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Should You Hold a Job While Studying?

There are many arguments, both pro and con, regarding holding a job while going to school. Below, several of the advantages and disadvantages are examined in detail.

Some advantages to working while studying:

  • You’ll gain experience in the real world, maybe even in your field of study if you get a paid internship as a job. Interns are frequently hired by the company after graduation.
  • You may not have to borrow as much in student loans if you work while attending college, so you’ll have less of a loan debt after graduating. Some students who work are able to avoid student loans completely.
  • You’ll have extra spending money for eating, going out, socializing, or getting new clothes. You’ll also have more money if something unexpected happens, such as a major car repair or a rent increase.
  • You’ll seem more mature and responsible if you are able to show on your resume that you worked during college. It could help you land your dream job.

Of course, there are also some disadvantages to working while studying:

  • You might not be able to take as many credits per term, so it could take longer to graduate. Some students work full-time and go to school part-time.
  • If your classes are extremely challenging, you won’t have as much time to study. Your grades might be lower than if you were able to put all of your time into your classes.
  • You can focus completely on your courses, which might be less stressful than working while studying. You’ll have more leisure time and won’t feel like you’re spread too thin.

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

The list of advantages is somewhat longer than the disadvantages. In most cases, working at least part-time while attending school is beneficial. With the costs of tuition and books increasing every year, working can make a noticeable difference in the amount of student loan debt at graduation. Additionally, anything that can increase a new graduate’s likelihood of finding a job is almost a necessity in the current tough economy. Having the self-discipline to hold down a job and keep up with you class work is a good training for the corporate world, and the majority of the people looking at your resume will be impressed.

Do You Have a Summer Job?

Have you secured employment for the summer between school terms? This would be an ideal time to start thinking about what you want to do for a summer job.

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

If you are only in high school, your options will be somewhat limited, since many places of employment only hire those over 18. Mostly they don’t hire anyone under 16, so if you are only a freshman in high school, you will probably have to try something like a paper route or babysitting. Another good option is trying to do odd jobs around the neighborhood. People are always looking for others to mow and water lawns and do similar jobs. If you bring enthusiasm and diligence to this venture, it will not be difficult for you to find a few clients willing to pay you for your services.

If you are an older high school student, then you will have many more options available to you. The easiest possibilities are retail and fast food. These places are constantly hiring, and they are happy to accept high school students. These types of jobs are a great way to build your resume. You need to start somewhere in order to create a work history, and that is as good a place as any for a high school student. Many of these types of jobs offer scholarship and advancement opportunities for those who are hard workers. This will be an opportunity to distinguish yourself while earning some money to put into savings.

Another possibility is working at an amusement park or beach. You could be a ride attendant or a lifeguard. Being a ride attendant or working the concession stand takes less training, but if you go through the effort to become a lifeguard, you will have valuable emergency certification that will be of great use to you in the future, especially if you are interested in jobs that require such training. If nothing else, you will know what to do if you see an emergency happen in front of you.

Once you are in college, you will have many more options open to you. At this point, you will want to start looking into work that reflects your chosen field of study if at all possible. You will be able to draw from your previous work experiences in order to create your resume, and you should also include any relevant experience that you have from college. For instance, if you are going into journalism and want to secure an internship position at the local newspaper, make sure to mention the fact that you wrote for the college newspaper or helped edit the college literary magazine. These types of activities will help you to appear like an enticing employee to potential bosses.

Whatever type of job you decide to look for, make sure that you put some effort into the search and into presenting yourself in as positive light as possible. You have a lot to offer the world, so make sure that your potential employer knows it.

Out of Work But Staying a Strong Candidate

Many people are currently out of work due to downsizing, job closings and business reconstructions. Despite this, there are many job positions still available in the job market. In competitive times such as this, it is extremely important for the job seeker to remain a strong candidate in the eyes of prospective employers. One must continuously make the very best efforts to seek new positions and market his or her talents. The following are tips on how a person can stay a strong candidate while out of work:

Seek Employment Daily

In order to stay on the employment radar, a job seeker must put continuous efforts into seeking employment. A passive job seeker will not stay fresh in employers’ minds because there are hundreds of thousands of people filling out applications every day. Job seekers must be proactive and complete employment applications online and in person at every place possible.

Apply More Than Once

Many large businesses have a short-term application life period. A job seeker’s application can become inactive in 30-60 days. A great way for a person to remain a strong candidate is to reapply after the application period expires. This not only shows persistence, but it also keeps that person’s name fresh in the employer’s database.

Join Career Websites

Career websites often have access to positions that are not available elsewhere. Additionally, many of these sites offer networking services. One employer may not have interest in a candidate, but it may still forward that applicant’s information to another employer. A good practice for an active job seeker is to join as many career websites as possible.

Visit Local Unemployment Office

The local unemployment office offers a wide variety of services including use of computers and job connection tools. Job counselors are also available to help people make smart employment decisions. Anyone who is out of work can take advantage of these services. The goal of the unemployment office is to return workers to the job market.

Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

ANONYMOUS

Update Resume

Updating one’s resume is the most important aspect of success for obtaining employment. Again, there are many people competing for job positions. Having the best resume possible increases a person’s chances of being hired.

Professional resume services can help a job seeker to create the perfect piece that will peak an employer’s interest. A good resume will state that person’s talents and experience. It will also have proper formatting and wording. The style of one’s resume can often catch an employer’s eye as well. A job seeker will want to submit something that has a special flair and stands out from the rest of the resumes.

A job seeker’s best bet is to gain access to resume services. He or she will need to choose the correct template, format, time line and wording. A person’s resume is the first thing an employer looks at. In order to remain in any employer’s mind, the applicant’s resume must be spectacular.

Investing in Mom Power

Stay-at-home moms might not have as much business experience to put on a resume as they would like, but they can list plenty of practical experience based on their work raising their children. A mom has to handle raising kids, keeping the house clean, cooking for the family, and all of the other little tasks that keep everyone’s life running smoothly day in and day out. When a mom is ready to get back out into the business world, she can use the work she has done at home to enhance her resume.

Specialized Skills

Being at home with the children gives a mom the opportunity to pursue interests that she might not have looked into if she were working full time away from home. A mom who spends several hours each day communicating through social networking websites can list that on a resume as computer literacy. She is probably also a fast and accurate typist, which can help with some potential jobs outside her home. Any special hobbies that a mom enjoys could translate into marketable skills depending on the kind of job she is looking for.

Expert at Multi-Tasking

A mother’s work is rarely linear. Most moms have to deal with several jobs at the same time. A mom who is looking for work could comfortably list multi-tasking as one of the many skills she has picked up by working in her house. If a mom can handle cooking dinner, helping with homework, talking on the phone, and keeping the dog out of the trash can all at the same time there is a good chance she can handle several phone lines at once when she is sitting at a busy desk.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

THOMAS EDISON

Communication and Negotiation Practice

An important part of being a parent is knowing how to say what needs to be said in such a way that it gets through to the kids. In a household with more than one child, negotiation skills are vital to keeping the peace. A mom develops good communication skills as soon as her child begins to talk. She continues to hone those skills as the child grows, with the greatest challenges coming as the kids reach their teenage years. It is perfectly fine to list those hard-won communication skills in a resume. Sometimes real-life experience is more complex than the negotiations that might come up in a business setting.

Home Organization Translates to the Workplace

A big part of being a mother is keeping track of everyone’s schedule. A mom has to make sure all the kids get to their appointments on time, the pantry is stocked appropriately, and so on. The organization skills that are necessary at home are the same organization skills needed in the workplace. A good resume should include the practical organization and attention to detail that a mother develops them as part of her everyday life. Employers are always looking for someone who can manage time efficiently and be productive. Being a mom is excellent training for the workplace.

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