The skyrocketing cost of college has students everywhere looking for ways to fatten their wallets – or simply to “get by” as they pursue their degree.
Getting a job is an obvious answer, but many students don’t know where to start.
On or off-campus, there are always opportunities available for savvy students, so read on to learn how to find your personal money-maker.
Start the job hunt with your financial aid package.
Many students who receive grants or take out loans will have work-study automatically factored in.
If you qualify, the college will assign the student an on-campus job for the school year. While these jobs tend to be more or less menial labor, they usually pay above minimum wage and give you free time to study (hence the name “work-study”). The easiest college job to find is the one you don’t have to look for!
For those not lucky enough to have paid work thrown their way, there are numerous other on-campus positions to discover.
You’ll have to work a bit harder to find these jobs, and you’ll likely need to have a resume ready, so visit your school’s career center where they will show you how to properly present your skills and experience.
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For on-campus job listings, check out spots where students and teachers can post “Help Wanted” ads on billboards. You can regularly find students in search of a tutor, professors looking for lab/research assistants, or athletic coaches looking for student managers.
You’ll find these postings at student unions, dining halls, or other epicenters of student activity.
Your school should also have an employment page you can reach from their web site’s home page. Every job your college is looking to fill, from minimum wage positions to hiring a university president, is posted on these pages.
Sort through and apply for the jobs that seek students, such as the library help desk, dormitory resident advisors, maintenance and groundskeeping, and student teaching assistants (TA’s) in your field of study. Scholars who speak a second language are especially coveted TA’s.
There are only so many job opportunities per college or university, so sometimes students must look for work elsewhere. A small sampling of these jobs might include waitressing, bartending, retail sales associate, babysitting, pizza delivery, grocery bagger, high school/grade school tutor, pet sitting, receptionist, security guard, or yoga instructor.
All of these jobs require minimal experience and often offer part-time or temporary positions for college students.
To find this kind of job you can take your resume from business to business and ask for applications (be sure to dress nicely), or you can search for job listings in your local classifieds or on internet job boards, like Indeed.com, Craigslist jobs, and individual business employment pages.
Finally, keep your eyes open for the greatest of all college jobs: the paid internship.
Talk to your career services counselors or your department’s professors and see if there are internships in your field of study available with alumni or other connections to your major.
These jobs look great on resumes, give you valuable career experience, and sometimes even pay you for your efforts. If you’re REALLY lucky, you might even be able to get class credit (of course that’s up to your professors).