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What should I do to increase my chances of getting a job on a college campus?

I'm planning to live on campus, and I would like to save money and doing my part to keep the environment clean by not driving a car throughout college. However, I know that it's highly advisable to get a job during college to be able to cover daily expenses and work on paying student debt. What should I do to increase my chances of getting hired on campus?

Hi Bethany, this is a great question. The best advice I can honestly give you is start early! Consult the admissions counselors at your future university right now about work study options they have and positions they have available. Talk to students you know and get informed about the best jobs. Keep an open mind about every job. Also, don't give up. You may not get a job on college campus right away. Keep asking about the waitlist and jobs that will be opening soon. If you do land an interview, dress professionally, be yourself, and take it seriously. I hope this helps and I wish you the best! Mireia R.

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Kamilah’s Answer

That is a great goal to achieve! You can certainly do it.

Kamilah recommends the following next steps:

Maintain a great GPA your freshman year.
Make great relationships with your teachers, get to know what activities they're involved in on campus. It will help you out a inch more.
Look in the main building of your college and on the website for what work study jobs they have available and the requirements before applying.
Be involved on campus in different activities.
Make sure you're balancing your work study job and school work.

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Julianne’s Answer

Hi Bethany,

In my experience of over six years of college pursuing my BS, and then a Masters degree, I recommend you work on campus while attending college. It’s low pay, but if you can get a job at your college Associated Students organization it opens up lots of doors to free money. For example, I worked for the college in my Student Activities Office. That office oversaw the Associated Students. I organized their calendar and filed paperwork from them to the college accounting office. I worked directly with a Dean, a Dean’s Management Assistant, the college accounting office, and most importantly Faculty Advisors.

When it came time to apply for scholarships I asked for a letter of recommendation from the Dean, the Dean’s Management Assistant, and the Faculty Advisors I had gotten to know all just by working a student job on campus. The first year I got $2,000 in scholarships. The scholarships I have received have only grown exponentially and this year I have $10,500 in scholarships! This is the first year I can actually quit my job and just attend college and live off my scholarships. All of my achievements came from networking at school through a job. But if you aren’t able to accept a job on campus then you can join a student organization (aka student club) or start one at your school. This is another way to get at least one Faculty Advisor who can then give you a letter of recommendation for scholarships. All student organizations (aka student clubs) can be found by visiting your Associated Students. They have an office someplace on campus, and they should have a webpage within your college website too. Go to your college website and search for “Associated Students”. Go meet them and see if they have job openings, or get the list of student organizations (aka student clubs) from them.

We’re about ready to start our fall semester again and fall is the time the most opportunities are open because a bunch of students should have graduated in the spring causing vacancies in either student governance positions, or office jobs within the Associated Students offices. Go check it out, and good luck!🍀

Either way, getting a paid job, or joining a student club —you’ll come out on top! You’ll find many resources within the Associated Students and you’ll have a greater college experience by getting familiar with who they are and what they do and how you can contribute to them.

Finally, any work you do in a student club can also be put on your resume. Employers really appreciate students who not only work, but volunteer time as well. So make sure to find ways to show both on your resume.



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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Bethany,

I think it is great that you would like to have a job on campus. I worked 20 hours a week during 3 out of the 4 years of my college studies. I would say the best thing you can do is talk to your professors and to college administrators. Also, your financial aid office should have some advice on that.

I have worked as a writing tutor, library worker, dining hall attendant, and security guard. I also worked as a tour guide during reunion weeks taking alumnae of the school around.

Below are my top tips for securing a campus job.

Alexandra recommends the following next steps:

Make an appointment with someone at your school's financial aid office and ask about campus jobs
Check the library and dining hall. Sometimes they have bulletin boards or online ads that state they need people
Speak to your professors. One of them may need a research assistant or even an actual teaching assistant when you are a junior or senior.
Ask students in the upper classes how they got jobs
Become involved in extracurricular activities. Maybe if you do sports or theater, you will find about jobs at the gym or as a tech/assistant/usher with college theater performances

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Chasidy’s Answer

Hi Bethany. I agree this IS a great question. The above advice is perfect. I just wanted to add about an experience that I had getting a job on campus. Starting early is a BIG key and taking it seriously is the other key. There were several interviews that I went on that told me they couldn't count how many students come to the interviews without a resume. One of them told me that the resume is what they use to narrow down their choices. I would also send a follow-up e-mail thanking them for their time and remind them about something your guys discussed during the interview and recap why you are the best pick for that position. Good luck and happy hunting! Hope this helps!