With the excitement of freshers’ week over, reality is beginning to sink in. The reckless spending has had to come to an end and most students are finding themselves sinking deeper and deeper into their overdrafts.
Find a part-time job.
However it’s not as simple as this due to everyone else seeming to have the same idea, meaning the search for a job can often be a tedious and painful experience. But there is no need to panic as these top tips will help to ease the process and secure you a job in no time!
1) Perfect your CV
The dreaded CV; it’s something we all put off even though we know it eventually needs to be done.
One of the aspects that seems to spark the most anxiety is in regards as to what to include to make yourself attractive to employers.
The answer is to keep it short, simple and brief. Employers don’t want to know your life story, they just want to know about any relevant work experience you may have or any positions of responsibility you have held such as society secretary or even just a member of a sports team.
To just state these experiences is not enough, you also need to mention the qualities you have gained and how this can be transferred to the type of jobs you are applying for.
Read some CVs online and whilst taking tips from the best ones, make sure yours is interesting and unique as this will get you noticed by employers!
2) Refine your searches on Indeed.com
Indeed.com is a highly popular website amongst students as it lists all of the possible jobs on offer in your area.
It conveniently has a search bar so that you can type in keywords for any particular preferences you have such as ‘waiter’ or ‘bartender’, saving you trawling through pointless advertisements like ‘teaching assistant’ or ‘zoo keeper’.
Similarly, there are further boxes along the side to refine the search further. This includes a ‘Distance’ bar, so you don’t wind up applying for a job that’s 50 miles away from where you live, which is, believe me, easily done.
However, remember that it’s important to make sure you get the balance right between having enough money and hours spent working, because you don’t want to end up sacrificing your university work for the sake of being able to buy a few nice pairs of shoes!
3) Apply for jobs at your university
You’ll be surprised at the amount of jobs you might not have even thought about doing— such as writing notes for disabled students or becoming an open day ambassador.
Universities often pay good wages to their employees because they understand the difficult financial situations students find themselves in. You can also apply for jobs at university cafes, bars and shops. These are great because you will most probably get a substantial amount of holiday time when students are no longer in term time, meaning you won’t have to stay in a flat by yourself at Christmas!
4) Hand in CVs at independent restaurants/ bars personally
Often, many jobs won’t be advertised online, and this is especially the case if it’s a small, independent business.
Try the old fashioned approach of simply going in and handing in a CV, even if there are no signs outside saying they are recruiting. Often, it is just down to a matter of good timing when handing in CVs, depending on whether they are short staffed at that current moment.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get a response— the majority of the time it is not due to your CV being bad but rather the needs of the business at that current moment!
5) Chase up places that haven’t responded
More often than not, you will not receive a response from a company, not even to say your application was rejected. This is frustrating and can leave you feeling disheartened in continuing the search for a job.
If it has been over two weeks and you still haven’t heard back then it’s wise to ring them up and ask them on the progress of your application.
Just this act of getting in contact shows you are committed and might mean they look over your application again. The worst that can happen is that they tell you that you were unsuccessful and if so, you could ask for feedback on what went wrong!