Summer Jobs

Are you looking for summer employment? Every year, Queen’s students are eager to find summer employment for a variety of reasons. Whether you are looking for a summer job for financial reasons, to develop a certain skill, to gain relevant experience in a field of interest, or to work in a specific location; we’ve put together some tools and resources to support you in your summer job search efforts!

There are new job postings daily on the job board in MyCareer and employers continue to attend career fairs and other events. There are also other summer opportunities you can explore to keep your professional development moving forward, despite challenges. Career Services is here to help – we hope the resources below are helpful, and we encourage you to connect with us for more support as we are always happy to hear from you. Speak with a Career Counsellor at drop-in Career Advising or by booking an appointment.

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How do I find a summer job?
Learn how to find and apply successfully to summer positions 

Finding a summer job is a combination of using effective job search strategies (networking, resumes, interviews) and finding job postings/openings. As you’ve likely heard, while some jobs are advertised, most are not (the “hidden job market”). This section lists ways you can develop your job search strategies (the next section What's out there? will list resources for job positions and employment programs).   

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What’s out there? Exploring job postings and summer experience programs

Job postings and summer experience programs are a great way to explore what is out there. But remember that not all jobs are advertised! Many are in the “hidden job market” – more about how to learn to network and find those opportunities is found in the previous section of this site, How do I Find a Summer Job?

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How can I create my own work?

Explore options for building your own company or side hustle(s) this summer.

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What other ways could I develop myself professionally this summer?

If you find your plans have changed and you are looking for creative ways beyond paid work to continue to develop your skills and experience, here are some resources:

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How can I prepare to be most effective in a remote job?

Review resources for how to work remotely, whether you are already working remotely, or getting ready to work remotely when you get your summer job.

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What about questions that are about my unique situation?

You may have a specific question or unique circumstances that add complexity to your job search endeavors. We encourage you to book a career counselling appointment or visit us at drop-in if you’re looking for further support – we are always happy to speak with you!

How do I find a summer job?

​Try out these job search strategies to explore summer opportunities beyond what you find on job boards!​

How do I find a summer job that will support my future goals?

​Use these resources and activities to align your summer job search priorities with your career aspirations!

What do I include in a message when I reach out to someone?

​Implement these content suggestions in your outreach messages to improve your chances of building new professional relationships!

How can I search for summer opportunities using LinkedIn?

​Learn about joining Queen’s Connects, gathering industry specific information, and connecting with alumni and other professionals about your summer goals using LinkedIn!

How do I make my resume stand out when applying to summer jobs?

Develop a targeted resume for summer job applications using these tips and resources from the head of our resume coach program!

Do I need to submit a cover letter with every job application?

Help your cover letters stand out by utilizing these strategies and resources when preparing your application documents!

How do I find a job as an international student in Canada?

If you are new to the Canadian labour market, here are some tips and resources to get you started with your summer job search!