Growing up, your ideal summer job may have been lifeguard at the local pool, concession worker at an amusement park or counselor at an overnight camp. You were just looking for anything that got you outside and in the sun. As an adult, your idea of what makes a good seasonal position has probably changed – a steady paycheck, interesting work and an opportunity for long-term employment may be higher on the list of priorities. Perhaps No. 1 on the list is just getting a job.
Luckily, seasonal hiring is heating up, and job seekers should find opportunities for employment in a variety of different industries. According to CareerBuilder’s annual Summer Job Forecast, 29 percent of employers report they plan to hire seasonal workers this summer. While unchanged from 2012, the number is significantly up from an average of 21 percent from 2008 to 2011. Employers in leisure and hospitality (47 percent), manufacturing (34 percent), information technology (34 percent) and retail (33 percent) are the most likely to hire seasonal help this summer.
“The summer forecast shows yet again that although the jobs recovery has been slow, employers are more confident today than they were three or four years ago,” says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. “Seasonal work — whether in retail or engineering — is also a good entry point into the labor force for job seekers, as a vast majority of employers — 67 percent — will consider summer hires for permanent positions.”
If you’ve held seasonal positions the past few years, there’s a chance your paycheck may be a little fatter this summer. Two-thirds (66 percent) of employers plan to pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour — up from 64 percent in 2012 and 58 percent in 2011:
- $7.25-$9.99 — 34 percent
- $10.00-$15.99 — 46 percent
- $16.00-$19.99 — 11 percent
- $20.00 or more — 9 percent
Variety of roles available
While many summer jobs are in retail or hospitality, if that’s not what you’re seeking, there will be plenty of opportunities in other support and technical positions this summer, according to employers:
- Office support — 27 percent
- Customer service — 22 percent
- Information technology — 20 percent
- Engineering — 18 percent
Hiring happening now
If you think you have some time before you need to start applying for seasonal positions, think again. More than half of all employers (53 percent) will complete their seasonal hiring in May or June. So update your résumé and cover letter and research employment prospects now.