Careers Service

Where to find jobs

When looking for a part-time job, make sure you not only check a range of vacancy sources frequently, but that you also take a proactive approach to finding work.


MyCareerHub is our vacancy and employer database. We advertise hundreds of diverse part-time jobs on it each year. It is updated daily so make sure you check it frequently.

Recruitment agencies

Using a recruitment agency is an increasingly popular method of part-time job hunting for students - particularly for jobs in hospitality, catering and events, and office work. You can find tips on finding and registering with agencies, as well as the Careers Service survey of local agencies, in this section.

Shop windows

It is not unusual for shops, bars, restaurants and cafes to put up notices when they require more staff. If you are looking for work, be alert to these adverts, particularly at busy times of year such as the run up to Christmas and the Edinburgh Festival.

Local press and job sites

Local papers will each have a jobs section and corresponding websites.

Ask around

Take a proactive approach and go into potential employers to ask if they need any staff. Typical employers of part-time staff include shops, bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and libraries.

Take a CV which is tailored to the employer with you (you can get feedback on your CV at the Careers Service) and have your sales pitch ready for why you want to work for them. Even if they don't have any current opportunities, many employers will be willing to keep your CV on file should something come up.

Further information

These sectors tend to have the greatest number of part-time opportunities for students:

Staying safe

Wherever you find your vacancies, please keep your personal safety in mind and be aware that not all employers are legitimate. Read our guidance on staying safe and spotting scams.


SAFERjobs is a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation created in 2008 to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job, or through the services provided by the recruitment industry.