How To Find a Job While You’re in College

Dear College Made Simple reader,

The skyrocketing cost of college has students everywhere looking for ways to fatten their wallets – or simply to “get by” as they pursue their degree.

Getting a job is the obvious answer but many collegians don’t know where to start.

On or off campus, there are always opportunities available for savvy students, so read on to learn how to find your personal money-maker…

– Scott

How To Find a College Job

Start the job hunt with your financial aid package.  Many students who receive grants or take out loans will have work study automatically factored in.

If you qualify the college will assign the student an on-campus job for the school year.  While these jobs tend to be more or less menial labor, they usually pay above minimum wage and give you free time to study (hence the name “work-study”).  The easiest college job to find is the one you don’t have to look for!

For those not lucky enough to have paid work thrown your way, there are numerous other on-campus positions to discover.

You’ll have to work a bit harder to find these jobs, and you’ll likely need to have a resume ready, so visit your school’s career center where they will show you how to properly present your skills and experience.

For on-campus job listings, check out spots where students and teachers can post “Help Wanted” ads on billboards.  You can regularly find students in search of a tutor, professors looking for lab/research assistants, or athletic coaches looking for student managers.

You’ll find these postings at student unions, dining halls, or other epicenters of student activity.

Your school should also have an employment page you can reach from their web site’s home page. Every job your college is looking to fill, from minimum wage positions to hiring a university president, is posted on these pages.

Sort through and apply for the jobs that seek students, such as the library help desk, dormitory resident advisors, maintenance and grounds keeping, and student teaching assistants (TA’s) in your field of study.  Scholars who speak a second language are especially coveted TA’s.

There are only so many job opportunities per college or university, so sometimes students must look for work elsewhere.

A small sampling of these jobs might include waitressing, bartending, retail sales associate, babysitting, pizza delivery, grocery bagger, high school/grade school tutor, pet sitting, receptionist, security guard, or yoga instructor.

All of these jobs require minimal experience and often look for college students for temporary or part-time work.

To find them you can take your resume from business to business and ask for applications (be sure to dress nicely), or you can search for job listings in your local classifieds or on internet job boards like Indeed.com, Craigslist jobs, and individual business employment pages.

Finally, keep your eyes open for the greatest of all college jobs: the paid internship.

Talk to your career services counselors or your department’s professors and see if there are internships in your field of study available with alumni or other connections to your major.

These jobs look great on resumes, give you valuable career experience, and sometimes even pay you for your efforts.  If you’re REALLY lucky you might even be able to get class credit (of course that’s up to your professors).

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC
Publisher, CollegeMadeSimple.com – The free educational resource of College Planning Network

 

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by CollegeStats.org.  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News, TheStreet.com, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.