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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 June 18, 2015 by

Amazing Reasons to Become a Motivational Speaker

Trust me, you can do it! Man with a microphone is delivering a motivational speech

Trust me, you can do it! Man with a microphone is delivering a motivational speech. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Having a career as a motivational speaker can be incredibly rewarding. You can help others through tough situations, teach others, acquire financial stability, and even learn throughout the entire process. You can also inspire others to find passions similar to yourself, and breed a whole new generation of people with a hunger for learning. If you believe that you have a gift that could give others something positive in their life, then you may want to consider how beneficial a career as a motivational speaker could be. (more…)

Posted March 02, 2015 by

Career Gauge: How to Know if Your Personality will Fit Your Next Job

Career choice concept. Woman split half and half in businesswoman and medical doctor / nurse. Young smiling woman isolated on white background

Career choice concept. Woman split half and half in businesswoman and medical doctor / nurse. Young smiling woman isolated on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Choosing a career that fits your personality is a difficult choice that sometimes can only be completed when you have tried a few on for size. Luckily, you can also take a personality test that should help determine what occupations best fit your style. The most common one is Myers-Briggs.

Interaction with the World

The first way the Myers-Briggs tests each individual’s personality is by determining if you are an introvert or extrovert. Introverts often enjoy to work alone, in an office, or in a cubicle without speaking to groups working with others during large spans of time, like computer coders. Extroverts enjoy working with others as much as possible, hashing out ideas with others. TV writers tend to be extroverts as they work in large groups to hash out script ideas. (more…)

Posted September 18, 2014 by

5 Reasons to Find a Job that Matches Your Skill Set Instead of Your Passion

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Young female student looking through job offers on board. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most, if not all, job seekers have heard that they should find something they’re passionate about for work.  While it makes sense to do what you really like, should you be searching for a job this way?  The following post shares five reasons why this method could be wrong.

Much of the career advice that’s doled out these days encourages young people to “follow their dreams” and “feed their passion.” And sure, it sounds good. Who wouldn’t want to make money by doing a job that doesn’t really feel like “work”? Who wouldn’t want to turn a lifelong dream into a reality?  But if you’re hoping (or holding out) for your dream job, Ben Carpenter is here with some tough love: What you’re good at should trump what you’re passionate about. (more…)

Posted January 22, 2014 by

6 mistakes you are likely to commit while choosing a career

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Graduate considering future career choice. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

So you’re few months away from graduation and you’re still deciding on what you actually want to do. With thousands of options and expectations laid in front of you, it’s likely that you might take the wrong decision(s) while choosing the right career path. It could be out of pressure, anxiety or even indecisive trait. Usually choosing a career path is not a one-time decision; it’s a series of decisions, made as you progress through different stages of life, career and experience. Our lifestyles change, so do the people we meet and experiences we have. But the right start is important. When someone is selecting their career, there’s a lot riding on that decision. People want to select an occupation in which they can be successful for many years to come. Changing your career too often is not a good option either. That means you should pick something that is not only suitable for you, but also can support you financially. Recently, MBA has been riding the youngsters of the country. So many new graduates have started looking at this option too. You can easily find the best list of MBA colleges in Gurgaon, Pune, Bangalore and more cities, which are best for MBA. However, never follow the herd and make career decisions. Make sure you choose the right career path by avoiding these common mistakes. (more…)

Posted September 06, 2012 by

Career Philosophies That Make Money

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, CEO of KAS Placement

Even in the U.S. where the opportunities are vast regardless of the economy, making money can be quite challenging.  That is, unless you are able to rise above the race and make success a habit of yours.

I tell you no lies – making money takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  Below, you’ll find just a few career philosophies that I’ve found useful and that are bound to help you on your way to riches.

Just like anything else, proper implementation of these philosophies takes time. (more…)