Finding a Full time or Part Time Job
We have put together some guides for full and part-time jobs. Click the relevant accordion to access these guides.
- Full Time Jobs Advice
Don’t expect your job to come to you! You may have to use a variety of methods to find your jobs. In competitive areas such as media or construction you will usually have to approach companies, as these jobs are not often advertised.
Useful Job Websites
Job Search Engines
There are many online search engines designed to help you search the internet for the type of vacancy you are seeking in your preferred location. Here are a just a few and they are free. Avoid ones which ask you for money to join.Indeed Work Circle Jobrapido Adzuna
Public Sector Jobs
- Bath and NE Somerset Council vacancies
- Bristol City Council vacancies
- Wiltshire Council vacancies
- NHS Careers
- Working for a Charity
- Part Time Jobs Advice
What are employability skills?
Employers have identified employability skills as being important for a young person to enter any job. These are transferable and can be developed in your part time job. The skills you will develop working will be useful even if you do not intend to have a career in retail or hospitality
How many hours should I work?
We recommend that you consider a job that is no more than 12 hours a week as we have found that working too many hours can have a negative effect on your college course.
Where are the part-time jobs?
Lots of part time jobs for under 18s are in retail or working in kitchens and cafes. In Bath with lots of tourists, there is a thriving shopping centre and café culture, so there are usually lots of opportunities especially in October for Christmas work and also at Easter for the Summer.
The Job Board
Every week Connexions send us an up-to-date part-time and full-time job list of vacancies in Bath. We post these onto our job board in the Student Advice Centre and on our Facebook page if you would prefer. If you are over 18, then you will also find vacancies may also be advertised at the job centre.
Looking for a job in retail and service sector?
It is worth looking at these company sites regularly if you are looking for a part time job in retail:
Finding it difficult to find a part-time job?
It can be difficult to find your first job. There can be a lot of competition and your lack of experience of the world of work may mean you haven’t developed your employability skills. Try some of the below options to get some employability skills on your CV.
Volunteering - Doing some regular volunteering in a charity shop can help you learn the skills you need to work in retail in a less pressurised environment. To apply for volunteering opportunities in your area, visit the Do It website.
Work Experience - Another way of demonstrating your employability skills to an employer is to organise work experience in the holidays or days you are not working in college. This could lead to a paid job.
Looking for a job in a café, hotel or restaurant?
With lots of tourists visiting Bath, there are lots of part-time opportunities working in hospitality. You could be working in the kitchen washing up or helping prepare vegetables, salads or sandwiches. You could be serving customers and clearing tables. You may be doing housekeeping and cleaning and making beds. Lots of these companies are small and may recruit through word of mouth or just put a vacancy in the job window. It is worth preparing your CV and dropping into these businesses to see if they have any part-time opportunities. Also tell your friends who are working that you are looking in case they hear about an opportunity.
CV's, Job Applications and Interview Prep
Your CV is a sales document and you need to ensure your key selling points stand out and every time you apply for a job you need to make sure that your CV is tailored to what that employer is looking for. On average an employer takes around 30 seconds to read a CV, so you need to create a CV that will have a quick impact. You can do this by targeting your CV to an employer or sector: they will read it looking for the best match. Have a look at our CV Workshop below, and remember you can always book in an advice session to run through it, or email it to our careers team for feedback.
Still confused? Come and chat to us!
We have a range of Careers Advisors who can help you work out what options are best for you. Whether you are at school thinking about coming to College; a current College student unsure of your next steps; or a budding learner over the age of 18 looking for advice. Use the button below to email us, you can book in an advice session, or email your queries over to our team!