On the RUC job and project portal, you can create a profile with or without a CV and then search for all the current jobs available on the portal. If you fill out your profile, the portal can match you with relevant postings.
What is a relevant student job?
Many students want a relevant student job. But when is a student job relevant? In a student job, there are a lot of different kinds of tasks and assignments that need to be solved. To some degree these tasks can be relevant for your studies. And just like jobs differ from each other so do people. So even though you study the same as another student, it is not certain that the same job would be relevant for both of you. That is why we say that all jobs are relevant student jobs.
Student job and competencies
A student job gives both academic and general competences. The academic competences are typically those you think of when you hear the word "student job." These range from writing letters to citizens, working with Facebook or maybe counselling customers. The general competences are social and personal competences which you achieve by being in a workplace, examples of competences are that you are responsible, service-minded, organized or is good at keeping deadlines. If you do not get your dream student job in the first round, another student job might give you some general competences that you can use in your future career and profile of competences.
CV and a targeted application
Your CV shows your academic profile and your competencies. If you want to know more about the structure of the CV, you can read more here.
The key word for your application is future. In the application you need to demonstrate and argue how you can contribute to make a difference for the company in the future. Therefore, you cannot use only one application for all jobs – you must target your application to the individual company and their matters of concern.
When you target your application, it is important that you know the company. Therefore, you need to look for information about the company. Here, you can use LinkedIn, the website of the company and/or call the company to get more information about the job. You can also use other resources, like contacting somebody you know who works there and ask about the values, mission, and tasks of the company. Read more about on how to work on your application here.
3 ways to search for a student job
Job through network
Do you know somebody who works for an exciting company? Then maybe, they can recommend you to their workplace and this can be your way into a job.
Also, tell people in your network that you are looking for a student job. In this way, you make them aware of your situation and if they hear about something they will have you on their mind. Read more about networking here.
Unsolicited job application
An obvious advantage by applying unsolicited is that you are not competing with that many others about the same job. But applying unsolicited also set some demands to you to be very clear about what you specifically can offer the company. Therefore, it is even more important that you do a thoroughly research of the company. For example, talk with others who work in the company as student workers or others who know the company. Or use the company’s website and social media as a starting point to uncover the company’s needs.
Job through job banks
Many find their job through a job bank. Typically, it is easier because the company has written a job advert that you can relate to. But remember, the job advert and what it says is not always what the company actually needs. Therefore, it is still important that you do some research about the company.
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