8 Tips To Be A Full-Time Pro At Your Part-Time Job

8 Tips To Be A Full-Time Pro At Your Part-Time Job

The skills, tips, and tricks for every job!

It's official!! After canvassing the town for weeks, you finally get a phone call from the grocery store/fast food restaurant/local mall asking to schedule a job interview. But are you prepared? I have held a part-time job for 3 years and I have learned some tricks of the trade that will help each new member of the working class succeed at their own part-time job!

1. Dress to impress

A common saying is to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Dress professionally during any interview or training session that you attend. Managers will take notice of your professional appearance from the beginning.

2. Make friends with your co-workers

Face it, you are going to be spending 15-20+ hours a week with these individuals. Your shifts will go by a lot faster (and more enjoyably) if you make friends with your co-workers. Learn how long they have been with the company, what shifts they usually work and any advice that they might have for you. Who knows - they may even be willing to cover a shift for you if you ever need to call out sick.

3. Take the extra shift

The goal of a part-time job is to learn valuable skills such as responsibility, accountability and professionalism. Show that you want to be an effective team member by covering a co-worker’s shift, staying late when asked, or coming in on your day off. Supervisors will notice your willingness to be part of a team and will be more willing to compromise in the future.

4. Be on time

If your shift starts on the hour , you should be at the store, ready to work a few minutes early. Most likely, someone else is waiting until the next shift arrives to go home. Your co-workers will appreciate it! This can be especially difficult if you are scheduled for an early morning shift, but it is worth it!

5. Set up a direct deposit and use it

One of the reasons you got a job was to have a paycheck to pay for school or fun activities with friends. Most companies offer direct deposit, so your paycheck is automatically added to your bank account on payday. Don't forget to save a percentage of each paycheck too!

6. Ask questions early and learn from the answers!

Don't be afraid to asked silly questions or clarify a certain protocol. It is much easier to ask random questions in the first few weeks of a new job than two months later.

7. Learn to manage your time

Suddenly, the hours you used to relax on the couch and play video games are nonexistent. Learn to manage your time between school, work and friends. Find a good balance between getting all your homework done, bagging groceries/folding clothes/serving food and hanging with friends.

8. Smile

Always be friendly and helpful when interacting with customers, managers and co-workers, especially when it is difficult. Customers take notice when you are friendly and engage them in pleasant conversation. They may even leave a compliment with your manager!

Following these 8 tips will help ensure that you become a full-time pro at your part-time job! Have a good shift!

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.


I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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