Tomorrow is the Career Services Part-Time Job Fest. From 10 am to 1 pm company representatives will be at the CPCC Central Campus on the Overcash Driveway, talking to students about part-time job opportunities. If you’re looking for a part-time job this is a great chance to meet with employers who are hiring!
If you aren’t looking for a part-time job, maybe you should be (if your class schedule permits). The benefits of a part-time job extend way beyond the paycheck you’ll earn right now. In many ways, working a part-time job now makes you a better full-time job seeker and employee later. How?
When you get a part-time job you:
Participate in a job interview: Part-time job applicants meet with potential supervisors and managers who review their application and ask interview questions that full-time job seekers answer as well.
Develop transferable skills: Part-time employees learn how to work independently or in groups, perform tasks efficiently, show up for work on time, work under a supervisor (or with minimal supervision). These are just a few of the many transferable skills you can develop now as a part-time employee that you’ll list as your strengths later during interviews for full-time jobs.
Learn things about yourself: Do you prefer working in a fast-paced or relaxed environment? Do you enjoy working behind the scenes or at the forefront of the action? What skills do you naturally use more than others? You can learn a lot about yourself in certain situations, a part-time job experience being one of them.
Have work experience to put on your resume and talk about in future interviews: Job seekers with no work experience have an extremely difficult time developing a resume. Even if your part-time job is in a field completely unrelated to your studies or future career plans, employers look favorably upon applicants with prior work experience. Additionally, employers don’t like discussing hypothetical situations during interviews. For example, if they ask about your communications skills, they want you to provide specific examples from work experience where you put your communication skills to work.
Develop time management skills: Students who successfully balance a work and class schedule automatically acquire time management skills. A solid GPA and a solid recommendation from your work supervisor is a great combination that future full-time employers will look upon favorably.