When looking for a job, students need to keep in mind several criteria to make this process effective, relatively easy, and not complicated. The less time you spend looking for a job, the more joyful your first work experience will be, and you will find your niche (the most suitable position for you).
Your three main steps while looking for a student job:
- Make a list of the most appropriate fields according to your education. Being a student means a time when you can try yourself not only in your future profession but also in related fields. After graduation, it will not be easy to change careers, although it is pretty realistic.
- Create a resume. Despite the obviousness of this criterion, I would still like to draw attention, try to make it logical without unnecessary information.
Firstly, you should write down all the points thoroughly to carefully outline your strengths. Try to focus on those skills that are most needed for the chosen job. If vacancies are different, then it is advisable to make a thematic resume, individually, with the bias towards the positions you are applying for.
Secondly, don’t send a resume to a potential employer without a cover letter. Be proactive and write a cover letter. Indicate in the letter what you would like to do, your strengths, ideas, and skills you have. Remember, even if you have no work experience, your activities at the university, volunteer projects, notable achievements in educational or creative projects will reveal you in more detail as a candidate, and the employer will feel your responsibility.
Finally, please be careful when submitting your resume, even if you apply for several positions. If you don’t receive an answer after a week, do not hesitate to call back and clarify your candidacy. After all, the letter could get into spam, or they forgot to answer you. Perseverance in moderation is an equally important point in the job search process.
- Use international websites and resources to find a job. The advantage of using such websites when looking for a job is that it is in your region/country that they have collected the maximum of suitable vacancies upon request. In one place, you have access to a massive database of proposals. Thanks to convenient tools, all this is relatively easy to use. Moreover, international aggregators can offer similar jobs in other countries, showing you a complete demand picture. And it’s also an excellent way to monitor how relevant your specialty or direction is and to monitor the demand on a global scale. For example, I suggest visiting Jooble website, which is very popular among students searching for a job. By creating your Jooble account, you can track your search history on the website, save suitable options, subscribe to the mailing list if you have a desire, and sort them by keywords, city, and salary preferences.