Finding a Part-time Job While You Study: Tips for Success

Written by Zoe Cresswell
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If you’re a student looking for an additional source of income, then this article is perfect for you. Whether it’s to pay off tuition or just have some spending money, finding a part-time job while you study can be challenging but not impossible, so here are some tips on how to find work that will help increase your chances of finding a role that suits you. 

Look for part-time jobs in advance

When you’re a busy student, finding time to look for part-time jobs can be challenging. Looking for part-time jobs in advance is vital, as getting a job straight away is not guaranteed. Make sure to take some time out of your day to visit job boards where employers actively advertise roles suitable for students before the term starts; that way, you’ll beat the rush of student job-hunting season. 

Write a CV

Having a solid CV is essential when applying for part-time jobs, so make sure it’s up to scratch. Make your CV stand out by highlighting any relevant skills you have and how they’ll be beneficial in the role, such as time management or good communication skills. It can also help if employers know what type of student job roles interest you, so make sure to include any specific experience or skills that are relevant. 

Check your contact details are up to date

Make sure that your contact information is up to date and easy for employers to find, as they must be able to get in touch with you if they wish to. This includes your current address (don’t forget to change this every time you move), phone number, and email address. As well as making sure employers can contact you, any personal details you give must be appropriate; If you have an unprofessional email address, chances are the employer won’t even consider looking at your CV. 

Be pro-active 

If you’re interested in a part-time job but don’t have much work experience, being proactive is an excellent way to increase your chances of getting hired over someone who isn’t as keen. Make it clear that you want the role and that you’re committed to it. Make sure to follow up with your potential employers if they don’t get back to you straight away, and keep checking in for any updates on the role or whether there’s been a decision made yet. 

Use social media responsibly

When looking for part-time jobs, it’s essential to use social media responsibly. Employers are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter to see how potential employees present themselves online, so remember to keep any posts professional at all times. However, you might also want to consider changing your account settings to private if they aren’t already. 

 

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Last Updated: Friday October 29 2021
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