How to Get a Part Time Job at University?
How to Get a Part Time Job at University?
Part time jobs are a great way for students to make extra money, gain experience in a number of fields and build on team work, customer service and all-round people skills. But there’s a fair amount of competition in the part time jobs market now, with lots of people competing for every position advertised. Here’s a few tips that will help you succeed in the initial application and the interview, to secure that little earner on the side that stops you digging into your student overdraft.
1. Make your CV stand out
Employers can sift through hundreds of CVs for part time jobs, and a great deal of applications come from college, school and university students; the only way you’re going to get noticed is if your CV stands out from the rest. Consider layout, font choice and use of blank space on the page in order to optimize the viewing experience for the staff going through CVs.
There are lots of CV templates online available for free that you can get inspiration from to create something that is unique to yourself. It is worth noting that in some (but not all) countries, it’s usual to include a photo as part of your CV. Check the local norms to make sure yours follows the expectation.
A fair amount of part time jobs are in the catering, retail and tourism areas and naturally that means that you’ll be working with the general public. Highlight your customer service skills in either your key skills area or your personal statement; this is a vital component required in securing an interview with many companies.
A CV should be no more than two pages long, especially when applying for part time jobs. You don’t need to state every GCSE/ equivalent in detail, especially if you’re a university student. Simply stating “12 A*-C grades at GCSE including maths and English” is more than enough for most part time job roles.
2. Put some research into your cover letter
Always include a cover letter. It’s a great way to go into more detail about any previous experience that you have, highlighting skills that will be relevant in the job you are hoping to secure. If you can address the letter to the HR manager/ manager of the company you are applying for do so, it shows that either you’ve read the advert fully or you’ve looked into the company and found out for yourself. With many companies it’s easy to search LinkedIn to find the manager you are looking for. If you can’t, it’s perfectly acceptable to call the company advertising the job and ask who you should address the cover letter to. This kind of initiative is well appreciated by employers and will help you stand out against other applicants.
3. Find out about the company you are interviewing for
A quick online search will usually be able to tell you how long the store/ restaurant/ company has been operating, who it’s owned by, what its annual turnover is, if it has a company motto/values. You’ll be able to find it all in a couple of searches. One of the first questions you’ll be asked is likely to be along the lines of “tell me what attracted you to the role” or “why do you want to work for this company?” You’ll need to draw on the research you have in order to confidently answer these questions.
4. Be honest in the job interview
Everyone knows that you have to be honest on your CV, but as a student it’s also worth being honest about your availability in the initial interview. Provide the interviewer with a schedule of your week, highlighting time periods that you can work and any time that you will need off in order to complete research projects or placements that are compulsory for your degree. It is also worth giving your prospective employer a schedule of your holidays and when your exams are. Many tourist attractions are notoriously busy during periods such as Easter/ Spring Break and in the build-up to summer, just when many exams are at universities, while the retail is a lot busier around Christmas and early January.
If you live away from home and intend to go back once a month, it’s time to mention that too. Otherwise if you secure the job, your employer may not be able to let you have one weekend a month off.
5. Ask questions
Never go to a job interview without a few extra questions in mind. These could be about pay, whether it be the hourly rate or when and how you are paid, such as monthly or weekly. You can ask questions about the team you’ll be working with, how many staff members there are, what a standard working day is like, and what the uniform or dress code is. Do you get an allowance for the uniform, or is it provided? It’s worth knowing before you leave the interview.
6. Showcase that you can work well in a team
Many employers hold group interviews, especially for temporary work around busy periods of the year. This is a good way to see lots of people in one session, but it can be hard for the applicants to stand out. However, think of this as an opportunity to showcase your great teamwork skills, patience, cooperation, delegation and so much more, backing up everything you’ve claimed in your CV. Show the employer exactly why you’re the one for them. Also make sure you encourage others in your work group; this will show you’re someone who wants others to succeed alongside them, and that is a wonderful skill to have when working to meet team targets and hitting bonuses within the company.
So there you have it! What are you waiting for?… Go secure that part time job!
How to Find a Part-Time Job
by Jennifer Parris, FlexJobs Career Writer |
For some people and some situations, a full-time position is not a good fit. Check out these ideas for how to find a part-time job.
Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, on-ramp back into the workforce, or try a new career, a part-time job may be a great fit.
Here are five tips for how to find a part-time job.
Reach out to your former boss.
If you had a good working relationship with your ex-boss, speak with her about your desire to work part-time. Ask her if there are any opportunities within your old company or if she knows of anyone who is hiring. Many managers are clued in to openings before the public is, so she may be able to find you a connection before the job is even posted online.
Update your profile.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off your LinkedIn profile. Be sure that all your information is accurate and up-to-date, especially your contact info. Ad “Currently looking for part-time work” to your profile so hiring managers scoping out LinkedIn will be sure to take notice—and reach out.
Assess your industry.
If you’re a financial planner, think of all the areas in your field that lend themselves to part-time work. But keep in mind that while many executive-level jobs today lend themselves to telecommuting, you may have to start in an entry-level position—especially if you’re entering a new work field – to land a part-time job.
Go on job boards.
Move over, want ads. Job listings are abundant online, such as right here at FlexJobs. Simply search for part-time listings that will be a fit for what you’d like to do.
No one is going to ask if you need a job and then offer you one. So put out some job seeking feelers and talk to those closest to you first. Find out if their companies are hiring or if they know of some that are. And don’t be bashful when speaking about your job hunting—you never know, it may be your child’s pediatrician who gives you that great lead that lands you a part-time job.
A part-time position can be just the thing to not only boost your budget but also help you segue into a position that works with your schedule and your work-life balance.
Readers, have you sought out a part-time job during your job search? Tell us about your experience!
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Student Jobs-Working Part-Time — Complete University Guide
Here you can read about the benefits of part-time work, how you can balance study with a part-time job, and how to find a job.
With the maintenance loan often failing to cover the cost of living, more and more students are being forced to get a part-time time job to simply get by.
- A survey conducted by Endsleigh (2015) indicated that eight out of ten (77%) students are now working part-time to help fund their studies. Read the survey here.
- The study also showed that females who are working during term time at uni earn 36% less than males.
- 14% who were asked said they had full-time jobs either during term time, holidays or both.
- More than half (57%) of students who work part-time spend their additional income on necessities – accommodation, food and household bills.
The benefits of part-time work for a student
A part-time job whilst at university can have a positive impact on your life:
Money Need we say more? The extra cash from part-time work lets you cover the cost of living more comfortably, sometimes even leaving a little aside for fun.
Budgeting Students who earn their own money tend to spend it wisely. Part-time jobs are often tough, and hard-earned money can be painful to part with. In short, students are more likely to save their money for necessities such as text books and rent.
Time management Students with jobs have little free time. This predisposes them to become more organised and better planners, learning to weigh their priorities in order to meet deadlines. Effective time management benefits both your studies and life after university.
Bored? You will have less time to while away the hours – the combination of studying and a job rather handily means there’s little time to get bored.
Your future Use your part-time job to get an introduction to a career or area of interest you hope to go into after university. The experience will help you stand out from the crowd at interview; you can begin networking with others in your chosen field. Forming professional relationships at this early stage will help your chances of gaining employment after graduation.
Transferable skills A part-time job can provide you with a skill set much in demand by graduate employers:
- A common complaint from employers is of a lack of commercial awareness in graduates. As well as the time management skills already mentioned, you’ll be exposed to working in a commercial environment – an experience which will help you stand out from the crowd.
- Teamwork – you’ll likely have to work as part of a team, equipping you with the skills needed to work with people of varying personality. This will help you work on group projects at university, as well as being of great benefit through life in general.
- Initiative – in the workplace things will go wrong. How will you react to the unexpected? Keep a note of problems solved and disasters averted – these sorts of stories are priceless when it comes to interviews and such like.
- All of the above, combined with the initiative you’ve shown in working whilst studying, will show employers that you’re ambitious and have an excellent work ethic.
Balancing study with a part-time student job
Be ruthless about organising your time. Don’t be sheepish about owning a diary or colour coding your calendar. Keep track of your shifts, important deadlines, and key social events.
Be honest. Can you really cover that extra shift or attend that friend of a friend’s birthday? There are only 24 hours in a day, and seven days in a week. You can’t please everyone but make sure you look after number one.
Keep all the important people informed. Make sure your boss knows when you’ve got important lectures, tutorials and deadlines. Employers are usually pretty flexible about your hours – it’s part and parcel of choosing to employ students. Talk to your tutor and lecturers. They may be able to offer a bit of extra support to ensure you achieve your academic targets.
Finding a part-time/student job
You’ve decided to get out there and earn a bit of extra cash. You may find it a tall order to even find a job. Here are some hints and tips:
Use the university jobshop Most Students’ Unions have one of these offering a whole host of ad hoc employment. Register online. There will probably be a regular newsletter or mailing keeping you informed of the latest vacancies.
Get out there and meet people There’s a lot to be said for dropping into local pubs, restaurants and shops to ask if there are any vacancies. It can serve as an opportunity to make a good impression and, who knows, perhaps they’ll make a vacancy for you!
Look for Christmas jobs well in advance Naturally the retail and hospitality sectors become much busier at Christmas and many businesses will be looking for extra staff.
If all else fails look for alternative methods Take part in market research, become a ‘mystery diner,’ sell your artwork, try tutoring, participate in research and so on. If you’re willing to put the time in looking around there’s bound to be a way you can make a bit of extra cash.