It is almost time to head back to campus. Now is the best time to start job hunting on campus. The great thing about on-campus jobs is not only that they work around your class schedule, they also are conveniently close! The problem most of us have with finding a job on campus is knowing where to look.
1. The Library
College libraries are most often one of the largest buildings on campus, which typically means that they usually have the most job openings for students. Simply go to your college’s library and ask about job opportunities.
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2. College Bookstore
The best time to apply for a job at your college’s bookstore is right before the start of the semester since that is their busiest time. Although often times the positions are only temporary, it is still a great job for students.
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3. Dining Services
If you don’t mind the smell of cafeteria food, this is a popular place for student jobs. There are different positions available in your college’s cafeteria: line servers, dining room attendants, checkers (swipe ID cards), etc.
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This is a great job for students who did well in certain classes and would like to tutor others in those subjects. Visit the department in which you’d like to tutor and find out if they need peer-tutors. Not only do you get paid, but you’re also refreshing the material for yourself!
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5. Federal Work Study
In order to get a work study job, you have to apply for FAFSA. On the application, indicate that you are interested in work study. Not everyone will qualify for it, but if you qualify for Financial Aid, you will most likely qualify for work study. Call your Financial Aid Office on campus to find out if you qualify and how to apply for a job.
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The best time to apply for these jobs is early August and/or early January. This is the time in which there are the most job openings. Also check out local shops, restaurants, or gyms.
Tip: If applying in person, always have your class schedule printed out with you. Since on-campus jobs work around your schedule, they like to see your schedule along with your application.
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