort listings; look for hiring/jobs listings on the individual sites. Many of the smaller campgrounds are family run and have the down home feeling. Here is a listing of private campgrounds.
Provincial campgrounds – Ontario has many supervised parks throughout the province. Here you can find a listing of the campgrounds.
Construction and landscaping jobs – check in with local builders, plant nurseries and landscaping companies to see if they can use an extra set of hands.
Lifeguard – Many people obtain their certification as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Spend your summer by the pool and get paid for it. Check the municipal websites for a local pool near you.
Server/Waiter/Waitress – Summer weather means patio time. It is also a great opportunity to earn some cash as a server. Most bars and restaurants (including restaurant chains) have a patio area. Talk to the manager in duty to see if they are hiring, and check online resources such as Craigslist‘s food, beverage and hospitality jobs listings or Hospitality Jobs. Wait staff for events are recruited through sites such as Servers and Shakers and Staff Your Event.
Tour Guide – If you are outgoing and speak multiple languages, then this may be an area you want to look into. Many tourists come to Toronto in the summer for the events and festivals we are known for. There are several tour companies that service the GTA, and the City of Toronto maintains n updated Festivals and Events Calender. Look up the festival websites, such as that of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) website, who have a careers page. Check the internet for festivals that cater to your strengths (language, interest) for your biggest chance at employment.
Tutoring – This may be an opportunity if you have the knowledge and ability to help out a student in different subjects. Doing this on your own or through a tutoring service could bring in some extra cash and possibly lead to longer term opportunities.
Sales – These positions could be in retail, door to door, on the street or telemarketing. Choose a product or service that you enjoy as it will help the day go by a lot faster. You can find these jobs in the paper or online.
Many of these positions are seasonal and targeted to students. But in some cases, when the students go back to school in September, long-term employment can be found. They all offer an opportunity to grow different skills, meet people and earn a few bucks.
So, don’t wait, as these jobs will be gone before you know it. Apply now and get yourself set for the summer months. Don’t forget your bug repellent and suntan lotion.
Have a great summer.