Q: I’m a 21 year old student who currently attends Bunker Hill. Next semester (Fall), I will be finish with an associate’s degree in Information Technology in the networking path.
Currently, I am looking for a part-time job that can enhance my career for the future. It seems that the majority of part-time jobs require some form of qualification as well as years of experience in the particular field. I don’t meet those qualifications because the jobs I did in the past and mostly teenage high school jobs such as day care, library assistant, etc. I’ve even tried applying to jobs like CVS, Home Depot, etc, and can’t find something.
Can you provide me with some advice on getting a part time job while in school? I’m currently working on getting CompTIA A+ certified.
A: Good for you in nearing the completion of your associate’s degree. You are entering a field with solid job prospects.
Since you are a current student, career resources should be close by. Your career services office should be the first stop. Your career services office likely has relationships with local employers looking to tap into the student population for both part-time a full time employment. Make sure the career services office knows you by name. If they receive an IT (information technology) posting from a local employer, you want them to think of you immediately.
Develop a resume which includes your work experience. Highlight any career-related work experiences in the summary at the top.
Let family, friends and former colleagues know you are looking for a job in the IT field. Your current connections are often a good source of job prospects, now and in the future.
Familiarize yourself with online tools like LinkedIn, Twitter and the job boards. Build a profile on LinkedIn and begin to add contacts. Join relevant groups on LinkedIn.
You will likely find a job through your career services office or through someone you know. It is important you communicate your search for a job to your family, friends and others. If you have positive relationships with those the IT field, these relationships could be particularly valuable in your search.
Never say no if one of your contacts suggests that you meet someone. Even if you think the contact may not be a good one. They may be valuable to you in the future or their network of contacts could be valuable to your search.
Lastly, be open to temporary or contract roles. They can sometimes help add valuable experience to your background.