Hi Lifehacker, I'm an IT student looking for a job in a computer shop. I can do troubleshooting to an intermediate level on a lot of things. What do I do to get a part-time job in a computer shop? Thanks, PC Priority
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Most computer and electronic stores treat the hiring process like any other retailer. Your best bet is to simply visit all the stores within travelling distance and offer your services in person. Naturally, you should also come armed with a resume that details any relevant skills or tertiary qualifications you have (this includes your current studies).
If you're unsure what to include on your resume or have never written one before, this resume writing guide will talk you through the most common resume flaws and how to fix them. For additional advice, head to the resumes section of our website, where you'll find a huge array of articles on the subject.
The key here is to not let rejection get you down. You may also need to cast your net beyond specialist computer shops which are becoming an increasingly rare breed. A general electronics outlet like JB HiFi, Dick Smith or Apple might not be ideal, but at least you'll be working with computers and getting paid a regular wage.
Just don't expect to make big bucks, even by the relatively low standards of the retail industry. As we've noted in the past, some electronic store employees actually earn less than their supermarket counterparts. In other words, you actually get paid more to handle apples than Apple. Tch, eh?
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