Move-in day is just around the corner for thousands of college students. Here are some tips for making move-in day a success: Know your residence’s policies well in advance of move-in day, and make sure your parents are well aware of them, too. Many well-meaning parents have tried to bring, install, or move things that aren’t allowed. Label your boxes […]
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Campus jobs are an excellent, convenient place to earn money while gaining practical, transferable skills. Here are 4 tips to help you land a great campus job.
Check with your school’s human resources department AND financial aid office AND career services office.
Schools deal with student employment differently. Some have a centralized office, others rely on individual departments to post their opportunities. HR is a good starting place. Financial aid sometimes gets involved depending on your work-study eligibility. Career service may post on-campus jobs along with off-campus opportunities. So ask around to find out how on-campus employment is managed at your school.
Visit departments for which you’d like to work
A lot of college departments hire students. The typical places (library, bookstore, food services, physical plant, admissions, athletics, residence life) may have a standard hiring and training schedule. But many other departments (career services, academic advising, international student services, IT, major-specific departments, business office – just to name a few), may also have opportunities available, but may hire at different times throughout the school year.
Question: I wasn’t entirely honest on my resume. I wrote down that I knew a particular technique but I don’t actually know it, I’ve just heard of it. Now I’m feeling guilty. What should I do? ~ Rojirah M., Baltimore, MD Answer: You have a few options after submitting a resume or application that has false or inaccurate information on […]
- Sign up for rewards programs – many banks offer rewards or money-back programs for using their credit cards. However, as with any credit card, be sure you’re able to pay yours off each month or you’ll negate the money-saving benefits. Also, keep your eyes open for hidden fees. Other rewards programs can be as simple as coffee cards, or the like, that give you free product after purchasing a set number of items.
- Take advantage of student rates – a number of companies and professional associations offer discounts for college students. For example, Amazon Student gives students six months free access to their Amazon Prime program (minus instant video streaming), and then half-price on Amazon Prime after that. Hewlett Packard and Apple offer student pricing on electronics. And Sweet Careers provides free resume and cover letter reviews for current college students and recent graduates.
- Buy used textbooks – many schools will offer the option to buy used text books, or may have formal or informal exchange programs between students. In some cases, you may even be able to go without buying one or two textbooks in a given class! Many instructors will reserve copies of the textbook in the library for their students, however you will probably have to read the book in the library. Some students have also had success getting books through interlibrary loan.
- Shop using price matching – a number of grocery and retail stores offer price-matching programs that will match the price of a product that has been advertised for less at a different store. Walmart, Target, Best Buy and J.C. Penney are a few examples. This requires some coordination on your part, but can save quite a lot of money. If you are uncertain if a store offers price-matching, make a point to ask.
- Consider buying generic items – whether medication, personal care products, or food, many name brands have generic equivalents that are significantly cheaper. (more…)