How do you do that?
Start with an idea. What type of summer job do you want? Something in your field? Then look for an internship. A job that involves travel or at least traveling to another place? Or perhaps you just want to make the most money possible.
Now that you have decided what area of work you want, start making a list of the types of jobs in that area. Make a second list of jobs that are in a peripheral area. For example, if you are a teacher looking for summer teaching jobs, you might also want to look at summer camp counseling employment.
Be proactive. Get those resume's out now. Lots of them. If you only send a few, you may not find a job. If you send many, you may get more offers from which to choose.
Companies right now are considering interns for next summer, so start making contact with employers via social media or other networking avenues and follow those up with a short resume' and great cover letter.
Short term summer employment necessitates a different approach.
Normally, I would advise you to do a thorough research on a company before you apply for a position there, but in this case, research enough to write a good cover letter detailing your attributes and why you would be the best choice for their summer job and get it mailed off. Expediency is the best policy. You aren't applying for long term employment, you just need enough to get in the door.
Next, be visible. In this day an age there is no reason why you should not have a personal web page with your photo and detailed resume posted. This is where you can put a short bio, experience, awards won, classes taken, committees chaired, reference quotes and contact numbers. ALWAYS include the link to this page in your cover letter. Not only will this make you stand out from everyone else, but show that you are serious and professional. You can make a free web page here.
Finally, once you've made contact with an employer, keep in contact. Always have a handwritten note in a small envelope ready to drop at the receptionists desk as you leave. It should say, thank you for taking the time to speak with me about (the job opening). I hope we will be working together in the future. Your name and contact info. That's it. Just a polite thank you is all that is necessary. If you do not hear from the employer immediately, three contacts are required before you give up:
- Write: The thank you note.
- eMail: Please keep me in mind (add the website URL again),and
- Call: Touch base – have you made a decision yet?