Top 6 Side Gigs That Will Impress Future Employers

By Aaron Swartz on August 20, 2022

College is about a lot of things — personal growth, having fun with friends, making memories — but it’s also about gaining the experience and knowledge you need to enter the world and thrive in the professional sphere. One place students start is with side hustles, jobs they can do while supporting a full course load, so they can still make some money even while they’re busy with classes. However, if you’re looking to build your work experience and make some money, here are six side hustles you should look into that will really impress your future employers.

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1. Teaching/Tutoring

College teaches you a lot of amazing and useful skills: why shouldn’t you use those skills to make some money for yourself? Teaching or tutoring can be a great job opportunity for college students, especially if you’re considering going into teaching as a profession once you graduate. Even if you’re not it’s still a great job for you for a lot of reasons. For starters, most colleges hire students as tutors and teaching assistants, meaning you have easy access to the position already. Additionally, putting your tutoring experience on your resume is really powerful. It sends a message to employers that you have a good knowledge base as well as strong interpersonal skills, so it’s a great opportunity for you to pursue.

2. The Service Industry

One of the hardest jobs you can do in this world is working in customer service, and employers know that! To work in the service industry you need to be adaptable, quick-witted, able to cope with intense pressure, and be able to act friendly and sociable even when you’re not feeling in any way kind. Spending some time in the service industry will net you some money for your effort, but it’s also a great place to start building your resume. If you’re looking for jobs you can do while you’re still in school, customer service might be the best place to start.

 3. Social Media Management

The world is getting more and more dependent on social media, there’s no escaping it. A basic level of social media comprehension is a necessary skill in many jobs that you’ll apply for, and even more jobs are being created around this new frontier. That means having tangible experience working with social media on your resume is a huge benefit if you can find a position! Being a social media manager, whether that’s for a club, for your college, or as an intern, is an incredibly marketable skill you should capitalize on while you’re still in school and have the time to do so. Adding it to your resume will show future employers you have a well-rounded skill set they can put to work in this increasingly digital age.

4. Internships

This is a bit of a broad category, but it’s so important it needed to be included. Internships are practically made for college students. They’re low commitment so you can maintain a full course load and social life, they help you gain important work experience in fields of your choice, and they get you a foot in the door with companies and employers who could be references for other jobs (or maybe even offer you full-time work once your internship is complete). The downside is most internships are unpaid, but if you look around carefully there are opportunities to earn money while you work! With websites like Handshake and resources like your college’s career services center, finding an internship is easier than ever, which means why wait? If you’re looking for some tips on how to find a summer internship before the semester starts then you can also click on this link to jumpstart your search process and find your new side hustle.

5. Freelance Writing

Writing is one of the central skills of college — with all the essays most students crank out, you have to become good at it eventually. So if you have the skill, why not take advantage of it and be paid for your writing? Freelance writing opportunities are a great source of income and can be a big asset to your resume. You can write copy for advertisements, create articles about things that interest you, or you could even start a blog and share your thoughts with the world. The added bonus to writing freelance is you’ll also end up with a long list of writing samples you can use for future job applications, which will make being hired full-time once you graduate even easier. Use those writing skills, and be paid for it? What’s not to like?

6. Babysitting

The classic after-school job for so many high schoolers; you might not even think it’s worth adding to your resume, but it absolutely is! While it’s simple on the surface, babysitting isn’t an easy job by any means. Managing kids is a hassle (as any parent knows), and being a good babysitter means you’re able to problem solve on the fly, multitask, and work with kids emotionally as well as socially. If you’re light on things to add to your resume, babysitting can be a great side gig to add, and a little extra money from some parents certainly doesn’t hurt.

There you have it, six ideas for side hustles that’ll really impress your future employers. College is a busy time in your life, but it’s also a big opportunity for you to prepare and get ready to enter the wider world in a few short years. Hopefully, you’ve got a better idea of just how to take advantage of your college years to put your best foot forward when it’s over.

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