Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Finding a job as a student

As a student, you'll probably need money. Actually, you always need money. So you need to get yourself a part time job that has a good synergy with your schedule. Thought the job itself isn't that important; you can always discuss and change your schedule once you've been hired. As I said, the job itself doesn't really matter; Ideally it's something that you know how to do already, but when you're looking for a student job, you aren't very picky, and neither are the employers. Most student jobs are pretty simple, don't require training and if they do, it's just to learn the ropes of the store, and it's done on-the-spot during your formation period.

Some typical student jobs would be:
  • Fast food or restaurant bus boy / clerk / cleaner 
  • Cashier work 
  • Store floor work at a grocery / large store 
  • Movie theater staff 
  • Sales clerks (i.e clothing stores) 
  • Babysitting 
  • Lawn mower 
  • Camp counselors 
  • Office/Secretarial positions (much simpler than you might think) 
Look for a job near where you live, or near where you study if you must. This way, you know the way to get there, and you're always near, so there is less transit time, and maybe you can come back home during lunch break and save on buying a lunch.

When you've made a list of potential establishments, dress up neatly; you don't need a suit, but leave your torn pants and provocative t-shirts at home. Dress casually.

Go to the establishment in person, and ask if they are hiring part time employees, or ask to see the manager if the person you stumble on doesn't know if the store is hiring. Have a curriculum vitae with contact information with you. After talking to the person, ideally the manager, even if they aren't looking for someone, give them a copy of your C.V., and tell them that you're available for whatever work they have. Visit every nearby establishment repeating this, even if you find a store that is looking for someone; unless they actually hire you on the spot, don't assume you have the job. You might be one of many applicants, and might not get the job. So keep handing out your C.V.

Once you're done, hopefully you get hired. Call back if you don't get any news from the most promising establishment after one week. If you're hired, try to get a good schedule, and don't be picky about the schedule they initially give you, unless the hours conflict with your classes. Try to talk it out and explain that you are attending school. And you can always "trade" your shifts with an other worker. As a last note, don't expect any more than the minimum salary; you're just doing grunt work.


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