The five steps to getting a part-time job

“How do I get a part-time job?” is the question we hear most at this time of year, and it’s something that we can definitely help you with here at Career Development Services.

So for everyone eager to earn some cash alongside their studies, here’s five simple steps that you can take to maximise your chances of getting that student job…

STEP ONE: Create your CV 

A part-time job CV is generally going to be different from a graduate CV, so a concise one-pager will be fine. Check out our example CVs on our part-time jobs page to get an idea of the kinds of things you should be putting on yours. If you’re starting from scratch you might find the interactive CV Builder on Build My Career useful.

STEP TWO: Get your CV checked 

You can come in for a CV drop in at Careers every weekday from 10am -12pm and 1pm – 3pm to make sure it’s looking good – we can also offer you a further appointment at this stage if you’d like more help.

STEP THREE: Look for jobs

Where better to look than our Part-Time Jobs Fair on Thurs 29th September, where we will have a host of local organisations with a range of jobs suitable for students:


Alternatively, there’s a list of local employers on our part-time jobs page, and every Thursday we publish a list of local jobs suitable for students on our Facebook page.

STEP FOUR: Start applying

When you’ve identified a job you’d like to apply for, you can book a 20 minute appointment with one of our employability advisers who will help you make your application stand out from the crowd. Give us a call on 01274 243991 or pop in to Careers in Student Central to arrange this.

STEP FIVE: Nail the interview

Check out our interview advice, and feel free to book a mock interview with one of our advisers (see more about our appointments here) to make sure you’re well prepared to impress that employer.

There you go, it’s pretty straightforward really – follow these steps and utilise our help when you need it and you’ll be on your way to getting that student job.