Everyone says that college can be the best four years of your life. But to let the good times roll, it can require a little bit of cash. Getting a part time job on-campus is the perfect way to earn a little extra money in your pocket. The best kind of job while you’re in college is an on campus job. There is no commute and they will often work around your class schedule.

Last summer, I was an incoming transfer student into RIT. I didn’t know how to apply for on campus jobs, all I knew is I needed one. I got really lucky with the job I found, but I could’ve used some advice and guidance throughout my search. Therefore, I am happy to share all the things that I learned with you.

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Generally, a mass of on campus jobs start hiring at the end of the summer or right in the beginning of the school year, so you’ll want to start preparing your cover letter and resume. There are over 7000 kids that are employed on campus, and there are plenty of different opportunities. There is a common misconception that you can only work on-campus if you have a Federal Work Study. This isn’t true, anyone can be an on-campus student employee, as long as you are a full time student at RIT and can complete basic employment eligibility documentation. RIT recognizes that student academic success comes first, so the most you can work is 20 hours per week.

The Student Employment Office is responsible for all on-campus employment. Check out their website or even pop into their office in the University Services Center for more information. When you go to their website, click on “Search Jobs”. The link will take you to Handshake, the new website that RIT uses for students to find co-ops, internships, and on campus employment. Handshake is an easy way for you to upload your resume and cover letter to jobs that match your interests and eligibility. Occasionally, some on campus jobs will come to you through luck or through a connection. If there is a specific job you’re interested in, you can also look to see if there are any job listings on their direct website or if there are any contacts you can reach out to. However, if you’re searching for an on campus job, Handshake definitely is the best place to start.   

Finding the Job to Suit Your Needs

UCPhoto_20170209_Library_14There are many different kinds of jobs on campus. There are jobs in food services, the library, academic department offices, tutoring, admissions, the College Activities Board, lab assisting, fitness, event staffing, and more. It is important to apply for jobs that not only fit your skillset, availability, and desires, but to also apply for jobs that fit the employers’ needs. Be aware that some jobs require you to work certain hours or days of the week and some jobs only hire majors related to the roles that you have to perform. But, a lot of jobs are very flexible and you can apply for what you think you’d like the best!

Tips on Landing the Job

It’s one thing to apply for jobs, but it’s another thing to get a job. A lot of other kids at RIT with the same qualifications as you will be applying for the same positions. What can you do to set yourself apart? First of all, if you have a contact that is responsible of hiring for the position, don’t be afraid to reach out and follow up after you’ve sent your application. A simple phone call or email will show that you care and really are interested. Also, when you are applying make sure that you put all the available times you could possibly work on the application. Even though employers on campus will generally work with your schedule, they will tend to hire the most flexible person. Another way of landing the job is networking. If you have something specific in mind and your friends have the same job, ask if they can put in a good word for you. Otherwise, if you are interested in working in a certain department, go introduce yourself to get your foot in the door. When a position becomes available, you’ll be one of the first people they think of.

What to do After Receiving an Offer

Once you’ve been offered the position, you can’t just show up for your first day. There are a couple things you’ll have to do in preparation. Your employer will complete a Student Employment Verification Slip for you to bring to the Student Employment Office. Using that, you’ll obtain an Employment Eligibility Card from the SEO, which will allow you to start working. At the SEO, you will also need to complete an I-9 form and submit original documentation to provide identity and employment eligibility. The SEO is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

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A Unique Opportunity

Internships and co-ops are great; the experience you receive and connections you make can really benefit you in the future. On the downside, one of the biggest bummers about co-ops are leaving your friends for a whole semester and missing out on a bunch of good times. Imagine doing a full time co-op on campus, not taking classes, and still getting to hang out with your friends. Well, if you’re interested in working in the world of communications and social media, Behind the Bricks is hiring for their Social Media Manager Fall co-op position. For more information, check out our job posting on Handshake.

If you have any specific questions, don’t be afraid to contact us! Again, start to prepare your resume and cover letter now; we will be back before you know it. Good luck, finding the perfect on campus job for you, Tigers!

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