How To Find A Part Time Job During University - The Full Guide

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Money money money, if only it grew on trees – hey? 

It’s one of those things that, as a university student, you’ll probably notice slowly start to decline if you haven’t got a job or a regular income. 

If you feel like you’re the type of individual that can balance a part-time job alongside your studies, then we recommend that you get one! 

Not only are they a good way of raking in the cash, but you’ll also be able to meet some new friends in your workplace. As they say, the more, the merrier…right?

When it comes to applying for a part-time job, you may need a kickstart into the best way to find the perfect one for you. 

We’ll let you in on our top tips for how to find a part-time job, the best websites to use, and CV hinters to secure the bag! 

Keep on reading to find out more…oh, and you’re very welcome!!

1. Look For Part Time Jobs Online ASAP

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Wondering how to get a part-time job fast? Well, one of the best and most useful ways of finding jobs in the current climate is online. 

Yep, you’ll probably still see the odd flyer in a business window, but most of the part-time positions you’ll be actively seeking will be posted online.

For most companies, using an online platform gives them a wider audience, as they’re able to target those who aren’t just casually walking past their entrance front. 

You’ve probably heard of the likes of Indeed and Reed, however, there are so many job sites out there that there’s no reason to limit yourself.

We suggest getting signed up for every job site you find. This ensures you don’t let one most suited to you slip through the cracks. 

Here’s a quick list of the top sites you need to be using…

1. Indeed

Possibly the most used, and arguably the best job site for part-time jobs. 

There are options to limit your search to only local part-time jobs, making sure your search results only provide you with relevant jobs.

2. Reed

Reed is a similar concept to Indeed, providing a platform for companies to post job adverts. 

It’s lesser-known, however, you’ll be able to find jobs suited to you using this job site. 

3. LinkedIn Jobs

Have you signed yourself up for LinkedIn yet? If not…get your phone out and do it ASAP.

LinkedIn is a professional networking app which allows you to manage your business profile.

It’s extremely good for job seekers, as there is a section dedicated to job hunting. 

4. Google Jobs

Google jobs do exactly what it says on the tin. It uses the search engine to find jobs on other sites you might miss. 

What we’ve noticed however is it can pull a few jobs from ages ago…so we recommend using the filter section to make sure you’re finding relevant jobs.

5. Your Student Union

Every uni has a student’s union, and they WILL have a jobs board on their website…so definitely check it out!

What makes these part-time jobs so good is that they’ll most likely stop once the uni term is over, for Christmas and during bank holidays etc. Perfect for if you live a while away from your uni accommodation!

2. Decide What You’re Looking For

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There’s a huge variety of different job types out there, so you must take the time to work out exactly what you want.

Fancy learning the culinary art of cooking? Or maybe you’re more of

Find advice from your friends and family, as they might have some ideas on what part-time jobs are best for you. 

Most part-time employees work within the realms of Retail, Customer Service, Barista, Bar and Waitressing jobs. However, don’t limit yourself to these, as you may find something more suited to you.

Some university and college students will use this as an opportunity to enhance their CV, by gaining skills which would benefit them in the future. 

3. Look Out For The Details

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Okay so, the details are what can catch you out.

You need to make sure the job is offering part-time hours, a wage which is sufficient for what you’ll be doing and a time frame suited to you. 

There’s nothing worse than finding a job description you know you could do, however, they’re expecting 30+ hours whilst you’re already busy with uni work.

One of the best ways to manage this is by giving yourself a tick list of ‘essentials’ and ‘can be flexible’. 

Once you’ve done this, now’s the time for you to decide exactly how many hours per week you’re happy to work, your minimum pay and the location.

If you can narrow these down, this will make your job search much easier to handle!

4. You Need An Up To Date CV


If the job search has been successful and you’ve found the one you want to apply to, you’ll most likely need an up to date CV and potentially a cover letter. 

Now, fortunately for you, we have a blog dedicated to writing a CV for undergraduate students…don’t say we don’t treat you!

5. Smash Your Interview!

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Lastly, once you’ve been offered a job interview it’s your turn to smash it!

Think about all the reasons you started this job search and why you’re so desperate to have a part-time job. Channel all of that energy into your interview and you’ll be sure to ace it. 

Being enthusiastic is one of the key things your potential employer will be looking for. 

Secondly, they’ll be trying to suss whether you want to work for their company. So make sure to do your research on the business and prepare questions you want to ask them!

Thereon, we really can’t see you struggling at all getting a part-time job. Have faith in yourself!!

And that’s about it…we hope we’ve answered your query about how to find a part-time job, and you get one of your dreams! All our fingers will be crossed for you!