Summer is here and it’s that time again – time to hire seasonal workers! Many employers, including restaurants, hotels and travel destinations, have a huge surge of business during the summer months, which means many extra hands will be needed to keep the ship afloat.
There are lots of great websites out there that will help streamline your seasonal hiring needs. Before you hit the summer job posting sites, however, ask your current staff to make employee referrals and scroll through your contacts. If you are a recruiter for an established business, you may have past temporary employees who you can call on to return this summer – and you should! Rewarding loyalty in seasonal workers is a great way to add standout candidates to your hiring pool for permanent positions that may open down the road.
However, if you’re like most seasonal businesses, there will be some hiring to do to cover the summer months. We’ve researched the top summer job posting sites for you so you can staff up quickly and easily before the rush.
With 20+ million resumes in its massive database, MightyRecruiter should be your first stop when you are hiring seasonal help. Just sign up for a free trial, and you can search, filter, and contact summer jobseekers immediately. You can also leverage the solution’s machine learning matching algorithm to get a list of the candidates most qualified for your role as well as take advantage of its one-click job posting capabilities, which distribute your post to countless job boards so you don’t have to waste valuable time and energy uploading your posting to multiple boards manually. Finally, its built-in shift availability screening makes it easy to prescreen hourly workers to see if they can provide the summer commitment your business needs.
Looking for an employee with a sense of adventure for your open summer role? CoolWorks is the summer job posting site for you. For more than 20 years, CoolWorks has been connecting seasonal jobseekers with cool opportunities such as work in national parks, ski resorts, dude ranches, and yoga retreats. The platform seems to specialize in hosting hospitality-focused roles, including housekeepers, cooks, tour guides, and camp counselors but there are also indoor positions, like front desk agents, customer service reps, and positions at non-profits. Here’s how it works: Each employer writes their job ad and posts to the site with individualized instructions on how to apply. Have online applications? Great! But unlike other summer job posting sites, if you’re old school, that okay, too. Some employers on the site have applications that jobseekers print, complete, and mail back.
This easy-to-navigate website offers jobs in a variety of different categories. For just $10 you can post your organization’s opening and have access to the 3,000-4,000 jobseekers who visit the site each month. The site features are set up for easy searching – if a jobseeker is interested in living in the big city for the summer, they might choose the “Seasonal Jobs in New York” category. Or, if they have a specific area of interest, they can scroll through they “Seasonal Jobs at the Zoo” or “Seasonal Jobs with UPS.” Each category has a list of open jobs and links to apply, plus information about the industry and details about different job titles. Even recruiters might get sucked in on this site because, admit it, you’ve always wondered what a “Snake Technician” does.
Snagajob has a simple goal: Create a world where anyone can get the work or workforce they want, wherever and whenever they want. One of the most well-trafficked summer job posting sites, Snagajob boasts more than 75 million registered hourly workers and 300,000 employer locations just waiting to be matched for hourly jobs. The website posts all types of hourly jobs but has a special section for seasonal hiring. And, since the site boasts 1.5 million new users each month, you’ll always have fresh resumes to view.
Having trouble identifying the right type of candidate on other summer job posting sites? WayUp is turning the candidate search on its head by giving employers complete control over who applies for their open roles. The website site collects 40 data points per applicant to suggest “the right jobs to the right people.” Designed specifically to appeal to college students and recent grads, the site offers employers a direct line to millennials. With students from more than 6,200 schools registered on the site – 72% of whom are minorities –WayUp boasts that half of all the jobs posted on its website result in a job offer. So, instead of receiving applications from a bunch of unqualified candidates, search the database of more than 3 million jobseeker profiles, and use the site’s filters to identify ideal candidates and invite them to apply for open roles. Also, you’ll have access to real-time applicant and listing performance analytics (including demographic and diversity data).
Handshake is a top pick for recruiting college students. The site was founded by three students who became frustrated by the dearth of recruiters traveling to Michigan Tech, a remote engineering school. When they realized that they were being left them out of the internship loop, they decided there must be a way to get a hot internship even if their campus was in a place so cold that it wasn’t a regular recruiting stop for Silicon Valley. With that, an idea was born: Handshake. Handshake works to transform university recruiting for jobs and internships for the 3.5 million registered higher education students across the country. The app’s goal is to ensure that every student has access to every job, no matter where they go to school. One hundred and seventy universities and more than 120,000 employers are signed up with the app, making Handshake a simple way of leveling the playing field for students in remote locations.
Have an uptick in projects coming down the pike this summer. On Upwork you’ll find a range of freelance talent, from programmers and designers to writers and customer support reps, for hire on a project basis. Employers start by posting their project and the specific skills required to complete the work. Upwork then analyzes your needs using data science to highlight a short list of available freelancers based on their qualifications. Or, search the site on your own to discover new talent. Upwork prescreens the freelancers on its site to verify that freelancers are who they say they are. Further, hiring managers can view a freelancer’s Job Success score and online skills tests as well as read the feedback they received on past projects. Upwork Messages provides chat and video conference tools for interviewing finalists.
Want more help finding the right places to advertise your opening? Read our article about our favorite free job posting sites.