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How Guard for Life Gets You Into College

By Julia Southerland | Posted August 8, 2017 in Lifeguard Job,Lifestyle

Trying to put together your college applications can be stressful. Between studying for the SAT test, focusing on grades, and keeping up with extra-curricular activities, you don’t seem to have much time for anything else. With all that on your mind, one concern sticks out: Will my college applications stand out from the crowd?

Most students understand that their success in school improves their chances of getting into college, but something else can really make an applicant stand out: a job! To admissions, a part-time job shows maturity, responsibility and independence.

What Do Colleges Think?

According to Alice Margraff, a college counselor at the McDonogh School in Baltimore, “Getting a job shows that a student takes initiative and is willing to spend their time doing something productive. An applicant who works also exhibits traits that would look good on a college resume.”

Every teen thinks they don’t have time to work because of sports, SAT prep courses, and endless amounts of homework. But, think again! A summer job, like lifeguarding, is the perfect solution to balancing work, school and play.

Lifeguard Perks

  • Work in your own community with the people you know!
  • Earn cash for college/school while on break, with plenty of time for socializing too.
  • Improve your resume with life skills and show off your strong work ethic.
  • Refer your friends! Not only do you get to work with them, but we’ll give you a cash bonus for their referral!
  • College’s LOVE students who are CPR Certified, you have the skills
    to save someones life!

Great! Now How Do I Become a Lifeguard?

In order to become a lifeguard, American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certifications are key! Earning these certifications are an effective way to leave a great impression with an admissions officer. The college or university will see that applicants who have worked as lifeguards have a heightened sense of responsibility and the necessary set of skills required to handle stressful, tense situations that may occur on the job.

Lifeguards are also known to exhibit great leadership skills. They learn how to maintain control over their pool environment while in training. When in uniform, a lifeguard becomes an authority figure. They are entrusted to make sure that everything is running smoothly and safely and address patrons of any age or gender in a respectable and professional manner to enforce all the pool rules equally. These lifeguard leadership skills impress admissions personnel, and provide evidence that you will be a positive influence on campus.

Lifeguarding is the perfect choice for a summer job. Now that summer is coming to a close, it is the perfect time to begin planning next year’s time off. We offer many early hire incentives, including FREE training courses and discounted uniforms. If you are looking for a way to enhance your college applications and stand out from a crowd, join our team as a lifeguard.