By: Andre’ LaMont Moses
My freshman year here at EMU, I had a really hard time finding a job. Since I didn’t work in high school, my resume looked super sad and blank, so I figured no one would hire a guy with no experience. It took me a while to realize that getting a job on campus requires a few little tips and tricks, as well as some initiative from you to get out there. Having a hard time finding a job on campus, young eagle? Take my advice, and see if it works for you (which it will):
- Become involved in organizations: Many campus employers like seeing a well-rounded, involved college student working for them, so even joining just one organization on campus helps. If you can, after your first year, try running for an E-board position (you help plan out meetings and events) in your organization. This shows more of your leadership skills and makes you more desirable as an employee.
- Apply everywhere: Don’t be afraid to apply to positions you never could see yourself doing. You might end up liking this new employment adventure you’re on.
- References: If you do find a job, keep things cool and nice with your supervisors. They are the ones who provide your references for other campus jobs. Take it from me, references can make or break your hiring decision.
- UACDC: University Advising Career Development Center is pretty good at keeping jobs posted and helping students to find jobs as well. Here is the link to their page: http://www.emich.edu/uacdc/