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Got Work? Why You May Want to Consider a Part-time Job

By: Anna Salas

Do you want to make some extra cash, but feel as though you’re too busy with school? Or, have you been looking for a part-time job with no luck? If you are a UNC Charlotte student looking for a part time job that will provide you with extra money for college and many other benefits, look no further than the University Career Center’s Part-Time Job Fair, which is coming up on October 2, 2012! The fair will be held from 11am  until 2pm in the Cone Center’s Lucas Room. Here, you will have a chance to visit with employers looking to hire students for part-time, seasonal, or temporary off-campus jobs.  For a regularly updated list of companies and organizations attending, click HERE.

If you’re hesitant about applying for part-time jobs, consider that a part-time job may allow you to:

  1. Earn extra money for college: You definitely will earn money through a part-time job. Keep in mind that the average hourly wage for part-time jobs found through our Part-Time Job program (called the Job Location and Development, or JLD program) is $10! To me, that sounds like a great salary for someone who is still in school.
  2. Build you resume: A lot of you may have little, if any, work experience listed on your resume. Demonstrating to future full-time employers that you are able to hold down a part-time job while in school, and that you can be a professional and hard-working employee, will definitely boost your resume. Part-time job supervisors and managers also have the potential to serve as excellent references for future jobs.
  3. Develop transferable skills: Even if your part-time job is completely unrelated to your future career goals, it can still help you develop transferable skills, which are skills that you have learned through a job, which can be applied to and utilized in future jobs. For example, let’s say I work as a server at P.F. Chang’s, but I hope to one day get a job in the field of human resources. Some transferable skills that I may gain at P.F. Chang’s include skills in customer service, communication, persuasion, and time management, which are all skills that I could utilize in a position as a recruiter or a human resources specialist.
  4. Connect with local employers: A part-time job is an excellent resource for networking with employers. Managers or even co-workers at your job site may have connections within their network to help you secure at the least an interview, and maybe even a job, upon graduation. Additionally, you may meet employers of other companies that you can maintain contact with.

So remember, if you are looking for a part-time job, be sure to attend the Part-Time Job Fair on October 2nd from 11 am – 2pm!  Dress for success and bring copies of your resume. If you need help writing a resume, stop into the University Career Center during drop-ins hours to have your resume critiqued by a career advisor or trained peer career advisor.

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