You may think of a summer job as something teenagers do between school years, but actually it might be better to think of it as a temp job. This is a good way to get yourself known to a company, and as the summer ends, you may find they want to keep you on if you’ve proved yourself to be a valued employee. Also, even in a summer job, you have access to the internal job postings. This is where most of the “hidden job market” is located, within the internal company listings. Most companies would rather hire someone they have come to know rather than someone with unknown qualities. Lastly, if you are thinking of trying something new, a summer placement may be a good way to test the waters of a new career path.