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How to Get a Student Job

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Zain Nabi

Updated Mar 06, 2016
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International students always find it handy to get a student job (part-time) while their course is in progress. Apart from providing an escape from the stress of studies, student jobs also serve your pocket well and add to the experience of independent living.

However, you must keep your focus on your studies and if any job demands working extra hours that could hurt your studies, it’s better not to go for it. Student jobs are very common in all parts of the world and employers also recognize your need for working flexible hours alongside managing your studies.

So now the big question is: How to get a student job? There are a number of ways to apply for such jobs, just like you apply for professional jobs after graduation. But there are a few extra steps that, if taken, can amplify your chances of securing a sound employment. Here are a few tips to guide you through the student job hunting phase…

1. Decide on your preferred industry

First of all you have to decide  on your area of expertise and the sector where you want work. The options range from arts, architecture and construction to tourism, hospitality and retail. Some students prefer hospitality and retail because these professions expose them to customer service and hence they learn a few significant attributes, including improving communication skills. These jobs also generally don’t require you to be an expert, and always have part-time jobs for students available.

2. Prepare a targeted résumé for each application

Needless to say, you must have a résumé (or curriculum vitae/CV). However, you should not be sending out the same résumé for all the student jobs you apply for. Prepare and craft a targeted résumé for each role, based on the specific requirements. If the job demands you to have effective communication skills, show in your experience how well you communicate and how people-friendly you are. Keep your résumé concise and to the point – if you are mentioning irrelevant information just for the sake of increasing the number of pages, do not expect a call from the employer.

3. Search for student jobs online

The internet is a valuable resource if used wisely. You can find a number of job websites that can help you search for student jobs online. Usually you’ll need to register with these websites and enter your details, availability, areas of interest and contact information, and sign up for their email alerts.

4. Find student jobs using recruitment agencies

Another good way of finding student jobs is to register with recruitment agencies. They can inform you if any job matching your skills and availability arises. In addition, contact the careers service of your university and check the opportunities they have.

5. Approach employers face to face

In my opinion this is the most important and effective method for finding a student job. Let’s face it, no matter how good your résumé, it’s still going to be just another piece of paper in the pile. On the other hand, if you personally visit any store or business, request to see the manager and express your interest, you will have better chances. The meeting with the manager is basically an unofficial interview and if you are able to convince them that you are ambitious and committed they might well be keen to hire you. Well, that is how I got my placement!