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On-Campus Job Hunting

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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.

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.

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.

4. Peer-Tutoring

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!

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.

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. 

Have you ever worked on campus before? Tell us about your experience below!

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Twitter for Post-Grad

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Twitter has more than 200 million active users, so it’s safe to say some of that 200 million are employers looking to hire your highly qualified and educated self. For those of you who don’t have a Twitter account, get one. Like Facebook, it’s addicting, but unlike Facebook, it’s a bridge to employers, job opportunities, and beneficial connections. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that “more than half (54 percent) of recruiters now use Twitter for their talent search.” It’s become an essential tool for both employers and job seekers (like college students), so get on board! Here are a few accounts to follow to get started.

1. @JobHuntOrg

Jobs, advice, and resources. Just looking over their feed, there are a lot of helpful articles, including knowing when to relocate for a job, mistakes to avoid at job interviews, and how to stand out from other job seekers.

2. @InternQueen

As I mentioned in my last post, Lauren Berger is the goto expert on finding and keeping internships, not to mention other career and workplace advice.

3. @AskAManager

“Not sure what your manager is thinking, how to ask for a raise, whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or more? Ask away.” Insight that’ll prove to be valuable. Also check out @BrazenCareerist.

4. @Ed2010

For those journalism majors who want the latest on openings in the magazine world.

5. @Lifehacker

Okay, not really job related, but still – simple tips and tricks everyone can benefit from.

6. @CollegeTownLife

“Articles, photos, videos, music & everything college.”

Other accounts to follow: your professors and university, people who work in your field of study, companies you’re interested in, etc. Build up your own following, market yourself via your profile, etc. Put yourself out there and reach out to people and companies. You never know what you’ll find.

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No matter what year you are in college, it’s important to be on the lookout for internships. You don’t need me to tell you internships provide valuable hands-on experience, paid or not, and connect you to people who have an in with your dream work field. Internships are the gateway to securing a job. However, don’t just expect one to fall in your lap; finding a good internship can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it and necessary. Don’t want to be one of the thousands of students displaced and panicking after graduation? Here are a few places and ways to start searching!

1. Career Center

The people who work in the career center are pros at finding internships and jobs, and helping students perfect their resumes and cover letters. When companies are looking for interns, they often post with universities. Since you’ll be on campus anyway, stop by and check for openings.

2. Intern Queen Website

One of my favorite websites for available internships is the Intern Queen, run by internship expert Lauren Berger. It’s chock full of opportunities, career advice, and college tips. Post your resume, scroll through the listings, and even apply to become a Campus Ambassador.

3. Spread the Word

Tell everyone you know that you’re looking and, more specifically, what you’re looking for. By using social media, blogs, professors, family, and friends… word of mouth is a fast way to find connections.

4. LinkedIn

Perhaps an employer won’t use the site to reach out to you for an interview, but putting your education, experience, skills, and recommendations out there is a great way to market yourself. My current internship boss checked out my LinkedIn profile before our interview and said it played a part in her decision to interview me.

5. Call

Another way to find an internship in your desired field is to “cold call” as Intern Queen’s Lauren Berger did. When the company she wanted to work for didn’t have information about interning, she picked up the phone. So if your dream company doesn’t outright list their intern opportunities, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone!

Above all, be persistent. Attend career and internship fairs on campus, check with the alumni office, and scour any other internship sites you come across. However, don’t depend on online listings, as some sites are not frequently updated or even legitimate offerings.

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Making the Most of Student Jobs

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Being a college student means wracking up a pretty big education bill. With the costs of tuition, housing, food, and school books – students usually find that they cannot break out of the “broke college student” stereotype. For some college students the amount of time outside of class required for a major can make having a job during the school year impossible. School break is a great time for this because students can work 40-hour weeks at internships or minimum wage jobs.

I know that I have spent time between jobs and internships during college breaks to gain experience and extra cash. Below are some of the best types of jobs I’ve held as a college student that I would recommend for other college students looking for ways to get extra cash.


Although any customer service job is good, being a server means raking in tips that you may miss as a busser or host. Serving is a hard job but it is well worth it if you can handle staying polite with even the rudest customers. If you live in a popular vacation town or talk to a potential employer then it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a seasonal serving job in a restaurant.


If you can handle children and possibly over-protective parents then being a nanny is a great way to earn some money over the break. Working as a nanny means that you can sometimes choose your own hours and almost always set your own price per hour or child. If you want a position outside of your hometown, a lot of websites offer nanny programs in other countries or states that will provide a place to live as well.


If you are having trouble finding a job or a company that is willing to hire someone for a seasonal position, you can always find odd jobs in the town instead of a normal minimum wage job. Mowing lawns, walking dogs, raking leaves, and painting houses are all jobs that will give you a paycheck and allow you to be outdoors!

It takes a little time to research for potential job opportunities but with enough digging, I have always been able to find something. If you are returning home from college, then plan ahead and try to go home for a weekend to scout out potential employers. Even to just get your name out there a month or two in advance could secure a good seasonal summer job.


Happy Hunting!

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Top 10 Events of 2011

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…according to guest blogger Serena Piper

By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Sometimes it’s impossible to stay on top of everything that happens in the world every day. Even if we watch the news, follow the “important” people on Twitter (newscasters, celebrities, etc), and read the articles our friends share on Facebook, we somehow always manage to miss something. In case you were too busy studying for finals and partying on the weekends, here are the top ten events of 2011; the moments we’re sure to remember forever.


1. The Royal Wedding – Around 23 million Americans tuned in on April 29th, the day Prince William and Kate Middleton got hitched. There’s a lot of speculation over how much the wedding actually cost, but estimates come close to $60 million!

2. Casey Anthony Trial – It seemed like the trial went on forever and when it finally ended in July, many were unhappy with the “not guilty” verdict for Casey Anthony, who had been accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

3. Osama Bin Laden Death – In May, the leader of Al Qaeda was finally hunted down and killed by U.S. forces, providing some sense of closure for some of those who lost family in the 9/11 attacks.

4. Charlie Sheen’s Downfall – Only a celebrity could take negative attention from the media and general public and use it to work in their favor, and not just monetarily either. Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men in February and has since created a Twitter account, where his trademark terms “winning,” and “tiger blood” took off.

5. Occupy Wall Street – In September, occupy protests began in New York; those who participate are upset about social and economic inequality. The protests have since gone international with Occupy movements popping up all over the world from Australia to France to South Korea. Their main slogan is “We are the 99%.”

6. Muammar Gaddafi Toppled – Anti-government protests in Libya turned into a rebellion that lasted eight months and ended with the NTC (National Transitional Council) shooting and killing Libya’s longtime dictator in October. Gaddafi’s death was the end of a 9-month civil war and Libya is in the process of rebuilding itself.

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7. Japan Earthquake – For Japan, March brought a tsunami that triggered the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986): a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast. The disaster left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and hundreds of thousands still haven’t returned to their homes.

8. Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal – In March, a grand jury began investigating accusations that Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, sexually assaulted eight boys over a 15-year period. Unfortunately, it seems that with each day that passes, more accusations are brought to light. So far, Sandusky has been indicted on 42 counts of child molestation from 1994 to 2009. Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has had his impeccable reputation tarnished because of the scandal and he was fired as a result. A sad story for all involved.

9. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed – For almost 18 years, a law prevented gay Americans from serving openly in the military. It was repealed September 20th; now, those who serve will be allowed to publicly reveal their sexual orientation without fear of being treated unfairly or being dishonorably discharged from their duties.

10. Death of Steve Jobs – He made technology available to the masses on desktops and in our pockets. He passed away October 5th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, but not before introducing the world to the iPod, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, iTouch and many more society-changing products. Hungary recently erected a statue of Jobs in a Budapest science park, no doubt proving Jobs not only left his mark physically, but in our hearts as well.

Do you agree with these picks? What else stood out from 2011? Let us know in the comments section below!

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