Which student jobs are best for résumé building?
Goal: Working with the public
In store, online or in a car, jobs where you have to deal directly with the public can teach you invaluable lessons about customer behaviour, pitching, selling, and the world in general. Find a retail job in a shop, handle sales or marketing online or over the phone, or enjoy the freedom of driving with our great partner Uber/Uber Eats – these are student jobs that can teach you how to connect with people.
Goal: An office job
Regardless of whether you have a particular job title in mind, if you plan to eventually work in an office, it is good to have some experience beforehand. Some companies need part-time receptionists for evenings/weekends and are open to hiring someone in high school or university. For full-time work, look for coordinator positions, temp jobs, assistants, trainees, and internships. These jobs can help you get the references you’ll need down the line, and working in an office can help you start to build an appropriate wardrobe and gain valuable experience at the same time.
Goal: Lawyer, doctor or another profession
If you want to be a professional, start working within your chosen profession now. For example, if you want to be a lawyer, apply for a job at a law firm. Include a cover letter detailing why you want to work there and what your goals are. If you want to be a doctor, work as closely with doctors as you can. Apply to hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, pharmaceutical companies – anything that will let you deal with doctors in a professional capacity. Seeing what they do day to day, and experiencing the environment they work in can help you determine if this is really what you want to do. If you do decide that a profession is worth the investment and commitment it takes, the experience you earn now will help you move into more advanced jobs in the field later on.
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Goal: Low debt now, decide later
If you are unsure about what you want to do as a career, summer work is a good opportunity to sample several different options. You can be a bartender on the weekends, which allows you to connect with a wide variety of people and ask them about their work (as well as hone your own social skills and make valuable connections). Again, Uber/Uber Eats is also a great way to earn money, set your own schedule and meet people. You can also find an office job during the week to see if that type of environment suits you.
If you are lucky enough to have options, be picky, and opt for the job that will help you build your network and look great on your resume.