Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, it suddenly occurs to me that I probably might maybe need to work this summer. Any suggestions?
A: Came up with that all by yourself, did you? Actually, now is the time to start looking and making some contacts. Or at least now is a good time to start making lists of the jobs you’d like to do, and the ones you have a realistic shot of getting. Hopefully, the two lists somewhat resemble each other. Once you’ve come up with a short list, go see the manager or owner in person and inquire about summer openings and the process of getting hired. Wear something nice and go by yourself. Showing up with a buddy signals you are not serious, among other things.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...