The Part-Time Job Search

Lauren Dawson is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves college. Go tar heels!

College is expensive! Not only do you have to pay your tuition, room and board, and for your textbooks, but you also have to pay for your normal day to day expenses (like food and clothes.) Working a part time job can help relieve some of the financial stress that you may experience. You might find yourself wondering how to go about finding this said job. Fortunately, you have many resources at your disposal designed to aid you in your search.

One of the best places to begin your job search is your college town. College towns are constantly transitioning as different groups of students come and go.   Local retail shops and restaurants are great places to look for work. I would suggest, however to start checking these places out at the beginning of the semester. You know what they say; the early bird gets the worm.

Believe it or not, your university’s newspaper is another great place to begin your job search. Just like the articles in the school paper are tailored to the student body, so are the classifieds. This means that the company’s and or firms that place ads in the classifieds are specifically looking to hire students. This is of course an advantage to you because these employers already understand the regular demands college puts on a student, and therefore they are more flexible when it comes to working with your schedule.

Another great resource at your disposal is your university’s career center. Not only will they be able to provide you with information about the latest job openings, but they will also be able to help you build a stronger resume and develop better interviewing skills. Some career centers also hold events designed to help students find part-time work.

And finally, make sure to check out around campus. There are several positions available for students to earn some extra cash, for example you could work at the school book store or at the student recreation center. A little bit of exploration could go a long way. You may even be able to find a position that is specific to one of your areas of interest, or better yet your major.

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