How to get a part time job as a student/ young person
Working with family usually ends in disaster, but...
My dad owns his own plumbing business so that's good money in the summer.
Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer
Brainstorm 15-20 different places where you could work. Can you notice a theme between them? (Ages of the employees, seasonal work, food industry, service oriented, variety of jobs, location, compatible hours, etc)
ANYONE can be trained to do a job but attitude is FAR more important for your situation. The fact that you care enough to ask makes me think that you are a consciencious individual. Hiring managers look to make their job easier by hiring an individual that positively contributes to the general employee morale.
On applications, it typically asks "Other Classes/Experience/etc". Use this space to set yourself apart from the generic candidate with a thoughtful, succinct statement about your positive attitude, teamwork and desire to work for the company. Think in terms of the pride you'd have representing the company vs. simply collecting the paycheck. (If you can't, then don't apply -- for some reason you are drawn to this employer.) You are not 'sucking up' as long as you are being honest. Humility is not the same as humiliation.
Minimal example: "I have always enjoyed helping others with (fill in the blank) through (blank). I hope to apply my interests to the benefit of (company) with like-minded individuals."
Or ... My best friend and I compete to make incredible sandwiches. I'd like to get an insight to what combinations are naturals while applying this knowledge to others.
Or ... Every time I shop at (blank) I think of small ways that might improve customer service. I'd like to represent (blank) in the best possible light.
When dropping off the application, ask for the name of the hiring manager. Follow up with a phone call a couple of days later, using a written script if necessary. Don't get down on yourself if you sound nervous -- that's normal!
Ex: My name is (blank). I dropped off an application for part-time employment three days ago and was wondering what the status is of my application.
The manager may ask why you're interested. Be prepared by briefly explaining your general circumstances or repeat the statement made in the application -- do not indicate it is for the money.
Ex: I attend school until 4 pm but have found that I have a lot of free evenings and weekends. I'd rather use the time to work than to (watch TV or play video games/party/etc with my friends). Once school ends I'd be interested in full-time employment, but right now I have school commitments.
Regardless of how the talk went, write the company's name, hiring mgr, phone number on a calendar and follow up two to three weeks later, using the same script. Follow up is extremely important and show you are a self-starter!
Just remember: There is dignity in ALL work.
Once you get the job, constantly challenge yourself to prove to the employer that you are working to make their job easier. Without this attitude, you don't honestly earn the pay -- and THAT, my friend, that is humiliation!
I would suggest going so shops/stores you like and asking if they have any vacancies , often they could use a little help but don't actually put an ad out
Clean yourself up, get dressed nice and go somewhere like a store in a shopping mall or movie theatre and inquire of the manager if they have any part-time work available for a student such as yourself. They won't expect a student to have a resume. They will just ask you to fill out an application.
For your part, you should make eye contact and speak proper English. For instance, instead of saying "yeah" you should answer a question with "yes." So long as you are relaxed and don't say anything silly that may cost you the job, you should be fine. The goal is to look and act respectable, like the type of person someone could trust if they hired you.
But, if you do have a resume handy they might think of you as more prepared and organized.
Be honest on your resume, especially as a student. Employers are automatically suspicious of young people with long resumes, as it implies either a person who cannot stick with anything, or who is a liar.
(I used to be in a position to hire & fire)