TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - As students prepare for the last few weeks of the school semester and start making plans for the summer, Express Employment Professionals released today tips for landing that hot summer job.

"If you haven't done so already, it's time to start thinking about summer jobs," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. "A summer job is a good way to test the waters and figure out if an industry is right for you and a good way to prove to employers that you're interested and ready to work in their field. A summer job could also be a stepping stone to your full-time career."

Express Employment Professionals locations across Canada are working extra hard prior to the summer season to get the right employees into the right jobs. Here are some tips from Express on finding a seasonal summer job.

Start early. Get your resume ready, connect with employment professionals and start your interview preparation. The summer season is short, and employers will move quickly to staff up for the season.

Think seasonally for job ideas. There are many types of summer jobs-children's camps, parks and beaches, tourism, agriculture, landscaping, exterior maintenance and construction, road works, fisheries and forestry. They all need workers during the warmer months. Consider them all-even jobs you've never tried.

Be professional. Treat a summer job like a full-time job and make sure you approach it with professionalism. Remember, your summer job can provide a great reference for your future long-term career choice.

Play up your strengths. Just because you are applying for a student job, be sure you focus on your strong points. Some student job seekers tend to minimize their accomplishments, thinking summer work requirements are less than other types of jobs. Instead, emphasize your strengths, such as being a strong student, juggling extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community.

Be Flexible. Try to distinguish yourself from other student job seekers. As much as you can, be flexible. Employers say that applicants who demand a specific schedule lessen their chance at landing a job.

Dress the Part. When interviewing for a job, show up dressed in business-casual attire, at the very least. Even if the work for which you're applying is outdoors, wear neat clothing, clean shoes and a collared shirt.

Show your energy. Employers who bring student workers on board say they appreciate enthusiasm and eagerness to do whatever it takes to get a job done. Display those traits on your job interview-and on the job, as well. This is especially important for people facing jobs like tourism or working with kids.

Do mock interviews in advance. A job interview can be a lot more stressful than you might think. To work out the jitters ahead of time, do a few practice interviews. It's always a good idea to brainstorm some interview questions and answers. It's good to practice well in advance-because on the spot interviews are more common than you think.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has 725 franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 456,000 people in 2014. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company in the United States and the second largest privately held staffing company in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 34 Express franchises in Canada - five in British Columbia, six in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 22 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

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