(Original post by Anonymous)
Help, I’m a student and I’ve been applying for part time jobs for months now. I keep getting rejected or no responses. I’ve been in for an interview of two but the hours didn’t seem to match my availability. What am I doing wrong? And what kind of places hire students easily.
Some jobs require experience to be hired. I was looking for jobs when I was 17 (alongside A-Levels) and couldn't find any. I started in retail as a 3 month temp. I didn't get taken on permanently because there were no roles, but it opened doors to a lot of other jobs for me.
You should try indeed.co.uk, or handing CVs into local independent cafes. Especially consider looking at jobs on retail sites and DEFINITELY applying for temp roles, because even if it's just for a few months, you can prove you have experience and get another job more easily afterwards.
I finished retail a few years later and after university, the only job I could get was an 8-week temp one in a solicitors firm. They subsequently took me on full-time and I ended up staying for the good part of a year before moving to another firm. It's a great way to move forward.
I should say as well, I wouldn't generally advise wasting time on bar work. I used to work in a pub and my manager would NEVER take anybody on without previous bar experience. (A vicious cycle, I know).
In the end she took a few people on who claimed to have the experience and they subsequently revealed they were massive liars when she asked them to pour a pint and it ended horribly.
Highlights include new staff members asking: 'how to make a sambuca', 'which of the two sized wine glasses were small' and 'where the shandy tap was'.