Looking for a part time student job? There are many reasons you might want to get a job while studying at university. Having a part time job at uni not only lets you make money to help supplement your student loan, it will also give you useful experience to put on your CV and make finding a graduate job in the future easier. It may also help you decide what you do (or definitely don't!) want to do when you leave uni.
There are plenty of jobs you can do around your uni course. Bar work in the evenings, retail jobs at weekends, temp work through an agency and tutoring younger students are all popular student jobs. So if you are looking for a part time job while you're at uni, how should you go about getting one?
Online job boards
There are many websites that are dedicated to part time jobs, and some are specifically for student jobs. Have a look on CV Library, Student Jobs, E4S, The Big Choice, or Student Beans to start your search. Some universities also have online job boards for their students that can be very useful for finding local work. Check the university's own job board to see if there are any part time roles at the library or similar.
Ask your friends, flatmates and coursemates about their part time jobs - where do they work and how did they get the position? They may know if any other jobs are available at the same company or agency (and be able to put in a good word for you) or can give you advice on how to prepare for an interview for a similar position.
Speak to your university careers service
Talk to a careers advisor at your university to find out where to look for a job near your uni, how to write a CV and covering letter, and how to approach interviews. The careers service will also be useful for working out what future career you would be well suited to when you graduate. And if you know what you want to do after uni, the careers advisors should be able to let you know what kind of part time job will be good experience to help you work towards that goal.
Apply to multiple places
When you've decided what kind of job you want to get, apply for a number of different roles to increase your chances of getting an interview. This won't take much more time but will greatly improve your chances of finding something. And the best case scenario is that you get offered more than one job and get to choose which you prefer! Try to adapt your application to each different place and position to show that you are genuinely interested in that role.
Make sure your CV is strong
When it comes to applying for a job, you'll need to sell yourself. Even if you don't have much experience to put down on your CV, you still need to have one. Don't worry if you don't have a lot of experience; employers are looking for someone who is capable and professional, and that is what your CV needs to show. A half-hearted CV full of spelling mistakes suggests a candidate who is lazy or inept. A professional, well-formatted and consistent CV suggests someone methodical, able, and concientous. Make sure your CV lists all your relevant strong points - your education (including course modules you've done well in and your predicted grade), past experience, strengths, achievements and abilities. Look up example CVs online if you're not sure where to start. Make sure you adapt your CV for the type of job you're applying to; if you want to be a tutor, focus on your academic achievements, if you're looking for a retail job, highlight anything that shows you will be good at customer service.
Sort out your online presence
Sometimes, prospective employers may look you up online, so make sure your social media accounts do you justice! If you don't want your employer seeing what you've got on Facebook, adjust your privacy settings. When you come to looking for a graduate job, it may help you to have a strong LinkedIn account. Set one up now with the same information as your CV to make sure you look professional to any prospective employer searching online. When you get your part time job, remember to add your colleagues on LinkedIn to start building your network there.
If you get an interview for a job, make sure you prepare for it in advance, and prepare in the right way! Ask in advance what will be involved so you know what to get ready for. Office-based or tutoring jobs may ask you to take a test as part of the interview - you can find practice examples of these online. Interviewers will be looking to find out what you've done that will make you good at the particular job, so spend some time before hand thinking of examples that you can talk about in the interview. Make sure you understand what the role will involve so that you can talk about it easily and sensibly.
Good luck finding your part time student job!