Finding it hard to get part time work?
We all know sometimes however much you promise yourself to budget your money you can still find yourself struggling between loan days and end up begrudgingly ringing the bank of mum and dad to bail you out. With costs like food and utility bills, the occasional night out and, in my case, a slight addiction to clothes shopping you quickly realise that the money you imagined to comfortably live off from student finance just isn’t as comfy as you first thought.
‘It’s alright; I’ll just get a job. Easy.’ Or so you thought.
For those with plenty of varied experience it may be an enough easy task; however the rest of us are very aware that job experience is an irritating catch 22. But fear not! Where there is a will there is a way, and here are some ways you may not have thought about.
Utilise your university!
Now you may think the careers centre you nonchalantly walk past on your way to lectures is purely for graduates, but in fact there are numerous ways in which these professional advisors can help you get that part time job you’re after to fund your weekly nights out. I recently booked a CV check appointment at my campus’ careers centre after a thoroughly disappointing few weeks of rejections (and those were only the places nice enough to respond to my application!). What the advisor explained to me was that although lots experience to showcase is of course beneficial when on the hunt for a job, what employers want is identifiable proof that you have the skills they seek. Whilst I considered my summer spent as a crew member at McDonald’s holding a certain stigma condemning me to the dreaded fate of all graduates; a life of asking ‘Can I take your order please?’ She showed me that actually, through this job I can show that I have teamwork skills, customer service skills and that I can work in a fast paced environment.
Now for those who have never had a job, you might be surprised that actually your course provides you with a lot of these essential skills. For example, you may be required to take part in teamwork, work with complicated computer software, conduct countless research and think analytically. This is what you need to write about when putting a CV together!
Campus jobs are also great for students after some spare cash; from working at the union bar to handing out flyers for events and fairs (can it get any easier?). Try searching your university’s portal for an employability section, you are guaranteed to find that list of opportunity hidden away somewhere.
When searching for a job, try EVERYWHERE. Websites such as Indeed, Gumtree and Direct Gov update their listings daily, so while you’re watching TV or taking a break from assignment writing, be sure to have a look for new vacancies in your area. Hit all the local cafes, bars and pubs with your CV, just because there is no visible vacancy in their window this doesn’t mean to say there is none. Pop in and introduce yourself, even if there are no current jobs available they at least have your CV to readily turn to when a spot opens up.
Still no luck? Try volunteering! Go down to your student union to see what volunteering projects you can get involved in. If you’re struggling to find a paid job, this is the next best thing. You will be spending your time wisely giving back to others (meaning less time to shop!) gaining some valuable experience to put on that CV and hopefully having some fun while you do it.