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Summer Jobs: Get Up and Get Out There!

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From camp counselor to coolest babysitter ever, here are 8 ways you can still have fun this summer (and get paid for it).

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

So okay. You’re getting tired of hearing about the cool things your friends are doing this summer while your days seem to be filled with a whole lot of nothing. Well, summer may be half over, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the weeks you have left. Here are eight ways to have some summer fun – and get paid for it.

1. Lead the way into the woods as a camp counselor. Disconnect yourself from your phone, and jump into the outdoors with kids! Sure, there’s a lot of potential for stress, but think of it as a mini vacation – with pay.

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2. Lounge by the pool as a lifeguard. Well, you won’t really be lounging all the time. There’s real work involved. But hey, you’ll have an amazing tan!

3. Live in crowds of retail. This time of year lots of department stores and other retailers are hiring part-timers for the back-to-school rush. You’ll work hard for the money, but if you’ve got stamina and people skills, this is a job made for you. (The benefits aren’t bad either: 40% employee discount, anyone? Killer red heels, here I come.)

4. Paint. Yes, paint. Houses, fences, window trim – many homeowners like to get these chores done this time of year, before another fall and winter set in. This job won’t juice up your intellect, but there’s a certain satisfaction in the exacting nature of the work. (You might even make some new friends while you wait for the paint dry.)

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5. Become the coolest babysitter ever. If you’re looking into a career involving young children, this can be a great way to test your interest in a real-world – a very real-world – situation. Plus, you get to make some young and probably over-worked parents very, very happy.

6. Give back to your community. Homeless shelters and nursing homes always need more hands. Sometimes these jobs pay, sometimes they don’t. But the chance to tap into your altruistic side and nurture others in your community can be more than enough reward.

7. Exercise your brain muscles as a tutor. Ah, those poor kids who are consigned to summer school! Help those little suckers out by sharing your knowledge and experience – at an hourly wage that you will most likely get to negotiate.

8. Get that smile on and wait tables. It’s tough work, but if you’re a people person, the conversations and lively surroundings can make the job fun. The tips aren’t half bad, either!

You can take away something from every summer job, so don’t waste away these precious months. Get yourself out there!

Last note: Speaking of jobs, Keith has written a 3-part series on collegiate entrepreneurship. In it, young business owners share where their big ideas came from – and why they love what they do. Catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2.

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Learn While You Earn, and Build a Resume in the Process

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Don’t turn up your nose at what looks like a “nothing” job – it’s all in how you spin the experience.

by Evil Erin

Personally, we don’t know too many ­college students who don’t work at least part-time while they’re in school. Some wouldn’t be able to attend college at all without working. Others have the basics covered, but work so they can enjoy some extras. And a lucky few work not because they have to, but because they want to. No matter why they work, though, students who hold down jobs during college gain something that money can’t buy: experience, and a chance to develop marketable real-world skills.

Starting a job search? Don’t turn up your nose at a gig just because it looks like a “nothing” job that you wouldn’t want on your resume. As with lots of things in life, it’s all about how you spin the experience. And don’t overlook non-traditional or think-outside-the-box opportunities, many of them on or close to campus. For example:

  • Alumni Services Staffer – Working in your school’s office of alumni affairs will expose you to everything from fundraising and event planning to outbound marketing. Another great reason to seek out this kind of job: The networking potential. On your resume: Marketing communications coordinator, event coordinator, development (fundraising) coordinator.
  • Brand Ambassador – Marketing products to peers has taken off in recent years as more and more companies look at establishing a presence on college campuses. To find this kind of opportunity, check out BookRenter’s program or RepNation.com is a good place to start. On your resume: Marketing consultant, customer service specialist, brand evangelist (yes, that’s an actual job title in many companies).
  • Tutor – This gig isn’t for everyone. Patience and personality are prerequisites for the job. But private tutoring usually pays a decent hourly wage (especially for math and science tutors) and allows you some flexibility when it comes to scheduling. For tutoring opportunities, start by checking your campus placement service, local want ads, and Craigslist. On your resume: Tutor, teacher, subject matter expert (SME).
  • Residence Hall Advisor – Another job that’s not for everyone, but RAs usually receive a discount on their own dorm fees (or aren’t required to pay at all). On your resume:  Facilities manager, peer counselor, team-building specialist with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Writer: Almost any career path you take will involve communication, a lot of it written. So getting some writing experience under your belt could stand you in good stead someday. Instead of waiting for jobs to be posted, be proactive. Contact local publications and marketing/advertising agencies to see if they use freelance writers. If you don’t have a portfolio of your work, offer to do an assignment “on spec.” If the editor doesn’t like what you do, they don’t have to pay you, but you’ll have a finished piece to show to the next publication or company you talk to. On your resume: Writer, fact-checker, researcher.
  • Entrepreneur: We’ve heard some great stories from students who created their own job opportunities. (One of them is Keith Kaplan, winner of one of two BookRenter 2011 Social Media Internships, who started his own cookie business while an undergrad at Michigan’s Albion College!) Other creative student businesses: a laundry service that delivers clean, folded clothes to students’ dorm rooms; a girl who offers personal wardrobe consulting and closet organizing; a weekend artist who turned her hobby into a paycheck by holding painting classes on campus; two classmates with one car and lots of initiative who provide child care support to working couples by picking up their kids from school; a computer geek (self-described) who offers 24/7 consulting and computer repair to students in his dorm; a journalism major who started an editorial service specializing in fact-checking, editing, and proofreading senior papers. On your resume: Entrepreneur, small business owner, director of marketing.

Planning to work while you’re in school? Tell us about it!

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Study Help, When You Need It Most

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By BookRenter Rebecca

If you are anything like me, you have had this scenario happen at least a dozen times. You sit in class nodding your head thinking to yourself, “Yup, I totally get it. Easy peasy–I can totally write that essay, do that problem, analyze those results, and tell you exactly who did that painting.”  Only to get back to the dorm all ready to start your assignment and your mind goes blank. It all made so much sense when your prof. was explaining it.  ARGH!

Now what?  Right, ok.  Assignment due and you really need homework help from someone that actually gets it. Take a deep breath and check out BrainMass.  You won’t believe it they actually have online step-by-step solutions to academic questions.  Basically, BrainMass is the place you can turn to get “unstuck” on any question you are working on. They have tons of solutions in over 40 fields of study along with online tutors.

We keep studying moving; provide deep insights on every question, and our users get better grades.

It’s affordable (no monthly fees) and our experts are carefully vetted, are all graduate-level and are, we feel, by far the best on the web.

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