A Part-Time Job
Even in tough economic times, some jobs are available.
In fact, some employers may choose to "play it safe" by
hiring someone part time instead of making a commitment
to a full-time employee. Still, there's stiff competition for
these jobs, so you need to make yourself as employable
- If you will be applying at the job site, show up looking
like you're ready for an interview. Choose clean, well-kept
clothing and shoes. Make sure you have all the necessary
information you'll need to complete the application. Being
sloppy or unprepared could land your application in
the recycle bin.
- Make certain your "house is in order" so can commit to
the job and stick to the work schedule. In a tight job
market, employers don't have to be understanding.
Unreliable child care or transportation could cause you
to lose your job.
- Have a simple and concise resume handy. There are
many examples of good resumes on the Internet.
Be cautious about paying for any resume templates since
so many are free. Also, a college career counselor or
librarian could provide guidance—and may be willing to
proof your resume.
- Consider what questions you'll be asked during an
interview and have solid answers ready. Even if you're
asked an uncomfortable question, such as "Why did you
leave your last job," stay positive and avoid answers that
point to personality conflicts.
- Make a job plan that thinks outside of the box (not all
jobs are advertised).
Make sure any possible employer knows you're a college
student and take your studies seriously. Some employers
want to hire someone for 15 hours a week, but want the
option of tacking on lots of extra hours at a moment's
notice. Set limits and stay focused on college.
Even if you think you can survive without a part-time job,
consider working a bit while in college. A little extra money
never hurts and future employers will be impressed by your
ability to juggle responsibilities. It also shows you have
already developed a good work ethic.