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Part time or vacation work


Tips for finding part time or vacation work

  • Be flexible and open-minded. Finding vacation work that is related to your subject may be challenging
  • Create and then tailor your CV to the kind of jobs you are looking for
  • Non-EU students are usually entitled to work up to 20 hours per week (term-time) and full-time in vacation however this is subject to your visa

What are employers looking for on my CV?

For typical part time or vacation jobs like shops, pubs, bars and restaurants, employers are looking for:

  • Commitment and timeliness (Do you turn up, when needed, on time?)
  • Ability to work in a team (Can you work efficiently with other people?)
  • Responsibility (Can you be trusted with stock/customers/cash?)
  • Good customer service skills (Can you communicate and solve problems in a clear, friendly and professional manner?)
  • Previous similar experience will stand in your favour, but is not always required.

Think carefully about experiences from your degree, work or other activities that might demonstrate these skills.

When writing a CV for part time or vacation work that is not related to your subject, previous similar work experience should be higher up on your CV than your university studies (because this is what the employer is looking for).

Further information on writing your CV is available here. Don't forget to get your CV checked!

Where to find part time or vacation work

The following are mostly external links. Royal Holloway is not responsible for the content of external websites. If you have any doubts or concerns about any site or organisation you come across during your job search please contact the Careers & Emploaybility Service.


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