Try something new with unusual summer job opportunities

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THE usual crop of summer jobs has wilted due to the coronavirus crisis.

With festivals, seaside resorts and some top attractions still closed, opportunities are limited. But if you are willing to try something new, there are roles out there.

There are currently 5,000-plus vacancies for landscape gardeners and many do not require experience

The Government’s Job Help website has seen a surge in unusual summer jobs up for grabs.

Steve McCall of Newcastle City Jobcentre says: “Some might not be the usual opportunities you expect or in your dream sector but there are options out there for everyone. View them as stepping stones.”

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP added: “We’re helping people build their skills and experience by highlighting job opportunities which are still available over the summer months.

“And our nationwide network of work coaches are continuing to match jobseekers with employers recruiting in their local area.”

Here are the top five alternative summer jobs and how to land one:

LANDSCAPE GARDENER: There are currently 5,000-plus vacancies and many do not require experience. Pay ranges from minimum wage to £25,000 for an experienced gardener.

PIZZA CHEF: Pizza delivery hit record highs during lockdown. There are 2,850 pizza jobs including chefs and delivery drivers.

NURSERY ASSISTANT: These usually start on minimum wage but you can train towards professional qualifications and work your way up to management. There are currently almost 900 jobs on offer.

FRUIT PICKING: The Pick For Britain campaign saw thousands of furloughed workers take to the fields but more summer staff are needed. See pickforbritain.org.uk to sign up.

BUTCHER: Recruiters such as ­Staffline are taking on new starters as butchers and food processors. There are 300-plus jobs up for grabs.

  • See jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk.

No time to waste

GET your paws on an internship with digital agency Waste.

The London marketing firm has built a virtual version of its office in the Nintendo game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and has put together a brief for candidates to tackle.

The best response will claim the three-month paid internship in Waste’s creative department.

Digital agency Waste has built a virtual version of its office in the Nintendo game Animal Crossing

Key to a good CV

SENDING out your CV but getting nowhere?

Around 75 per cent of CVs never even make it in front of the hiring manager, according to new research, as they fall foul of a computer system that weeds out applicants.

Tech known as the Applicant Tracking System is used by most firms hiring online.

But you can beat it if you know how, by including crucial keywords and phrases.

Debut Careers has devised a free CV planning tool to help and the firm’s

Kim Connor says: “Most CVs never get seen by an employer because they don’t pass the ATS system on job boards. That’s why the format and content is so important.”

To find out more, head to debut.careers.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18-plus and no previous experience in marketing is needed.

The firm’s art director Tasmin Lobley said: “We want to reach people who could be the new stars of our agency but maybe they don’t even know it’s a job they could do yet.”

Get your application started now at waste-creative.com/our-animal-crossing-office.

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