College students are almost always broke. There is no shortage of media that depicts college students as surviving on ramen and fast food, at the expensive of their health, all because they only have a few dollars to their name.
Luckily, there are many ways and avenues in which to search for a job while in college.
The first and often easiest place to look for a job is online. Job boards like Snagajob.com and Indeed.com are great for this. Snagajob has filters in which you can search for jobs based your availability (part-time and full-time) and even the time of year (seasonal and summer).
Indeed.com allows you to search by terms, such as retail or cashier, and location as well.
2. Your school’s website
Many schools have a website dedicated to on- and off-campus job listings. Make sure you know the difference between institutional jobs, which are jobs that any student can have, and work-study jobs, which are based on your eligibility through FAFSA.
Also, check with your school to see how many credit hours you have to take in order to have a job on campus, how many hours you’re allowed to work a week, and the qualifications needed for the job you’re interested in.
If you’re looking at an off-campus job, make sure they’re aware of your school schedule, so working won’t interfere with your studies.
3. Around campus
Some schools have dedicated job boards located in the student union. Try stopping by one of these to see if there are any job flyers tacked on.
In addition to job boards, oftentimes, flyers for jobs are just hanging on poles and walls around campus. Take a short or long walk around campus to see if you can spot any.
4. In person
Sometimes finding a job isn’t as easy as going online or looking around campus.
You might have to get into your car or catch the bus and go from place to place and ask about job openings.
Head to a store and ask for either the manager or whoever is in charge of hiring. If you’re going to try and apply for a job in person, make sure you’re dressed decently. While you don’t exactly have to wear a suit and a tie, a nice pair of pants or a button-down shirt could make all the difference to a manager.
It’s never too early to start networking. Ask friends who currently have jobs if the place they’re working at is hiring. If so, ask them to put in a good word for you. If your friends are good workers and their employer values their word, that will bode well for you.
While having extra money in college is good, you should also make sure you know how to manage your time well. If you’re working too many hours at your job and don’t spend enough hours studying and doing your homework, your grades might suffer.
Tandra Smith is a journalism major at Georgia Southern University and an avid news junkie. When she’s not consuming as much news as she can, she is attempting to watch something from her infinitely growing My List on Netflix. Sarcasm is one her greatest joys in life.