tips for on-campus jobs

5 Handy Tips for Getting an On-Campus Job

If you’ve read our previous article, you should know by now that an on-campus job is the best choice for you. If you haven’t, here’s the link to the article: []

Now that you’ve learnt the benefit, we’re here to teach you how you can nag an on-campus job and make money quickly.

  1. Make your choice

There are a ton of on-campus jobs you can choose, so selecting one is not an easy task and needs thought and effort.

When looking for a job, ask to yourself: will I be able to manage time for this one? Is the pay negotiable? What kind of environment will I be working in? Does it require more work than I can handle?

At first, these things may look like simple thoughts, but trust me, they’re important, and it’s very important that you put your time and effort into sorting them out, so you won’t suffer in the long run.

  1. Be the early bird

The early bird gets the worm, and in this context, it is very much true. Chances are that you won’t be the only one applying for the job, because certainly you are not the only person in the compound who  wants to sit and around doing minimum work and get paid?

So if you want any chances of getting that job, you must apply earlier than everyone. Find out when the job opens: at the start of the first semester? After a vacation? Whenever it is, make sure you’re there earlier than the rest.

  1. Prepare a resume

Colleges tend to be lenient when it comes to on-campus jobs because they understand the academic pressure a student has. But that’s not the same when it comes to applying for an on-campus job.

When applying, you need to show your professionalism. Sure, whatever the job entails is a different thing, but be it picking up dirt or being a secretary for a millionaire, every job requires professionalism, and it’s not any different here. When you’re applying for an on-campus job, you need to show that you’re carrying a professional attitude, and a resume can help you do just that. File a resume with adequate detail and apply for the job with it, and there’s a higher chance of you getting the job.

  1. Gather info from peers

If anyone has ever watched Game of Thrones, they’ll know from Lord Varys that your friends are your most important sources of information. Now don’t go calling them “my little birds”, but the rest stands true.

Ask your friends what jobs are available. Ask them how they got the job (if they have one). Ask them where to look. And perhaps it goes without saying that you might ask to get a job from them too.

Wherever you g, listen to people and ask for ideas. It not only makes for great social interactions but also significantly increases your chances of getting a job.

  1. Build up an image

Now this is especially important in regards to your teachers and staff. Building a good image in front of them is a great way to earn their favor.

No, you don’t have to ace the exams for this to happen. The simple and subtle things are important here. For example, take into consideration the librarian. Whenever you go to the library, thank him/her for providing you a book. When you go to the café, thank the barista for the drink. Whatever it is, these subtle things will make a huge impact on the person (it works the same in real life too), and they’ll think you’re someone worth spending time with or putting an important responsibility on. In other words, your chances of getting that job will skyrocket.


Despite these tips, I want you to know that I don’t and will never encourage the idea of slacking off. You’ve built a sense of trust here, and it is very wrong to betray someone and destroy that trust. Procrastination, like everyone else says, will be your doom.

Whatever you do, I want you to put your full effort into it, even though the work itself may not require doing much. You should be ready for any task that is to be handed to you, and then I would be happy that my advice has helped a hard-working person get what they deserve.

Now go forth!

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