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Your Guide to Landing a Summer Job in a Growing Industry, By: Courtney Crites

Jan 23, 2023 10:58 PM
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It’s no secret that it’s easy to get discouraged when applying to jobs and checking your go-to job boards every single day, hoping for a new opportunity.

Remember this: you WILL land a job and have a great summer. But, if you’re still not convinced, feel free to look into these growing industries for 2023, and to use these tips to help you stand out from the competition and land a fun new opportunity: 

Top 3 Growing Industries in Canada this Year (2023) 

Sources: IBISWorld & The Globe and Mail

  • Tech
    • Of course this comes as no surprise - tech is everywhere (and as someone who worked in tech, I can confidently say it’s a great industry to be in). According to a recent report from Business Development Canada, “growth in the tech sector is expected to be 5.3 per cent in 2022, and growth for the 2021-24 period is expected to be 22.4 per cent.” 
  • Tourism
    • As we know, COVID-19 had direct implications on travel and tourism across the world. Now that things are “back to normal”, tourism continues to be a growing industry, whether that’s through travel agencies, air transportation, hotels and hospitality, and other tourist experiences, we can expect a growth within this industry as a whole for 2023. 
  • Concert and Event Promotion

    • Again, many organizations and venues are amidst a major “comeback” post-covid. According to IBISWorld, revenue saw an average decline of 5.1% per year on average between 2017-2022. This created a lot of potential for industry growth, with expected revenue increases of 76.4% for 2022/23 as consumers return to in-person sporting events, concerts, theatres, and fairs.  

How to Hedge the Competition

Add a personal touch 

Honestly… it all starts with your cover letter. Employers know when your cover letter has been copied and pasted over and over again. My best advice is to write a custom cover letter for each job (I know it’s tedious but it will be worth it) and make it as personalized as you can (to the role, company, etc.). Search the company and learn about them! This way you can mention in your cover letter why you admire them and how your values align with theirs.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk 

Even if you don’t have previous/relevant experience, don’t be afraid to apply anyway. You never know if an employer will see your potential and offer you an opportunity. Keep in mind, this position will be short-term - that means it’s a perfect time for you to learn what you like, and what you don’t like. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll still come out on top with valuable knowledge and experiences that you can take into your next opportunity! 

Start small to reach big dreams

Take what you can get - don’t take this the wrong way but if you get offered a job that’s not your dream, I encourage you to take it anyway. If your dream job doesn’t come along this summer, I can confidently say that it will come to you eventually. I always tell people that any experience is a good experience and I stand by this.  Especially if the position is only for the summer - it will give you experience in your field of choice and will set you up for success in the future. 

Final Thoughts

Y’all know what time it is! Time to get applying! 

Of course, we are a little bit biased, but Outcome Campus Connect has so many amazing opportunities for summer jobs. Whether you’re applying to jobs in tech, tourism, event promotion, or any other field - we’ve got you covered! 

Good luck as you start applying to land a great role this summer! I’m crossing my fingers for all of you!