So, you’re a Uni Student and need to support yourself financially whilst studying? Juggling work-life and study can sometimes be difficult. But finding a job that lets you juggle the both can be even more difficult – if you make it. 

As a Uni Student, your weekdays are probably filled with study and attending classes. Leaving you with weekends and weeknights to earn some cash. However, if you’re lucky and have a good study schedule, you may have some weekdays to spare.

What are the most suitable jobs for Uni students though? To help you out, we’ve collated some information on the most suitable jobs. As well as some tips on how to get those jobs. Read on to find out!


Most (not all) people these days rely on coffee to get them through their workday. Therefore, baristas are well sought after. Barista jobs are often casual, which is exactly what you need as a Uni student. Although this isn’t always the case. 

If you have previous experience in a cafe or you’re already equipped with coffee making skills. Getting a job as a barista should be an easy task. However, if you don’t already have the skills, it’s not difficult to learn them. HITsa offer a 3 day Barista Course that will provide you with the skills to prepare and serve espresso coffee. Once completed, you should be able to find a barista job in no time!

Furthermore, barista work is a suitable job for Uni students. 

Bar Staff

Working behind a bar can be a great job for Uni students, that’s if you’re able to stay up late and you’re potentially willing to give up your weekends. Bar work is convenient for students as it’s mainly night shifts and weekend work. Leaving your weekdays free to attend Uni.

However, if you value your weekends and aren’t willing to sacrifice them to support yourself financially, bar work may not be for you. Unless you find an employer who’s happy to roster you on weeknights only. 

Furthermore, if you’re wanting to work in a bar you’re going to need to get your RSA. RSA training is a 1-day course that provides you with the legal requirements to work within the sale or supply of alcohol. 

HITsa offer this hospitality training online or in-classroom – enrol online today!

Gaming Staff 

Working in a gaming room is again another great job for Uni students. As gaming rooms are often open 7 days a week and until late, it’s quite easy to make room for shifts in your busy Uni schedule. 

However, to work within a gaming room you will need to get your gaming badges. Don’t stress though, these are easy enough to get! And once you have them, it shouldn’t take long to land yourself a job. 

Start by undertaking a Basic Gaming Course and then complete your Advanced Gaming to take it to the next level.

Wait Staff

If you don’t have time or you’re not interested in working late nights, working as a waitress/waiter could be a better option. Wait staff will often get to finish much earlier than bar or gaming staff as most kitchens are only open until 9/10pm. Therefore, you can still manage to juggle work-life and social events on weekends. With your weekdays dedicated to Uni and study.

Completing a Food & Beverage Service course is a great way to get into the hospitality industry.

Uni Students… it’s time to get a job!

Now that you know the best jobs for Uni students – it’s time to go out and get one! Whether you’re wanting to work as a barista or maybe bar work is more you’re thing. All you need to do (well should) is undertake some job ready courses. Especially if you don’t have prior experience in those fields of work. Job ready courses such as RSA Training, Barista Course, Basic Gaming Training and Food & Beverage Service are great ways to get your foot in the door.

Furthermore, HITsa offer all these courses plus more. Enrol online today and equip yourself with the skills you need for your preferred casual job.

Trying to find work and applying for jobs all starts from your resume or CV. Meaning your first point of interest from your potential employer would be both of these things. Or maybe even your cover letter, depending on what is required for your application. 

But, if you’re new to the workforce you may not know how to write a resume. And if this is the case, you probably also don’t know how to write a CV. Knowing how to write these documents and when to use them is crucial to finding a job. So, here’s some information and tips to clarify what these are!

What is a CV?

A CV (short for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for ‘course of life’) is a detailed document highlighting your career and education accomplishments. Which could include information such as; education, research experience, presentations, awards and scholarships.

CV’s are an important document outlining your full working history and achievements. Therefore, you want to make sure it’s powerful and stands out to employers.

What is a Resume?

A resume is generally a 1-2 page document that summarizes the most important information that a prospective employer would need to know.

This would include:

  • Contact Information: name, address, phone number and email.
  • Summary of Qualifications: relevant or impressive qualifications.
  • Work History: present and past employment, include dates, companies, job titles and relevant skills.
  • Education: highest level of education completed.
  • References: always include 2 or 3 references, making sure you ask them for permission prior to.

Your resume could also include relevant achievements, licenses and computer skills. As well as related courses or training that you’ve undertaken/completed. 

When resume writing, make sure you keep the design and layout neat and tidy. Your resume should stand out and catch your employers’ eye.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is the introduction to your resume. It should be more personal and informative, detailing why you think you are a strong match for the job. Also, do some research on the company and the role you’re applying for. This will help you to reflect your interest in the specific organisation and identify your most relevant skills. As well as show that you are genuinely interested in the role. Rather than using something generic, which would most likely get skimmed over and not read.

Think of your cover letter as a sales pitch, be confident and market your skills. You want to ensure that your cover letter makes the best impression, as this will most likely be your first point of contact.

Furthermore, finish your cover letter by asking the employer to continue and read your resume. And also ask them to contact you. 

For example, ‘I have attached a copy of my resume. I look forward to hearing from you about this position’.

What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?

The main differences between a resume and a CV are length, what info is included and the purpose of the document. CV’s don’t have a length limit, depending on how much career experience you have or don’t have. Your CV could be 2 pages long to 4 pages long. Whereas a resume will generally be 1-2 pages max. A CV will detail your entire academic career and a resume will summarise your skills and work experience. 

Most commonly, CV’s are applicable when applying for positions in; medical fields, academia and scientific research. This being because a CV will include info about your research, teaching experience, awards, grants and projects. While resumes include the more basic and straight forward details that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Therefore, a resume is the most common document requested when looking for work.

Is it bad if you have them confused?

It’s not a disaster if you’ve been confused between a CV and a resume. In Australia, CV’s are often used interchangeably with a resume. Which means they are referred to as the same thing – most of the time.

In other countries CV’s are used primarily when applying for jobs within the following fields; education, scientific, medical and academic.

When applying for these roles in Australia, it would be more beneficial to follow the layout of a CV rather than a resume. Use your judgement for what document would be more suitable for your application. Otherwise, most advertisements will state what they request from their candidates. Which will most commonly be a cover letter and resume. 

You’re ready to start resume writing!

Now that you know the basics of how to write a resume and how to write a cv… it’s time to get resume writing! Always ensure your documents include relevant and accurate information. And most importantly, make sure the layout is neat and easy to read with no mistakes. You want to impress your potential employer with these documents as they will probably be your first point of contact. Therefore, your first impression. 

Looking for work can be tough, so make sure you start off on the right foot (a great CV, resume and cover letter). Simply do that and you should find yourself with a job in no time.

Lastly, if you’re looking for work make sure you check out the Jobs Board which is updated daily. Keep your eye on it and start applying today! 

Cleaning jobs… a job that most people don’t think is important. However, most businesses wouldn’t be able to run without having a cleaner. Hygiene and cleanliness are highly important in pretty much every business. And without cleaners, these standards would not be met.

Working as a cleaner is often seen as an easy job, something you first start off with in the workforce. But this isn’t the case. Cleaning jobs can be very demanding in many aspects. 

Cleaning jobs can range from industries such as; tourism, hospitality, mining, retail and more. Meaning that the pay can also vary significantly, depending on the company you work for.

What is a cleaner?

A cleaner is employed to clean within a; domestic, industrial, health, education or public setting. That could be cleaning an office, home, aged care facility, mining accommodation or hotel. As well as a range of other things. Cleaning jobs can be available on a full-time, part-time or casual basis. And can vary from shift work to irregular hours.

Duties of a cleaner

When working in a cleaning job, you will be required to ensure particular areas are clean. This will be by; vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, polishing, wiping things down and disinfecting. Along with many other tasks, those are just few of many.

Most commonly, cleaners’ shifts will often start once the business has closed for the day. Or alternatively, before it has opened. This is so that the cleaning process does not interrupt business. Therefore, some cleaners may have the responsibility to ensure the building is locked and secure prior to finishing their shift.

Benefits of being a cleaner

Working as a cleaner can come with many benefits, some you would never even think of. Often as a domestic cleaner you can work for yourself/on your own. Which sometimes means that you can determine the hours you work, what time you work and how much you charge.

In addition, if you were to work as a cleaner for a hotel/caravan park, you will often work early mornings and no later than 3pm. This could be great if you have kids, as finishing earlier in the day allows you to do school pickups and cook dinner. 

Also, if you enjoy working alone a cleaning job could be your ideal choice of work. Quite often cleaners will work individually to get jobs done. So, if you enjoy your space, time and work better alone, a cleaning job may just be for you!

What you need to be able to work as a cleaner

As a cleaner, you may be required to work in a variety of environments. These environments may require you to obtain certain certificates or paperwork. Most commonly, prior to getting a cleaning job you will be required to provide a police check. This can be common in most workplaces. Especially if you’re working as a domestic cleaner within a school.

Also, if you’re working as cleaner for yourself you will need an ABN number and your own cleaning products.

How to become a cleaner

Cleaning jobs can be easier to get than other jobs. Sometimes all you need to do is obtain work experience within the field and gain on the job training. Or alternatively, a great way to get a cleaning job and also stand out from other applications would be to complete a Certificate 3 in Cleaning Operations.

What is a Certificate 3 in Cleaning Operations?

This cleaning course covers job ready skills to obtain cleaning jobs as commercial and home care cleaners. Cleaning Operations is completed in two phases; this being, four weeks of full-time training and then working 15hrs/week under a part-time contract for a local cleaning company. 

The course provides students with both hands-on practical skills training and class room based theory training. If you’re wanting to learn the skills needed to become a cleaner, a cleaning course would be ideal. Plus, it also provides you with formalised training and a qualification – which looks great on a resume!

Cleaners are important, so why not get a job as a cleaner!

Furthermore, cleaning jobs are just as important as many other jobs and do come with many benefits. They can be more flexible to work around your everyday life and working in that field can be very diverse. From domestic, industrial to public settings. Quite often there will be a lot of cleaning jobs available in various industries. 

If you’re looking for a cleaning job, keep an eye on our jobs board that gets updated daily. Alternatively, if you want to learn the skills to become a cleaner, enrol in the Certificate 3 in Cleaning Operations today!

Cocktails… a ‘fancy’ alcoholic beverage that most people enjoy to drink, but not so much make. Drinking cocktails is easy enough to do, however making them is a different story. It can be a very slow process if you’ve never made a cocktail before. One shot, two shot, ice… what’s next?

If you love drinking cocktails, it could be fair to say you’d probably enjoy working in a cocktail bar too (maybe). When applying for jobs within bars, whether that be cocktail bars or your typical pub bar, a lot will require you to have cocktail making experience. But what if you don’t have experience or don’t know how to make a cocktail? Well, that can be easily fixed with a few simple steps that will be covered below.

What does it take to work in a cocktail bar?

Firstly, before you learn how to make a cocktail you want to learn how to be the best bartender. The art of cocktail making is important, however so is the customer service that goes with it.

Bar work can require certain traits in a person. Working behind a bar can mean working with people who have been drinking. This can sometimes mean heavily intoxicated people and rowdy people. Which at times can be difficult to handle. Here are some of the main traits you will need when working within a bar.


Working in a bar can be both fun and testing, but it does require patience. You will constantly be working around alcohol and intoxicated people. Some people become rowdy, overly confident and loud when they drink. Alcohol affects everyone differently and you will need patience to be able to handle this.

People Person

Bar work requires you to be a people person as you will be working around new people every day. To be a successful bartender you will need to be able to engage with customers. Customers will often want to talk, this could be about their life, their problems or anything topical. You don’t necessarily have to have conversations with them, however it’s best to show some interest and acknowledge what they’re saying.


Being passionate about your work will show through your performance and most importantly, the cocktails and drinks you make. As well as your customer service. If you’re not passionate about your job it will more than likely reflect on your customers and your performance. Which is not what you or your employee will want. 

A sense of humour

If you’ve been around intoxicated people before you would probably know what they can be like sometimes. When working in a bar it’s best to have some sort of sense of humour, or at least not take everything seriously. Plus, customers will often love to be able to have a laugh with staff. Especially regular customers.

Time to talk about cocktail making

Now that we’ve covered the basic traits of cocktail bartending, let’s learn how to make a cocktail. Or to be more precise, the steps to take to learn how to make a cocktail.

Becoming a great cocktail bartender and making the best cocktails can take time. Firstly you want to start off by learning how to make the classic well-known cocktails. Such as; Espresso Martini, Mojito, Pina Colada, Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita and more. 

In addition, a great way to learn how to make cocktails is to take a cocktail course. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to prepare and serve a range of cocktails. As well as help you to land a job within a cocktail bar.

The basic tools needed to make a cocktail


The first tool needed, even though not all bartenders would use this tool, is a jigger. Experienced bartenders may not use this tool as they’re used to free pouring. However, as a beginner you should definitely use a jigger. A jigger is a measuring tool that is used to measure liquid. This is an important tool as balance is important when making cocktails. You don’t want to have too much or too little of something as it will throw off the whole drink. 


The shaker is a simple yet important tool. This tool is required for any drink that needs to be mixed/shaken. The most common shaker that bartenders use is a Boston shaker. 


The next important tool is a strainer. Some shakers may come with a built in strainer and some may not. A strainer is to be used after shaking a drink, it helps to ensure that all fruits and herbs don’t end up in the final product. Simply place the strainer on top of the shaker whilst pouring the drink into a glass.  

Bar Spoon

A simple, yet very important tool. A bar spoon is a metal spoon with a long and spiral handle that is used for stirring drinks. Some bar spoons will also have a handle on the end which is used to muddle herbs.

Time to start making cocktails

Now that you know all the basics of cocktail bartending service as well as the basic tools to make a cocktail, it’s time to learn how to make one! Although there are plenty of books and articles with step to step guides on how to make a cocktail. The best way to learn is by completing a cocktail course (Prepare and Serve Cocktails). This will not only give you that hands on practice with a qualified trainer. But, also provide you with a nationally recognised training certificate. Which will be beneficial when it comes to applying for jobs. You may not have that on the job experience yet, but you’ll be as close to it as you can get! 

Furthermore, HITsa Training and Employment offer a Prepare and Serve Cocktails Courseenrol online today. Most importantly, if you’re looking to work behind a bar you will need to complete your RSA course first.

Lastly, if you’re looking for work check out our online jobs board where you can find a range of; hospitality, security, admin and aged care jobs.

Working in hospitality, hotels specifically, can lead to big things. People often think of hotel jobs as that side job uni students do, or “you just work in a pub?”. However, working within a hotel can come with many benefits. You may start off as just a glassy or even a cleaner, but, take a few simple steps and you could soon be a duty manager. 

Running a hotel can require numerous staff, from; cleaners, gaming staff, bar staff, restaurant staff and kitchen staff. Hospitality jobs come in many different shapes and forms. You could work in large hotel chains or small family owned businesses. Either way, getting yourself a hospitality job could be as simple as completing an RSA course or even your basic gaming course. 

Furthermore, here are some great tips and information if you’re interested in working within the hospitality industry. 

Types of hotel jobs

Hotel Jobs can range from a variety of things. Depending on what sort of hotel your working in, how big the hotel is and what type of work you’re looking for. These jobs could be casual, part-time or permanent and could also be anything from cooking, serving or cleaning. 

Bar Staff

Bar work can be an easy line of work to get, sometimes. All you may be required to do is have completed your RSA, however some venues may require some experience for example Cocktail making. If you’re wanting to work within a bar and don’t have any previous experience, the first step you should take is to complete an RSA course. It may also be beneficial to complete courses such as Liquor Licensing Laws or a Prepare and Serve Cocktails course. 

These courses are easily accessible and affordable. Completing them would not only help you to get a job. But, it would also be highly beneficial for yourself if you don’t have any prior experience. You will learn the basic skills you need to become a bar tender, as well as help reduce the stress of being new to the industry. 

Gaming Staff

If you’re wanting to work within a gaming room you will be required to complete a basic gaming course. Completing your basic gaming course only takes 3 days and once completed you can commence work within a gaming room.

Additionally, if you’re only wanting to work within the bar or restaurant, completing this course can make you a more favourable potential employee. This will benefit you when applying for hotel jobs as you could work within the bar and restaurant as well as the gaming room. Ensuring you have completed your RSA of course.

Restaurant Staff

Working within a restaurant can again require no previous experience. However, this all depends on the type of business and role you’re applying for. When working within a restaurant you may sometimes be required to serve alcohol. This being said, it’s mandatory that you complete an RSA course prior to working within an alcohol service job. Other courses that could also be beneficial are the Certificate 1,2,3 and 4 in Hospitality or Food & Beverage service. 

Furthermore, these courses are not all mandatory but they will benefit you when applying for hotel jobs. You will gain further knowledge, skills and become more confident in what you’re doing. Especially if you’re new to the industry.

Kitchen Staff

From head chef to kitchen hands, kitchens can require multiple staff and sometimes have many positions available. Whether you’re wanting to pursue a career as a chef, or simply want to work as a kitchen hand. The best way to score yourself a job within a hotel kitchen is to complete some basic training first.

Kitchen hand jobs will often require no previous experience, however completing a Hygiene Practices course would be beneficial. In addition, completing a Certificate 2 in Kitchen Operations can be a great first step to becoming a chef as it provides you with a pathway into an apprenticeship. 


Cleaners are just as important as any other staff within a hotel. Without cleaners, you’d probably have no patrons – because who wants to visit a dirty venue right? It’s easy enough to get a cleaning job without any experience, however a Certificate 3 in Cleaning Operations can provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need. As well as set you up with on going employment.

Benefits of hotel jobs

When working within a hotel you could simply start out as a glassy, then end up being a duty manager, or even a manager. Sometimes all it takes is completing certain courses. Or it could be as simple as committing to your job and showing your employers you’re ready to move up the ladder. Hospitality is a growing industry that comes with new learning opportunities all the time. From new trends, to new products. You’ll always be expanding your knowledge and skill set.

In addition, hotel work can be found anywhere within the world. This means it’s easy for you to travel and gain work once you have the experience. If you work hard enough and want it you can move up the ladder within hospitality very quickly. You could start in a country town pub and end up in an international hotel chain – the opportunities are endless!

Time to land a hotel job

The hospitality industry is very diverse and always has hotel jobs available. Whether you have no experience at all or you have years of experience. Depending on the business chain, type of hotel and what the hotel offers. It’s always a great idea to get some training under your belt. 

Completing hospitality courses helps you to gain new skills and knowledge about the chosen topic. As well as benefits you when applying for jobs. You will also be more confident in interviews or trials as you would already have the basic knowledge and skills for that role.

Furthermore, if you’re currently looking for a job, make sure you check out our jobs board that gets updated daily. Or alternatively, enrol in one of our many hospitality courses

Congratulations! Your resume has caught your employers eye and they now want to meet you in person. You’re now one step closer to your dream job!

So what now? It’s time to prepare yourself and make sure you’re ready to ace this interview. Job interviews can be nerve racking and you might think you know exactly how to ace one, or you may have plenty of interview experience. However, there’s always new tricks and tips to learn. Plus, if you really want this job you’re going to work for it right? Furthermore, here are some great job interview tips to help you out. 

What is a job interview?

A job interview is the next step after applying for a job (if you’re successful). Generally the employer and another employee will ask you a range of questions during your interview. These questions will often be about; your career, goals, personality and life. This may sound easy, however some questions may put you on the spot and it’s always best if you have an answer for everything. Try to avoid saying “I don’t know”, and always be confident in your answers.

What should you wear?

Planning your outfit for a job interview is a key factor. Before you get the chance to talk to your employer, the first thing they will notice is your personal presentation. Dressing nicely and putting effort into your presentation will show that you take pride in yourself. Depending on what job you’re going for, it’s best to dress how you would if you were working for that company. But, never dress too casual. It’s as simple as dressing smart and presenting yourself well.

Ask questions

Before your interview, a great tip is to do some research on the company. This will show that you are genuinely interested in the company. As well as allow for you to ask more informed interview questions. Furthermore, at the end of an interview the employer will often ask if you have any questions so it’s best to have something prepared. Rather than to shrug your shoulders and seem uninterested. 

Show positive body language

Another key interview tip is to show positive body language. Make sure you don’t; slouch, fidget, avoid eye contact or seem awkward. Most importantly, don’t sit there with your arms crossed. Sit up straight and try your best to look comfortable and confident. This will reflect greatly on to your employer.

Show that your willing to learn

It’s great if you have a range of skills that you’re able to bring to an organisation. However, if there’s something that your employer is looking for and you don’t hold that skill, show a willingness to learn. It always looks good if you show that your excited and willing to learn new skills. Especially if you’re applying for an entry level job or even your first job.

Be punctual

One of the worst things you could do is arrive late to your job interview. Arriving late would imply that you would do the same when arriving to work if you were to score the job. A great interview tip is to make sure you know where you are going for your interview. Checking the location on google maps or even test driving the route could be beneficial. Furthermore, arriving anywhere between 15-5 minutes early would be perfect. 

Practice, practice practice

It might sound silly, but practicing your interview with a friend or even yourself can be a great way to prepare. You can practice your interview questions and answers that you think you may be asked. Which will help to make you feel more relaxed and confident about your job interview. 

Time to ace your interview and land that job

Furthermore, the 6 interview tips provided will help you to ace your next job interview. Simply make sure you keep these tips in mind and practice, practice, practice. To be successful in your next job interview it can be as simple as; asking questions, being confident, positive body language and showing a willingness to learn. 

If you’re looking for work check out our Jobs Board where you can find a range of hospitality jobs, admin jobs and other current jobs available. Or alternatively, get your foot in the door by completing one of our Adelaide Courses. At HITsa we offer a range of courses from a Cert 4 in Hospitality to a Cert 3 in Individual Support. As well as security courses, cleaning courses and gaming courses.

Enrol and enquire online, or call our friendly staff on 08 8351 5855 for all your training needs.