Tips for landing the perfect student job

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 15, 2022 1:00 p.m.

Job searching can be tough, but don’t worry, Student Employment Services is here to help!
Job searching can be tough, but don’t worry, Student Employment Services is here to help! Photo: Adobe Stock.

Job hunting can be a stressful process at times, so we sat down with Student Employment Services to get some tips that will make it easy for students like you to land the right job.

Know where to look

A common misconception students have while job searching is that there simply aren’t enough jobs being posted.

While the amount of postings can fluctuate from year to year or season to season, Kevin Fiessel from Advising and Career Education (ACE) says that currently there is no shortage of opportunities for students – you just need to know where to look.

“Right now we’re seeing very strong numbers for part-time, full-time, and seasonal position postings,” said Fiessel. “So if you’re still looking for a summer job, you’ll find one.”

There are plenty of online job boards out there, but not all positions are widely advertised, so be sure to check as many job boards as possible.

Lucky for you, Student Employment Services saved you some trouble and has put together listings of job boards and organizations that offer short-term work (i.e., summer, term, student, part-time, casual) in one convenient location.

Another option is to go directly to the source by checking company websites or reaching out to them to see if there are any open positions.

Even if they’re not hiring at the time, many organizations will accept resumes for future positions should one become available, so don’t be surprised if you get a call back out of the blue!

Take advantage of free workshops for U of R students

Career Counsellor Susan McKay, and the team at Student Employment Services, offer a variety of tools and resources including free weekly workshops focused on a variety of job-related topics such as resume writing, job searching, and preparing for interviews.

Each career workshop focuses on the questions of the students in attendance and introduces helpful strategies, skills, and resources to help students throughout the entire job searching journey.

“Susan’s workshops are an incredible resource that every student should be taking advantage of,” said Fiessel. “The lessons you’ll learn aren’t only useful for getting work as a student, but they’ll stay with you and help you find a career after graduation too.”

July workshops are now open for registration, so visit the Monthly Career Sessions Schedule to sign-up for upcoming sessions.

Chair that stands out from other chairs

Customizing your resume is great to way to stand out from the other applicants. Photo: Adobe Stock.

Customize your resume

Instead of using one master resume for all your job applications, you should be customizing your resume and making it specific to the job you are applying for.

The majority of the information may stay the same, but you can tweak your resume to highlight certain related skills/knowledge, personal traits, or work/volunteer experiences that would be an asset to the position you’re applying for.

“If you develop a resume that directly addresses the specific requirements of the job posting, that can really help to get you noticed and set you apart from the rest of the applicants,” said McKay. “Going over past course descriptions is great reminder of some of the specialized knowledge and skills you have acquired as a student.”

More tips on resume writing are covered in the Customizing Resumes Career Session.

Be your own hype man/woman

As a U of R student, you have unique strengths and abilities that you can bring to the table.

You have proven yourself to be a strong and capable learner who can work well with others, which is exactly what employers are looking for, so make sure those qualities shine through in your cover letters, resume, and interviews.

Be confident, but stay humble. Good luck!