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I'm going to need a summer job, so what are some good places to consider?


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#1 help1

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:43 PM

Hey guys,

Just some background information:

I'm just a freshman at college, and I have no prior working experience aside from volunteering at a hospital and library. So I know that I won't have much options here, haha.

#2 Pheenam

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

Retail is your friend. OR you need a hook up from a friend/family member to one of their jobs.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:34 PM

Avoid restaurant work at all costs.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:39 PM

Do you want fries with that?

That or find a paid internship really quick.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:05 PM

Movie Theater. Free Movies all summer. You work in air conditioning. The few I've worked at had free concessions on the clock. I could let 2 friends a day in for free. We did "Pre-screeings" late at night with theater staff. Plus tons of cute women dressed for summer coming in. :) It was seriously the laziest summer job I ever had.

edit: Much better than summer I worked on the "pump truck" for a septic tank service. :)

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:15 PM

Ups - altough it's probably a lot easier to get in during the holiday season

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:24 PM

Gamestop.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:25 PM

Ups - altough it's probably a lot easier to get in during the holiday season


I forgot about UPS. UPS is a great job if you're going to take 5 or so years to finish college.

Supposedly, part timers qualify for a retirement after 5 years. Of course, the retirement doesn't kick in until you're 60 or 65.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:44 PM

agree with the posts above ...

UPS, Movie Theater, Retail

If you want a job with REALLY flexible hours, retail is the way to go for a college student.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:48 PM

maning the shop mop at the porn shop

#11 mediviper

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:48 PM

My vote goes for movie theater. I loved my job there. Free movies do rock, not only that, but sometimes you can get them to give you free posters and displays and well, those make for a nice income buffer. ;)

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:57 PM

My vote goes for movie theater. I loved my job there. Free movies do rock, not only that, but sometimes you can get them to give you free posters and displays and well, those make for a nice income buffer. ;)


Oh yeah, definitely forgot about that... Some stuff can go for boo-coo bucks too.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:04 PM

maning the shop mop at the porn shop


MoC and I were driving past the porn theater last Friday.

They have a third shift position available.

That is an opening I might want to fill.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:25 PM

simple point is unless your not into a internship there is a very good chance

you will not get a job this summer.

more people with more exp will be going for those same low paying jobs now that a lot of people dont have jobs..

at least around here , i wouldnt be holding my breath for a movie theater job since you have no exp working the projector
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:12 PM

I spent a couple of summers working at a day camp. That was a pretty sweet gig -- I got paid to go swimming, hang out in an air conditioned museum, and roller skate. I would definitely recommend it, if you like kids and can find an opening. Otherwise, make friends with Ronald McDonald -- Grimace is always looking for fresh bitches.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:32 PM

"Make friends with Ronald McDonald -- Grimace is always looking for fresh bitches."

HAHAHAA. That has to be the best thing I have heard so far this year. :)

#17 dmaul1114

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:53 PM

Avoid restaurant work at all costs.


While it does suck terribly, waiting tables is one of the better paying summer jobs you can get.

But yeah, as mentioned, it will probably be tougher than usual this summer (like I imagine it was this past summer) as you have more people willing to do these crappy part time jobs for more than the summer since the economy and job market it so bad.

So it will be more of a case of taking what you can get, rather than picking and choosing form a bunch of options most likely.

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#18 help1

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:19 PM

Haha, thanks guys. I tried applying for many jobs last summer, but got nothing, so this year I am definitely expanding my horizons. I hadn't thought of trying to apply to a movie theater, though. I'm definitely not shying away from retail, but when applying for jobs, should I tell them I go to a local college, or tell them the truth and say that I go to a college far away?

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:26 PM

Where do you go to college? What are you studying in college?
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#20 dwhelan

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:38 PM

It is probably to late now to take the course, but Lifeguarding was a great job for me during high school and college. Free gym membership, plenty of study time, and (depending on the pool) lovely scenario, plus being CPR and First Aid certified came in handy, as a way to be different when applying for real jobs.

I also second the camp counselor job, especially if you are ed major, you can usually fill some field experience requirements while getting paid with that job.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:58 PM

Haha, thanks guys. I tried applying for many jobs last summer, but got nothing, so this year I am definitely expanding my horizons. I hadn't thought of trying to apply to a movie theater, though. I'm definitely not shying away from retail, but when applying for jobs, should I tell them I go to a local college, or tell them the truth and say that I go to a college far away?


You just tell them what hours you can work, they couldn't care less where you are coming from.

#22 help1

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:17 AM

Where do you go to college? What are you studying in college?


I live in Long Island, but I go to college near Albany (RPI). I am a biology major.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:30 AM

I live in Long Island, but I go to college near Albany (RPI). I am a biology major.


Neat. My cousin went to RPI -- he's a chemist now. His brother and I live right down the road from there.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:42 AM

If you have any sports experience, try to be a referee. As long as you can deal with parents that act like complete and utter douches, you'll be fine. I made $35 a game to make up rules and basically shepherd kids around for an hour. You get great exercise and fresh air also.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:18 PM

Just bet with friends online on Xbox live while playing and keep the cash rollin!!

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:44 PM

...when applying for jobs, should I tell them I go to a local college, or tell them the truth and say that I go to a college far away?


It is none of your employer's fucking business.

You're applying for an entry level job.

BTW, your biology degree won't be worth shit if you don't get some lab experience. Start early.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:57 PM

I live in Long Island, but I go to college near Albany (RPI). I am a biology major.


Do you want to go to med school after that? Get some lab experience if you can or see if you can get a job at a local hospital or something. Try to get something related to your major as that will help you when you try to get a real job.
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#28 help1

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:19 PM

It is none of your employer's fucking business.

You're applying for an entry level job.

BTW, your biology degree won't be worth shit if you don't get some lab experience. Start early.


Do you want to go to med school after that? Get some lab experience if you can or see if you can get a job at a local hospital or something. Try to get something related to your major as that will help you when you try to get a real job.


Heh, no worries. I am actually in a medical program, which means that as long as I keep my grades up, I am saved a seat in medical school. As for lab work, the program actually makes you do lab work during your sophomore summer, but they will pay me to do it. Shouldn't be a problem either since I have worked in college labs for two summers now.

#29 dmaul1114

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:22 PM

It is none of your employer's fucking business.


Yeah, only way it should come up is if they require a resume along with the application, as then they'll see where you're in school.

Places only hiring for summer aren't going to care, nor will places with high turnover and little training required.

It will turn off places looking for more long-term employment, jobs that have a week or two f training (not worth it for them to train someone to work for a couple months) etc.

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