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5 easy ways to find a part-time job in the USA

This article will list some of the popular part-time jobs available for international students, job-listing resources, average wages and employment rules and restrictions.

Mahesh Ramani

The International Students Office and the Career Guidance Cell at your institution will have information on current and upcoming vacancies in local businesses.

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The USA is the land of opportunity; where hard work is rewarded and no dream is impossible; if one has the passion and ambition to fulfil one’s dreams. As an international student in the USA; you will be able to work part-time in a variety of jobs. This article will list some of the popular part-time jobs available for international students, job-listing resources, average wages and employment rules and restrictions.
 

A Very Important Rule:

 
Students on an F-1 visa can only work on-campus in their first year of studies. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant permission to F-1 visa holders to work off-campus in their second year of study. Students also need to get authorisation from their Designated School Official (DSO) to work off-campus. Students on an M-1 visa cannot take up employment other than for practical training. Visit the USCIS website for more details.
 

Popular Part-Time Jobs for Students:

 
  • Work within the university - library assistants, lab assistants, data-entry operators
  • Jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry - ranging from part-time waiters, waitresses, baristas to pizza delivery boys, catering assistants and front-office assistants.
  • Based on the location of your institution you may find a job as a part-timer in an amusement park or a tourist resort.
  • There are some good options to work as language interpreters. In a globalised economy we see professionals from countries as diverse as Japan, China and Korea coming to the USA on business. Part-time language interpreters and translators can earn good money.

Five Resources for Finding Part-Time Jobs:

 
  • The International Students Office and the Career Guidance Cell at your institution will have information on current and upcoming vacancies in local businesses.
  • Local newspapers, magazines and community websites will have information on local job vacancies.
  • The larger the institution and more the number of departments and faculties a better chance of an internal temporary job in one of the departments.
  • Visit popular websites like Simply Hired, Craigslist and CollegeGrad for job-vacancies.
  • From LinkedIn to Facebook the power of the social network is indisputable; join relevant groups on these websites and follow network updates.
 

Why a Good CV Matters?

 
The CV or ‘curriculum vitae’ is your most important selling point; be it a full-time or a part-time job; all prospective employers get to choose you based on your CV and how well you answer their questions. On an average; prospective employers spend 3 minutes on a CV; if they are impressed they spend further time reading it. So in essence one has about 3 minutes to make a good impression about one’s skills, education and work-experience within two pages of printed text.
 
Keep the CV crisp and simple; highlighting why you would like to work with your prospective employer and how your skills can be used effectively. A well-structured CV with a clear career aim/purpose is an excellent tool.
 

Wages:

 
Wages vary depending on the job-role and location a number of internships are unpaid and voluntary work at charitable and non-governmental organisations is a great way to gather relevant work-experience. On an average students may earn anywhere between US$250 and US$500 every month working part-time.  
 

Work with Care:

 
The USA has strict and stringent rules when it comes to working part-time, as indicated in the second paragraph of this article. Ensure that you are not breaking any employment or immigration laws in your part-time job. All the best for your studies and part-time work in the USA!
 
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