Build Your Resume and Make Money: The Wonders of the Part-Time Job

You hear it all the time, “Start building your resume.” So, how exactly are you supposed to build your resume while focusing on your classes, keeping up with the piles of homework, and trying to maintain a social life? The answer… a part-time or temporary job. Both of these options will allow you the flexibility you need as a college student, while still providing you with valuable experiences to help boost your resume. There are MANY perks of having a part-time job, but to name a few:


  1. Experience

A part-time job will allow you to gain real-world experience and skills in a business (and yes, we mean any kind of business!) For example, a press operator in a printing company is learning how to operate a piece of machinery and how to troubleshoot, both while learning about business productivity, customer service, and company workflow. Think about it, even a cashier at a grocery store is learning and developing skills in money management, customer service, and problem-solving, on top of learning how to operate a cash register. Even if you do not have a managerial-level role in your part-time job, chances are you are gaining exposure to other areas of the company, which in itself is a valuable experience.


2. Networking

You’ve heard it before, “It’s not about what you know, it’s who you know.” A part-time job will allow you to meet a lot of people, and those people know people, and those people know people, and so on. A part-time job will give you exposure to new people, and if you impress them while working your job, that can open the door to numerous opportunities for you, whether it is with that company or a recommendation for another opportunity. One of the greatest “perks” of a part-time job is the opportunity for you to build your network.


3.Useful Skills

In addition to the skills you will be developing in your specific role, there are many underlying skills you are developing, too, like time management, teamwork, leadership, organization, customer service, and more! These are transferable skills that companies and potential employers are looking for when reviewing your resume. It’s easy for someone to say they are a team player, but your job experience is a true testament to that statement. Employers are having a more difficult time finding qualified applicants than ever before, but part-time and temporary job experiences allow you to gain the skills employers are seeking in their future employees and set you apart from other candidates.  

On top of all of these reasons, you are going to make extra money (which is a reason in itself to get a part-time job!)
So, where do you start looking for a part-time or temporary job? Look no further! Carlson Craft in North Mankato is hiring temporary production employees this fall. You’ll gain hands-on experience in a production environment, while developing important skills that can be transferred to any job in the future (no worries, training is provided). Plus, Carlson Craft is affiliated with Taylor Corporation, so not only will you gain experience, but you will also be given the opportunity to network in an organization with multiple growth opportunities. Positions start in October and are expected to go through December. Carlson Craft will accommodate your schedule as a variety of shifts are available. You’ll earn extra money for the holidays and Spring break, and we promise you will have plenty of fun, too! To learn more, visit and click on Employment Opportunities at the bottom of the page.



Mikell Hebig, HR Assistant

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