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How to get a part time job without references?

I am currently studying international business and want to find a job relating to this field. #management #customer-service

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Christy’s Answer

The best way to find this type of job is through networking. Talk to friends in your classes and find out if they know anyone or have parents that could connect you with people for a job. If you are a part of clubs at school the professors may also have insight as well as leads for networking. You might also want to look at job boards for internships. An internship is the way to get your foot in the door and then impress them enough to hire you! Go to multiple websites like the UN and see if there are internships or job postings that might fit your experience/education. I wish you the best of luck in your career! Always remember that networking is the key to getting future jobs so never burn bridges and always stay in touch with people. You never know when you will be looking for a new job down the road. Best of luck, stay positive and enjoy the ride! Christy

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Melissa’s Answer

If you have any volunteer experience, you can use this as a reference and as a part of your resume. Any organizations that you belong to in school are also good resources. As many others have said, it is all about who you know. Teachers, mentors, administrators are your school, leaders of any group or organization that you may belong to can be a great resource! Happy job hunting!

Thank you comment icon And the people you volunteer for on a recurring basis can become references as they get to know you. Brian Weissman
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Leïla’s Answer

It can be hard to find a job when you do not have the networking and references to do so. You mention that you are a student. You could ask one of your professor, or a TA to be a reference.

Good luck!

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Joe’s Answer

A good referral goes a long way, it is not only what you know but who you know. When you think of references you would want to think of current manager, teachers, community service team leads if you have volunteered for any campaigns, as well as lawyers, and current employees at the place of business you wish to work. If you dont have any of the above I would say feel out the application and see what happens. A good question before you do, what is going to set you aside from the other prospects? Keep in mind your "digital footprint" lets potential employers know some of you characteristics and personal activity so before you submit make sure your social media pages are clean and positive and see if someone can help with a letter of recommendation.
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Monica Jeanette’s Answer

Many employers typically prefer that job applicants provide references who can vouch for their skills, experience, and overall suitability for a particular position. However, they also recognize that there may be circumstances where a candidate may not be able to provide a reference. In such situations, it is essential to be proactive and take measures to offer an alternative that can still demonstrate your suitability for the role.

To compensate for the absence of a reference, one of the most effective strategies is to compose a well-crafted cover letter that not only explains the reason for not having a reference but also highlights your strengths, skills, and experiences that make you the ideal candidate for the position. When writing the cover letter, follow these tips to ensure that it effectively addresses the lack of references and promotes your value as a prospective employee:

1. Start by mentioning your enthusiasm for the job opportunity and providing a brief background of your professional experience relevant to the position.

2. Address the lack of references early in the cover letter. If there is a reasonable explanation, such as your previous employer's company policy that prohibits providing references or your main reference is unavailable, be sure to explain the situation clearly and concisely.

3. Place a strong emphasis on the skills, qualifications, and achievements that specifically relate to the requirements of the job you are applying for. Provide concrete examples of your accomplishments and demonstrate how they have contributed to your professional growth and the success of your previous employers.

4. In lieu of a traditional reference, consider offering alternative resources that can vouch for your skills and work ethic. These may include letters of recommendation, testimonials from clients or colleagues, or even a professional portfolio showcasing your work and accomplishments.

5. Demonstrate your ability to adapt, learn, and effectively perform in the role by highlighting any relevant training, certifications, or continued education you have undertaken.

6. Close the cover letter on a positive note, reiterating your interest in the position and confidence in your ability to contribute effectively to the organization. Express your willingness to participate in an interview or other assessment methods utilized by the employer as part of their hiring process to provide further evidence of your suitability.

By following these guidelines and crafting a comprehensive cover letter, you can effectively address the lack of references while showcasing your skills and qualifications that make you the best candidate for the position. In the end, it is about providing the employer with the necessary information and assurances that you are a reliable, capable, and dedicated candidate who can excel in the role and contribute positively to their organization.
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Carole Sams’s Answer

Most part time jobs do not require references, depending on the industry. Event those that do, the hiring manager is looking for people they can count on. Be confident, go into the place offering the job if possible and look the person in the eye and shake their hand. Often part time employees are considered not reliable. Managers are looking for people that will show up, work hard. Let them know what your ultimate goals are also if this job will help towards those. Managers like to hire people that will grow.

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Simeon’s Answer

References shouldn't be too hard to find; if you've been a part of any group or organization, they can put in a good word about your positive personality traits. I'd be more worried about experience. You'll likely have to be experienced enough to qualify depending on the level of job that you are wanting to get into.
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Natasha’s Answer

you can get a reference from a teacher as they are a good judge of what you are capable of. You can also reach out to your community leaders or ever neighbours who are professionals.
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