Being a student doesn’t come cheap. Tuition, textbooks, living costs, and coffee runs add up fast. That’s where a part-time job to pay for those things comes in handy. But sometimes the job-hunt becomes a tedious task of its own. So, here are some back-to-school job-hunt tips to help you get hired ASAP.
Your campus’ student career website is probably the best place to start looking if you prefer a job close to campus.
These websites feature a variety of part-time jobs that are tailored specifically to accommodate a busy school schedule. Students will also be able to find jobs related to their field of study, which is a great way to build up the skills and experiences connected to your long-term career goals.
Besides job postings, campus career sites also have information about career recruiting events and resources for writing professional cover letters and resumes.
While you may look good on paper, finding a job can also come down to who you know. So make sure you try to put yourself out there, network, and make connections. Even if you’re looking for a job at the local campus coffee shop you may have a classmate who already works there and can put in a good word for you. As you move through your academic and professional career, you’ll find that making the right connections can go a long way.
TA and research assistant positions are great because they allow you to work on campus and do something related what you’re learning in school. These jobs are usually only open to upper-level or graduate students, but if you are eligible you should consider applying because academically focused experience looks great on a resume.
Co-op positions are really beneficial in helping students achieve their career goals and they are paid full-time positions. Employers and schools link up to provide students the opportunity to work in a particular field of their interest over the course of several weeks. They usually count for a school credit and at the end of it, you’ll have gained helpful skills and references.
No luck in finding that job? Don’t give up. And while you continue with the job hunt you may want to consider volunteering in the meantime. Volunteering is a really good way to network, give back, and build up professional skills.
When you do get that job, remember to find a balance so you can still focus on school and have time for a social life. This can be a hard to achieve, especially if are paying your way through school, but try to take a break and do something (even if it’s small) for yourself. Whether it’s working out or just making time for friends on the weekend, don’t forget about your own mental health and well-being.
And, because we really care about all you starving students out there, here are some helpful career resources for universities across the country: