This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

The Best Side Jobs for College Students

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- As the new school year kicks into gear, many college students are trying to line up part-time jobs or internships to build up their resumes -- and their bank accounts. But for anyone stressing out over finding the perfect position, take heart: Job experts say the only wrong answer is doing nothing at all.

"Any experience students get is helpful on a resume and helps you with networking, time management and teamwork," says Lindsey Pollak, a Generation Y career expert and author of Getting from College to Career. "You can always make a job into more once you have it. You could work behind the counter at a gas station and talk to every customer who comes in and network that way."

Just by working any job while in school -- be it a customer service position or volunteering at a clinic -- students can prove to future employers that they are capable of juggling schoolwork with a career and, perhaps as importantly, that they are familiar with the fundamentals of showing up on time and being a team player. This, Pollak says, will give them a leg up on the many students who choose not to work while in school.

The factors that matter when accepting a job in college will vary somewhat based on the student's situation. If the student needs to pay his or her own way through school, the job itself may be less important than the salary, but for those looking to build their resumes, there is one simple rule to follow when job hunting in school.

"Think 'industry first, brand name second and the role you'll play third' when you are looking for a job," says Carolyn Hughes, vice president of people at, a job search engine. "It's the industry you want exposure to that matters most and then the brand name on the resume that will be recognizable to employers in the future, and only then the skills you develop."

MainStreet spoke with several career experts to pick out the side jobs that are the best fit for students of all interests, whether they are looking to build their resumes or their bank accounts, or just to sample possible professions they may be interested in going forward.

1 of 4

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
AAPL $124.24 0.70%
FB $83.01 0.11%
GOOG $555.17 -0.65%
TSLA $190.40 -2.00%
YHOO $44.47 0.61%


DOW 17,678.23 -40.31 -0.23%
S&P 500 2,056.15 -4.90 -0.24%
NASDAQ 4,863.3620 -13.1570 -0.27%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs