November 1, 2016
Are you an international student weighing your professional options? Curious about an on-campus job? Working at your university can be an excellent choice for gaining skills and experience to build your resume, and sign up for a social security number. You could work in your desired field or find something that satisfies your need to build a social community with peers who share your interests. You can turn your campus job into any kind of opportunity you like. Once you know what you’re going for, how do you land that perfect match? Follow these tips:
You may choose to have several campus jobs throughout your student life, or you might want to find one and focus on it deeply over a long period of time. Are you academically engaged to the max and need a job where you can do coursework on the clock, such as a computer lab or library? Are you looking for new friends you might meet through working at a specific student center? Is your priority building your resume with great experience that will give your skillset a boost? Once you know what you want from your campus job, inquire about the job’s schedule to make sure it’s a good match with everything else in your busy day-to-day life as a student.
Most universities have job fairs at the beginning of the term or semester. If you attend one, make sure to bring several copies of your resume or personal business card to hand out to potential employers, as well as a notebook or app for collecting their contact info. Job fairs can be a great option if you haven’t yet made up your mind. You never know — you may stumble upon the perfect job in a department you hadn’t even considered. In addition to fairs, pay close attention to your school’s job board for upcoming openings.
It’s hard to tell how well you’ll enjoy your work environment without visiting the job site first. Showing up in person is also a wonderful way to let potential employers get to know you a bit before submitting a formal application. A little friendliness and a handshake go a long way! This is one tactic that doesn’t translate as well outside the campus job market, so take advantage of being able to meet face-to-face before you ever begin your job placement.
You may not know of all the ways your personal network can impact your campus job search, so make sure to chat with your friends about their campus jobs and opportunities they’ve heard about. Since so many successful job applications involve a reference or having an acquaintance in common with the employer, leaning on your network can make landing the right job even easier.
Now that you’re prepared to consider all your campus job options, pick the one that fits perfectly with your goals. We wish you the best of luck in getting out there and making it yours! For more helpful guides on financial health for international students, subscribe to the ModernLend blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.