Being a student isn’t cheap – even if you cut out all the fun you’re supposed to be having, all the books you’re supposed to buy, and all the important events you need to attend to keep you sane throughout your degree, it’s a lot of money. The cost of living in one of the world’s great cities, like London, is always high, and many students suffer a shortfall every month even with their student loans or bursaries.
One of the best ways to combat this shortfall is to look for a part-time job. It’s not just great for your wallet – a part-time job makes sure you’ve got vital skills and experience for the workplace – things like teamwork, discipline, reliability and references.
So how do you get one? It’s a very competitive market out there, and being a student doesn’t make it any easier. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make sure you land a job at Uni:
1. Get A Head Start
Start applying before the academic year starts. If you apply for a vacancy before all the other students arrive and start competing for it, then you have managed to avoid jumping into an overcrowded pool of applicants and put yourself at an advantage right off the bat. If you’ve got several applications sent off before the year begins, then you’re much, much more likely to get an interview than the other students who waited until they arrived in London.
It’s a balancing act, though – you don’t want to apply too far in advance, or you won’t be able to attend the interviews, since you won’t be in the city yet!
2. Make Your CV As Great As It Can Be
This goes without saying, but you should comb your CV carefully, and tailor it to each application, emphasising skills and experience that are suited to that job role.
You don’t want your tailored CVs to look copied and pasted – making it seem as though each employer got a lot of effort put into the application makes you stand out and strengthens your application to no end.
3. If You Had A Part-Time Job At School, Start There
One way to give yourself a leg up and make sure that your CV is relevant is to focus on the part-time job you had a school, if you had one. If it’s a multi-city company with locations in London, look into being transferred – you might have an internal transfer waiting for you! Otherwise, look for something in that sector – you’ve got recent experience in that industry, so your application will be stronger than in an area you’ve never worked.
4. Volunteer To Gain Skills
If you can’t leverage existing experience, or you need to strengthen and add to it, then one of the best ways to gain experience for work is by volunteering.
It’s a means to an end, since you need a job and volunteering doesn’t pay, but you can make important contacts this way, learn valuable new things, and use the experience gained there to land the job you need!
5. Be Careful With Your Social Media
In this day and age, everyone’s online, and that includes your prospective employers. One of the first things an employer will do to whittle down their pile of applications is to look through the social media of every applicant and see whether they’re a “fit” for the company. It naturally follows that you should set your social media privacy settings up as high as they will go, or better yet, don’t post anything that might paint you in a bad light to a potential employer in the first place.
6. Use Recruitment Agencies and Tools
A recruitment agency can be a valuable tool for finding employment. Basically like a matchmaker, but with money instead of love, a recruiter will work with you to place you within a job that suits your needs and experience.
You can get in touch with them on LinkedIn or via a quick Google Search, and they’ll take it from there – or you could use recruitment tools and outsourcing websites to find work instead. If you’re a keen writer, then sites like Copify allow you to become a freelance content writer for companies overnight – or you could find more conventional employment opportunities on a jobs board. Save The Student have an excellent Part-Time Student Jobs board that you can tailor to your area, and which already contains jobs suitable for part-time student applicants. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
Refer back to our first point, though – if you’re going to apply, make sure you get a head start on the other students. Those sorts of secrets never stay secret for long!
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