Getting a Part Time Job
Getting a part-time job or holiday job can be a great way to earn some extra cash and get some experience of the world of work. It can also be a good way to develop your skills and confidence and to test out your career ideas. Having a part-time job always looks good on CVs and application forms.
You must be aged at least 13 before you can get paid part-time work. If you’re under 16 there are various rules and regulations about the jobs you can do and the hours you can work. Your employer will need to get a work permit for you before you start your job. You can find out more about the rules and regulations and work permits here.
If you’re under 18 but over the school leaving age you’re classified as a young worker. There are a different set of employment rights and regulations for young workers. You can find out more about this by following this link.
Think about where you’d like to work then target those places with your CV or a speculative letter. You could also:
- Look on notice boards in local shops and newsagents
- Walk round your local high street and shopping centres, jobs are often advertised in shop windows
- Look in the vacancy section of your local paper
- Call into shops, cafes and other places you’d like to work to ask about possible vacancies
- Ask family and friends to look out for vacancies at their places of work
No matter how tempting the money is it’s important that your school or college work stays your top priority. Don’t over burden yourself by taking on more hours than you can handle.