I believe that University is not only a place to succeed academically; it is also a great place to develop valuable life skills. Here are my tips on finding a part-time job:
I have been to the Careers Service (388 Glossop Road) several times. Every time I go there I receive smiles and valuable information, and the Careers Advisers are quite friendly and kind. When you are waiting, you can sit on comfortable seats and read job-related information (e.g. flyers, books and leaflets). I have booked twice for a CV review by telephone. Before I went there, I thought my CV would be OK as it was revised by my teachers in China. However, from the first time being there, I started to realise that there were some differences only native speakers could notice e.g. spelling choice between British and American English. We always mix using them whereas, in fact, we should keep using one spelling throughout the CV. On top of that, the Adviser introduced me to several CV terms or expressions which are quite natural but that I seldom find in China. Thirdly, I found there are many templates for CVs and covering letters on the Careers Service website which will guide us in the correct way. Thanks to the Careers Service, I found my first part-time job in the UK.
● How to find a part-time job
There are plenty of ways to find a part-time job. The most efficient one is definitely myVacancies which can be accessed via MUSE. Similarly, the Student Jobshop is also worth visiting as you will find the latest recruitment information and job-related notices (e.g. arrangements for getting a National Insurance Number). My university in China is quite good at offering job search help to students, but compared with the University of Sheffield, I would say the service in Sheffield is more considerate and thoughtful. We can receive all kinds of services from the very beginning – CV reviews, lectures by experienced advisers or employers, and help with finding a job at the end of our degrees.
●National Insurance Number
I was told that it’s better to obtain one, although it is not compulsory to have a number before starting work. I find that a lot of employers will ask for your National Insurance Number in their application forms. I have made an appointment via the Student Jobshop and I’m waiting to register for my National Insurance Number.
The University provides a comprehensive service in assisting us in job hunting; it is advisable to make full use of it!
Dingshou (a Student Blogger)