Every student knows the familiar feeling of dread we get from checking our bank balance. You’ve spent the last few pounds of your student loan on jägerbombs – sadly it’s now time to face reality.
Either you can ring home to borrow money, or admit defeat and apply for a student job. If you’re ready to take the plunge and enter the world of work, keep reading for our top tips on how to land yourself a part time job.
Perfect your CV and cover letter
This one may sound simple but trust us…it’s incredibly crucial for your success. Some vacancies receive hundreds of applications so you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. A poorly written cover letter will usually mean your application is cast aside immediately. It may seem like a lot of effort, but it is important to take the time to tailor write your cover letter for each job you apply for.
Apply on campus
Many of us overlook this step since we usually head straight to the high street for a job. Don’t forget your university campus holds a number of restaurants, bars and shops who seek employees. You can find numerous vacancies at the start of the semester, just be sure to get in there quick with your application!
There are several handy job sites you can use to aid you in your search. StudentJob is an online job portal specialising in providing part time, weekend and graduate jobs to students. Signing up to a job site is a convenient way to make sure you are kept up to date with all the latest vacancies in your area. They also often provide handy application tips and advice to ensure you stand the best chance of securing a job.
Local shops and restaurants
It is easy to get caught in the hype of applying to the big brands and high street shops. The problem with these vacancies is they are highly competitive and therefore it is much harder to secure a job with these companies. A different approach is to apply to the smaller artisan shops and cafés in the area. You can hand your CV in directly to the manager and let them get a feel for how right you are for the role.
Applying for jobs can be tiring and after receiving no response it can seem easy to give up. We urge you to be persistent – someone has got to land that dream job so why shouldn’t it be you? Keep your chin up, you’ll get your big break in no time.
Written by Saffron Shergill at StudentJob UK.
StudentJob brings you into direct contact with interesting companies that are looking for temporary, part-time or full-time employees. If you’re looking for a job while you study, check out our website to see the range of opportunities in your area.