‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’
By Michael from Studentjob.co.uk
Contrary to Biggie Smalls’ belief of ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’, it is likely to be quite the opposite for a student living the city life in London. In fact, it’s likely you’ve found yourself scrabbling for the penny jar or calling your parents for a few quid when it’s your round of tequila slammers mid-way through the night. That being said, it is possible to avoid dipping into your overdraft, and it is possible to have a healthy-looking bank balance. If you have a few spare hours a week– and as a student you probably do- why not get yourself a part-time job in London? How, you ask? By following these 5 tips we say!
#1 The Blueprints
You know what they say, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else. In this case, likely re-watching Breaking Bad or keeping up to date with Game of Thrones- therefore, the first tip is to plan. Plan to set aside some time in between lectures for searching for jobs online. It is important to stay active when searching for a job, don’t just wait around for responses. After a couple of days you’ll find a good rhythm, so grab yourself a meal deal and hit the library or the sofa at home, whichever suits you best.
#2 The Tailored Suit
As a student you may not have had the luxury of owning a tailored suit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t imagine how you’d feel wearing one. Girls, this goes for you too. Imagine how you feel in your best pair of jeans. Apply this feeling to creating your CV and/or cover letter. Spend a little time researching the company and analysing the job role. Thereafter match your skills with the requirements of the job and share your experiences that make you the perfect candidate. Additionally, be creative with your CV. It’ll differentiate you from the rest of the pile.
#3 Books & Birds
Nope, books & birds isn’t cockney rhyming slang, but a reference to Facebook and Twitter. It is no secret that social media is changing the way we do business, and it is common now for employers to take a peek at your social media footprint. It’s probably for the best to be mindful of what you choose to share. It could be the difference between a ‘corn on the cob’ or no ‘corn on the cob’ (that’s job in cockney rhyming slang, by the way).
#4 The Holidays!
The jobs market in London is fierce, and if working while at university isn’t your cup of tea, maybe consider looking into seasonal work in your home town or city- employers will be looking for part-time employees to see them through the busy periods.
#5 The tip we like to call The Dr. Pepper!
London is jam packed with supermarkets, retail stores, restaurants and bars. If there’s somewhere particular you’re wanting to work, why not take the old fashion route and head on over, introduce yourself and ask if they currently have any job opportunities, or opportunities in the near future. What’s the worst that can happen?
And there you have it. StudentJob’s latest tips on searching for a part-time job in London. Head over to studentjob.co.uk to see all our part-time, graduate and internship job opportunities in London.
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