As a rule, the more competitive and career oriented jobs and internships tend to have earlier deadlines than basic summer jobs in the service sector or with camps. The majority of summer employers will review applications and set deadlines sometime during the period from February through May.
When to Start a Summer Job Search
Another thing to consider is when the best time is to start a summer job search. Even though application dates vary, it's not too early to start looking for jobs in the fall. On the other hand, you won't miss out on lining up a job, especially in the hospitality industry, if you wait until the spring. Summer resort jobs often having a shorter hiring cycle. However, check with employers of interest to see when they start accepting applications. The earlier you apply the more job options you'll have.
Applying for Jobs That Aren't Posted
Since many summer jobs are not posted, you should reach out to target employers like local restaurants or camps to inquire about positions for the upcoming summer. If they are not yet screening applicants, then ask when you can apply. Many organizations will consider applicants on a rolling basis until all their summer slots are filled. Given this scenario it is much better to be too early than too late.
Start Networking Early
If you accept the premise that many or even most summer jobs are awarded to those who network with staff, then you should begin the process as soon as possible during the fall. Reaching out to friends of the family, teachers, coaches, neighbors, local professionals, fellow church members and college alumni for advice and to brainstorm ideas is a great way to launch your summer job networking campaign.