Class is back in session! In between syllabus day and planning your back to school outfits, finding that perfect student job might be on your list of to-do’s. To make sure you're in the running, check out these dos and don'ts of finding a back to school job.
You know when the school bus is driving away and you see someone running to catch it? If you wait too long to apply, the job search isn't much different. You don't want to be that person. Get your application in early while employers are really looking to fill those back to school shifts.
Be a social butterfly.
Network. Tell everyone that you're looking for a job. Family, friends, classmates – seriously anyone that will listen. Also, take advantage of the resources at your school. Talk to a guidance counselor or someone at your campus career center. They'll have great insider advice.
Being a student your schedule is already limited so you want to try to be as available as possible. You might not want to work weekends, but in between homework, sports and clubs, that might be your only option.
With a lot of students headed back to school, expect a little friendly competition. More applicants means you should be doing everything you can to bring your “A” game. Have a job interview checklist handy to make sure you're prepared.
Stop following up.
Searching for a back to school job shouldn't change your job search much. Keep following up to stand out and stay on top of your application statuses. If possible, follow up in person. Not only does it show you'll go above and beyond, it might even land you an on the spot interview!
Before you even start looking for a back to school job, realistically think about whether or not you have the time to commit. Balancing school and work is hard enough so you want to make it as easy as possible on yourself by keeping your priorities in order and staying organized.
With these back to school job search tips, you're ready to land a student job before your first paper is even due.