University is expensive, and so are all the things that come along with it. Many students will realize that getting their first part-time job might soon be a reality. The first thing to think about is if you can handle a part-time job. Some people might feel comfortable balancing a new work life with their school work, others might only be comfortable working during the summer months so they can focus on their studies.
I personally got my first part-time job well before university. I started off by delivering the local newspaper and babysitting for family friends, and then continued by starting my current job at the McDonalds down the hill. Personally, this has been one of the best decisions of my life, as I have gained so many skills I might otherwise not have learned. Getting a part-time job isn’t always just about the money either, it can be a great way to meet new people and give you a chance to get out of your comfort zone.
Creating your resume is arguably one of the most important aspects of looking for a job. Even if you don’t have tons of job experience, a resume is typically required for all potential jobs. A resume is also a great way to exhibit your extra-curricular activities to your future employer. Once you have a completed resume, I recommend handing out as many as possible. Even jobs you didn’t originally see yourself having might turn out to be a great experience. Always ask to speak to a manager when giving a resume, this shows that you are serious about getting a job.
Many jobs that are high up on your want list may not be hiring at the time – don’t be discouraged by this. Don’t be afraid to hand in a resume anyway so they can contact you in the future when they are hiring. Using connections is another great way of getting a job. If you know someone who already holds a position at the place you’re interested in, ask them if you can use them as a reference. Lots of employers will hire people who have inside connections.
If you don’t hear back right away, that can be normal. Keep being persistent. If you don’t hear back within a month, hand in another resume, or call the hiring manager to see if the position has been filled yet.
Interviewing skills are the last essential step in getting a part-time job. Make eye contact, shake their hand, and be confident.
Having your first part-time job will be a great learning experience, so remember not to stress too much about it, and have fun!
– Courtney 🙂