lobbythis wrote:Why not look for an internship?
darkguy2 wrote:I worked at a grocery store for 2.5 years while in school before I started my co-op. I would say that being a college student is a plus instead of a minus depending on what major you are. So far I have had three interviews in my life. One for my part-time job and two for my co-op. I have gotten offers from all three. It is all about your attitude and the way you approach the job. Also make sure you look nice. While you do not need to wear a suit for a part-time job interview you should still look professional and neat.
While it may be overkill for a part-time job it still good practice for after college. I go to the companies website and see what their core values are. I also look at the job listing and see what they want. For example the store I worked at was all about customer service. So when I sat down for the interview I made sure to talk about how that is important to me. It is also a good idea to learn some professional social skills. If you meet me outside of work then I am a very introverted person who would rather stay in for the weekend then go out. But when I am in a interview and at work I am more confident and social. I landed my current job at a big engineering company because my now boss liked my personality and confidence in my interview. Take a public speaking class if they offer it. It will help you get over some of your fears.
But this only helps you if you can get in front of someone. Depending on the size of your school I am sure there are a lot of businesses around there that hire college students. Look into these stores first. Go online and apply for all of the positions that you meet the requirements for. See if your school has a job board online. If you have contact with someone make sure you always sound professional. Yes sir or yes ma'am. If you fill out anything it needs to be formatted right and not have any typos and blatant grammatical mistakes.
I wish you the best of luck.
lobbythis wrote:You should be able to speak to someone at the university, especially within the department in which you intend to major in. Schools try to offer tons of internship help. My uni even helped me with my resume 100% free of charge.
Being in school is definitely a plus. Maybe not for an employer looking to hire someone full time or to work specific shifts. But, I haven't graduated yet and when someone hears I'm an engineering student through friends, family, acquaintances, etc...most people perk up and ask if I have an internship or am looking for one. I have had to turn down a couple of offers from small business because I don't have the time right now.
Anyways, those simple part-time jobs you are looking at really won't care about your college experience. You are already overqualified honestly. You don't need to ever go to school for those companies you mentioned unless you plan on being an executive and even then, places like Publix simply hire from within. The previous CEO of Publix did not even have a degree.