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6 part-time jobs for college students in 2016

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Are you a college student who needs a little bit of extra money? Sometimes, students can find a work-study position or other type of on-campus job, but those are sometimes few and far between, especially at colleges with large student bodies. If students haven’t found jobs on campus they like, it’s time to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there are a number of great part-time jobs out there college students are ideally suited for. Here are six highly remunerative part-time jobs college students may be interested in.

1. Non-profit charity fundraiser

Charities are always looking for young people to help them out, especially in the fundraising department. This type of job often entails manning donation tables at various events, which means college students are going to be talking to a lot of people. They’ll need to be able to memorize facts about the charity and who it helps, be personable, and be able to smile and chat for hours. It’s not a job for introverts, but for those who are outgoing and want to gain experience working for nonprofits, it’s a great option. It also pays well—students can make up to $30/hour!

2. Social media assistant

Everyone is on some form of social media these days, but not everyone has mastered it. Some small business owners don’t even have time to really develop their social media because they’re so busy handling everything else, and they don’t have the money to hire someone full-time. However, many can budget money for a part-time social media assistant. If college students love Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms and don’t mind putting in the time to learn how to truly harness these sites for a business, then this is a great job for them. It can pay as much as $21/hour.

3. Academic tutor

If college students are peculiarly sharp in one particular subject area, they might want to offer their services as academic tutors to other students. Sometimes, these jobs are available through the university, but there’s nothing stopping them from doing private tutoring. Students will need to be sure they thoroughly understand the subject, and know how to explain it to others. They will be able to set their own rate and schedule, which is nice, but there’s no guarantee being a tutor will be steady work. Tutors make anything from $15 to $30 a tutoring session, but the rate and the length of each session has to be negotiated.

4. Freelance content writer

Many websites, blogs, and online publications are in need of content, and while some do have writers on staff, many look to freelance writers for new content. College students can find a number of these jobs online, and many don’t require much experience in writing, as long as they can show them a few well-written sample articles. Their pay will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes, students will be paid per word, while other clients may want to set a flat rate per article. On the upside, they’ll be able to work when they want and can do so from home.

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5. Office assistant

It may not sound glamorous, but being an office assistant is a good, steady job for college students. Students get to see first-hand how an office environment works, and the skills they develop can be useful in their own careers. Here are some of the tasks they may do as an office assistant:

• Answer the phones

• Do filing and organization

• Do light computer work

• Schedule appointments

• Assist employees with various tasks as needed

Students’ duties may vary depending on where they work, but those listed are fairly common. Through the job, they may learn about various computer problems, organizational methods, and more. During off-job hours, students can easily stay connected with their customers via cloud phone systems. If they get office assistant jobs at a business in their fields, they may even be able to turn their part-time gigs into full-time jobs when they graduate.

6. Guest services coordinator

A guest services coordinator assists customers with all of their needs. They may do returns, help customers find products, or do special orders in a retail setting. However, guest services can be found in many different industries. Some may actually do more office work, while others may work in support roles. No matter what industry students are working in, however, they’ll be dealing with customers, so this is another job in which being a people person is a must. It’s possible to make as much as $21 in one of these positions.

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Posted December 08, 2014 by

Where Do Your Hires Come From?

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For the past decade, Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXroads have surveyed thousands of employers about where their hires originated. This reliable study (you can get your copy here) consistently points to three top sources:

  1. Referrals;
  2. Employer career sites; and
  3. Job boards.

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Posted July 18, 2014 by

Best Apps for Networking: Bringing You the Best Apps for Play, Business, and Everything In Between

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We live in a modern evolving world and all the happening is online. Social and business networking is booming, and new apps are constantly being made. Whether it’s retweeting a video of Mario Goetze scoring the winning goal for Germany in the FIFA World Cup at your friends, to submitting that polished resume online to land the first important job, the internet always knows how to provide. Especially on the go!

We put together a list of our top apps—some more familiar than others—ranging from downright silly sharing with friends, to life changing apps for business: (more…)

Posted July 07, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Using Social Media to Search for Jobs? How to Get the Most Out of Social Networking

When it comes to finding jobs, today’s recent college graduates tend to use social media for their job searches.  Learn how they can get the most out of certain social networks in the following post.

Despite all the “find a job on social media” hype, networking isn’t a one-and-done task. Those who are serious about managing their careers understand how crucial it is to have a pool of people to interact and share ideas with. And, successful careerists and job seekers know how to best leverage each network in the best

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Posted June 30, 2014 by

Is Facebook Better than LinkedIn for College Students to Search for Jobs?

For college students searching for jobs, the following post makes the case why Facebook might be a better option than LinkedIn.

I am not a fan of the typical sharing that takes place on Facebook. For career purposes, however, I contend that Facebook is arguably the social place to be. Yes, LinkedIn seemingly has cornered the professional network niche and Facebook is generally viewed as a personal social network. Upon closer inspection,

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Posted June 12, 2014 by

Interested in Networking with Recruiters? Here’s What You Should Do

For job seekers looking to network with recruiters, the following post suggests what they should do.

The job title of “recruiter” is not a one-size fits all kind of position. There are many different types of recruiters: military recruiters, diversity recruiters, technical recruiters, healthcare recruiters, college recruiters, sports recruiters,…

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Posted June 04, 2014 by

Are You Searching for Entry Level Jobs on Social Media? Tips to Find Your Dream Job on 4 Social Networks

If you’re using social media to search for entry level jobs, consider tips to use on four social networks to land your dream job, which are found in the following post.

For quite some time, social media has been a major force in the daily life of the 21st Century job seeker. But which networks are the most productive? What should a job seeker do on each to get the biggest bang for their digital buck? Here are specific tips to help you harness the power of

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Posted May 28, 2014 by

Job Seekers, Do You Have Video Interviews for Entry Level Jobs Coming Up? 5 Tips to Prepare for These Meetings

What should job seekers do to prepare for video interviews for entry level jobs?  The following post shares five tips to help you prepare.

Most of us seem to dread the video interview. But many recruiters use this tool because Skype and Google+ interviews save both the employers and candidate significant time and money. Plus, in a short amount of time, you both have the opportunity to measure each other up and decide next steps in the process. So don’t be unnerved. With

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Posted May 28, 2014 by

New to Searching for Recent Graduate Jobs? Avoid Hurting Yourself by Making These 9 Mistakes

For new grads entering the workforce, keep in mind that any little flaw can cost you in your search for recent graduate jobs.  In the following post, learn nine mistakes to avoid so that you don’t hurt your employment chances.

Your first “real” job search (as a newly-minted young professional) is quite a learning experience. So many options; so little time! You can’t wait to hear those magic words: “You’re hired”. You don’t want to make job search mistakes that will extend your job search. But, you may not be clear on exactly what to

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Need References for Recent Graduate Jobs? How to Approach Getting Them

For job seekers who need some references in their searches for recent graduate jobs, learn some tips to approach getting them in the following post.

Asking for help is never easy, but in our careers, we all need it from time to time. It’s good to remember that the people who’ve been the most successful and important to our careers are the people most able and willing to lend a hand. When it’s time to ask for references, seek out the

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