9 Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job as a Student

By Contributor | Monday 20th May, 2019

As a student, money can be tight, but you don't have to live on a shoestring, especially if your timetable allows you to have a part-time job.

Securing an additional income when you're a student can be the lifeline you were looking for, but just where do you begin to hunt down these elusive part time student jobs?

Don't worry, you've come to the right place. Check out our 9 tips for finding a part-time job when you're studying, and get your finances back on track in a flash.

1. Know where to look

One of the first hurdles is actually knowing where to look for a job. If you've never had a job before, hunting for one can be an alien prospect. But actually it isn't all that daunting.

You can hunt in person or online or both. To start you off, there is the part-time job search tool as provided by Save the Student. This wonderful little tool is constantly updated with openings at all universities, so should definitely be the first port of call for any students looking to earn a little extra cash.

2. Figure out your availability

Obviously you can't get a full time job when you're studying, you are supposed to be a full time student after all. But there is always room in a study time table, a little down time factored in, that you can take advantage of.

And if you don't have any spare time during the day at all, well then you know you can only work during the evenings and weekends.

Be realistic with your availability because you'll want to save a few hours a week for study, so don't offer up all of your spare time to your potential employer, just the hours you know you can give them.

Because no one will appreciate you having to skip your shifts because you've fallen behind with your studies.

3. Hunt online

Check out the big job sites such as Monster, Reed and CV-Library. These behemoth job sites have a wealth of jobs just waiting for you to apply for. Part-time, flexi-time, remote. Whatever you're after, you can guarantee there will be something suitable for you on there.

Simply sign up, upload your CV, fill out your profile and turn on job notifications to alert you to your ideal part-time jobs as and when they come available in your area. Then be the first to apply.

4. Harness the power of social media

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Social media is one of the best places to job hunt. More and more companies are utilising this awesome platform to advertise themselves and their openings, so if you're looking for a part-time job and you already follow companies on your social channels that you would like to work for, join in the conversation.

If you see them posting openings jump on them, if there are no conversations going on, start one. Reach out to people with hiring power and let them know you're available.

5. Look local

If you're out university to study, why not keep it all in house and see if there are any openings at the university itself that you can fill?

Check out the student union or look at their online page under careers or jobs and see if there is anything that tickles your fancy. Alternatively, most universities will have a requirement to hire staff to tend bar, to work in the shop, the canteen or to host on open days.

Of all the employers who will understand what sort of a bind you're in with available hours, the university itself will be it.

6. Sign up to recruitment agencies

Search out online recruitment agencies that specialise in part time work such as Blue Arrow, Adecco, or in placing students in part-time work, such as e4s and submit your CV.

There are recruitment agencies for just about anything - for finding bar work, retail, even cater waitering. So hunt down the ones most applicable for the work you want to do and sign up.

7. Download apps

Flexible working has hit the mainstream job market hard and as such, there are a wealth of apps you can download to your phone to help you in quest to find a part-time job.

Apps such as GIG, Rota, Syft or Flexjobs. Download, browse and apply from the comfort of your sofa, or the bar, whatever.

8. Ask for a referral

If you know someone with a part-time job already, ask them about opening at their place of work and whether they can refer you.

Alternatively, post your job hunt on your social media channels and ask friends to keep an eye and ear out for anything suitable. Even get your parents in on the action. Your parents will have connections that might be able to hook you up, after all these people have been playing the job game a lot longer.

9. Simply ask

If you've found somewhere that you would like to work, go in and ask them if they're hiring. Most retail outlets, pubs and restaurants are always looking for new staff and welcome walk-ins.

If they don't have anything available at the moment, they will typically hold your CV until something does come up.

As they say don't ask, don't get or 'shy bairns get nowt' for our northern readers.


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