Student Part-Time Jobs

Emma Hogan 12 February 2019

Are you in need of some extra cash to support your student life? As part of our latest research mission to help out students nationwide, we’ve put together some handy tips to help you to find and secure the perfect part-time job. Whether you’d like some set weekly hours or are in need of something super flexible we’ve got it all covered.

Task 1: Decide what you’re looking for in a job

 

 

 

 

 

What are the most important things you need to find in your part-time job? Think about:

  • Time & Commitment
    • How flexible can you be? Consider your course workload and lecture times to decide how many hours you should work.
    • Are you looking for regular hours,  working evening and weekend or just the occasional gig to help yourself earn some extra pocket money?
    • Remember, most universities recommend that students work no more than 15 hours per week in order to create a good work / study balance.
  • Sector
    • What kind of work are you willing to do?
    • Are you a night owl who wouldn’t mind bar / club work? Although this means late finishes they can often be a very social environment.
    • Are you a retail maven who would love to get an employee discount at your favourite store? Think of the fun that you could have at break time! Or with your uniform allowance…
    • Are one-off gigs / events more your thing? Maybe you’d get to see your favourite bands from working this year’s summer festivals.
  • Location
    • How far are you willing to travel? The amount of work nearby may vary depending on if your university is campus or city based.
    • Remember to factor in travel costs in your search – the job 2 buses away offering £2 more per hour is probably not a great prospect once you factor in the time and transport costs.
  •  Cash
    • How much money do you need to earn? Do you need to cover bills and rent or are you more flexible because you live at home?
    • How much money would you like to earn? This will depend on your socialising budget and how much you’d like to ‘splash out’ from time to time.

TOP TIP: Write down all the things that you can’t compromise on to help you figure out exactly what kind of job might be right for you.
 

Task 2: Brush up your CV 

Now you’ve decided what kind of roles you’re looking for, it’s time to brush up your CV to match.  Think about the personal qualities / skills / experience you have that showcases how you’ll best fit these roles.

Checklist:

  • Are your qualifications / skills / work experience up to date?
    • Make sure whatever is on your CV is up to date and relevant – employers don’t necessarily need to know that you raised £50 in your local Brownies cookies sale.
  • Have you used spellcheck / grammar check? The inbuilt functionality in Microsoft Office programs is a great start.
  • Have you asked a friend / family member to proof read your CV?  Sometimes they can help to highlight your best qualities and make sure that your CV is clear and relevant.

TOP TIP: Make sure you tailor your CV and covering letter to each application – there’s nothing worse for an employer than reading a CV clearly meant to highlight your skills for a different role!
 

Task 3: Have a plan of action to find available roles

So you’ve decided what kind of job you want and your CV is polished and ready.

  • Attend student job fairs. In the first few weeks of a semester universities will offer student jobs fairs that local employers attend. Go along armed with your CV and hand them out to employers. Make a good impression by dressing smartly (not necessarily in a suit and tie(!) but stay away from your sports kit / football shirts etc.)
  • Pound the pavement – hand our your CV on spec to potential employers, they may not have a role available right now but if they like your CV they may be in touch when one opens up.
  • Know someone who has a job where you’d like to work? See if you can get the inside scoop on any upcoming vacancies – the early bird often catches the job.
  • Check out student job websites and search by sector or location for a job that suites you. Here’s one you could try: Save The Student.

TOP TIP: Persevere – you may not get the perfect job straight away, but something that’s right for you will come up.
 

Task 4: Have an interview? What now?

  • Dress smartly. Each place of work will have a very different dress code. Before you attend the interview have a look on Glassdoor, this will give you a feel as to whether you will need your best suit or if something a little more casual will do the job.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your CV – know that document inside out!
  • Try interview prep sites for some off the wall common questions like
    • If you were an animal what would you be?
    • If you were to meet one famous person who would you meet and what would you ask?
    • Who’s your biggest inspiration?
    • Which company value resonates with you the most?

TOP TIP: Give as much detail as you can in your answers, provide examples where you can and smile.
 

Task 5: Follow-up

Show initiative.  If you feel like the interview went well and you would be happy to work for the business a follow-up email is a good idea.  Let the employer know that it was good to meet them and that you’re looking forward to hearing from them in the future.

TOP TIP: Show enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.

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