Student Jobs and Canadian Employers
The questions of "what are good part time jobs?" and "summer Jobs" and "where to look for students jobs?" and "where -not- to look?" have always been on students mind. I'll give you here some tips, real life tips, on how to go about finding your student job.
Students who attend summer school in college may want to find a job to put a little cash in their pockets. While some jobs for students are available on campus, some individuals may choose to venture off campus for positions that could offer better pay. Summer jobs for college students can range from part-time to full-time, with weekend-only or night shifts, and can also include on-call work.
Recommended Sources to find Student Jobs
- School's Websites
- Corporate Website
- Job Boards (Workopolis, Monsters, etc) - look for summer jobs or part time jobs
- Government Websites
Let's get into details, these are the recommendations of students. These tips are very specific so take notes as you read. You will end up with a nice target list to fuel your job search.
“First Year jobs will be hard to find.. you can try the Government ones - like working for Ministry of __
Other than that there are retail jobs scattered about or you can try to find someone you know (family friend) who is hiring which would be your best bet for a decent job”
“University careers page, Workopolis, Monster, Employment News, etc are the usual places. Also, try looking at the job boards on Craigslist Toronto and search for “summer”. There’s a lot of junk there, but occasionally decent positions can be found (esp. from new startups and entrepreneurial ventures that don’t want to spend a lot of money on advertising)."
“School postings are your best bet, or try indeed.ca."
What’s A Good Paying Job For A College Student?
What’s A Good Paying Job For A College Student? That Way It Can Cover Your Needs, Or That Way You Can buy a Car, and Pay Insurance?
Work in The Library as an Assistant
Every college campus has a library, and if you possess excellent customer service skills and love books, then working as a college library assistant may be a good choice for a summer job. “ The primary duties of a library assistant include handling and sorting books and periodicals and assisting individuals with locating and checking out library materials. Other duties may involve managing the use of computers and copy machines within the library. The average pay for a library assistant ranges around $11.00 an hour as of March 2011.
Working Part-time as a Bank Teller
Finding employment as a bank teller can be beneficial to college students who are working towards a financial or accounting degree. Most bank teller jobs will be off-campus; however, some colleges do have on-campus financial institutions which may be interested n hiring a student for the summer. Most bank tellers work part-time, which leaves time for studying if needed. While the pay range for a bank teller may depend on the hours worked and experience level, most bank tellers earn any where from $10.00-$11.00 an hour as of March 2011.
Work as a Computer Tech
College students who are able to help others understand the basic fundamentals of computer operations and programs have a good chance at working in college computer labs as a tech or support specialist. The basis of the job will be answering questions about installation procedures and how to navigate through certain types of software. Working as a computer specialist may be an off-campus opportunity but can typically pay over $20.00 an hour. Computer assistants employed in college computer labs may earn less, around $8.00 an hour; however, the potential pay depends on the level of computer expertise. Both of these pay rates reflect March 2011 conditions.
Work as an Administrative Professional
With an average hourly pay rate that can range from $10.00 to $19.00 (as of March 2011), working as an administrative professional can be a lucrative job for the summer. Many college campuses need individuals who are good at handling clerical tasks such as filing, typing, scheduling meetings, creating reports and dealing with visitors. College students can also find work in the administrative field off campus by searching on major job sites such as Career Builder and browsing the local classifieds. Administrative positions can be part-time or full-time and usually are first shift.
Work as an evening Clerk
Another student offered the following advice: "It depends on what you would consider well-paid. I worked at a law firm as an evening clerk for close to a year and made $10 an hour. They also offered overtime most weekends."
Insert and Deliver Newspapers
I've known several people who worked a few hours a week for the local paper inserting those color sales flyers. It was late-night work, but easy and paid okay. Maybe your local paper has the same need?
Newspapers always want people to deliver the papers. You need a working car and it takes place in the early morning, but the work's hardly what you'd call difficult. I haven't tried this myself, but some of my friends did during high school -- one unexpected bonus is that by 7 AM you're already done, and you can do other things (look for more/different/better jobs?) with the rest of the day.
Work as a Valet
I would recommend Valet. I did it all through College. If you don't have a problem with running and being outside, it's laid back, very flexible with hours, and they don't expect you to be with them forever. I generally made $10 - $15 / hr. Depending on the company setup, you won't have to pay taxes, which makes the job's pay worth considerably more.
Additionally, if you're clean cut and well spoken you can usually get staffed at a nice restraunt or somesuch, which many people I know have used to make contacts with businessmen and such. You might be surprised at what you can tell about a person when you're allowed inside their vehicle.
Finally, shifts generally don't run more than 6 hours, consisting of lunch and dinner shifts. This allows you to either work from 10-11am until 2-3pm, or dinner from 5pm until 10-12pm. You can make your own hours up till 1-2 weeks in advance, and if you need time off on short notice, they generally won't care as long as you get a live body there.
Work in Data Entry Projects
Find something freelance on Elance- data entry projects can pay well.
If you have a vehicle you could deliver pizza.
I did this for years while I was a student and it was a great deal.
I would work a friday night, 5 until midnight or 1am, and leave with $120+ cash in my pocket. 2 or 3 shifts a week and I had plenty of money. Different places will have different methods of payment but you should be able to find one that pays cash daily.
Work in a Video Store
I worked at a video store for three years and enjoyed that.
My brother worked as one of those cash takers/ticket stampers at a not-too-busy parking lot. He's ivy-educated, and said it was one of the best jobs he ever had because he got to sit in an air-conditioned box and read most of the day. Completely mindless and stress-free.
Then again, my brother is a bit of a slacker, and I can't imagine it paid more than 8 or 9 bucks an hour, tops.
I worked as an evening receptionist in a spa one summer and really liked that. Very laid back, calm atmosphere. Paid pretty well too.
Work as a Translator
If you speak another language, foreign language tutoring is a good way to make occasional, easy cash.
Work as a Substitute Teacher
Substitute teaching and indie video store were my 2 favorite low-impact jobs.
Work in Tech Suport
I found tech support for a local ISP to be quite enjoyable - although not sure how low-key that is nowadays
Work in advertising and product feedback
I made money in school as a paid subject for advertising and product feedback. Get $100 to go in, listen to three different commercials and tell them which one you liked and why. Also had product tasting. One was for beer. Got $100 and all the beer I wanted to drink in an hour.
I found the job in the school paper and have seen it listed in a Penny Saver type publication.
Work as an Art Model
Art school model. good money just to stand there. although some times without clothes. some schools do not allow nude models and you can just wear a one-piece swimsuit.
Go work for UPS or FedEx
Work in a Grocery Store
I worked part time at a grocery store
Work in Coffee Shops
Indie coffee shop work is great. You get to wear what you want, listen to whatever music you want, and often choose (more or less) your own commitment level. If you only want two shifts a week, often they're cool with that. If you have any people skills at all and are willing to try to remember faces and drinks, you can get reasonable tips. Not to mention the laid back, friendly atmosphere I enjoy at the coffee shops I frequent.
Help-desk work can also be very low stress. Many large organizations have dedicated IT departments. These departments employ individuals whose main job is to sit by a phone til someone calls. Plenty of time to relax with the added bonus of feeling like you accomplished something when you solve a problem.
My biggest recommendation for this kind of work is to not get yourself into anything too big. Be very clear about the expectations and your own wants/needs from the work before you accept a position.
Work for a Dry Cleaner
I wound up working for a dry cleaner. It suit my utter lack of ambition quite well. The essential functions of my job are mindless, repetive tasks that leave my brain free to wander where it pleases.
My manager sees more turnover than a pastry chef, so my planned three-month tenure seems heroic in comparison to my coworkers. The pay is pretty meager, but I can hardly complain, as the most difficult part of my day is the commute.
Work for Temp Agencies
Ditto the temp agencies. I temp'd during all my college breaks. Though I knew how to type, I didn't want anything that strenuous. (And I got the impression the pool of temp candidates weren't stellar -- the temp agency woman was blown away with my spelling and grammar test results).
After one assignment, it was determined that I was "good" at answering telephones. So all I did was answer phones...for $10 to $15/hour, in beautiful air-conditioned offices, and read books and write in my journal.