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Working in Miami for the Summer

Tuesday 4th August 2009

Moving to Miami and getting a job is a great way to spend your summer. There are a few tricks when it comes to getting a job in Miami. Staying at a Miami hostel can be useful – you’ll meet people, put the word out your looking for a job and hostels are a popular hunting ground for employers looking for casual labour.

Where to find a job in Miami

•    Check the ads and classifieds in the local newspapers. The Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel Newspaper are the biggest papers in Miami.
•    Look at Miami’s yellow pages – you’ll find all the recruitment agencies in there. If you don’t know where to start Kelly Services, Randstand and Robert Half International are the big ones to go for.
•    Do a Google search specifically for work in Miami, and check the Miami City and Government websites.
Be prepared
•    Have CVs ready and be prepared to seize any opportunity that comes along. Be ready to tailor it slightly depending on the job you’re going for.
•    Let anyone you meet know you’re searching for a job and make your skills clear. Network like crazy – the more people that know about your search the more likely a job will be.
•    Do you have any connections in Miami? Think hard – long lost aunty? Your best friend’s, dad’s cousin? Get in touch if you do. They might be able to put you on the right track to a job in Miami.

Summer student jobs in Miami

•    Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Area hires Recreation Leaders every summer. You’ll need experience in planning, conducting, or supervising park and recreation activities, a valid driver’s license and an HRS Child Care Training Certificate. If you lack the experience – apply for a Park Service Aide. You’ll spend your working summer abroad organising and conducting games, sports and other recreation activities for summer and day camp programs.
•    Take a teaching internship at a company like Breakthrough Miami. Anyone over 18 can apply to be a summer teaching intern, working all day, every day for 8 weeks. Interns are given a lot of responsibility which will stand you well in the future. You’ll be designing and teaching courses to the children, planning field trips and playing your part in conferences with the other faculty, staff, and children’s families. You’ll soon find out whether a career in teaching is for you!
•    Set up your own business – if you’re a keen cleaner, brilliant with kids or a demon with a pair of hairdressing scissors, make some flyers and business cards and hand them out around Miami.