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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-Are you looking for your summer dream job?

Ted Chalupsky, Founder of The Right Staff, joined KARE 11 News @ 4 with four tips that work.

1. Start Early.

Students should start looking for summer jobs in early spring, and if they haven't already started, they should now. Spend at least 20 minutes after school and on weekends researching the types of jobs they want to pursue. This generation has a propensity to job hunt via the Internet. While there are job openings that can be uncovered via the Web, there's also value in pounding the pavement. Just by walking around their communities, you might find retail or restaurant jobs, because those businesses often just put "Help Wanted" signs in their windows. Plus, a personal appearance may impress potential bosses. Employers want to hire people with a positive attitude

2. Use Your Networks.

Job searching is all about contacts. Ask family and friends, particularly those with a lot of work experience, for help brainstorming job possibilities. Sending a professional-looking email out to others in your network, listing your best skills—and specific areas you'd like to work in—can help with finding a job. Additionally, Parents might ask their own employers about summer positions. Neighbors, friends and relatives may also provide leads.

But networking may not be enough. One big mistake people make when applying for jobs is that they only look in one place. You've got to cast a wide net. Students should scour Internet sites such as Craigslist, community bulletin boards, Monster.com, and LinkedIn.com.

3. Think seasonally.

Some employers -- children's camps, park districts, amusement parks, music festivals -- staff up for each summer.

4. Prepare to Ace the Job Interview.

Mock job interviews are a great way to prepare. Practice with family, friends, and other professionals, such as teachers, to get feedback. Also, because nothing is more important than making a good first impression, stop by the business before an interview to see what people are wearing. Applicants should show up at an interview dressed at least as well as—and, preferably, better­­—than the employees. "Overdressed is better than underdressed."

Be sure to arrive early, bring your résumé, turn off your cellphone, have a strong handshake, and make direct eye contact when meeting the employer. Also, be confident and enthusiastic about the position. Interviewers make up their mind about hiring in the first 30 seconds, and then spend the rest of the time justifying their decision. After the interview, be sure to send a thank-you note in the mail or by E-mail.

For more information, visit them online at the The Right Staff.

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