The first few weeks of term have been very busy in the Jobshop – not that we are complaining, we like seeing students!
On 2 October we ran our annual Part-time Jobs Fair in co-operation with SheffieldVolunteering. This was a great day with around 3000 students calling into the Octagon during the event and over 80 organisations offering part-time work and volunteering opportunities. We had a long queue as the door opened but everyone had a chance to meet and apply for a whole range of vacancies. Feedback from employers was very positive – a few even gave us some useful tips to pass on about making successful job applications – applicants take note!
Top Tips for Applications:
- · If there is space for additional comments/information – use it! Don’t just leave it blank or put ‘not applicable’
- · Be sure to demonstrate how you meet the job description or requirements for the role
- · Do your research – find out as much as you can about the employer and show them that you want to join them
- · Use the help/advice available to ensure your CV is as good as it can be
- · Tailor your applications – ie don’t send the same application to everyone you apply to – they can tell!
- · Demonstrate your passion and personality – you CAN stand out from the crowd………….
Kate, our Marketing Officer, has been very busy developing our new Student Jobshop social media pages and we were very excited to be launching these at the Fair. We gave away lots of stickers which we hope will remind you that by following us on Facebook and Twitter you can find out about unusual job vacancies, early or changed closing dates, useful tips and hints about finding part-time work, changes to opening times etc. Even better, we have a number of complementary tickets for gigs at the O2 Academy which will be randomly given away as our numbers of followers grows over the next few weeks.
If you are looking for a part-time job be sure to check out Taste of Work if you have little or no work experience – sign up via a campus computer and you could be pulling pints in Bar One, tweeting for the Music Department or patrolling with the Porters at the Edge – to mention but a few of the tasters available this semester. Also now listed on myVacancies over the next week or two are On Campus Placements – these 100 hour project based placements take place in University departments – they are paid and can also be used to gain your Skills for Work Certificate too. Places are limited and competition is high – but help is at hand – CV reviews are available in the Jobshop and in the Careers Service and remember to read the Application Tips above!
Finally, I heard an interesting story this week about Karen Hester, who joined Adnams Brewery as a part-time cleaner and has just become the first female director on their board. So whatever you decide to do in your spare time it could help when you are planning your future – remember the mantra ‘all work experience is good experience’ and if you need some help to find a part-time job, call in to the Jobshop – that’s why we’re here!