Finding a Back to School Job

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When school is in session it's a good time to job search for both high school and college student looking for work. Job seekers seeking employment may soon find themselves with even more options for part-time work.

Do you live in a college town? If so, note that employers will soon be ramping up their hiring as students return to campus for the new semester. But even if you live outside of college areas, you have plenty of options for employment. Many summer employees are headed back to school and will have to leave their seasonal jobs, which may mean more job openings for you.

Tips for Finding a Back to School Job

Snagajob, the leading hourly job site for job seekers and employers, has spent a lot of time speaking with employers and hearing from Snagajob Hired members about what’s working and what’s not. They have picked up some insider tips to help get land a job, no matter where you live or what you’d like to do for work.

Kim Costa, Snagajob Job Search Coach, has some advice for workers who are searching for that perfect back-to-school job. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Be Proactive

Chances are that you know of a business that is either losing employees to school or that will be ramping up hiring for the fall. Check online to see what places are advertising. Go into stores and restaurants and ask if they need any extra help.

Tell all your friends and family that you are looking for a job and ask that they keep an eye out for you. And, do not stop looking until you get a job. We often hear from job seekers that they applied to a few jobs and then waited until they heard back before they started searching again.

Don’t put your job search on hold while assuming that one of the applications you’ve already submitted will result in you getting the job. Keep applying to other positions so that you won't miss out on an opportunity while waiting to hear back on something else that may or may not happen.

2) Check with Your School

If you are in high school or college, think about using your school as a resource to see who is hiring. There may be jobs on campus that are a great fit for your busy fall schedule.

Your guidance counselor may also have a connection to a local business that hires students. Going to school and having a job can be a balancing act, and jobs that have a connection to your school are experienced in helping you maintain that balance.

3) Think Outside the Norm

Restaurant and retail jobs will most likely have fall openings that are great for students with flexible hours. But, there are other industries out there that will be ramping up their hiring for the school year. Check out daycares and back-to-school programs. Think about services and organizations that are likely to be busier now that school is back in session, and target those companies in your search.

Many of these places will be seeing their summer employees leave or will need some extra help in anticipation of new students. Also, check out hotels and tourist attractions in college towns. They may have seen business slow down in the summer when school was out of session, but they’ll definitely need some extra help to handle not only the students going back to school but also all of the families coming to visit.

4) Persistence Pays

With new jobs opening up for the school year, there will be competition for those openings. Your best bet is to do what you can to stand out to the employers. After you apply, go in person to follow up on the position.

Ask for the hiring manager and if they aren’t there, come back when they are.

You want to talk to the decision-makers. But, make sure you stand out for the right reasons. Go in dressed professionally with copies of your resume and be sure you go during non-peak times. For restaurants and retail, I recommend going between 2-4 p.m. on weekdays. Who knows, you may get an interview on the spot!

If you haven’t had a lot of luck finding a job for the summer or you’re heading back to school and need some extra income, now is a great time to start looking.