Don't Waste Your Summer!

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by HylaryL

Now that the school year is coming to a close, it’s time to decide what you’re going to do this summer! If you don’t want to spend the long, hot days playing Candy Crush on Facebook, why not consider getting a summer job or volunteering? Now is the time to start locating places you might be interested in volunteering or applying, getting your resume together, and contacting potential supervisors for your summertime activities. Think about how work and volunteer experiences will look on your college applications versus a summer spent catching up on Netflix reruns!

Not sure where to start? We suggest the following resources available at the Santa Clara County Library District. We have lots of books, online portals, and more to help set you on the path to a productive summer. Check these out or visit your local library branch today for more information.

Websites and online portals:

Click here to check out how to begin volunteering at one of our library branches.

Visit our Money & Work page to find links to JobScout, JobNow and JobView: Bay Area. These services are available to you 24/7 and will help you with resume building, job skills, and even allow you to apply for jobs online!

Check out the website for HandsOn Bay Area to find volunteer opportunities outside of the library system.

Books:

What Color Is your Parachute? for Teens

What Color Is your Parachute? for Teens (2010)
by Carol Christen

Advice on how to land the job that's perfect for who you are and who you want to be. 

The Everything Resume Book

The Everything Resume Book (2013)
by Lin Grensing-Pophal

Whether you are searching for your first job or your fiftieth, you need to learn how to sell yourself and get your resume in front of the right people. Jam-packed with information on mastering everything from the first draft to the first interview, this expert guide is all you need to get your career on track.

First Job Smarts

First Job Smarts (2010)
by Daniel E. Harmon

Includes the basic requirements for teen job seekers. Topics featured include earning potential, full-time versus part-time work, and more! 

Quick Ca$h for Teens

Quick Ca$h for Teens (2009)
by Peter G. Bielagus

Provides ideas for teens to make some money, mainly starting a small business.

 Green Volunteers

Green Volunteers (2011)
by Fabio Ausenda

Highlights hundreds of volunteer projects throughout the world. Green Volunteers lists more than two hundred projects worldwide for those who want to experience active conservation work as a volunteer.

 

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