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 as possible.

  • 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.