Getting a job can be either smooth or challenging. But how do you get a job? You will need to know the right people, have the skills required, and you will need to have a top-notch CV. Luckily there are plenty of places online that allow you to browse jobs. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for your first job or if you’re already in a career path. The same tips apply.
First, you need to figure out what you want to do. Are you looking to progress your career or are you looking for a change of scenery? If you’re not sure, take a look at your current skillset and knowledge. You should also look at what you want, in terms of location and working hours.
Second, you need to have the drive to apply for jobs. Just do it! (Thanks Shia LaBeouf) The more places you apply for, the higher the chance of getting that job. Don’t be disheartened when you’re ignored or rejected - I know, easier said than done. Education is, of course, important on your CV; however, don’t forget that job experience is vital. We know how frustrating it is when you apply for an entry-level job, and it states you need 700 years of experience. How do you get job experience if they don’t give you the job!?
Third, this is why it’s a great idea to find something part-time while you’re still studying. Get that experience!
Are You Looking For Student Jobs?
Finding a part-time student job is a great idea when you're studying. It means you have more cash to play with, and it will also boost your CV once you graduate. We know studying and working at the same time doesn't sound particularly fun and it can be exhausting. However, if you choose your student job wisely, and make sure it can fit around your lectures, you could be quids in.
Students experience an average shortfall of £267 a month - maintenance loans don't cover living costs in the UK any more. Some students have resorted to selling garments and even gambling for quick cash! Finding a part-time job means you're more secure, have workers rights and its job experience.
Before you start browsing part-time student jobs, you should take a closer look at your finances. We know, boring. But it's a good idea to see what your outgoings and your incomings are. Doing this will give you a better idea of what your shortfalls are and what type of salary you will need.
Take a good look at your CV. Do you already have job experience? Great! If not, why not try volunteering to pimp up your CV. Have a look at our CV tips to see what you can do to improve and hopefully help you land that part-time job.
Why You Should Network During Freshers Week?
Another pro tip is to start looking for a job before freshers week. You will be surprised how many students start searching for work just after freshers. Doing this means you have already jumped the queue and most likely get a student job, quickly.
Freshers week is also a great opportunity to network - not just to party! Take advantage of this time before everyone gets bogged down in books and exams. You never know you might meet some interesting people, who may have a friend of a friend, and so on.
Of course, we are not telling you that you can’t let your hair down during this week. We are just saying use this time sensibly. You won’t regret it!
Are You Looking For Graduate Jobs?
So you have finished burying your head in books and exams. No more falling asleep in lectures! No more student loans- oh wait, now you need a graduate job to pay those back.
Now its time to dust off the cobwebs and start anew. Have a good look at your social media, do you have embarrassing or inappropriate statuses or pictures from your student days? Maybe you should edit, delete and adjust your privacy settings. We don’t want potential employers seeing what you did that random Friday night.
Update and upload your CV on job sites. While you’re at it, start networking on LinkedIn. Make connections with people who are involved in the industry you’re interested in. You should also be open and available for recruiters to contact you.
Make yourself stand out - especially your CV. If you managed to have a part-time job at uni, great! If not, why not try working as a volunteer, or start something as a freelance to tide you over till you land that perfect job.
Are you feeling motivated? Have at look at our Application Tips for some awesome advice about job interviews, cover letters and CV examples.