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Top Eleven Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Top Eleven Part-Time Jobs for College Students

College students are frequently strapped for cash. Unfortunately, they are also frequently underemployed. In a down economy younger workers are always hit the hardest. This means that college students need to be very proactive in their job search. Signing up for a college-specific job search website like Search Student Jobs is one way to do this. Another way is to understand what the best part-time jobs are for college students. This will maximize your search efforts by focusing your attention on the jobs that best match a college student’s lifestyle.

Here are the top eleven part-time jobs that can put a little cash in the pocket of any college student:

1. Tutor

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    You got into college. That means you have the knowledge of how to succeed academically. You also probably have a certain subject at which you excel. This could be math, history, science, or a programming language. You can leverage this talent to make some money through tutoring. You can set this up on your own or get hired by one of the many professional tutoring services. Live Instructor Led Online Training is quite in trend these days. There is always an opportunity to assist high school students, especially in preparing for some of the important tests like the ACT or the SAT.

    2. Babysitter

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      Most parents would rather have a mature college student babysit their children than an average high school student. This means that there is an opportunity to make some serious cash. You can leverage the days you do not have class or the days you get out of class early. Again, you can branch out on your own or find a professional service. The flexibility and relationships you build can be very rewarding.

      3. Teaching Assistant

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        A job right on campus is ideal. Upperclassmen can sometimes land jobs as teaching assistants for large classes. It is important to maintain a good relationship with your professors to make sure that you can get a job like this. If you left a bad impression with the professor there is no way that he or she will want to hire you, but if you left a good impression this can be a great job with many perks.

        4. Personal Trainer

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          Gyms always need personal trainers who can work the flexible hours that clients demand. This is ideal for college students. If you love to work out and are reasonably fit, you can turn your passion into a cash machine. You will be able to stay fit while also helping others get in shape. It is a rewarding job with many benefits, including free gym membership.

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          5. Administrative Assistant

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            If you can land this type of job on campus you will have it made, but even off-campus businesses need part-time help in this area. The duties of an administrative assistant can include things like filing, scheduling appointments, and answering phones. It is not rocket science, but it can pay the bills. You can also develop skills and references that can help you later in your career.

            6. Assistant Photographer

            Drone Photographer

              Young college students are crazy about photography. If this is your hobby you can make this your profession. Best way is to start working under some senior photographer. Drone photography is quite in trend these days and huge money can be made if you have an interest in this area. Great drone cameras were launched in 2016. Small assignments like wedding photography or birthday photography could be done part-time as well in the evenings or on weekends. This is ideal for college students.

              7. Residence Advisors

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                These advisors get a college room and sometimes even their classes paid for. It can be a lot of work since you are technically always on duty, but the perks can definitely be worth it. You also will develop some of the leadership and communication skills that are great real-world experience for future interviews and opportunities.

                8. Campus Tour Guide

                 

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                  You are on campus every day. You might as well leverage this experience by giving tours to potential students and their families. All that you really need is an outgoing personality and a knowledge of the campus. Your insight will be appreciated and you will be helping people make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Best of all you will be making money doing something simple and easy. A Campus Tour Guide is a job with very little stress.

                  9. Sales Representative

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                    Companies always are in the market for people who can sell. The great thing about these jobs is that they are very flexible and usually have a high income potential based on your ability to sell. Why limit yourself to just hourly pay if you know you have a knack for sales and marketing? You can take a chance on a sales position and start bringing in some sweet commissions. This is another job that is great for building connections and experience. As a college student, the more benefits you can get from a job the better.

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                    10. Work-Study Jobs

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                      You should never rule out a work-study job. If you receive financial aid you can sometimes get a great job through the Federal Work Study program. They will work around your class schedule and even find a job that matches your major or field of study. This means you will be making money while getting relevant experience for your future career. It is really the best of both worlds.

                      11. Assistant in Computer Shop

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                        These days college students have very good knowledge of basic computer operations and beginner-level troubleshooting hacks like disk formatting, operating system up/de-gradation, anti virus and other useful software installation, removal up-gradation or troubleshooting. This generation is very well updated with mobile apps and computer software that save time in productivity. For example, people wander here and there when they face a hard-disk crash as we all are very careless in carrying our storage devices. We all encounter software productivity issues in our MacBooks and systems. Learning how to resolve these common problems is not very hard. To take over these problems you can easily research to learn things like how to recover data from external hard drive and can read through useful mac guide and start helping people around you by opening a small shop or by working in some existing software repair shop. There are many such common problems, which people go through on a daily basis so this could be a good earning option for college students.

                        Conclusion

                        Getting a job as a college student can be difficult, but focusing on the right areas is the best way to start. The top eleven jobs above provide a way to do that. They are a great way to put some cash in your pocket, make connections that can benefit your future career, and start building your resume for the future. Remember not to make any mistake in your salary negotiations. Best of luck!

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                        Published on March 20, 2019

                        How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                        How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                        Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                        As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                        While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                        What is a Mission Statement?

                        Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                        In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                        “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                        In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                        Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                        While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                        First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                        While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                        While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                        “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                        This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                        What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                        When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                        Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                        When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                        • What we do?
                        • How we do it?
                        • Whom do we do it for?
                        • What value are we bringing?

                        Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                        After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                        What we do? Provide widgets.

                        How we do it? Online.

                        Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                        What value we bring? The best widgets.

                        The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                        Compare that mission statement to this one:

                        “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                        What’s the difference?

                        Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                        Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                        You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                        A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                        Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                        1. Keep It Brief

                        Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                        You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                        2. Have a Purpose

                        A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                        Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                        3. Include a “How”

                        Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                        How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                        4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                        This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                        Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                        5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                        It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                        Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                        6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                        Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                        7. Think Long Term

                        A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                        8. Get Feedback

                        This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                        Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                        9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                        You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                        First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                        And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                        For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                        The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                        It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                        First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                        If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                        Strategic Planning

                        A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                        Measuring Performance

                        By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                        Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                        Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                        Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                        As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                        Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                        To Hold Management Accountable

                        By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                        So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                        If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                        To Serve as an Example

                        This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                        After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                        Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                        Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                        Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                        That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                        By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                        Reference

                        [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
                        [2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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