How to Find an On-Campus Job

10 Tips to Find a Job on Your College Campus

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On-campus jobs are often a great choice for students looking for a part-time job. As any college student knows, life is busy enough as it is, with classes, clubs, homework, exams and extracurricular activities.

It can be difficult to balance school with a work schedule, and that balance is even harder to come by when you factor in the commute to and from work.

Jobs on campus, therefore, tend to be a really good fit for college students.

For one, on-campus employers tend to be more understanding about academic demands, and are used to accommodating staffing changes based on fluctuations in course load. In addition, you won't have to worry about scrambling from class in order to make it to work on time, and working on campus is a great way to meet new people. You’ll also make valuable connections with faculty and staff at your university. Here's how to find an on-campus job.

Top 10 Tips for Finding a Campus Job

1. Brainstorm about what you want to do. Think about what skills you have that you could put to use on campus. Were you a lifeguard in high school? Consider working at your university's fitness center, staffing the indoor pool. Did you have a summer job as a barista? Try working at your campus coffee shop. Have you worked at a restaurant? Consider your college dining hall.

2. Don't ignore your resume. Just because you're looking for a job on campus doesn't give you an excuse to let your resume slide.

Treat the position as you would any formal job opportunity, and make sure your cover letter and resume are spic and span.

3. Check your college's job board. Many colleges have online databases where they list job openings for students. Some have a specific section dedicated to on-campus jobs. Make sure you take advantage of these listings.

4. Don't be afraid to ask, "How'd you get your job?" Make use of your peers. If you have any friends who work on campus, see if there are any openings at their workplaces, and if they can connect you with a manager or supervisor who would be willing to take a look at your resume. If you see an acquaintance working somewhere you'd like to work - like the campus Starbucks, for example, or in the dining hall - don't be afraid to ask if their workplace is hiring.

5. Network with professors. If you do well in a class or have forged a positive relationship with one of your professors, you can ask if their academic department is hiring an administrative assistant, or even if the professor themselves is looking for a teaching assistant or exam grader, for example.

6. Don't ignore those cork boards. From the campus student center, to dorms and dining halls, there are plenty of places where people put up flyers. Sometimes, these might be advertising open positions on campus, so make sure you take a gander next time you walk by.

7. Put up your own flyers. If you're highly skilled in a particular subject, like mathematics or physics, or if you are bilingual and able to tutor students who are taking a foreign language, you might be able to put these talents to use.

Consider putting up a flyer of your own to advertise your skills.

8. Stop by Career Services. Your college's Career Services is a valuable resource that you should definitely take advantage of. Not only can the office help you clean up or craft a winning resume, but they will also know about the employment opportunities on campus.

9. Think long-term. Not all on-campus jobs are easy to come by, but if you put in the right amount of planning and effort, you might be able to land yourself a stellar position. For example, although the hiring process to become a resident assistant in a dormitory is an extended one, the perks (free housing, for example) are enormous. Keep your eyes and ears open for these types of opportunities.

10. Check Craigslist and other job searching sites. Sometimes, companies post jobs that might not be directly linked to the university, but still take place on campus.

For example, corporate companies like Google, Red Bull and ZipCar often hire "campus ambassadors" to spread the word about their product or services on campus. In addition, advocacy organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, and Greenpeace are just a few who hire students to flyer on college campuses.

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