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GETTING A PART-TIME JOB IN KENYA

A couple of employers in Kenya have linked their definition of part-time jobs with the current Bureau of Labour Statics (BLS) definition; anyone working less than 35 hours a week.

This definition was in the case for statistical reasons and hence at times, it might be up to case to the employer to put up his/her definition of a part-time job.

Through part-time jobs, you will not only be able to earn yourself a paycheck but you can as well build on your resume, form a wider business network and even get referrals.

I know you might be wondering where in this world would you even start? But worry not because I am going to underline for you the steps to follow to secure the appropriate part-time job for yourself.

INDUSTRIES THAT OFFER PART-TIME JOBS IN KENYA

Many industries offer part-time jobs, nonetheless, some are best suited for giving out these kinds of jobs.

Here is a list of some of the favourable industries offering such opportunities primely;    

  • Foodservice
  • Retail
  • Delivery
  • Education(especially online)
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality
  • Writing
  • Design
  • Customer service

STEPS TO FOLLOW TO FIND YOURSELF A RIGHT PART-TIME JOB

1. EXPLORE AND HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF 0F PART-TIME JOBS THAT CONFINE TO YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILLS.

It is really important that before you start these steps you make a clear blueprint mentally of what kind of part-time job you’d like to involve yourself in. 

Over time I have come to realize that when I started a part-time job that aligns with my interests and abilities, the job becomes more appealing because there’s a lot of motivation to keep the job in check.

I remember when I signed up for a dog walking part-time job at a local veterinary store. Since I enjoyed dog company, I was able not only to enjoy the job but also quickly meet the working standards and expectations of my employer to the extent that he wanted to raise me permanently.

I would highly recommend online as the premium ultimate search engine for looking for part-time jobs. Although sometimes it can be best when you go to the premises physically, where you will fill an application form on the spot. 

In my line of part-time job searching, I came to find out that there are a lot of job opportunities in the retail and service industry especially if you are a student.

And once you are done you can make a list of your favourite potential employers.

2. LOOK AND CONSIDER WHETHER YOUR SCHEDULE CAN MANAGE THE PART-TIME JOB  

One thing you will need to consider is whether your current and upcoming schedule will be able to have space for some part-time jobs.

Before making that application you need to be sure whether you will be able to realistically handle a part-time job without exploiting yourself to the extremes.

You also need to prepare yourself mentally for the tasks ahead of you before committing.

3. GATHERING YOUR INFORMATION IN ORDER

Do a quick check to ensure your resume and references are up to date, before making the application to any organization.

Read out the required qualifications for the part-time job and make sure that you include every one of them in your resume.

It is crucial to put out that you are a responsible and organized potential employee, as it gives you an outer edge against others who have applied for the same position.

If you have any references make sure they are willing to accept their involvement in your application. 

4. MAKE AN APPLICATION TO THE SELECTED PART-TIME JOBS

After you have done adequate research about the organization you are now allowed to make an application.

Here you are required to fill out the details that your potential employer requires from you.

When I usually make these applications I usually make sure I give as much information as possible and if it’s on paper I attach my resume to the application just to be outstanding.

Don’t forget to be as honest as possible and do not exaggerate anything about yourself.

5. FOLLOW UP ON YOUR APPLICATIONS

 Unless specifically asked not to reach out to the premises, it is important to always keep track of the application you had earlier made by making a call.

This according to my previous experiences gave me an edge over the rest of the other applicants as a proactive employee.

Finally when called for an interview make sure you are well prepared and you dress the part ready to nail off the test after well-done research of the work.

BENEFITS OF GETTING A PART-TIME JOB

1. YOU CAN EARN EXTRA POCKET MONEY

Working in a part-time job allows me as a student in Kenya to afford luxuries that other people struggle to meet up to.

I can earn a few extra coins which I enjoy spending because it comes out of my hard-earned work.

2. GAINING OF INDEPENDENCE

Part-time work has helped me to detach myself from overborrowing from my parents as an ongoing student.

It has helped develop the value of working for your own money instead of depending on someone else. It leaves you with a sense of being accountable for yourself.

3. BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE.

I have to admit when I started part-time working one of my biggest fear was serving people because I knew I wasn’t that great at working where many people are.

Somehow with some time I got used to interacting with people that I completely forgot I had a fear of crowds. These interactions greatly have an impact on your confidence and courage.

4. YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR OWN MONEY

Part-time cheques help you realize how important the value of money is, thus you can plan for your own money and spend it wisely.

I have been able to independently learn how to budget my own money.

5. PROPER MANAGEMENT OF TIME

 Well as a student I can testify that one of the greatest challenges in the Kenyan school system is poor time management.

As the good book says ‘ an idle mind is the devil’s workshop’, but getting a part-time job helps you to account for your time.

As you balance your part-time work you begin to better your time management skills.

Eventually, with time your employers become referees and you get to build on your resume.

In your line of work, you may be noticed for exemplary work by dignitaries who come to your premises who in other words poach you for greener pastures.

6. YOU GET TO BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Eventually, with time your employers become referees and you get to build on your resume.

In your line of work, you may be noticed for exemplary work by dignitaries who come to your premises who in other words poach you for greener pastures.

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