Although finding a position on campus can seem daunting, we have many positions available to students, whether it be through ZagDining, within specific departments, the library, or in our student center, Hemmingson! Below are some steps you can take to help ensure that your student is ready for work once they arrive on campus!
Be sure you have discussed whether getting a job in the fall will be part of your student’s “educational experience.” Campus supervisors work very hard with our students to make sure they are balancing their work and academics appropriately, giving them the opportunity to be successful in both areas.
Your student should review emails sent from the Financial Aid Office regarding student employment opportunities.
Have your student review their class schedule to know when they would be available to work.
Have your student write down their work and volunteer experience and bring that with them.
Don’t give up! If your student is having a tough time securing a position, do not give up. Encourage them to reach out directly to the contact person on a posting, expressing their interest; be sure to have them continue their search once they are on campus, as many departments choose to post positions by multiple means (flyers, Morning Mail, etc.)
Students must be ready to complete the mandatory hiring paperwork which includes the W-4 and I-9 forms. For the I-9, original documents must be presented. Copies are not accepted. Original documents can be an unexpired passport, OR, an original social security card, OR, original or certified birth certificate. Don’t leave home without them!
CAN MY STUDENT REALLY KEEP UP WITH THEIR ACADEMICS AND WORK?
Students who work 10-12 hours a week, especially on campus, turn out to be better students. They can prioritize better and are better organized. By working, they are not only earning a paycheck, but they are building community and learning more quickly where their resources are. And, we believe, students should be contributing financially toward their college education; it makes them more invested!