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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 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 13, 2015 by

Turn Your Internship into an Entry Level Job Offer

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View of Two interns working together assisted by their course supervisor. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As college students head back to school, they may be looking to gain some work experience through internships.  An internship can give a student the chance to learn more about a potential career field and be a great addition to his or her resume.  However, once a student is hired as an intern, he or she must make a great impression to the point that an employer will want to hire him or her for an entry level job.  Here are some tips to help you turn your internship into a job offer. (more…)

Posted August 10, 2015 by

Paths to take to progress up the corporate ladder in a finance career

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Finance clerk in office calculating financing with calculator and files. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It is one thing to have a job and another totally different thing to have a career. There are people with jobs, but they are not in the career that they wished to have. At the same time, it is possible to have a job in your chosen career, but something different to be successful in your work. This is especially the case in professions such as finance and banking. Many people get jobs in the industry but then they have no idea what path to take after that. The end result is stagnation and frustration which of course is not healthy in any way.

For people in the in the field of finance, there are so many career options to consider. The goal is to ensure that you get to the topmost rank that you can attain and become the best in your career. The first thing that you must have in order to take these career paths in finance is the interest. Are you interested in handling the tasks that usually come with this career? (more…)

Posted August 07, 2015 by

Entry Level Jobs 101: What You Need to Know for Career Success

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Real people at the office. Female employee on duty. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As a recent graduate, applying and interviewing for entry level jobs is the main focus of building your career. These positions provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you acquired in college and become an expert in your industry.

Starting your first official job in the real world is different than working an internship and can be tricky to navigate at times. Here are a few tips to help you excel at the position and work your way up to a promotion: (more…)

Posted January 22, 2015 by

What to do with a Sports Management Degree

Laura O. Tolentino

Laura O. Tolentino

If you’ve earned a degree in sports management and find yourself asking “what can I do with a sports management degree?” you will be craving some good information on the popular and unique job opportunities that are available to sports management degree holders. Since this degree is related to the business side of the sports world you have a number of options, from financial positions, marketing and promotion positions, and even manager and agent positions. (more…)

Posted September 18, 2014 by

New on Your Entry Level Job? How to Get Attention the Right Way

So, you’re starting your new entry level job and want to make a great impression.  If this is your goal, the following post has tips on how to get the right kind of attention at work.

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Posted September 16, 2014 by

College Graduates, Desire to be Better Professionals on Your Jobs? 35 Ways to Improve Yourselves

To be better professionals on their jobs, college graduates can do any of these 35 things in the following post.

We live fast-paced lives; our careers are certainly no different. Sometimes it can be difficult to stop for a moment to think about professional development. The reality is, though, that by choosing one area improvement to focus on at a time, we can become better versions of ourselves – and better

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Posted September 05, 2014 by

Searching to Find an Internship in PR and Marketing? 10 Opportunities to Consider

College students hoping to find an internship in PR and marketing should check out these 10 opportunities in the following post.

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Posted September 04, 2014 by

College Students, 10 Goals for You to Set in Your Searches for Jobs

As they look for jobs, college students should consider setting these 10 goals for success in the following post.

When it comes to the Social Age job search, the most successful careerists know: we must create actionable goals and milestones that equate to real progress, and eventually result in a job offer. This means your goals need to be realistic and can be accomplished within a reasonable time frame. Regardless of the stage you are at in your job

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Posted September 02, 2014 by

You Can Groom Yourself for Management

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Successful professional wearing black suit and smiling. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Going from the rank-and-file of regular employment on to a management position is an exciting prospect, and doing so opens up major opportunities in terms of salary and your future career. If the company you work for isn’t ready to groom you for management, why not take the initiative yourself? Here are some steps to get you started: (more…)