Lots of new postgrads are keen to find part-time work locally – but so are lots of undergrads. In a city packed full of students, it’s always a challenge to find suitable part-time work. Now, with the recession and graduates from last year hanging on to their part-time jobs until they can find a full-time job, it’s tougher than ever.
However, there are some strategies you can use to improve your chances:
- Look outside the standard student areas – everyone’s looking in Fallowfield and along Oxford Road, so venture further afield. See where the direct bus routes take you – some areas may be further than others, but closer in terms of travelling time.
- Ask people you meet if they’ve heard of anyone wanting someone to work part-time. Most part-time work is never advertised, and word of mouth is a good way to find this type of work. Even better, get to know some of last year’s postgrads who have part-time jobs and see if they will “pass them on” to you when they finish their programme!
- Get your applications up to scratch for part-time work. If you’re applying for a retail post, a 3 page CV giving details of all your university courses, honours and prizes is over the top. Have a look at our handout on Finding and applying for part-time jobs (pdf).
- Browse the part-time jobs on the Careers Service vacancy database (currently here, but it’s changing next week – more on that later!)
- Read the “Jobs Seen on the Street” blog posts from the Undergrad careers blog (also linked from the right hand side of this blog) for our weekly round-up of ads we’ve spotted around town and on the web.
Read more on the Part-Time Work section of our website, or now, get it all on our latest slidecast (that’s slides plus an audio soundtrack) from Scott Foley, our Placements and Work Experience Manager: