How to find a part-time job
Finding a part-time job to supplement your Student Loan will not only give you more cash to play with, but it’s great for your CV too. Here’s how it’s done…
With students experiencing an average shortfall of £340 every month, it’s clear that Maintenance Loans just aren’t enough to cover living costs in the UK.
As many as 66% of students have part-time jobs at uni. By getting a job, you could start earning a regular, reliable income. This will make a huge difference if you – like so many others – find that your Student Loan isn’t big enough.
However, it’s worth noting that part-time jobs don’t just fall out of the sky and onto your lap. First, you’ve got to decide what it is you want to do and then put in the effort to secure a job.
How to get a part-time job
Here are the most effective ways to get a part-time job:
1. Look for part-time jobs far in advance
When looking for a job, it’s best to start your search as early as possible. You might not get a job straight away, so don’t wait until you actually need to start working to begin sending your applications.Hit the ground running by scouting out part-time positions online and applying for a few jobs before you start university to avoid peak job-hunting season. Everyone will be looking for work during freshers’ week, but if you’re already at the interview stage, you’re in for a great chance.
2. Write a brilliant CV
Regardless of the type of job you’re applying for, you’ll need a great résumé that really makes you stand out among other applicants. Your first stop should be our guide to writing the perfect CV. Even if you think you’ve already nailed your CV, it’s worth reading through our tips to make sure it’s A+ quality. Keep a copy of your standard CV, then tailor it for each application. For example, if a job advert specifically asks for communication and organizational skills, make sure your CV clearly shows that you have these qualities (backed up with any relevant experience).
3. Triple-check your details
Students are renowned for changing their contact details on the reg, so make sure you always check that the info you’re giving to potential employers is up to date. Also, be careful to avoid typos – this should be the case throughout your application, but especially in the section with your contact details. You should pay particular attention to the email address and phone number you include on your application – these will be the details recruiters will use to contact you about interviews. We also advise against listing a Hotmail email address – they’re probably the least professional-looking of the bunch. You could maybe get an Outlook or Gmail address instead.
4. Take part in extracurricular activities
We know it seems like a vicious cycle, but having a bit of experience on your CV makes it much easier to land a job. But, if you haven’t had a job before, don’t worry – there are plenty of other things you can do to improve your job applications. Not sure which ones to try? We have a guide with the best extracurricular activities for you, depending on your chosen industry. You could also try volunteering, helping out a family friend with their business, or even creating a website to really catch the eye of employers.
5. Be enthusiastic as a job applicant
Make sure employers know you are keen on the job by following up on your application and asking for updates. You should never hassle recruiters, but putting in a bit of effort to stay in touch throughout the process will go a long way. And, if you have a job interview, it’s always worth sending a quick email afterward to thank the interviewer for their time. This not only shows you’re genuinely interested in the job but also that you’re polite, warm, and appreciative of the opportunity.
5. Put your social media settings on private
while there is, of course, a distinction between your work and personal life, employers are still unlikely to hire you if all they can see on your social media are photos of drunken nights out and foul-mouthed rants on your Facebook. Instead, make sure you’re doing everything you can to use social media in the right way, to help you land a job.