One of the most important things many international students look for in their first semester or few weeks is to find ways to support them financially by some part time jobs. All international students enrolled full time on F1 visa are eligible for working in On campus jobs. For more info on this read On Campus Vs Off-Campus Jobs – How much money can you make ? Finding an on-campus job can be very difficult as many students compete for the same. You need to be creative in looking for an on-campus job. In this article we will cover all those details on how to get one, including what you need before you apply.
First step, prepare a one or two page resume. Let’s look at that.
Prepare Resume to apply for On Campus job
Most of the on-campus jobs require you to submit a resume. Even if you do not have any experience working in your country, you still need to create a resume that has details about you and your education, your accomplishments, maybe your courses and other info as needed.
If you are an international student doing MS or MBA, you list your undergraduate(Bachelors degree) GPA or Marks and list some of your projects done in Bachelors. If you have worked, list it under work experience. Try to highlight your student involvement in your undergraduate like any student activities you have done, clubs you have been part of, etc.
Most of the jobs on campus focus on good customer interaction skills. Focus your resume on highlighting your customer facing experience. If you held any position in a Student Org, list the same. If you were captain of any sports team like Cricket, Soccer, you can list the same. If you have any awards or accomplishments like top in class, college, highlight them. Scholarships, etc.
If you have done anything in society like red cross or blood donation, focus on them. Overall, the goal should be to highlight your people skills. If you do not have any, try to get involved in community now so that you can put in resume when you come up here. You may not need a resume in some situations like if you get by reference. But, it is good to have one. For more, read How to prepare a resume for On campus Jobs
Option 1 – Easy way using Reference
The easiest way to get an On campus job is to ask your seniors. Most of the jobs are given to juniors that they know. Seniors, when they graduate, they would refer someone and leave. Of course, there could be lot of internal politics involved here, nevertheless still the easiest and best way to get a job on campus. If you think, there is too much politics, do not waste your time trying to kiss someone’s … There are better ways 🙂 If you do not know anyone, try to build your network by talking to seniors.
Option 2 – On campus job using Career Center
One of the most common ways to apply for an on-campus job is to go to Career Services Center and apply for an open position there. Some of the on-campus jobs are posted in Career center website or posted physically using a flyer at Career center. Not all on-campus jobs maybe posted on career center website. Guess what? Everyone knows this option and there is high competition to get a job using this option. You may or may not get lucky, if there are too many applicants.
Option 3 – Network with Student Organizations
A very creative way to get an on campus job is to join a bunch of student organizations and network with people. Of course, it cannot be just for job purpose. The idea is to get to know more people genuinely and then seek help. Ask your student organization friends or members where they work on campus and build network. This can be quick and effective. You will have to be committed to student orgs. Do not join something just to get job. Join to get to know people and be involved. Job will follow you based on your work.
Option 4 – Volunteering to get On-campus Job
Many offices in the Universities offer some sort of volunteering option, when they are short on budget. You can sign up for any volunteering opportunity in Student life office or any office that is in Student Union. If you volunteer, you get to know the bosses of the offices. You can ask them if there are any openings. They see you volunteering and guess what, you may be the next one to get a job. You can check other locations like International Student office as well.
Option 5 – Knocking the door by Visiting many offices
If none of the above options help you to get an on campus job, this is the final approach you can take. You need to print out a big bunch of resume copies and knock every single door in the Student Union and Academic offices. When you go to an office, usually at the front desk, you can ask if there are any on-campus jobs available for students. The odds are at least one in ten offices, you will get some leads to get a job. It is a very polite way to ask for a job and they appreciate your hard work and effort to boldly knock and ask them. This will get you job, if other fail ! Key is not to give up.
List of On-Campus Jobs – Where all can you work ?
Most of the on-campus jobs are very generic in nature and they involve supporting activities related to an office like front desk, research, support or any other activities. Most of these will be located in Student Union or Academic departments. Ideally, you can knock any office door and ask them. You lose nothing ! Below is an extensive list of on-campus offices and kinds of jobs that students work.
- Circulation Dept
- Inter library loan dept
- Archives Dept
- Sorting and Shelving
- Computer Labs
- Computer Labs ( IT/lab technician jobs )
- University Computing department ( More IT jobs)
- Student Life Office
- Student Leadership office.
- Dean of Students office.
- Student Government Office
- University Stadiums :Basketball, Football, etc
- University Fitness Center or Gym
- University Information Center
- International Students office
- Financial Aid office
- Writing Center
- First year or Mentoring center for Students
- Career Services
- Counselling Services
- Cashier’s office
- Adult Education center.
- Student Activities office.
- University Recreation Center.
- University Coffee shops
- Student Union.
- Parking services
- Visitor information center.
- University Book Store
- Athletics and Intra murals office
Apart from the above, you can also go to every Academic Department / School and ask there too like below.
- School of Business
- School of Arts
- School of Music
- School of Sciences
It could be frustrating to get a job sometimes because there are too many international students. Guess what, if you try all of the above options, you have very high chances of getting a job. In fact, I have used almost all of them in some way or other to get different jobs and also helped my friends in getting jobs through references. I know, they work !
What has been your experience looking for an on-campus job ?
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