A Little Jingle in Your Pocket.
How many times have you heard, “finding a job is hard”? In a sense it is, in another sense, it is one of the easiest things to do. All depending on how you go about it, finding a job especially a part time job can be a phone call away. I hear a lot of people complain about how they cannot find a job, and how they do not have any money for things. Unless you have a disability of some sort, there really is no excuse why a person should not have a job. College students around the world have perfected the broke lifestyle, living on Ramen Noodles and Red Bull’s has become an epidemic. But is there really any need to live like that for what are supposed to be the best years of your life? No way, not for me anyway, students should be able to get their schoolwork done and blow off a little steam. Not binge drinking like many students blow their weekly allowance on, more like paying for a nice meal or a camping trip one weekend.
With so many ways to have some spending money, I feel there is not someone to tell you all of these things. Myself having two jobs, a full time student and maintaining a 3.0 GPA I wish someone was there to tell me these things when I first got to SFA.
Here are some ways for students to solve this poor college kid epidemic.
I feel this is the most important to get past. In a recent poll taken by myself, the results read that this is 90% of the problem in finding a job for college students. Getting past your laziness will not only help you land a job but to help your grades as well. Start by setting a routine for yourself, class, gym, study, apply. Apply being applying for jobs, talk to your friends, family or even professors about finding a job. You will be surprised how well your initiative is appreciated by people.
Someone is always watching, going out and getting inebriated at a bar will not help your image one bit. If you haven’t noticed image means a lot to society, if you don’t think that future employers are already looking at you, think again. If you wake up in the morning regretting something you did the night before because of alcohol or something else, chances are someone witnessed that. Sure you may have never met these people, but you have no idea who they are, or if you will cross paths in the future.
Again, someone is always watching, this time at a much wider scale. Instead of a paper trail, lets call it a cyber trail. Anything you decide to share with the free world is your decision but like I said above someone is always going to see what you post. Whether it be your family, teachers or future employers you are now advertising yourself to a huge crowd. Its not too late to change this especially on Facebook or Twitter. Start by going through your photos and delete anything that you think would represent you in a detrimental way, as well as posts.
Dress for the job you want, when you’re at home its fine to look like a bum, but when you’re in public its best to not look like Honey Boo Boo’s mother. Know the differences between business casual and business professional. A clean haircut and shave could be the difference between getting the job and not. And ladies, the less promiscuous the better, you do not have to dress like a nun but it is important to not be suggestive for people to get the wrong idea. When people see that you take care of yourself, they will lead to the conclusion that you are organized and take pride in what you do in life.
Talk more, take COM 111here at SFA, it is required for most majors anyway. The better you can speak to others the better you will be in interviews. Having confidence while speaking will improve your life tremendously. Also remember to be respectful, some people have a way of talking themselves into holes. Especially here in the south, yes sir, no sir goes a long way.
There are so many ways to live financially comfortable as a student, it doesn’t have to be a job. It could be grants, loans, or scholarships, even the smallest scholarship can help out with books, rent or even all the fun things you want to do.
This is literally free money, how good does that sound? Some require an essay or some sort of test, others can depend on how much your parents make a year. Go back to the laziness section of this editorial if you don’t want free money, and stay there.
There are many websites to find grants and scholarships, this one is highly recommended. You can find a grant or scholarship for just about anything on there.
Jobs on campus
There are hundreds of jobs across campus up for grabs at the drop of a hat. Most of them will be some sort of secretary work or filing for a department, but there are some really fun ones. Athletics has some great part time jobs that have hourly pay as well as a scholarship to go with it. For sports fans this is a perfect job to have, getting paid to be apart of what you love. The best thing about jobs on campus is there availability; many students think these jobs are untouchable. Myself, having two on campus jobs am proof that these jobs are not impossible to attain. You can search for positions and apply online by following these steps.
-Go to sfasu.edu
-Click A-Z List
-Scroll to Student Employment
-And follow the instructions to set up an application
Hopefully this well help students get up, get out, and get on the job hunt.