“Where are all the jobs on campus?” I have heard this line so many times over my past two years at Clark. It may feel so that there are plenty of work-study jobs on campus and not enough for those who aren’t work-study. Nonetheless, non-work study jobs on campus are more competitive, simply because one is competing with more people—all international students are non-work study, but not all who are non-work study are international students.
So, before I give you a list of all the non-work study jobs I know of, I would like to take some time and spread the ‘words of wisdom’ some of us came up with for first-years and first-time jobseekers.
1. Make a resume
“Yeah, yeah”, “I’ll get to it tonight/tomorrow/next week”…. Never works out! We all love looking at our accomplishments and being reminded of the glory days. One would assume making a resume should be fun, but I guess it isn’t most of the time. Well, fun or not, it’s crucial you get yourself to start working on one and have a rough draft of how you want it to look like. Once you get yourself to do that, you can leave the rest to the miracle workers—CAREER SERVICES. These people can work magic with your resume. They can spot an ‘and’ without a D or a comma out of place without even looking twice. On a serious note, sometimes before you make your first trip to their office, they can feel a little intimidating but they really are very nice and extremely helpful.
2. Boost up that resume!!!
When I first started looking for jobs my first-year at Clark, I thought my resume was rather empty. I didn’t know why I should hire me so I figured no one else would either. Sometimes, we are all just drowning in low self-esteem but sometimes it isn’t a terrible idea to do more things that give your high-school-activity-filled resume a college-flavored-kick! Yes, be an active member at the clubs you joined or, better yet, get on their executive board. For even more kick, look for volunteer opportunities on campus or near campus. The more extra-curricular responsibilities you take on, the more brownie points you get. It shows employers that you are enthusiastic and you take the initiative.
Also, if you are looking to volunteer somewhere and receive some sort of monetary benefits in return, check out the thrift store! Volunteers at the thrift store get paid in store-credit and let’s face it, we all love some thrift store goodies!
3. E-mail your future employers
I spent all of my first year e-mailing all the people I wanted to work for. Even though I was unemployed for all of my first year, I was e-mailed back about job openings in the next academic year. This is a good time to mention that, when e-mailing prospective employers, it is always good to show enthusiasm through these e-mails and not necessarily be too persistent by sending them too many e-mails.
4. Ask around
In my business ethics and law class this semester, our professor was telling us how just knowing the people in the class was a form of networking. Your peers who are already a part of the workforce are your allies. Talk to them about their jobs to get more of an insight into what they do and what got them there. Also tell them that you are looking for a job so when they know about openings, they’ll keep you in the loop.
5. Be confident and amiable
Having the ability to speak comfortably in front of people you do not know is a valuable skill to have. It is also a difficult skill to develop if you really are not the chatty kind. Most places you will work at on campus will require you to make interactions with other people. Employers would rather work with someone who smiles a lot and is open to making conversation than those who are not.
Managerial Communications, Trial advocacy and Model U.N. are all classes, without pre-requisites, offered at Clark that let you build your speaking/presentation skills. Personally, Managerial Communications (MGMT 170) was a great class for me. I came out of that class with great presentations skills, interviewing insights and resume building secrets that will help me throughout my career.
6. Be happy and keep your grades up
Keep your grades up! Everyone loves a good student who can also take on other responsibilities on the side. Employed or unemployed, try to not let it take over your life. Keep your spirits high as you enter the world of job-seeking. You will be disappointed at times, but don’t let that stop you from trying again. Be happy with your efforts and yourself, because more often than not your low self-esteem can take a toll on your academics and your mental health.
So… Where are all the jobs on campus? Well, first thing is first and a lot of employers will tell you this as well- keep looking at the online job directory for openings. No don’t look it up once a month, if you are serious about getting a job then bookmark that tab and refresh it every week. Other than that, this is a list of jobs on campus that take in non-work study students:
1. Residential Advisors (Residential Life and housing office)
2. Clark Ambassadors (Admissions office)
3. Student callers (Phone room, Clark fund)
4. The Bookstore
5. Information Technology Services
6. International Students and Scholars office
7. Dining Services
8. Research positions (ask professors)
9. Models (Traina)
10. Safety Escort
11. Recycling Crew
As you start looking into some of these resources, keep an eye out for part #2 of this piece, where we bring to you even cooler insights about the on-campus job market! Till then, happy job-seeking y’all.
By Suaida Firoze