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Posted:  |  Updated: 05/21/12 11:09 AM ET

10 Wrong Assumptions Young People Make When Looking For A Summer Job

Finding a summer job can be tough, especially with summer rapidly approaching.

But we have some advice to help you out, courtesy of career coach Suzanne Kleinberg, founder of Potential to Soar, a coaching service for new graduates. Kleinberg is also the author of the new book From Playstation to Workstation: A Career Guide for Generation Text Surviving in a Baby Boomer World.

Kleinberg recommends young people start looking early on for a summer job, meaning it's probably a bad idea to try to get one the weekend before the 4th of July. Also, don't assume that flipping burgers is necessarily a bad thing or that volunteer work doesn't count -- it's all real world experience that'll help you further down the road and keep you from occupying mom and dad's couch.

For more tips, check out Kleinberg's 10 Wrong Assumptions Young People Make When Looking For A Summer Job:

A summer or part-time job must be within your career path.
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Many teens choose to follow their career dreams through summer or part-time jobs. However, whether you are sure or unsure about your career goals, take the opportunity to try for a job that interests you. Now is the time in your life that you can take risks or try jobs just for the fun of it. So if you want to work as a clown, pet sitter or kids' baseball umpire, now is the time to do it.
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Filed by Tyler Kingkade  |