Finding that perfect student job, where to begin?
You’ve applied online, sent countless CV’s through the post but to no prevail. Do not fear, it's not the end of the world.
It’s troubled times, we are facing, with millions unemployed, benefit caps and the rise of tuition fees. It never has been so difficult to find a student job, but here at StudentJob UK, you can start your search before embarking on one of the most educational journeys that you will experience.
Just remember, it’s valuable experience that will help you get a better job later on in life. Bonus is that you could potentially earn a bit of extra cash on the side too.
• Create a Smashing CV – It’s important you grab your employer’s attention at the first glance. This is a chance that you can express yourself and all your experiences and attributes, allowing the employer to really get to know you before meeting you face to face. You can show skills such as creativity and passion, throughout your CV. Let your personality shine through it.
Bonus Tip: Whatever you do, you must not lie as it could back fire on you, when you’re called in for an interview.
• Networking is key - Start off with speaking with friends, family and your careers department at your school or university, to find out if they know if anyone is recruiting. A lot of jobs are never advertised and are normally communicated by word of mouth. In addition, by using your careers department, they may have local business connections, whom may be offering student jobs, so it is worth the look.
• Fill in forms – Filling forms out may sound boring, but it can really help when it comes to applying for jobs, in which may not be advertising any jobs through usual channels. This also shows the employer you have taken the time and effort to apply for a vacancy and shows you have passion to work there. Recruitment managers are more than likely to read your application compared to hundreds of CV’s they get everyday.
• Door to Door - One of the most effective methods is to go door to door with your CV and just ask if they have any Jobs, This maybe better for part time jobs that are local to you. For example waitering and bar jobs in your local cafes, restaurants and bars. Retail use to be very similar however the majority of their recruitment is now done online. Nevertheless why not give it a go, there is no harm in trying.
• Pick up the phone - It’s important you know that jobs are not going to end up in your lap, as harsh it sounds, you must be ready to go that extra mile. Why not try calling businesses directly using a local newspaper or directories. There is thousands of employers out there to call. Don't be afraid of a little knock back. Be polite, honest and straight to the point but also highlight the fact what you bring to the table and why that company needs you.
These tips can guide towards your dream job, so use them wisely. Don’t forget, if you get a setback, don’t stop trying!
Shak Hakim, Founder of StudentBlock