What You Need to Know About On-Campus Jobs

Ever wonder how you can be in the shoes of someone with a great on-campus job? It’s not as hard as it looks, if you know all the facts. Read here to learn what you can do to improve your chances of scoring a great part-time job right in your own backyard.

Realize the Benefits

The great thing about all on-campus jobs is that they work around your schedule. Most places allow you to work in as little as one-hour shifts in order to make it to classes on time. School is your number one priority, and any manager on-campus will understand. Not only will you be able to have a flexible schedule, but there will probably be multiple other students employed at the same place. So, if you’re ever sick, need to study for finals or just need a vacation, you have a line of students out the door ready to fill in for you at work. Plus you’re sure to make friends along the way.

Ask Questions

Next time you’re in line for a coffee, waiting for a sandwich to be made, or even getting a textbook checked out, ask questions to the employee working there. It’s not always as simple as filling out an application for on-campus jobs, especially at places like the library. There are probably a few back doors you may need to find in order to get in touch with the manager. Figure out what steps the employee took to get the job, and ask what general tasks they do each day. You’ll find out more about what kind of position it really is, and learn crucial steps in the application process.

Apply Everywhere

If you’re really interested in a job as a freshman, now is not the time to be picky about where to work on-campus. Apply to as many places as you can, because there will be a ton of students fighting for a few spots. The good news is that since they’re all on-campus, it won’t be too tedious to apply at a bunch of places, and it really will increase your chances of getting a few call backs.

Beat Out the Competition

It’s no secret that on-campus jobs are in huge demand from students, and no matter where you apply, there’ll be a pool of students eager and willing to take the same spot. But it’s up to you to stand out to the employer as someone who they can count on. How can you do this? Be persistent, but not pushy. Instead of turning in an application to a random employee, ask to speak to a manager. If they aren’t in, ask the best time to reach them and come back. Personally handing in a resume will show that you are truly interested in this particular job. Remember to shoot them an email if you haven’t heard back in a week or two- this will help keep your application at the top of the stack.

Don’t Stop Looking

If you need fast cash and wind up working at the school cafeteria, don’t think you’ll be stuck there forever. Keep a positive attitude and work hard. Most on-campus employers are well connected to other areas of the school, and will notice a job well done. By the end of the year, you may make it into a more desirable position through either promotion or transfer. With students graduating every year, spots will continue to open up at various places on campus, and someone with a good work ethic will have a better chance of scooping them up.

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Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. At school, she enjoys her job working for the university's Academic Skills Center, taking part in social and charity events with her sorority, or just reading a book in the sunshine. Outside of school, she enjoys travel, learning to cook, catching up on her favorite TV shows and exploring her coastal college town.