Getting an on-campus job is an excellent option if you want to build your network and earn new, transferable skills – and money. Many on-campus jobs provide leadership experience and opportunities to grow your resume in meaningful ways that’ll help you down the road. Send us a note if you’d like to hear more about how you can make the most of your on-campus job.
How to Get a Job on Campus
Explore On-Campus Employment Options
Take a look at the Student Employment page, where you’ll find the Jobs Board, a Student Employment FAQ, and information about Community Services and Work Study. The Jobs Board is where you’ll find all listed positions. Dig in and explore until you find something you’d like to apply for. Try to find something that’ll fit with your personality and long-term goals.
Follow Application Directions
When you find a position that interests you, follow the directions on the posting. If the directions say to reach out to the employer via email, do that. If they ask for a resume, send one in. (For help formatting a resume, go here.) Following directions, and being professional with all of your communications, helps make you a strong candidate.
Be Prepared for Your Interview
If you’re contacted for an interview, your chances of being hired increase if you’re prepared. Double check when and where your interview will take place, and be on time. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately. (This can be a tough thing to gauge, but in general, it helps to dress a notch or two more formally than you typically do.) Before your interview, practice saying out loud why you want the job and why you’d be a great fit.
Follow Up with a Thank You Note
Sending a thank you note goes a long way. In addition to showing that you’re courteous, it also shows that you’re serious about the job. Send a note via email to anyone who interviewed you, letting them know you appreciate their time and hope to hear back.
Show Your Enthusiasm
If you’re really interested in a position, show your enthusiasm throughout the whole process. Employers love to hire people who are excited to work for them. You can show your enthusiasm by being attentive to details, by preparing well for your interview, and by following up with a kind and sincere thank you note.
If you’ve successfully searched for an on-campus job before, what advice would you give to other students? Drop us a line and let us know.
Where can I get help with my resume and interview skills?
Your college Career Advisors can assist you with just these skills. Peer resume reviews are also offered through central Career Services. Learn more at Your Future.
How many hours per week should I work?
Every student’s financial situation is different. In general, students who are enrolled full-time will work 10 to 15 hours per week. Talk with your academic advisor about your schedule and time management strategies to determine what’s best for you.
What is work-study?
Work-study is a form of need-based federal financial aid.
Are there job opportunities off campus?
Yes! The surrounding UMass Amherst communities have many opportunities for employment from retail to food service and beyond. Explore what is available through research.