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Are you looking for a fun student job? Have you just graduated, and are you ready to take your first steps on the labour market?
You will find a wide array of interesting job opportunities for junior applicants and student jobs at Robert Half, as well as plenty of information and advice, to help you land the job of your dreams.
Student job, or first work experience
Regardless of whether you are a student or an intern, or are starting out in your working life, everything that you do – and everything that you don’t do – will have an impact on the next stages of your career. We will successfully promote as many of your talents as possible together, as soon as you take your first steps on the labour market. You will go further with our consultants by your side. They are there to help you and motivate you.
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Recruitment experts Robert Half support companies and job seekers with advice and practical assistance. We are also a career partner for students. Our consultants are genuine travel companions who accompany students on their first steps into the labour market. Working with flexible contracts is definitely worth a mention here. After all, it offers the ideal opportunity to get a taste of different roles and sectors.
Robert Half starter kit for students
1. Graduating soon? What’s next?
There are two things you are legally obliged to do when you graduate. The first is to register at VDAB, Forem or Actiris as a job seeker. That gives you the right to receive unemployment benefits and you will also remain entitled to the ‘growth package’, the former child benefit. You also need to join a health insurance fund once you start working, or if you are still looking for a job one year after starting your search. People aged 25 or older are no longer covered by their parents’ health insurance either. If you want to find out more about these administrative obligations, read the article ‘Things that are mandatory when you graduate’.
Are you still unsure exactly which direction you want to take? Whether you want to keep studying full-time or part-time? Whether you want a flexible or a permanent job? Explore your options here.
2. How to write a convincing CV
A good CV is essential for anyone taking their first steps into the labor market. Our free CV template helps you get started. Check out the typical mistakes you absolutely need to avoid as well. A few examples include a sloppy presentation, an application letter that goes on and on forever or spelling mistakes. We have listed the most important ones, so you can be sure not to frighten off recruiters.
3. Four steps to a successful job interview
Job interviews can be scary, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in applying for jobs yet. A good preparation is essential. Make sure you can answer a few typical interview questions: what are your salary expectations, what are your strengths and weaknesses and why are you the perfect fit for the job? During the interview, what you say and how you behave can really make a difference. Last but not least, you can set yourself apart from other candidates with a good follow-up after the interview. But beware of becoming too pushy.
4. How much will you earn?
If you are a starter or an experienced professional, everyone wants to earn as much as other people in the sector with comparable experience and responsibilities. Have you been offered a certain salary? Use our Salary Guide to check whether it is competitive.
Do you think you can earn more? You can always try to negotiate. Explain the extra value you represent for the company and the targets you will achieve. Be sure to refer to your previous experience like school projects or internships.
5. Continue to develop yourself
Once you have got your degree doesn’t mean you will stop learning – far from it! Besides the fact that your subject area will continue to evolve in the coming years, recruiters are also increasingly looking for skills that you don’t learn at school. Consider soft skills like leadership and communication. Your adaptability quotient (AQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) also play an important role in recruitment. So you need to understand how you can highlight those skills during your interview.
Do you want to explore this topic in depth? Be sure to watch our webinars. You will learn how to find the right job, how to define your career goals and how to develop a personal brand.
What is more, if you register at Robert Half as a candidate, you can use our e-learning platform that contains more than 70.000 training options.