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Summer job hunt in full swing

Students are looking to get hired for the summer in an extremely competitive job market

A little advice for students (and their parents):

Now's the time to hand out resumes to land a job for the summer.

Employers have their pick of qualified candidates so competition is fierce, perhaps moreso these days than ever.

Elaine Fenner with Seneca College's Student Success office connects students with employment opportunities.

She tells clients they should start their summer job hunt in January, when employers come to the school to start seasonal recruitment drives.

Fenner goes on to say students typically do not find summer jobs in their field of study but there can be valuable lessons learned in the retail, summer camp, and clerical jobs that are typically up for grabs.

When it comes to preparing an application that stands out from the pack, Fenner says you need a mistake-free and professional resume.

That should give you the best chance to get consideration for a job but she adds that to stay in the running, students should pay attention to their 'online footprint' on social media.

Fenner says employers are heading online to do their homework on potential hires.  Offensive language or questionable photos on social media profiles can take a candidate out of the running for a job.

Fenner adds the longer you wait to start your job hunt -- the harder it will be to land one.

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