Weekend Jobs in Tunbridge Wells
Whether you are just looking for some weekend work, or part-time hours during the week, there’s a lot of opportunity in Tunbridge Wells for teenagers if you know where to look for it.
Why Get a Weekend Job?
There’s so much more you can get out of a part time job than just money. You get the opportunity to develop new skills, experience the reality of working life, and you will learn a lot about yourself.
Weekend jobs will develop your confidence, communication skills, and are a great way of meeting new people and making new friends.
Of course the extra money will help you lead a more independent life and save towards your future. But ultimately a job as a teen should be seen as an opportunity to try new things, learn responsibility, and develop yourself.
Finding a Weekend Job in Tunbridge Wells
That’s not to say it is easy to find a weekend job, you will face a lot of competition, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances.
Read on for some practical tips and advice on finding part time work. And remember to keep an open mind and be flexible.
Deciding What Type of Job You Would Like
Firstly you need to think about what type of work you would like to do. Write down a list of your key skills and match them to potential roles.
For instance if you are a bubbly, outgoing person – who is comfortable being around people and working in a pressurised environment – you might be suited to service work in restaurants or catering.
If, on the other hand, you have a particular interest or skill set in one area, such as IT and computers, you may be best seeking a retail/customer service job in a similar environment.
Finding Weekend Job Opportunities
Once you have decided on what type of work you would preferably like to do, and worked out when you would be available for work (for more information on working hours and regulations for under 18’s please see this site), you will need to start looking for places to apply to.
A great way to do this is to simply spend a day walking around Tunbridge Wells or your local area.
Many establishments will advertise for weekend work in their shop window. If there’s no obvious vacancy be brave and ask employers at your preferred locations if they have anything available. Being proactive will get you a long way.
Remember to also check local websites and newspapers for adverts. And don’t forget to ask family, friends and relatives to make you aware if they hear of something that comes up. Maybe you have a friend who already works at a place you would be interested in?
Some good places to try:
- Leisure Centres
- Catering Firms
Writing a Good CV
You might not have a lot of information to put on a CV at this early stage in your life but prospective employers will still like to see one.
As you are new to the working world, use your CV the tell them why you would be suitable for their opportunity and why you would make a great addition to the team.
Include any academic or personal achievements and be sure to make it clear what hours you would be available. Don’t forget to include up to date contact details!
Other Things to Remember
A lot of jobs for teenagers are seasonal. Consider the time of year you are looking to work.
In the run up to Christmas there will be more opportunities in retail, hospitality and restaurants as they all need help dealing with the Christmas rush.
Over the summer you might have more luck with outside work, perhaps at a garden centre, leisure centre or a local tourist attraction.
During school holidays any establishment that is frequented by families will be extra busy (think cinemas, bowling alleys, kid friendly restaurants) they are all great places to look.
Remember that first impressions count for a lot and you must focus on making a good one when approaching employers. Make sure you are dressed smartly and be prepared. There’s always a chance they may like to interview you straight away, so don’t bring a group of friends!
Don’t Get Carried Away
When you get your first job the feeling is fantastic. You get to experience a whole new world and your opportunities seem endless. But try not to over do it. If you start to neglect your family, friends or studies it’s time to take a step back and think about your long term interests.
Need More Help Finding a Weekend Job in Tunbridge Wells?
Why not come along to one of our day courses where we can help you identify your key skills, create a stunning first impression and improve confidence and communication skills.