The benefits of part-time jobs
Work experience, whether directly relevant to the career you want to go into or not, will be really important to help develop your skills and experience. Employers often look for applicants with a range of experience and examples to draw upon to demonstrate specific transferable skills, many of which can be gained through part-time jobs.
It is important to use a range of strategies when searching for part-time work. Consider approaching organisations directly to enquire about jobs. If you are looking for retail, bar work or hospitality positions you should try and hand your CV directly to the manager and then follow this up with a phone call or by calling in again to see if they have reviewed your CV. Many larger retail organisations advertise their positions online only so make sure you check out their websites.
You could also register with some local recruitment agencies. For a full list, search on yell.com and read through our guide for advice on how to use these services.
Once you have registered with an agency it is important to stay in touch with their consultants on a regular basis to find out if they have available work.
I think one of the most important experiences I had was probably my retail experience. I got a part-time job as a customer assistant at a supermarket in my second year at university and my communication skills just changed completely. That more than anything was really important for when I faced interviews in the future as I was much more confident and able to articulate myself better.
Help and support available to you:
Book an appointment with an Employability Adviser
Discuss part-time job options and have your CV or applications checked prior to applying. To book an appointment call into your nearest Careers Zone or call 0151 231 3719/2048.
Pick up a part-time jobs handout from the Zones
The Careers Team produce a monthly round up of part time jobs available locally. Call into the Careers Zones to pick up a copy. Part-time jobs are also advertised on the jobs boards in the Careers Zones.
Read our mini guide on part-time jobs
For further information about part-time jobs download our handy guide from the resources page of the site.