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Posted July 18, 2016 by

3 tips for getting the most out of part-time jobs

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As a college student, it can often feel like your part time job is purely for bringing in the cash you need to splash on your expenses and social activities. This, however, is not necessarily the case. The experience gained from working a part time job can be invaluable towards assisting with your selection of a future career, as well as contributing to landing your first full-time entry-level job later down the track.

1. On-the-job experience

As far as choosing a career goes, you may have already decided. Obviously you’ve enrolled in a college degree, and now it’s just a matter of time before you land your dream job and get started, right? Well, actually, using your choice of part time work to gain particular experience that will assist with your career selection is a good start. Sometimes when you gain on-the-job work experience in a particular field, you may actually change your mind about thinking it’s the perfect career for you.

Part time jobs can be tricky to land, but if you are presented with choice, why not select one that’s closest to the type of job you’ll work once you’ve completed your degree? For example, work as a veterinary assistant while studying to become a vet. Use this opportunity to test the waters and see if you feel comfortable working in a similar environment in which you’ll soon be qualified.

2. Future benefits

As well as using your part time job as an opportunity to test if you enjoy a particular type of work, you can also leverage it to land yourself your first ‘real’ job sooner. The work experience you gain during college will be included on the resume you submit for prospective full-time jobs once qualified. An empty resume won’t impress a prospective employer, nor will having one that fails to contain any outstanding information.

Separate yourself from future competition by using time worked in your part-time job to earn credit for future job applications. Accomplishments such as taking on higher duties, greater responsibility, winning awards, and being promoted will all look fantastic on your resume. Ask your manager if you can take on new work so you have the opportunity to learn different job skills and gain broader exposure to the work environment. You could also assist with designing a strategy to save the business money or increasing the level of customer satisfaction, for example.

3. Expand your network

Holding down a part-time job will also help you to expand your professional network. You’ll create connections and relationships with people that may be able to assist you with finding work at a later date. Your manager may be willing to provide a reference for you, or your colleague may recommend you to their employer at such time as they gain full-time work.

Working hard now will pay off in the future, as you present a resume and work experience that demonstrates your commitment to work and your enthusiasm to achieve beyond minimum expectations.

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Joe Flanagan, Senior Resume Consultant at Velvet Jobs

Joe Flanagan, Senior Outplacement Consultant at Velvet Jobs

Joe Flanagan is the Senior Outplacement Consultant at Velvet Jobs, offering outplacement services and a search facility for job seekers of all ages and industries. His expertise include resume writing, job search tips and hiring issues. When he’s not trying to improve the unemployment rate you can find him traveling the world and learning new languages.
Posted August 28, 2015 by

College Life: 5 Financial Tips that will save your Wallet’s Life in School

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Save Money words on a chalkboard illustrating back to school savings or instructions on how to save on your education costs. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College can be a life-shaping financial experience. It is the start of independence for young people and the genesis of credit scores, bank accounts, car loans, and other firsts. If you are starting this journey with limited financial education or if you would like to know some practical tools for keeping as much of your money as you can, here are five financial areas where you can cut costs while in college. (more…)

Posted March 02, 2015 by

Medical Assistant Career Overview – What You Need To Know

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The medical assistant career is one of the fastest of all the professions when referring to growth. There are various advantages associated with becoming such a professional and although the truth is that this is one career that is quite challenging, requiring you to have a lot of responsibility and dedication, personal and financial satisfactions are really high.

In the modern healthcare industry, the medical assistant is seen as a vital part of the system. He/she will perform a myriad of different tasks that are vital in medical offices and hospitals. You get a chance to help out the community and help out thousands of patients during your life. (more…)

Posted August 12, 2014 by

Not the Usual Recent Graduate Searching for Jobs? How to Approach 3 Challenges When Writing Your Resume

The following post discusses three challenges a recent graduate might face when searching for jobs and how to approach them on his or her resume.

There is an abundance of resume advice and examples online. However, they’re mostly unhelpful if your work and life experience doesn’t fit neatly into a template. Let’s look at a real job seeker with non-traditional work experience and outside the norm career issues, and see what happens when we do a resume

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Posted June 04, 2014 by

5 Tools for Starting a Business Fresh Out of College

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Happy female small business owner of a fabric store. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’re young and brimming with enthusiasm, ready to take your first steps into the corporate world. But why spend years slaving away under a boss when you can start your own business straight out of college?

Read on to discover some great tools for getting your enterprise off the ground. (more…)

Posted May 08, 2014 by

8 Ways to Earn Cash While in School

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Young college student tutoring an older classmate. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College students truly understand the definition of broke. Although some students attend school on a part-time basis and work to support themselves, the majority of students attend school full-time and seek part-time opportunities to generate extra cash.

Even if financial aid pays for your tuition and your parents give you money each month, these funds might not be enough. This is especially true if you have a car, bills and other expenses you need to cover. But given your school schedule, you may not have a lot of time for work.

Fortunately, several opportunities are available to you. Here are eight ways to make money as a college student that won’t take a lot of your time, or too much of your energy. (more…)

Posted July 24, 2013 by

Seeking a Career Change but Can’t Get a Degree? 7 Potential Entry Level Jobs that Might Interest You

For whatever reason, you aren’t satisfied with your current job and want to start something new.  If you’re unable to get a degree at the moment, here are seven possible entry level jobs that might interest you in the following post.

Need a career change? Whether you’re a seasoned professional out of a job or a 20-something ready to take your next step, you’ve got to start a new career. Right. Now. You just don’t have the time (or the cash) to start from scratch with a new degree. So, how can you hack the system? Find careers with short training

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Posted January 04, 2013 by

Saving Money On An Entry-Level Salary

CollegeRecruiter.comHave you just started an entry level job and want to learn how to save some money?  The following post has ways to help you create savings on an entry level salary.

Let us pretend for a moment that entry-level salaries provide a living wage. In order to write a piece on saving, I need to assume you have enough income to save. If you are struggling to meet your basic necessities like food, …

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