9 Tips and Tricks To Getting a Part Time Job


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Can you balance work and school? Think about how to do it before you get a job.

Briana Osorio '16, Graphics Editor

Searching for a job can be difficult; take the time to do your research. Talk to parents; believe it or not adults are a good source to help you figure out and navigate the working world. They have years of experience and possibly even have hired people.

Here are some tips that may guide you in the right direction:

  1. Time is what really determines whether you are able or not to apply to get a job. Make sure you are aware of the other priorities you have in your life before considering getting a job. Can you keep up your grades? When will you work? Will you have time for friends and family? These are all important questions to think about before applying.
  2. Interests When searching for a future job, pick something that you think you’ll like to do. If customer service is your path, then look at places that need cashiers. Many places require you to stand for hours, make sure you’re able and willing to do so.
  3. Requirements Some people forget to look at the age the applicants have to be. I know many times I have  completed an application and halfway through I realized that it says “18 or older,” so I wasted my time. Next, look at what the job requires you to do. Be cautious and read through everything.
  4. Location Are you looking for places that are close to your house? School? How long will it take you to get to your house or school from your job? Look for somewhere close by to make it easy to walk if you don’t have a ride.
  5. Transportation  You’re lucky if you’re already driving and have a car, but many people don’t. The struggle to take the bus or walk is hard enough, then to go through your shift can feel like way too much. The hassle to annoy people for rides is stressful. Make a plan (and a back up one) to be safe.
  6. Uniform Yes, a lot of places require uniforms. Groan. Be prepared to buy clothes that are required for you to be able to work there. If you don’t want a uniform, make sure to investigate those details before applying; why waste your time?
  7. Pay This could be a  factor in your decision, but getting paid in general, whatever the amount, is better than getting nothing. Minimum wage might seem low but in the end you’re still getting a check. Ask around to your friends and peers about how much their job pays. Once you find the right price, go from there. Make sure to see when you get paid: Is it every week? Every other week? Will you get a check, or set up direct deposit? Find out as soon as possible.
  8. Be honest It’s normal to be nervous during an interview, especially your first one because you’re are new to the whole experience. Tell the truth; do not make anything up. Trust me, they have ways of finding out. Honesty is the best policy. Be yourself. Even if you don’t get it, you at least know you were you.
  9. Ask Questions Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand. Your employer will understand that this is your first job. Most employers like when you ask well-thought out questions. It lets your boss know you’re interested and attentive. Brownie points! They will automatically have a good impression of you. It can be intimidating at first, but with time you will be okay.

Just keep in mind that you’re still a student, your education is first. Having a job is exciting and new, but don’t get money hungry. Good luck with your search. #GetThatPaycheck