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How to find Best Student Work Opportunities

Most college and high school students need to work for a variety of reasons, though they are usually saving for tuition or travel and they need to get relevant work experience before graduation. Students need to find the best jobs that suit their schedules and they want to find work that is career-relevant or offers opportunities for promotion.

Students Use Networking to Find Work

To find work, students often use readily available classified ads or posters on their campus. Networking is actually far more effective. Opportunities provided by family and friends can offer jobs with small businesses, internships and summer jobs. Students can also use their network to determine if the job is suitable for them.

Students should use their close connections to network for positions since they already have an “in” with their friends and family. With their sometimes limited work experience, students are usually unaware of recruitment incentive programs offered by employers. A recruitment incentive is a program where an employer offers a finder’s fee or a gift, like a gift card, to find a suitable employee for a position. These types of programs are common in the health services industry, to find nurses and doctors, but many different types of employers will offer them. A recommendation from a friend could lead to a cash bonus for that friend if the student is hired and works for the employer for a certain amount of time, usually six months.

Some employers have also asked their current student hires or interns to recommend friends or post current job opportunities on their Facebook feed so they can get the word out among their friends and other students about relevant positions. This method of direct advertising can save an employer money, get their job posting to eligible applicants and the person who posted the job opportunity may also serve as a screen to recommend the best candidates.

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Best Places to Work Lists

Students often turn to the Internet to find work and spend hours searching on major job boards but their searches rarely turn up enticing – both flexible and well paid – jobs for students. A student determined to use the Internet to find work could also use “Best Places to Work” lists, such as those offered by Fortune Magazine.

The Best Places to Work list from Fortune offers a brief summary of the work environment and its programs, provides links to the company and they have also added a new feature: people can post information about the company directly on the listing. Not all of the postings are flattering to the company, though some employees and clients do write factual posts about the work environment that a student could use to research the company. A student could use the information provided on the list to research the organization prior to an interview and to answer all important interview questions, such as tell us what you know about our company? Or tell us how you will fit in our company?

A Best Places to Work list will also note the benefits, provide information about scholarships or internship postings and provide information about staff development incentives. This information is highly relevant to both college and high school students, especially if they are looking for a long term position, or a position after graduation. In addition, most of the Best Places to Work offer positions across the country, so, for example, a student who works for an employer while in high school in Indiana may be able to transfer to a new position within the same company when she goes to college in California.

Some of the Best Places to Work for students could include Starbucks, Wegmans and Home Depot, for different reasons. Starbucks offers a wide range of shifts that could work with a students’ study schedule, as well as benefits like stock options and a benefit plan. Wegmans offers a paid work experience program for high school students, provided that they are partnered with the high school. For students in the military, Home Depot has hiring programs for veterans and offers managerial opportunities in retail after graduation. These three corporations are also well known for their community connections and corporate giving programs.

Though most Best Places to Work lists do not specifically mention programs to hire students, interns or co-op students–and this would be a good measure for the list creators to add–using these lists can help research the best employers for permanent positions after graduation. Many employers also state that they have hired previous interns and summer workers for full time positions after graduation.

Finding Student Jobs at the Campus Career Center

Most high schools do not have a well developed career center, though they may have a work experience program. Almost all colleges offer some sort of campus career center that provides career counseling as well as job opportunities. For students, especially students with limited work experience, the career center’s job listings provide access to employers that want to hire students and who may be willing to overlook limited work experience in order to help a student. Career fairs and other employer events are just one way students can look for a wide range of positions.

Students should explore more job listings than online classified ads to look for work that is flexible, provides money for tuition, and offers relevant training that future employers will recognize and respect.

There are lots of opportunities and the only thing required is to find the right opportunity that perfectly suits as a student.

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