Where can I look for part time work?
This is only available to Lancaster students and graduates and can by used to look for part time work whilst studying and then for graduate opportunities. You can access the site using your Lancaster student ID and password.
The site has the following features
- Tailored job search for full and part-time opportunities
- Details of further study options
- Ability to submit careers questions online using the ‘My queries’ function
- Online booking facility for Careers appointments
- Check availability of Careers drop-in sessions
- Details of Employer and Careers events and workshops
- View profiles for graduate employers
- Option to set your own profile and preferences
Why should I study and gain work experience?
As a student you may have to work part time because of your financial situation. Working part time can often make the difference between existing and enjoying life at University.
You will also find that in the present economic climate employers are looking for students than can offer more than just a degree to their organisation. These days you need to be able to demonstrate that you have gained other valuable skills such as being a team player, a problem solver and a good communicator. All of these skills can be gained by participating in voluntary work, work experience or a paid part time job.
For instance, working in a local restaurant doesn’t just mean you have been a waiter or waitress! You can show you have developed customer service skills, communication skills, worked as part of a team, flexibilty and had the ability to balance academic demands with part time work and extra curricular activities.
Check out the your transferable skills – what you need and what you have already achieved on Prospects (the UK’s official graduate website)
What kind of application should I submit?
No doubt you have thought about creating a CV for yourself. During the academic year you will be able to add to your CV with your various achievements and interests and it will become a valuable document in your quest to get a graduate position. For this type of CV Careers can offer a great deal of assistance and advice. They provide workshops for CVs, Interviews, Assessment Centres and many others.
To apply for part time employment you do not have to submit an in-depth CV. A brief covering letter of what you are applying for and how you are suitable for the position is often enough. CVs for part time work can mention your previous work experience and interests but doesn’t always have to go into great detail about your academic achievements to date.
If you are applying for a part time vacancy, generally an employer is interested in what previous practical experience you have had and the type of skills you have to offer. It’s worth mentioning any interests that show you can be a good team member and any past experience you might have had that relates loosely to what you may need to do if you were successfully appointed.
You must bear in mind that in the Lancaster area there is not an abundance of part time opportunities so submitting an application of a high standard is very important. Competition for a position will be very high.
Some employers will ask you to complete an application form only.
Most application forms give you the opportunity to submit relevant information about yourself. Some application forms come with a ‘job description’ and a ‘person specification’. A job description will outline the different duties and tasks that you would be expected to do whilst carrying out the work. A person specification breaks down the different skills that the employer is looking for and usually indicates which skills are ‘essential’ and which skills are ‘desirable’.
- Include as much information as possible from the items on these lists into the statement about what you can do
- Provide information about how you gained the required experiences as evidence that you have the skills
- If you do not have any previous work experience talk about your other interests and hobbies and relate them to the role
- Do not make information up or exaggerate your skills!
- Submit details of a person that will be a referee for you (check with them first)
- If you haven’t got a referee from a previous employer you could ask someone who knows you from your department and put them down (again check with them first).
This will make your application stronger and should make you a firm candidate.
Helpful hints when looking for part time work in the area
Whilst the TARGETconnect site promotes many local opportunities, not all employers use the service. You will find part time vacancies advertised in the local weekly newspaper: The Lancaster Guardian, this comes out every Thursday.
You can also search locally for vacancies using the Direct Gov website. You can carry out a search for part time vacancies using a local postcode i.e. LA1 4YA.
Once you have settled in it may be worth going into the town centre and checking the local shops, bars and restaurants for vacancies. Many of them place ‘Staff Wanted’ adverts in their windows, and you can apply directly to them. You could take a brief CV with you to hand in to any businesses that you feel you would like to work for. If they are not currently recruiting you could leave a copy with them along with your contact details, for them to consider in the future.
There are a number of local employment agencies in Lancaster. To get a comprehensive list of these check out www.yell.com and search for ‘employment agencies’ located in ‘Lancaster’.
Do not be disheartened if you cannot find a part time job instantly. Not having a job will give you the chance to get used to your academic work load and you will be able to work out exactly how much ‘free time’ you can afford to spend ‘working’ without it interfering with your studies.
Please bear in mind that if you want to work for LUSU, recruitment for many of our positions takes place during the early part of the Summer Term. Check out the TARGETconnect webpage and keep an eye on Squeak around that time rather than at the start of the academic year. LUSU has an easy to use online application form system.
Information for employers
We can you a free of charge, fast and effective way to advertise your part time, casual and short notice vacancies.
We offer employers and Lancaster students a year round service, advertising part time and temporary vacancies through term time along with seasonal full time opportunities.
- Display your vacancy on the TARGETconnect website
- Offer you a workforce with a flexible approach, willing and able to work at times that may be unattractive to others, often at very short notice
- Offer you access to students with valuable skills and experience in many specialist areas such as IT and languages, who can bring new ideas to your business
Additional Services on offer include:
- Application form distribution
- A holding service for completed application forms which can then be collected by you after the closing date.