As the beginning of the new academic year approaches it’s time to think about looking for an on-campus job that could add more experience to your resume. Here are some things to think about once you get hired for your not so dream job on campus that may help you get that big time adult job after graduation.
A Good Starting Point
You are working toward that PR degree so your first job in college obviously will have to be in social media or design right? Not always. Although you may be learning skills super important in class that will help you with those jobs in the future, companies may not think you are qualified if you want to jump straight into an industry position with no previous job experience. This is why those on-campus odd jobs are perfect. They help build your resume outside of your high school experience and show future employers that you have work ethic outside of what immediately interests you.
If you have the option, try to find jobs that sound like they could be somewhat relevant to your area of study. For example, if you are studying a subject where your future career will be mostly spent in an office, try applying for positions like “Office Assistant”, “Front Desk Associate”, or “Secretary”. You may not have the option to chose anything besides working at the library, but if you do have the option try that method.
Recommendations are Important
No matter where you get hired on campus, it is guaranteed that you will be working with and for other people. This gives you a great opportunity to make positive impressions on these people who could make the difference when applying for your dream job in the future. Entry level positions for college grads most definitely will ask you for recommendations from your place of study and having an on campus job gives you the opportunity to build a list of people who can vouch for you outside of academics. A great recommendation letter can make the difference between you and another candidate with the same skills and education.
Whether you are working making smoothies during the semester or as the dean’s personal assistant, you will be learning soft and hard skills that will appeal to future employers. These skills include things like: managing a team schedule, pricing product, working under pressure, handling confidential information, and more. These skills are transferrable (fancy word for applicable) to multiple jobs you will have throughout your young adult life. You may not think of these types of skills when first applying for the job; but if you think about this as you are job searching, it will help you find the best position that will be of greatest benefit to your future career.
Mastering the Art of Customer Service
If you are taking a job on campus, it is very likely you will be talking to students and visitors each day. This daily interaction is called customer service; and it is gold for employers. Being able to positively communicate with customers is a huge benefit for a lot of jobs and shows that you are able to handle yourself in a professional environment. For example, if you are working at the student bookstore you most likely will encounter upset and stressed out customers. If you tell a future employer after college that you dealt with that, it will show a lot of great things about your ability to handle stressful situations making you a prime candidate for the job.
Learn What you Don’t
By having a job on campus you will learn industry lingo and important info you would have never known without taking the job. As a secretary, you could learn how a certain department operates and become a mini expert on that program. If you work at the school cafeteria, you will learn how large food operations work and other processes meant for a scalable business. This knowledge could come in handy someday for a job that is more closely related to what you are studying and could show how you are a more well rounded candidate to future employers.
Now accept that on-campus job offer with pride! There are serious benefits that I’m sure you will see later on after graduation.
Lastly, reach out to your campus’s Human Resources to find out what part-time student positions are available.