Full-time jobs for students and recent graduates that pay well can be challenging, especially with widespread hiring freezes in many organizations right now.

If you’re a student out of work (or with limited work), a recent graduate, or a parent of someone who lives at home and doesn’t earn an income, try these ideas.

Always be on the lookout for the job you want.

Popular search engines that students and recent graduates can use to look for jobs (even if it’s just for the summer) are Indeed.com, Jobpostings.ca Y monster.ca. the Youth and Students The job bank (click the student button) through the federal government can be a good resource, as can exclusive postings found through your campus career center.

I’m definitely seeing more and more students using LinkedIn to help find jobs (click on the jobs tab) and network with others. If you’re using LinkedIn to help you get a job, make sure your profile stands out from the crowd and use keywords that are associated with the type of job you want, such as “marketing specialist,” “production coordinator,” or “expert.” in textiles.”

It can be daunting not to get the job you want right away, but don’t give up looking for opportunities. They may come up when you least expect it, and they can also be a springboard to something closer to the work you want to do.

No main hustle? Try a hustle… or a few

Side hustles aren’t doing anything illegal; they are simply another stream of income that is usually not in the form of a 9 to 5 job. Because the pay can be sporadic, most students or graduates need more than one side hustle to do the equivalent of a good job. paid. When choosing a side hustle, make it count by choosing something you enjoy doing and/or that may be related to your field of study.

Here are some top hustles for students: dog walking (try to get a few clients on the same block to optimize your time), housekeeping, babysitting (for any age), personal assistant to a busy professional (perhaps you’re in charge of ordering your groceries), serving drinks at a restaurant (it’s a great way to get tips and learn customer service), working at carnivals and festivals, freelance services like fixing computers or helping people declutter their homes, or earning a commission for selling a product physically or virtually door-to-door (could be fitness equipment, makeup, skin care products, knives, and more).

I fully understand that some of these ideas give you goosebumps, but one thing is for sure: they will add the words “witty” and “hardworking” to your LinkedIn profile, which are golden words for future employers, and you will probably have fun at the process.

start your own business

If you have a small business idea that requires limited or no capital to start, such as lawn maintenance, social media management, or editorial services, give it a try. You’ll need to create your own website, set up a Facebook business page, start promoting it to your ideal customers, test your prices, and get testimonials from happy customers. If you make a decent living from it, you can turn it into your career as an entrepreneur.

Apply for scholarships as if it were a full-time job

Two-thirds of scholarships go unclaimed each year because students don’t bother to apply and therefore it’s a huge financial mistake not to apply. There is so much money available in scholarship funding that it is worth treating the application process as another side hustle. online resources, such as yconic.com, Universities Canada Y ScholarshipsCanada.comcompiles lists of thousands of scholarships on offer.

Gaining experience through volunteering is another way to focus your professional efforts and add credibility to your resume. So if you have a lot of time, apply your skills to an organization you care about that might need your support.

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