We know it can be overwhelming trying to find a part-time job. As a college student, this may be your first time seeking employment. If you have already started your job search, you may have questions about your applications and following up with employers. For those of you already employed, maybe it is time to begin thinking about a new part-time position that will help you gain more transferable skills and experience for your future career. Regardless of your part-time job status, the Student Employment Office is here to help! Students at Grand Valley, regardless of their financial aid status, may work either on or off-campus. The Student Employment Offices (SEO) LakerJobs is accessible to all students.
Developing a Job Search Action Plan
To jump-start your job search, it is important to first develop an action plan. You need to know what type of jobs you are interested in and also consider which jobs will provide the most valuable work experience to help you find a full-time position upon graduation. Each student may have a very different action plan. The following is a list of suggested steps to begin your job search:
What if I'm not qualified for a position?
Many on-campus employers understand that a part-time job is a learning experience, and you may not be expected to know everything right away. Having a positive attitude and showing your motivation to learn new skills will still make you an outstanding job candidate for many positions. On-campus employment is an excellent option for those looking for flexible work schedules as well as for students who may be finding their first part-time position.
What if I have never worked before?
Many times, students have had jobs, they just don't realize it. Have you ever babysat, cleaned houses, mowed lawns, volunteered, or helped with a family business? These are all great experiences and should be included on your resume. Job shadowing and internships are also excellent items to add to a resume to showcase your experience. If you have truly never worked, showcasing special skills will be important on your resume. Add things like certifications (CPR, first aid, Microsoft, Adobe, etc.). Let the employer know of any special skills you have or languages you can speak. These types of items are very valuable to an employer and definitely worth adding to your resume. But the point is that you still want to create a resume.