How students can find, get and keep a part-time job in 2015

Because during your studies sometimes you need a little bit more cash dollar money

You know it. Students do have a tight budget. But could you use a bit of extra cash for more food, clothes, and, you know, fun in general?

Well, part-time work can give you the extra breathing space you’re after. Luckily, we’ve been there and we know how to land a part-time job. It’s easy. Here’s how.

1) Prepare your CV

Okay. Here’s the first thing before you can start looking for a new job. Make your CV.

If this is your first time you have at least two options:

  • Wing it
  • Get advice

The second is the right option.

Your family and friends are a good first stop. But a better source of advice is your uni’s career service. They’re much less likely to be worried about criticising you, and much more likely to give you constructive feedback for your CV.

2) Look for work

With your CV ready, there are at least three places you can look for work: online, on the street, and word of mouth.

Finding student jobs online is probably the easiest option, and many companies do post their positions on the internet. But not all.

There are places that don’t post online. Perhaps they already get enough attention without the need to advertise? Or whatever. The point is, it’s worth handing out CVs IRL to maximise opportunities.

And word of mouth? Well the only way to pick up jobs this way is to talk with your friends and acquaintances. Especially if you know somebody who works at a place you like. It never hurts to ask. And it might get you straight to the next step.

Oh and just a word of advice. Have something to say to your potential employer. Because you can totally do better than this: “Can I hand my CV in here? Thanks. Bye.”

3) Impress at the interview

“First impressions are, by definition, instant and it takes seconds for a complete stranger to formulate a positive or negative opinion of you based on your appearance alone.” Said Chris Smith, Important Guy at MyJobMatcher.com.

For better or worse, he’s right.

And as it’s so important to make a good impression, think about how to make it with good clothes. This doesn’t always mean you have to wear a suit, but do dress smarter than you do for lectures. If you struggle to decide what to wear, remember it’s a better idea to overdress than underdress.

Make a good impression, show you’re a fun person to be around, and you’re more likely to get the job.

4) Balance with your studies

Okay so now you’re employed. One of the most frequent questions students ask now is this: “Will it interfere with my studies?”

Luckily there are a couple of good reasons to believe everything is okay.

Firstly, NUS research into employment services for university and college students says: “The overwhelming consensus [amongst job shops] was that part-time work brought considerable positive benefits provided there was a work/study balance.”

And secondly, look at when the Independent shared some student experiences. One was Nathan Armes, a third-year Psychology student at the University of Hertfordshire. He worked as a cloakroom attendant at his student union and he found it easy enough to fit around his studies.

You just need to make sure it’s balanced.

If you’re still concerned, talk with your employer. They might even be able to work out some kind of deal where they make the workload lighter when there’s more for you to do at university. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

More work, more money

Obviously, the reason you want a part-time job is so you can afford more things. And now you have managed to find, get, and keep one, you can have a more comfortable student experience.

So get ready to treat yourself. After all, you’ll have earned it.

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