Whether you’re looking for something part-time or it’s a long-term career you’re working towards, finding a job when you’re a student can sometimes be a challenge. Your schedule may not allow you the time to spend working at a job, or you may be unsure of where to start with the whole process.
Whatever your situation is, here are some helpful hints and tips you can use to make the job hunt go a little easier during your studies.
There are thousands of books on CV and portfolio creation, interviewing and gaining career success. We’ve skipped over these and recommend a few which will help to analyse your skills in and outside of the boardroom. Two New York Times Best Seller must-reads are Quiet by Susan Cain and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
Every industry offers specific publications, it’s just about finding them. The more you know about your sector, the better prepared you are when it comes to internships, interviews and career progression. A few of our recommended reads are Computer Arts, The Edit for fashion and Forbes for finance and investment. They offer all manner of invaluable tips that can come in useful for your preparation.
Take your pick from the millions of blogs out there. Whatever the industry, you’ll be able to find someone talking about it, from fashion and tech to medicine and dancing. Blogs can be informative and inspirational. Some of our favourites are Career Sherpa, Brazen Life, The Branding Muse and Undergrad Success. If listening is more your thing, check out your University podcast or the Monster Podcast – download them to your phone and give yourself some hints and tips on your way to class or during a walk into town.
Use social media as a quick reference. This allows you to stay up to date with industry or company happenings quickly and efficiently. This is a great way of understanding a company, staying up to date on vacancies and networking with important individuals. If you’re making contact, make sure you’ve got something to say and it’s the right platform for it.
And though you’ll be having a great time as a student, be mindful about what you post to your social media. Anything that can be perceived as offensive or damaging to your reputation should be limited, as there’s a chance your potential employer may find your profile when considering you.
It’s worth joining LinkedIn too. Get yourself a professional-looking profile picture and populate your profile with achievements, work history, and any current clubs and societies you’re part of. And if you’re a creative type looking to get your foot in the door, a website or online portfolio to showcase your skills can be particularly beneficial.
Aside from using your LinkedIn profile to forge connections and get a sense of the job market, networking can be an invaluable way to stand out and get a head start on job offers of all kinds. Joining discussion groups and attending networking events of the industries you’re interested in is a great way to keep you in the loop and get yourself noted.
Your institution is a goldmine of opportunity when looking for employment. Wherever you’re studying, there are hundreds of part-time jobs on campus, including bar work, events, admin jobs and even providing guided tours to prospective students. And what’s more, these tend to be mindful of your schedule, so you can still put in the hours on your studies alongside them.
As an added bonus, it means your university will be able to provide you with a reference once you’ve graduated. One thing: these jobs get a lot of attention, so our advice would be to apply early.
More than just an opportunity to get some free swag, careers and graduate fairs are a great way to talk to big-name employers and recruiters. The whole reason they’re there is to meet students like yourself, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity when they visit your institution.
They’re a great way to network, while also providing insights about the application process and upcoming opportunities. Be sure to bring a notepad with you so you can take down their names, positions and contact details of anyone you talk to. Send them a brief follow-up email afterwards; even just a short greeting thanking them for their time can be surprisingly effective.
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