Times are tough. Finding a part-time job as a student can be hard, especially when you’re pressed for time. The pressure to find a job in the current economic downturn as a young job seeker can be high. Especially for those looking to take their first new steps into the job market. But fret not! In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best places to look for a full-time, part-time, or casual job as a student in Singapore:
1. Job Search Websites
Common sense dictates that most people should visit job search websites or job boards, in order to find a suitable position. However, if there’s one thing we’d recommend people to keep a lookout for, it is scammy job ads, advertising false positions. As a Human Resource Outsourcing agency (HRO), we’ve written several articles regarding job advertisement scams online, here.
Some pointers to keep in mind when looking out for scammy job ads are:
Ads written in bad English: As recruiters who write their own ads, trust us when we say that a legitimate recruiter will not publish a job advertisement riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.
“Work from home” schemes: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, some offices out there might allow its employees to work from home. But these “ work from home” schemes are generally not practiced on new employees. Do your due diligence and enquire properly.
General lack of information: Lack of information or contradictory information might also signal the dubious nature of the job advertisement.
Learn more about some of the best job search websites for Singaporeans to use in this BGC Singapore article here.
Other than finding second-hand bargains, Carousell is actually a notable place to find jobs online. In fact, recruitment companies like BGC Singapore sometimes advertise on websites such as Carousell. Other similar websites you can look out for job ads include Gumtree and even Craigslist.
One major downside of using websites like Carousell and Gumtree is that the jobs posted on these websites are not always reputable positions. Additionally, these positions cannot be vouched for by Gumtree, so there is a chance that the jobs advertised might be scammy. This is why it’s important to do your due diligence and read through the job ad thoroughly.
Reputable recruiters will always include their EA license, work email, and a link to the original job advertisement. Check out a sample of a legitimate job ad below:
3. Social Media Websites
It is now increasingly common for recruitment agencies and companies to advertise their job ads on social media websites (i.e. Facebook, Instagram). Thanks to Facebook jobs, LinkedIn is now not the only social media website for you to job hunt with. There are two ways to hunt for a job on Facebook:
Visit Facebook’s job search page: This allows you to find opportunities that have been posted online by different organizations. Click here for more information.
Facebook pages: Some recruitment companies and organizations advertise their roles on the company’s Facebook page. Head on straight to the Facebook page of your choice and click apply on their job’s section.
Additionally, some organizations might take their hiring methods a step further and advertise for multiple positions on Instagram as well. It takes a bit of sleuthing, but it’s definitely worth your time!
Facebook groups: As a millennial or a gen z individual, it should not come as a surprise to you that there are multiple Facebook groups available for every interest out there. But anytime you’re scrolling through Facebook to catch up on your friends' statuses, why not check out a few job search groups out? It could be worth your time!
Pro-Tip: If all else fails, consider job searching on LinkedIn. There are a number of reputable positions listed out there for you. Alternatively, try making your profile more palatable to recruiters.
Check out these articles below for additional help:
4. Telegram Channels
Unless you’re a boomer or someone who lives under a rock, you should not be a stranger to Telegram channels. The good thing about Telegram channels is that you’ll always be alerted with new jobs on time. Whether it is a part-time, full-time, or casual job position.
Some of our favourite Telegram channels to hunt for jobs are:
Singapore Part-Time Jobs: Known as one of the biggest Telegram channels for part-time jobs. To date, there are currently more than 60,000 members hunting for part-time positions on the channel. Click here to join Singapore Part Time Jobs on Telegram.
Singapore Careers and Job Opportunities - sgCareers: For those fresh out of university and looking for a good, full-time position to start their career in, this might be the Telegram channel for you. With over 17,000 members, there is less competition here compared to Singapore Part Time Jobs. Which might just mean that you have a higher chance of successfully applying for a gig posted here. Click here to join Singapore Careers and Job Opportunities - sgCareers on Telegram.
NUS Tuition Assignment: Popular amongst university students, this Telegram channel allows students to take on part-time tuition assignments. This is especially useful for those looking to embark on a career related to teaching. Not to mention, it is also perfect for students in Singapore looking for a casual position with little to no commitment. The only downside? You need great grades to tutor students. Click here to join NUS Tuition Assignment on Telegram.
5. Friends and Family
Networking is also a great way to find a job since not every organization advertises open positions online. Alternatively, if you’re looking for part-time jobs, you might find them after taking a stroll through your local neighborhood or even shopping mall.
Just remember to keep your resume on hand. Or click here, for some creative resume ideas.
Job Hunting Tips During the Covid-19 Pandemic:
The recent Coronavirus might make it harder for you to find a job, or even get through job searching. But even though it might be challenging, there are ways you can successfully look for work in the current times.
Some tips to take note of when job hunting during the pandemic includes:
- Be Aware of the Job Market: Whilst, not every industry might be affected. Hiring might have slowed down during the pandemic, but industries such as healthcare, as well as tech and cybersecurity, are still hiring in Singapore.
- Try to Offer Solutions During the Interview: During this trying time, you might be able to increase your chances of getting hired, if you can show the hiring manager that you've got the solutions needed to keep the company afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Are you a student and still on the lookout for your next full-time, part-time, or casual position? You might just find these articles helpful to aid your search: