How to land a part-time job

I just realise that even though I’ve been going on about job search and such before, I have never posted an article about part-time job which seems to me is a more necessary “job” for students. So this post will be all about part-time job hunting.
There’s a point during university – typically half way through the first term – when everyone has a panic realisation: their spending is getting way out of hand. Those couple of extra drinks at the end of each night or a few more time out with friends have a funny way of tearing through a bank account.

The obvious thing to do is to pick up some part time work to keep funds topped up. It’s much easier said than done. To better your chances of securing a job, follow these tips below.

1, Consider The Unusual
There is a starbucks in our student union but frankly, your chance of a job there is next to nothing. Jobs which suit student hours are horrendously oversubscribed. In most student bars, there tends to be more staff than punters. Try something different – be a mystery shopper, tutor, work your skills as a steward. The more unusual the role, the few the applicants – which means the better your chance of landing the gig.
2, Don’t Mass Apply
It’s tempting to apply for all things and anything. Seen an advert in the union for baristas? Go! Go! Go! Advert in the local paper for a dog walker? You’re there. Honestly though, if you’re applying to every job going, you aren’t giving any of them the appropriate attention. Spend a little time on your cover letter and CV, and you’ll find a much higher rate of reply. If you don’t land the role, consider it practice for next time. Application forms for different roles are different. So spend a little more time researching than mass applying, you will definitely get more chance to land the job
3,Consider expenses
In terms of both time and money. It’s far too easy to jump at any opportunity of employment, but sadly, it won’t doesn’t always make economic sense. If you have to pay out significant travel costs just to travel to and from work, it likely isn’t worth it – look elsewhere. But be conscious of how much your education is worth, too: you’re paying a lot for it and it isn’t worth skipping seminars just to earn minimum wage elsewhere.
4, Dress appropriately and Sleep Well
Your interview is always a big deal. No matter how small the job, present yourself professionally – it’s as easy as ironing your clothes and polishing your shoes. Guys, make sure to shave! Also, in fact, sleep will help with your nerves – the better rested you are, the calmer you’ll be.

I’m currently working for both student blogger and career development service. I only have to summit three posts a month which I can totally fit around my schedule. Working at the CDS is also very flexible. Pay attention to the unitemps website. Most of the jobs advertised on the website are very suitable for us. However, don’t let part-time jobs become something that control your uni life. You only got three years as a student and you can never get it back. So maybe those university moments are worth more than a minimum wage job!
Good luck job hunting!

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Alisa graduated in the Summer of 2014 and is no longer blogging for this site. Alisa, a student from Vietnam, blogged about her third year of BSc Financial Economics and her time as a Course Representative.

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