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advice on getting a job as a student

Hi, i would really like some advice on getting a job, I've been applying for jobs since the end of year 11 now I'm reaching the end of year 13 and I've had no luck in securing any part time at all. Out of all my applications I have only managed to bag 2 interviews and didn't get through after them. I made the effort to go into several stores in my area, talk to the staff and give them my CV; emailed several places; filled out many application forms but it was all rejections or never heard back from them. I don't know what to do at this point especially as all my friends have been getting jobs (although I do live in an area which has a really competitive job market) and I would like advice, especially on how to make my application stand out more as I would like to secure a summer job and a job in my uni area after that.
I've had a bunch of part time jobs throughout uni and to be honest, the number one thing employers care about (at least for part time/hospitality type jobs) is can you work longs hours, evenings, weekends, etc.
So I would say just big up the idea that you're fully flexible, happy to do overtime, and so on. It's not very glamourous, but fast food is probably your best bet for a first job bcause they have a super high staff turnover, so theyll hire almost anyone. My first job was in Dominos, think I got hired there within a few days of applying. I didn't stay there long but its a lot easier to get hired somewhere nice once you have some work experience to show off
Hiya,

Have you had anyone check your CV? Making sure that your CV is well written and well presented is key when employers are receiving hundreds of them. Once you have a solid CV, this will help you with application forms and this is important because larger employers use application forms so that their software can screen them. Not every employer is personally reviewing each application form so if there is anything missing from your CV or if it isn't clear, you could just be getting screened out. There are free careers services out there who can help or there are loads of accounts on social media like ours who can provide helpful information and advice on improving your CV. We are having an event on our insta for free CV advice this Friday if that is of any benefit to you. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend using National Careers Service or Prospects for some free advice. :smile:

Hope that helps!


Em
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Original post by Sammy512
I've had a bunch of part time jobs throughout uni and to be honest, the number one thing employers care about (at least for part time/hospitality type jobs) is can you work longs hours, evenings, weekends, etc.
So I would say just big up the idea that you're fully flexible, happy to do overtime, and so on. It's not very glamourous, but fast food is probably your best bet for a first job bcause they have a super high staff turnover, so theyll hire almost anyone. My first job was in Dominos, think I got hired there within a few days of applying. I didn't stay there long but its a lot easier to get hired somewhere nice once you have some work experience to show off

Yeah most of what I’ve been applying to was fast food, a domino’s even opened near me recently and i called the recruiter quite regularly (right before the domino’s even opened) and gave him my info and availability and didn’t receive any info in terms of my application because the last time I called he said he filled all the vacancies. and the worst thing is these places never give feedback. i’ll probably try to mention about being able to work overtime next, thank youu
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Original post by Paper&Print
Hiya,
Have you had anyone check your CV? Making sure that your CV is well written and well presented is key when employers are receiving hundreds of them. Once you have a solid CV, this will help you with application forms and this is important because larger employers use application forms so that their software can screen them. Not every employer is personally reviewing each application form so if there is anything missing from your CV or if it isn't clear, you could just be getting screened out. There are free careers services out there who can help or there are loads of accounts on social media like ours who can provide helpful information and advice on improving your CV. We are having an event on our insta for free CV advice this Friday if that is of any benefit to you. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend using National Careers Service or Prospects for some free advice. :smile:
Hope that helps!
Em
Paper & Print
@paperandprintshop
Find us on IG and FB for free advice on careers and job searching.

Yes I’ve had a friend who was a manager at quite a few stores look at my cv and adapt things for me, yet i’m still stuck in this loophole ☹️ I’ll try and tune in for friday thank you.

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