Guest post: Tatchen Dawodu Alcide
So, guessing you need a part-time job? Running out of your student loan? On that last can of precious Heinz baked beans? Don’t panic – we’ve got some tips to help you find and apply for the perfect part-time job at university.
1. Search for part-time job vacancies
Applying for a part-time job is usually a straightforward process. First, you will need to find vacancies. Your university career’s team would be a good place to start. You can either look for opportunities listed on the careers service website, or visit them in person. More broadly, you can use all kinds of job-listing websites to search for opportunities in your local area.
2. Prepare your CV and covering letter
Once you have found an interesting opportunity, look exactly at what the role requires and assess whether you actually meet the criteria. Next, update your CV and make sure it’s personalised to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’ve worked in a similar role before, make sure this is clearly detailed. You’ll also need to write a covering letter, which is your chance to explain why you want the job and why you’re the perfect candidate.
It’s important to invest some time on this stage – and never just submit the same CV and cover letter each time. Employers will be able to tell the difference!
3. Remember you don’t need experience
For most part-time jobs it’s not necessarily a requirement for you to have previous experience in a previous role. Employers are more focused on passionate, dynamic students who have transferrable skills – such as good organization, teamwork, initiative and communication. Most of which you will have developed during your studies!
Personalizing each application can help you showcase your transferable skills, especially if you don’t have any previous work experience.
4. Use your personal network
Ask your family, friends and other personal connections. You never know who they know, and they may just be able to help you ‘get your foot in the door’.
You can also go in person to nearby shops, hotels and restaurants, ask whether they have any vacancies, and leave a copy of your CV. Often, getting a part-time job is about being in the right place at the right time, so be active in telling people you’re available.
5. Keep an open mind
There are many part-time jobs that are ideal for students. Don’t limit yourself by just applying for jobs within retail (even if it’s your favorite shop!)
How about tutoring? Chances are, your degree focuses on a particular subject which can be used to your advantage. Tutoring is big business and you will be able to earn a decent amount just by dedicating a few hours each week.
To succeed as a tutor, you will need to be patient and be able to present information in a clear and concise way. Tutoring is usually done face to face, although you may also be able to do it remotely, using online technologies.
Good luck with your job search!
Tatchen is a junior online marketeer at StudentJob UK, a job portal dedicated to the employment needs of students and graduates. Check it out if you are looking for a part-time job in the UK or a job abroad.