How to Find a Back to School Job

Tips and Advice for Finding a Fall Job

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School is back in session or will be soon for high school and college students. This is good news for job seekers seeking employment. For those that live in college towns, employers will be ramping up their hiring as students return to campus.

For those that live outside of the college areas, many summer employees are headed back to school and will have to leave their seasonal job, which may mean more job openings.

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 great insider tips to help get you hired.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for that back-to-school job from Kim Costa, Snagajob Job Search Coach.

How to Find a Back to School Job

Be proactive. Chances are 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.

You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity while waiting to hear back on something that may or may not happen.

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 a job on campus that is a great fit for your busy fall schedule.

Or, your guidance counselor may 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.

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 day cares and back to school programs.

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.

Be persistent. 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!

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