By Jesse Collier. Updated May 2017.
We all know how stressful it is to find part time jobs for the summer months or during the school year. Read these top tips to help make your search easier.
With finals, extracurricular activities, deadlines, and assignments due, finding a part time job is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It can be a long and frustrating process with all of the cover letters, resumes, and interviews to prepare for.
Sometimes it helps to stop and think about how you’re going about finding part time jobs. Rethinking your approach will allow you to see any holes that you may have missed in your strategy.
Stand Out from the Crowd
For each job, employers go through several resumes looking for the ideal candidate. Our top tip to people finding part time jobs is to stand out from the crowd and be unique.
When applying for jobs such as cashier or clerk at a retail store, standing out from the crowd is usually not the top priority for students when dropping off their resumes or cover letters.
However, how you approach finding part time jobs can show how you perform in those jobs. So present yourself as a responsible person and the employer will be impressed.
Top Tips to Getting Part Time Jobs
To take getting part time jobs to a whole new level, we created these tips that you may not have thought of while applying for jobs.
1. Contact Friends and Family
Having a network of friends and family who can attest to your abilities in a job can play a major role while finding part time jobs.
Knowing someone in a relevant field you want to go in will put you at the front of the line if you can get a recommendation from them for a job opening. Companies are much more willing to listen to a current employee’s advice especially if the employee is trusted and responsible.
2. Create a Cover Letter
Most people will just submit a resume and hope to get the job. A resume shows experience in different areas. However it doesn’t quite sell the employer on why you are the ideal candidate.
Creating a cover letter will show the employer that you are willing to go the extra mile to get their job offer. Cover letters allow you to expand on points in your resume, so if there is any relevant work experience on your resume, you can write about that in your cover letter. Check out our guide to writing a cover letter that will help you land this part.
3. Create an Online Network
Try creating a profile on networking sites such as LinkedIn and fill in your details about yourself. This can include relevant experience made while in and outside school. LinkedIn is still widely used by employers, and having a presence on it while you’re still in school will show them that you are thinking ahead.
You can also join different groups and participate in professional discussions that will help get you noticed by employers. This will also allow you to know about any part time jobs before other people.
Just remember that networking is all about actively participating in different groups in order to get noticed by potential employers. Even if you aren’t knowledgeable about the subject, adding your two cents can lead to dollars down the road.
4. Find Part Time Jobs at School
A lot of people go home over the summer. Usually, they won’t live close enough to campus to get part time jobs at your school. This means there will be less competition for you to step in and snag one of those jobs.
Most schools should have job placements over the summer for students who stay close enough to campus. Try looking on your school’s career webpage and see if you are interested in any of the jobs they offer.
5. Be Positive and Outgoing
Like we said before, it is essential to rethink your strategy in approaching the job search process. For example, you can call a company that you applied to and follow up with your application or even ask if someone in HR would be available to discuss the job position. This will have a good impression on the employer as they will remember you for being positive and outgoing.
If you decide to contact a member of the company to have a meeting, make sure you know as much about the company as possible. Having a meeting with your potential employer could be your make or break moment, so you want to make a lasting impression. By standing out from the crowd, you look better for job prospects than the people who just drop off resumes hoping for a job.
6. Settle for Experience
Experience can be key (along with a winning personality!) to finding jobs down the road. Especially in earlier years in uni, getting experience in the field you want to go into is more valuable than having money from a job.
Gaining experience in your field can come from multiple places such as employers, online courses, and volunteering.
While you may not be getting paid to do work, volunteering and learning skills will show employers later on that you are hard working and you strive to better yourself. Plus it looks great on your resume.
7. Refine Your Job Search
Do you keep applying to jobs just because they have vacancies? While this can be good to get entry-level jobs, sometimes following a specific company can be more beneficial when applying to higher-level jobs.
By applying to multiple positions within one company, you increase your odds of landing a position. Even getting an entry-level job in the company will be good. There are always opportunities to climb up the company ladder.
Keeping your job search to one or a few companies will also let you define the jobs that you have interest in. If you have interests in a company, they will show in your interview as well as your work when you get the job.
8. Get an Internship
Internships can provide valuable experience in the field you are pursuing. Getting an internship will also let you try out different fields you may have not thought of. And who knows? You might decide to switch your field of study.
Depending on where you live, unpaid internships can be legal if they’re deemed to be used for educational purposes. In some cases, the employer will still pay interns even if it is for educational purposes, as it can lead to tax trouble for them. Make sure you know your student internship rights.
Whether it’s an unpaid or paid internship, both are great for learning skills in various trades. Also, if a company likes you, they will usually hire you on as a full time employee. Internships will allow you to make contacts and create a network, which can come in handy later on.
Lastly, remember to stay safe and to not settle for just any opportunity that arises. There are many scams out there that will try to rope you in. They will especially target students as well.
Did we forget to include a tip you use to find jobs? Leave a comment below!