Tips for Finding Work During the Summer

 

Hello! Now following on from my previous blog (if you haven’t read it, why not? You can find it here)  the novelty of being home has worn off and you’re looking for things to do. So this month we’re talking about summer jobs, so you can get saving for freshers week!

Where do I start? You might ask. Well here are a few jobs that shouldn’t be too hard to get over the summer;

  • Call centre – although make sure you get an air-conditioned office!
  • Bar staff – always a fun option if you don’t mind the hours!
  • Retail – If you start working for a store that has a branch in your university town, you could even get transferred there for the academic year – meaning you’ll have a source of income during term time too #balling
  • Leafleting – if it’s for a good cause you care about, great! If not? At least you’ll be outside and able to enjoy the summer weather
  • Event staff – this is a good one as you end up working loads of different events so each day is different and there’s no monotony.

With this list in mind, you hopefully have a good starting point to begin your search. But before applying and marching in to companies, you’ll need to do your homework. Firstly, where to look? Obviously online Is a good place to start as there are loads of student job search engines out there! If you know you’re wanting a job in retail, then giving your CV in person is the best method for this as it gives a better impression! And of course, ask your parents! They’re bound to know someone, or know someone who knows someone who knows someone, that knows of a job vacancy!

If you haven’t already got one, you’ll need a CV to apply with. Again, there are lots of resources available online with tips on how to prepare your CV. However, the most important information you will need to include is;

  • Previous work experience – try to highlight any particular experience relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Qualifications – Even if you haven’t yet graduated, be sure to include details of your current course and any relevant projects or modules.
  • Skills and accomplishments – both professional and personal, for example, showing that you have run a marathon (if it’s true!) demonstrates that you are driven and motivated.
  • Contact details – it sounds obvious but make sure they are correct and that you are also prepared to answer those calls from unrecognised phone numbers when they start pouring in!

Note that employers often take into consideration spelling, grammar and how easy your CV is to read, so bare this in mind when writing it. Remember, you can always get someone else to have a read through and get a second opinion. This could be the difference between getting a job or just wasting paper.

A benefit of being a Unilife student is being able to work throughout the academic year and summer as a student ambassador! Being a student ambassador means that you get to help out at loads of fun Unilife events that happen throughout the year. Check out what Kim had to say about being an ambassador here! Or, if you already have a job in your university town, having a 51 week contract with Unilife means that you can stay in your studio over summer and carry on with your job!

So now the job offers should be flying in, there’s no need to thank me but, if you’re that way inclined, I’ll accept a small thank you of 50% of your wages. If you still feel like you need a bit more help, The Student Room have a fantastic guide on student jobs which is definitely worth reading.

Good luck and do let us know on the Unilife Facebook page how you are getting on.

 

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