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Student Jobs

There are different reasons why young people look for student jobs. This is usually the case when the allowances or student loans become rather inadequate to cover all those expenses you feel you need to make as a student. Here is a guide on the types of employment you can consider either as a student or a graduate.

Part-time jobs

This is a work-study type of employment. As a matter of fact, part-time jobs are the kind people usually have in focus when talking about student jobs. These jobs allow you have time for your study while at the same time making some money on the side. But you need to endeavor not to lose focus on the main reason you are in school, so you need to cap the number of hours you work a week at a level that will not impact negatively on your study. The number of hours to spare for work per week will fluctuate from time to time as determined by your academic workload.

Here are a couple of the most popular part-time jobs you may consider:

Sitting jobs – People sometimes require the services of a person to help take care of their kids or pets while they are away. A mother could need your help in taking care of her child while she is on a night out. Homeowners may also need someone to look after their pet and/or house while going on a journey. You could make a decent amount, with possible tips, by doing this sort of jobs.

Retail jobs – The retail sector also makes for a great place to look for student jobs. By working as a sales assistant at a retail outlet, your duties will include attending to customers, receiving payments and restocking shelves or freezers. Retail jobs offer flexible working hours, making them great for students. You may also get to enjoy discounts on your own purchases as an employee.

Full-time jobs

These are jobs that require you to work for long hours each day, just like an average employee. Since this type of employment involves you working a full work day every day, it may not be totally correct to describe it as student jobs. The jobs are better suited to graduates who have completed their education.


Internship refers to a work arrangement by employers that lets students work with them for a short period of time. It could be offered on either a full-time or part-time basis. You may call full-time internships the full-time option of student jobs. This is because they are usually offered during holiday periods and allow you work for long hours each day. Internships enable you gain useful work experience. They could be paid, unpaid or partially-paid openings.

Finding student jobs

You can find different kinds of student jobs on myfirstpaycheck.com/jobs/. You only need to enter the kind of jobs you want in the “What” field and your preferred location in the “Where” field. To further fine tune your search, you can click on Advanced Job Search to specify the name of your preferred company, salary date and time since job posting, among others.

The information provided here should be useful in helping you find desired student jobs that could enable you make extra money and gain useful work experience.

Jobs In New York City

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New York City is a highly popular place in the world, being the center of major institutions and top corporations. Perhaps, you have been fantasizing about working in this world-renowned city after completing your college education. If that happens to be the case, presented in this post is guidance on how to be successful in finding jobs in New York City.

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Babysitting Jobs For Teens

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When it comes to jobs for young people, babysitting is a regularly recurrent suggestion. Babysitting jobs for teens are worthy of consideration by any young person who is good with kids and looking to have a job that will help complement his or her increasingly inadequate allowance. Perhaps, you are already considering babysitting jobs for teens. If yes, here are tips on how to go about finding one.

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Online Job Search Websites

There are different ways to finding a job, one of which is through the Internet. Job sites, forums and boards are not in short supply online. However, some of these sites are more reputable and helpful than some others. Here we present some top job sites you can use for your next job search — in no particular order.

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SAT Advice

Category : College

What To Do and When To Do It!

Don’t freak out about these tests…we can get you started with some suggested SAT and PSAT timelines.

More About the Tests

The SAT (or the ACT) is the test used by most colleges to help decide whether to admit students or not (along with GPA, transcript, recommendations, etc.). Not all schools require the SAT (or ACT), but the great majority do.  Closely related to the SAT is the PSAT, which is really just a practice test!  It’s very similar to the SAT, but without the essay and some algebra.  It can also qualify you for some scholarship money, so make sure you don’t blow it off.

In a nutshell, the SAT is offered 7 times a year, lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes, has 3 SAT sections (math, reading, writing), and costs about $43 to take.

A good SAT score is whatever you need to be competitive in the eyes of your target schools.  The average on each section of the test is around a 500.

We recommend taking the PSAT in October of your junior year, as well as an SAT in the winter or spring.  While some folks take the PSAT sophomore year, you can decide to get a preview by attending one of our free practice tests instead….less stress and faster feedback!  You’ll also have more time to take any SAT Subject Tests you may need (depending on where you want to apply, you may need one or more).

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SAT Myths and Tips

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4 SAT Myths

MYTH #1: The SAT is a test of intelligence and my scores are a good indication of how I will do in college.

FACT: Your SAT scores reflect how good you are at taking the SAT (as well as how much time you spent preparing)–and that’s about it. Nevertheless, admissions officers continue to place great weight on this test. So it’s important to do well.

MYTH #2: The SAT tests complex math concepts.

FACT: SAT math can seem challenging because of the way the concepts are tested, not because of the concepts themselves. The math sections include concepts you learned in the seventh or eighth grade, like arithmetic, basic geometry, basic algebra and algebra II. You won’t see any calculus or trigonometry on the SAT.

MYTH #3: You can’t really improve your Critical Reading score.

FACT: You can improve your Critical Reading score by expanding your vocabulary. Reading comprehension and sentence completions all rely upon your understanding of the words in the questions and answer choices. So read books, newspapers and anything else you can get your hands on, and check out our SAT prep for additional vocabulary-building tools.

MYTH #4: It’s better to leave a question blank than to guess.

FACT: Not necessarily. You receive one point for every correct answer, zero points for every question you leave unanswered and minus one-quarter of a point for every incorrect answer If you can eliminate even one of the answer choices, guess! From a purely statistical standpoint, this approach will gain you more points over the whole test than you’ll get by playing it safe and leaving the questions blank.


3 SAT Tips

We’re not big fans of the SAT.  It doesn’t measure intelligence.  It can’t possibly measure your future success in college.  The SAT measures one thing, and one thing only: how good you are at taking the SAT.

That’s good news! It means you don’t have to be a genius to improve your score. You simply have to understand how the exam works.

Here are three SAT tips to help you be a smart test-taker:

Know the order of difficulty.

SAT questions can be divided into three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The questions in the first third of each section are easy, those in the second third are medium and those in the last third are hard. (The only exception is the Reading Comprehension passages, which do not follow this order.)

Every question on the SAT is worth an equal amount. So spend your time making sure you get the easy and medium questions correct and tackle the hard questions if time remains.  Rushing through the test to get to the hardest questions will only drag your score down.

Don’t be Joe.

Joe Bloggs is your average student.  He gets the average score, 500, on each section.  He gets all of the easy questions correct; he gets some of the medium questions correct; he gets all of the hard questions wrong.

Why is this important to you?  Because our friend Joe is predictable.  He gets all of the easy questions right because the choices that look correct are correct.  He gets all of the hard questions wrong because the choices that look correct are wrong.  If you know what Joe will do, you can make better decisions!

If you’re working on an easy question, the answer that seems right probably is.  If you’re working on a hard question, the answer that seems right is always wrong.  Use this strategy to help you eliminate choices for difficult questions.

Use the process of elimination.

Don’t know the right answer?  It happens.  But if know which choices are definitely wrong (see above), you significantly improve your chances of getting the question right.

Each question has five possible choices.  Eliminate one or more possibilities, and your chances of guessing correctly are 25% or better.  An incorrect guess will cost you only a quarter of a point.  A correct guess will add an entire point.

Let’s say there are 8 questions where you eliminate 1 choice and guess among the remaining 4 choices.  Statistically, you will guess correctly 2 times and incorrectly 6 times.  You are rewarded 2 points and penalized 1.5 points.  You just earned .5 points from guessing.  Congrats—you’ve improved your score!

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Improving Your ACT or SAT Score

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If you are considering a selective college, odds are that you must take one of two standardized tests: the ACT or SAT. Along with your grades, colleges pay a lot of attention to your scores on these tests. So the stakes are high.

It may seem unfair that you have four years of high school to earn your grades, but only four hours on a Saturday to generate your test scores.  We understand, and we’re here to tell you that a little preparation can avert potential disappointment.

You need three pieces of information to prepare for the ACT or SAT: (1) the score you have (2) the score you want and (3) a plan to close the gap.

The ACT or SAT Score You Have

Take a practice test and take it seriously.  Establish exam-like conditions.  Do each section successively and time yourself.  Take a short break if you need to, but don’t stop for lunch. The ACT and SAT are endurance tests.

Now, consider that score your baseline. This is the score you would earn if you showed up at the exam site today.

The ACT or SAT Score You Want

Compare your baseline with the range from the incoming freshmen class at any of your prospective schools.

Unless your score far exceeds the average at all of your prospective schools, expect to spend a fair amount of time preparing before the real test. Improving your score by even a hundred points can significantly improve your chances of admission at many schools.

A Plan to Close the Gap

To improve your baseline score, you’ll need to determine the problem.

You’re careless Did you miss questions because you didn’t read carefully? If so, you need to practice and drill.
You’re crunched Did you miss questions because you ran out of time? If so, you need to work on pacing.
You’re clueless Did you miss questions because you had no idea how to answer? If so, you need to focus on a content review.


Finally, it’s time to find the solution that works best for you. We recommend The Princeton Review’s ACT and SAT test preparation resources (sure, we’re a little biased). Whatever approach you choose, start planning well in advance. You’ll do better if you set aside time each week to prepare rather than cramming it all in at the last minute.

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What’s a Good SAT Score or ACT Score

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What’s a Good SAT Score or ACT Score?

So, you just received your SAT or ACT scores and you’re not sure whether you should crack open that ’72 sparkling cider or immediately register for the next test date. Well, it all depends on the colleges you are considering.  A 23 on the ACT or a 1800 on the SAT may be above average at one university but below average at another.  The higher your score, the more options are open to you.

The Higher, the Better

The national average for the new SAT is 1500. For the ACT, it’s between 20 and 21. If you are close to these averages you will likely be accepted into a considerable number of colleges and universities (as long as you have decent grades), but may not be considered at more selective schools.  Above average SAT/ACT scores will improve your chances of getting into a more selective school.

Scores below an 1100 on the SAT or a 15 on ACT are considered low at just about any four-year college. You can overcome low scores with good grades or an outstanding application. But even if you’re accepted by a four-year college, the school may advise or require you to take some remedial courses as a freshman.

Not sure where you stand? Most colleges publish admission data regarding the previous year’s freshman class. Check out the range of scores.

Room for Improvement

Unless you pulled in a perfect 2400 or 36, you can always improve your score.  Some students are confident that their numbers are high enough to get them into the college of their choice. But unless you’re an honorary member of the admissions committee, you never know.

A good SAT score or ACT score can also help you snag additional scholarship money.  Even if you have already been accepted to a college, you may want to consider taking the test again (say, in December or January of senior year) for that reason.

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About the ACT

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ACT Test Information

Most colleges require students to take a standardized exam as part of the admissions process; either the ACT or the SAT. While there are many similarities, as a curriculum-based test, the ACT test is more straightforward than the SAT, and you can take the ACT several times and choose which score to submit.

What’s On The ACT

The ACT has 4 tests: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as, an optional 30 minute essay. Some schools may require the essay, so be sure to ask before you take the test. 

The weight placed on ACT scores varies from school to school. Other important factors that schools consider in their admissions decisions are your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews, and personal essays.

For more specific information on the importance of ACT scores at the schools to which you are applying, contact the admissions offices at those schools.

When to Take The ACT

The ACT test is offered nationally every year in October, December, February, April, and June. It is also given in September in select cities. 

Students have traditionally taken the ACT in the spring of their junior year and, if necessary, again in the fall of their senior year. However, more and more students are choosing to take their first ACT earlier, such as during the fall of their junior year. This gives them more flexibility to retake the ACT test one or more times, or to take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests.

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Holding a Job and Going To School

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During the school year it seems like you have no time for anything, let alone a job. However, you also need money to support your social life and other. There are some jobs that are conducive to a busy school year, will give you flexibility, and give you extra spending money.

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Work at Home Job Resources for High School & College Students

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The New York Times just published a story about teenage entrepreneurs that featured Laura Durst, 18, a recent high school graduate in Woodstock, Conn., who created WorkInMyRoom.com to provide teenagers with information and online resources to find jobs that can be done from home.

It’s an example of what some teens are doing when they can’t find traditional jobs. You are not alone, if you are thinking of starting your own business. Interest in entrepreneurship education among teenagers is rising according to The Times.

Have you started your own business? Let us know and we’ll feature you on our blog.

Job Advice from Dan Schawbel

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We’re big fans of Dan Schawbel, a leading personal branding expert for Gen-Y. He is the author of “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success (Kaplan, April 2009)” and has a lot of great advice for teenagers looking for summer and after-school jobs. Dan was generous enough to talk with us about some of his first job experiences and offer some great advice for myfirstpaycheck.com’s users. Our conversation is below

MFP:  What was your first job as a teenager?
Dan: My first job as a teenager was as a caterer for my temple.

MFP:   How did you find that first job?
Dan: My father helped me find this job after networking at the temple.  He introduced me to the catering company and I helped out every Friday night for a few years.

MFP: What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Dan: You want to have a plan before you start applying to random jobs, especially right now, with a poor economy and a lot of pressure from the people around you.  I would recommend that you list the top 3-5 companies you want to work for instead of applying to thousands of job listings.  Also, you must recognize that job searching has changed a lot in the past five years.  It used to be impossible to reach hiring managers, which forced us all to apply for jobs through corporate websites and job boards, such as Monster.com, erecruiting.com and careerbuilder.com.  Now, with the metaphoric rise of web 2.0, we can have just as much as a presence as any company, product or person, which means that we can reach just about anyone with a few clicks of a mouse.  This is a major evolution in how we network and find jobs.  The same basic rules of job hunting apply, such as having a great resume, a targeted cover letter and strong interview (communication) skills. Now, you need even more because you’ll be Googled before and after you’re interviewed and you have the ability to establish profiles online, such as LinkedIn, where hiring managers are searching for people just like you.

MFP: What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.:
Dan: An interview is incredibly important and these days, a single interview isn’t enough to secure a job.  Sometimes employers can make you go on three or four for a particular position.  What does remain the same is how you tackle the interview.  You need to do your homework before you sit down at that interview table, such that you know everything about the company and the people you’ll be sitting with beforehand.  Also, you’ll want to dress with a suit and have good posture.  It really helps to actually want to work at the company because you’ll come off more natural and enthusiastic.

MFP: How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Dan: My first job helped me with my interpersonal skills.  I had to setup, waiter and cleanup after a hundred people every week.  Anyone who is in the service industry would understand how challenging it can be, especially when taking orders from people you don’t know.  It helped me a lot in the business field, as well as in business because I learned how to tolerate people and how to make money.

MFP: What piece of advice would you offer somebody looking for a job?

Dan: You should become a content producer now, instead of just searching for a job.  This means that you should start a blog or a podcast series, where you can create content around your expertise and publish it for the world to see.  The end result is recruiters finding you and either hiring you or dismissing your content completely.  This is highly beneficial to you because you (and the recruiter) doesn’t waste time in the process, and the position you will receive will be right up your alley.

Dan Schawbel is the leading personal branding expert for Gen-Y. He is the author of “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success (Kaplan, April 2009).” With over 150,000 results for his name in Google, Fast Company calls Dan a “personal branding force of nature.” He is the founder of the award winning Personal Branding Blog®, publisher of Personal Branding Magazine®, head judge for the Personal Brand Awards® and director of Personal Branding TV®.

Financial Aid for College

Category : College

TAMAR LEWIN has a good article in The Times about the college financial aid system and the confusing FASFA form. You should check it out if you are trying to figure out how to pay for school.

You are generally not going to be able to pay for college with after-school and summer jobs (especially with escalating school costs and the decreasing number of jobs) – but it is still important to work and save. Teens to need financial aid to close the gap to pay for college.

Check out our summer job listings to find jobs near you, but check out the Fafsa, and instructions for filling it out, online at fafsa.ed.gov. Finaid.org is another good resource for information, at no charge, about the Fafsa and financial aid.

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Work Study Jobs for Students

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The cost of going to college increases substantially each year. Students try to keep costs down with scholarships, loans, etc. A great way to do this is through work study programs. Most colleges will let students work at the school in various capacities (dishwasher, library assistant, research assistant, housekeeping…) and instead of giving a salary, the college will deduct costs from the students’ tuition. This can be a great opportunity to meet new people on campus, get to know a different part of the college, and perhaps make out-of-classroom connections with professors. Even the connections you make when working in dining halls can be invaluable. People often return to their dorms after work study in the cafeterias with trays of left over cookies, and we all know that in the college environment cookies can be a savior.

Most college websites should have information on work study programs. Check it out! And if you are still applying to schools, consider work study when thinking about those unbelievable tuition costs.