Finding a Job

We can't all be Kardashians

If you can get through four or five years of university without getting a job — good for you, and how did you do it?

There are many different jobs on campus that are school-related, volunteer based or extracurricular related. Take a look below for four popular opportunities:

1. Check out the AMS employment page and UBC Careers.

2. Keep an eye out for openings to be a note-taker for your classes.

3. Browse your departments website for possible internships

4. Pop into a restaurant or café and drop off your resumé and a smile.

Even if you don’t need a job, getting part-time work looks great on your resume, makes you some money and gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people you may not have gotten the chance to otherwise.

“Be willing to be flexible, yet open to any job offers. Most jobs through UBC’s WorkLearn offer reasonable hours for the average student and part-time jobs off campus are usually pretty accommodating to students.”

— Ervin Wong

Resumé and Cover Letter

One page? Two? What do you include? Is your high school average a good thing to write down? Welcome to the slightly stressful joy of updating — or making! — your resume.

Even if you don’t want or need a job while at UBC, it’s important to keep a good resume on file. Scholarship applications will sometimes ask for one and if you ever apply for an internship or job, you’ll be thankful you already have one in the works.

UBC is a place with a lot going on, so keep your resume updated — at least once a semester is best, once a year is required. Bare minimum, make sure you have included your university program of study and your new address if you have moved and have a friend read it over to check for spelling errors. Spelling and grammatical errors are the easiest way to guarantee you won’t get the job. Well, that and having a five page resume.

Worried you don’t have enough relevant experience to fill one page? Visit your faculty career coach or the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers to speak with an advisor. They will be able to help you present your experience in a way that’s relevant to your goals and will you give advice on a format that will get your application noticed.

Make sure your resume reflects your career goals. If you’re applying for a customer service job, play up your conflict resolution and communication skills. If you’re applying for a job in the creative field, make sure it looks good and it’s not just words on a page. A cover letter is the place to show your personality, but that doesn’t mean that your resume has to be devoid of character.

Pick one