Student jobs are in some European countries like Spain very rare, in the UK not. Also in Germany you can always find side jobs as a waiter or in a warehouse. When you study near to the coast or in a touristic area, you normally can easy find a summer job. Shops, restaurants and bars begin searching for seasonal staff as early as March. You may not have finished uni quite yet but distributing your CV (as long as it clearly notes your availability) before sixth form leavers can give you a massive advantage. Guy Townsin, careers manager at Portsmouth University says: “Advertised seasonal jobs will be few and far between, so use your networks to seek out unadvertised opportunities and use your university careers service to help tailor a CV for seasonal work.”
Where to look online and offline?
A good way to find parttime jobs online in the UK is ParTime Student is a new, innovative student job site, dedicated to helping college and university students find part-time jobs. A new student website dedicated to helping college and university students find part-time jobs whilst studying has been launched.
One of the unique features that ParTime Student prides itself on is its location based job searching. We know that it is key to be able to find work located conveniently for you, and ParTime Student has been designed from the ground up to make this as simple and intuitive as possible. Map based searching, and the ability for a student to use their address or postcode to find nearby vacancies, is centre stage on the site and, combined with our great search filtering options, means that students can find the opportunities that are relevant to them like never before.
The site is already be working with names like Pizza Hut, Austin Reed Group and Karen Millen, as well as partnering with companies such as STA Travel, Yummy Jobs, Global Vision International and The Brightside Trust and Student Times.
For people who prefer to search offline service delivery director of Co-operative Food, Cheryl Marshall, advises: “Pop into your local store to ask if they will be taking on any temporary summer staff. I would be impressed with students who can demonstrate that they love food as much as we do, are proud to be part of the community and are eager to deliver a consistently great shopping experience.”
Don’t forget about recruitment agencies
If littering your local town with CVs isn’t proving fruitful, then recruitment agencies can often help. Many local businesses rely on these companies to find them skilled seasonal staff and they may be able to find you a position tailored to your skills and availability. Katie Coates, a third-year environmental science student at the University of East Anglia, found a summer position as an NHS receptionist and clerk using a recruitment agency. She said: “I found it very useful the first time round and there were no problems and I had a job within two hours which was great. But last summer I had three or four hopefuls and didn’t get them so it can be extremely hit and miss.” Don’t forget to mention in your application letter the kind of work you are looking for, the date you can start and what restrictions (if any) there are on your availability.
Guy Townsin suggests: “Stress the flexibility being a student gives you – you work on academic issues until late at night, you fit lectures, tutorials and often part time jobs around this. Adaptability, confidence and people skills are derived from this pattern of life. Make these skills obvious on your CV.”
Take time over online applications
It may seem cruel not to take your perfectly tailored Video CV or your résumé and force you to enter all your details manually, but online application forms can be a great opportunity to sell yourself to employers – especially when answering open questions about your personal approach. Many allow you to save a draft and go back over what you’ve written, so take your time.
The role you’re applying for may not be your dream job but your prospective employer will expect you to be enthusiastic about the position and what you can bring to the company. Carole Donaldson advises: “Make sure you re-read your application form as interviewers may want to ask you about information you have given, whether this is more detail on work experience or more information on any questions you have answered.” In the interview remember: Being natural, but concentrated and educated are always the best assets to get a job in the service sector.
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