By the time it hits the summer months, you’ll have done a good stint at uni, probably sat a few exams, and now it’s time to reap the rewards. Summer is a time for lounging on a beach, soaking in a few rays, and probably hitting the strip on one of the Balearic islands. The only problem with this is that you’ll need the funds to make that happen, which means you’ll need to secure yourself a part-time job when you head home for the summer (or if you stay in your uni city).
Landing yourself a part-time job can seem like a big task, especially when you’re supposed to be done with all the hard work for a few months, but if you follow these tips, you’re more likely to land yourself a summer job that you’ll actually enjoy.
Personalise That CV
There are two ways that you can personalise your CV:
- Tailor it to the role
- Show off your own personality
Employers will want to know that you can do the job and that you’ll fit in at the place of work. You might be thinking, Why does that matter? But managers look for staff who are easy to manage, and if you’re likely to work well with other team members, then you’ll be a contender for the job.
Take your time to look over the job specification, and go through your CV, sorting out your experience to highlight the examples that will be most relevant to the job role. If you feel that your existing experience doesn’t directly complement the role, look into the skills that you acquired in your last job and highlight them. If you’ve got experience working as part of a team, leading others, or taking initiative, then you’ve got some transferable skills that will work in your favour.
In the interests-and-hobbies section of your CV, you can show the hiring manager what you’re like as a person. This part is crucial to landing a job that will keep you satisfied for the next couple of months. Suggesting that you’re into a load of things that you don’t have a clue about could actually mean that you end up working in an environment where you don’t feel comfortable or competent – so be honest on this bit, and you’re more likely to land a job that you enjoy.
Don’t Just Look Online
So you get home after spending around nine months at uni; you’ve been reunited with your bed, and now you don’t want to leave it. Most job-hunting actually happens online, with retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops all posting their vacancies on websites like Indeed. Some employers only let you apply online, so reserve these applications for that period when you’re glued to your mattress.
For the other jobs that you’re interested in, head in to the store or venue in question and hand them your CV in person. Employers like to see you being proactive, and this is a great way to demonstrate that you are dedicated to securing a role. Once you’re out and about, you can start handing your CV out to the smaller establishments that aren’t advertising for a role in the hope that they consider you when they are.
Getting your foot in the door in a smaller organisation means you’re much more likely to build a relationship with the owners or managers. If you do the job well, you might be able to secure yourself a summer job that covers you for the next few years, because they are more likely to take you back on for summer work (whereas larger, more established businesses tend to have a ‘no return’ policy.
Use the Interview to Make a Good Impression
You know that this role isn’t going to be permanent, and you’re probably not going to feel too committed to it for that reason, but it’s important that you make a good impression with the employer. Head into your interview with an enthusiastic attitude and you’re more likely to secure yourself the role. The hiring manager will want to see that you can add value to the company, and a flat interview will make them think that you’re not particularly interested in anything but the money (and even if that is true, that’s not that approach that will get you hired).
Reread your application before you go in so that you know which of your skills to emphasise, and brush up on your knowledge of the role to demonstrate that you will be a valuable and proactive member of the team. Remember: maintaining this positive attitude may put you in a position to return the job whenever you return home, meaning you won’t have to spend time job-hunting through the summer months.
Make Yourself Stand Out
Not only do part-time jobs give you a little extra cash to get through the summer months, but they also provide you with transferable skills that look great on your CV when you finish uni. Take a look at our blog for the latest tips on surviving student life.