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Land a great summer gig — in 2013!

Land a great summer gig — in 2013!

We know how frustrating it can be to look for a summer job, internship or volunteer opportunity — so we’ve found some useful tools to get you started on the road to finding a meaningful — and maybe somewhat financially satisfying — job experience.

And trust us on this one: it’s not too soon to plan now for summer employment in 2013. You’ve got some planning to do. Then you’ve probably got some footwork to do. Because of the tough economy, a job search is going to take some time, so don’t wait until the last minute or wait around for your friends to join you.

Before you search, think about some basic things:

  • Would you like working outside — places like amusement parks — or would you prefer to work indoors, like in a movie theater or restaurant?
  • Whom you enjoy working with most? Kids, seniors, the general public — or are you hoping for a professional office setting?
  • Do you enjoy more physical work, like planting flowers and trees, or do you feel especially good at organizing paperwork and files?

Check out the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, which tries to match the skills and interests of Colorado youth ages 16-21 with actual on-the-job work experience. There is a ton of useful information on the GSJH website, including tips on resume writing and job interview “do’s and don’ts.” From the homepage, click on “Contact Us” button and then on “Workforce Center” button. There will be a list along the left side of the page of the workforce centers in the state, including in Denver, Centennial, Aurora and Thornton. Find the one closest to you, click on the link, and call or e-mail to inquire.

You should also definitely take a look at the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Center’s Youth In the Works! website . Youth in the Works is part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt and provides a variety of programs, workshops and one-on-on assistance to young adults, ages 16-21, who need help finding a job, planning a career or reaching education goals. The site is easy to navigate. Click on “Job Board” on the left, and shazzam! See the list of jobs waiting for someone like you.

Snagajob is also a good site to visit and has lots of postings for jobs for teens in Colorado. The site lets you search by city, industry or specific company name.

OK, so there you have it – a sampling of sites that’ll start your quest for summer employment. It’s never too late — or too early — to start looking.

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