Our favorite quotes:
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated and passionate about what they do”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”
“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world”
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
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You get a job with us, GREAT! we place +/- 500 students a month and pretty much without exception, the employers are delighted, the students are very happy and the job goes well …. or does it?
Here is a list of no-no’s – please please never do the below or you maybe fired on the spot and worse you will not work with us again!
1. Don’t arrive
2. Don’t notify us you cannot make it with AT LEAST 24 hours notice.
The 2 above are the most serious. You will not be given another chance with us. Basically, if you fail to arrive or try the “grandma died”, “taxi caught fire”, “fell down stair”, “sister is ill” routines – we heard it before! ALL of them. Unless the Sun fails to raise, you will be cheating other students from getting the work (the work you plain do not give a **** about), you will be letting yourself down, the client down, us down .. to try and replace you is a major major hassle!!! So, no excuses on the above!
3. Arrive late
Another serious issue. Employers HATE unreliable students. Please make a plan. Do not apply if you cannot make it in time!! Check the location of work and plan ahead. It is expected, you are smart, that is why we pay you top dollar!
4. Dress inappropriately
Just try not too! ripped jeans and cleavage are a bug bear for employers (and they should be)! follow the job description and any dress code contained therein.
5. NEVER ask the employer for money. This means pay, transport money, cell phone money, food, drinks, money for any reason!
You are working for, and representing RAS, we have contracted with the employer and they have probably already paid us. They will not be happy to here that you want money.
First up, we have 50,000+ registered students. That is a bit of a twin edged sword for you guys. The more students, the more jobs we get, but then, the less chance you have of getting a job. I am guessing at 50,000+ students and 500 job spots per month, we are just about neutral now.
So, how to improve your chances of getting a job with us…
1. Always attach a CV
2. Try and add a photograph to your CV, it’s easy!
3. If you cannot add a photo, attach one seperately
4. Attachments need to be in standard formats e.g. word, pdf for CV’s and word or jpeg for photographs
5. READ the job description especially the location. If the job says Johannesburg and you are in Cape Town, you have no chance
6. Keep checking back or follow us on Facebook / Twitter. Jobs go VERY quickly!
7. If you see URGENT in the job title, it means tomorrow, day after or larger jobs that we have not filled
8. If you get a job, NEVER be late. No excuses
9. If any instructions are given for the job, read them! the employer has gone to the trouble to write them, please at least read them
10. Persist, sometimes we see students applying for many jobs, and we may push you up the list!
Studying at UNISA, Damelin, other distance learning institutions?
We are always looking for students that have “a considerable amount of spare time”. Historically, we have always offered student short term work placements, many just a few hours (micro jobs). Increasingly however, employers are coming to us for students that can commit for to up to 1 year. Perhaps it is the onset of the “Gig Economy“, perhaps it is our labour laws? Maybe more companies are looking for short term workers that are reliable? Whichever, we have demand for students that can commit to 3 months – 1 year. Recent work has included a Museum Audit, Marketing Interns, Call Centre Operators and Sales / Promotions teams.
If you are studying or indeed have a lot of spare time, please register with us and complete the form below so that we can call on you when needed.
I know we have written a few articles on this topic, but here are some useful tips from our friends over at Careers Portal
Biggest thing from our side is NEVER pay to work! There are very few paid work from home jobs, most of them will ask you to pay for a pack or do work online. 95% are scams. What’s the phrase … you don’t get anything for nothing!
Anyway, the great news is here at Rent-a-Student we are still getting transcription work (some posted yesterday), we have many bloggers, content writers as well as graphic designers and website gurus!! Check out the latest jobs for some of these! and Remember to like us with all you friends on https://www.facebook.com/sarentastudent – the more likes, the more jobs!
Even though graduation might seem a long way off, as a student it’s never too early to think about your future career path after college. Employers love to see individuals who have a clear sense of direction and trajectory as regards to their job – people who know where they want to be and how they are going to get there. A good way to attract employers is to have an outstanding resume and a sleek, targeted portfolio that shows off your skills. The following advice can help you stand out from other applicants and get the dream job you are after.
Why have a portfolio?
The first step in your career process is the interview stage, securing an opportunity to talk to your potential employer face-to-face. With such fierce competition for work, however, even trying to secure an interview can be a steep challenge. As a student without experience in your professional field, it might feel that the odds are stacked against you as some managers may not have much confidence in your skills. For this reason, it is essential to first prove that you have what it takes to fulfil the role.
A sharp portfolio of your own work can help with this and a professional online version of your portfolio will let employers to view your work beforehand, allowing them to decide whether to invite you to an interview. Consider setting up a website to showcase your best work and accomplishments from your courses and personal work. Pro bono work or an internship can provide excellent items for your portfolio, just remember to include the link to your portfolio website in your resume so that employers can actually see this.
What to include
If your portfolio is text heavy due to the nature of your field, consider using plenty of blank space to introduce each piece and allow for visual separation. For brief visual pieces in your portfolio, consider using a perfectly aligned grid format of images and text. Regardless of what layout you choose, aim for consistency as this looks mature, professional, and confident.
Include visual examples of work that you want to showcase with a brief written description. Consider describing your pieces by explaining your methods, conclusions, and what the project taught you. Use your portfolio to showcase your strategic thinking abilities, software skills, and problem-solving capabilities.
A printed portfolio in a professionally bound booklet should be limited to six or eight pieces of work, but your online portfolio can include many more pieces since the viewer can review as many pieces as they want at their leisure. If you have just a few high-quality pieces, then only include those. Remember that quality is always better than quantity, so show off your best work by giving it a prominent position rather than just trying to stuff a portfolio with everything and anything.
Imagine the hiring manager sorting through a number of similar resumes, seeing the same thoughts and ideas repeated in only a slightly different format. You really need to make yourself stand out, and they are more likely to call you for an interview if you can make your portfolio as unique and creative as possible. For interviews, bring a copy of your printed resume and portfolio in bound format. If you have the funds, bring an additional flash drive loaded with your work to leave behind for the hiring manager.
Blog style websites can be a great way to showcase your works, be it written or creative pieces. There are many services out there that often provide free templates for your blog, and you can get a unique URL at little cost.
Look into creating a sleek and professional video portfolio that stand out. Consider downloading a video maker to produce an excellent video of your work. This is a visually engaging way to showcase your skills, especially if you hope to work in media or communications.
While it can be challenging to land your first job, having examples of your work can help in the hiring process and can an interviewer an idea of your capabilities. A good portfolio can lead to an interview, but an excellent portfolio could lead to your first job.
In a world where change is taking place faster than you can tweet about it, you’ve become accustomed to trends that come and pass before you’ve even finished your morning coffee. You would then be forgiven for being a little sceptical about a change so significant, it threatened to alter the very way in which you viewed the labour market. This new trend taking over the corporate world is the gig economy. Oxford Dictionary defines it as: A labour market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. The phrase “gig economy” was coined at the height of the financial crisis in early 2009, when the unemployed made a living by working several part-time jobs, or gigging, wherever they could.
In recent years, companies like Uber and Airbnb have spearheaded the rise of the gig economy with business models that are almost entirely reliant on the input of freelancers who then make up the majority of their workforce. Major corporates have also bought into the trend, outsourcing jobs to “giggers” who are contracted only the duration of a specific project thereafter, the gigger seeks a new gig and the corporate new giggers.
With the rapid growth of gigging however, comes an equal dose of scepticism. Many industry analysts have voiced their concern at the gig economy model. One of the biggest issues raised by critics, is to do with the contractual classification freelancers and the benefits, or lack thereof, that they are entitled to. As freelancers, companies are not legally entitled to provide them with employee benefits such as Healthcare provisions and retirement fund contributions. This raises an ethical dilemma in certain situations where, for example, Uber would have no obligation to a driver who worked full-time hours, comparable to any regular contracted employee, merely as per the classification of his/her contract.
Nonetheless, the industry is expected to keep growing. It is estimated that about 40% of the population will be in the gig economy by 2030. And why not? In a world lead by millennials with ever-shrinking attention spans and access to more opportunities than ever before, maybe the current labour market status quo of long term contracts is outdated. The gig economy may suffer some growing pains, but don’t mistake momentary incapability for indefinite incapacity. Nothing is certain but the last thing you want is to be on the wrong side of history. In 1946, American film producer and studio exec, Darryl Zanuck famously remarked that TV won’t last because people would, “soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night”. I can’t vouch for everyone, but let’s just say, this article would’ve been finished a lot quicker had he been right about that one.
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Some days it actually feels go to work! Below an email from Natalie who needed 4 students to work a “Belly Dance” Event. As a post, this is to remind students that references are important. Get them if you can. Rent-a-student are happy to provide it’s students with references.
Please find attached the proof of payments – I have paid in full.
Thank you very much, the team you provided me was AMAZING! They were hard working, reliable, efficient and lovely to work with.
Thank you again
Hi Students / ALL
Today, we start a series of regular short posts that will help you keep your resume in tip-top shape!.
Always include any experience and a photograph
As you are still students, your resume / CV maybe a little thin. Always ensure you include any and all experience even if it was only a few hours. It shows commitment and reliability. A photograph, whilst not essential, can help bulking out the CV and can make employers’ feel comfortable that they are hiring the right person. Remember, keep the photo’s professional and relaxed.
DO NOT Include Social Media/Digital Platform URLs … Unless..
Over 90% of companies, recruiters and employers claim to check and vet candidates based on social media prior to offering them a position. This includes Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter etc..
However, you must make sure that your privacy settings are secured and do not contain any personal accounts (or content) that may prove embarrassing (naughty holiday snaps etc).
So, check your social media and make sure your profile is looking professional!
MORE TOMORROW – Please like this 🙂