5 Tips for Landing an On-Campus Job

By Kailey Walters on August 30, 2018

If you have a little extra time on your hands during the semester and want to earn some cash, getting an on-campus job might be a good idea. After all, having a job while at school is a great chance to earn a little extra pocket money, add some potentially relevant work experience to your resume, and maybe even learn something new. Plus, working a job on-campus as opposed to off campus is usually more convenient and works better with your class schedule, so that you don’t have to rush off somewhere else.

Sometimes, however, getting an on-campus job can be difficult. While perhaps a bit different from other jobs outside of school, some on-campus jobs still require an extensive pre-hiring process that you have to be prepared for.

To increase your chances of landing an on-campus job, read on for some helpful tips.

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1. Consult your college career center.

Most likely your college or university has a career center you can visit, where you can obtain information, updates, and guidance about potential career and job options. Starting at the career center is a great first step, especially if you aren’t quite sure how to start in the first place.

While most college students probably visit the career center for advice and guidance on future job possibilities, the career counselors there can also be a great resource for those who are looking for an on-campus job. And as career counselors are trained to point you in the right direction, they may also be able to suggest a good on-campus job that lines up with your interests and potential career options. So, if you are at a loss for where to begin, visiting your college career center is certainly a great place to start!

2. Work on making your resume the best it can be.

An extremely important part of any hiring process is the resume. In any situation, of course, you want your resume to stand out and show off who you are as a professional individual, which is also relevant to any on-campus jobs you may want to apply to.

One great resource to help you improve your resume, as mentioned previously, is the college career center at your school. If you know at least generally what kind of job you will be applying to on-campus, the career counselors there can help you figure out what to emphasize on your resume so that you can display your relevant, previous work experience and academics.

Which leads to the next point…

3. Capitalize on your academic achievements.

When putting together your resume, it’s a good idea to focus on your academic accomplishments. Whether you’re applying for a job as a food server in the dining hall or a paid internship as assistant to the dean, you should do your best to make known your academic achievements (such as honors, awards, and GPA) to show that you are a hardworking and determined individual. Especially if your academic work relates to the job you’re leaning towards, emphasizing your academic achievements will certainly work in your favor. For example, if you are an engineering major, your academic history (such as the classes you’ve taken and the projects you’ve worked on) may be valuable if you want to work on the IT team on-campus fixing things such as computers and screen projectors.

4. Apply to multiple on-campus jobs.

Applying to several jobs at once will increase your chances of getting hired for at least one of them. Even if there are some jobs that don’t perfectly line up with your dream career, it certainly doesn’t hurt to apply to several of them — maybe some of them work well with your class schedule and would be convenient for you. Whatever the case may be, having at least a few other on-campus job options is ideal so that you have something to fall back on, just in case your first option doesn’t work out.

5. Prepare for your interview.

Just like any other job in the real world, it’s definitely always important to prepare for an interview. The type of interview questions will most likely be different depending on what kind of job you’re applying to, but generally you should have some standard answers prepared. That way, no matter what the interviewer asks, you will already have something in your mind that you can quickly use.

All in all, landing an on-campus job doesn’t have to be complicated. If you follow the effective and strategic methods outlined here, you may soon be able to find an on-campus job that suits you.

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