6 University Jobs That Will Boost Your Resume

February 17, 2016
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6 University Jobs That Will Boost Your Resume

There is a bit of a misconception that university jobs are only available for students who gain employment through work study, or graduate students who become TAs. In reality, there are a variety of on campus jobs available to anybody who chooses to apply, that can be a great addition to a student’s resume. If you want to  get an on campus job that earns you serious job consideration down the road, take a look at the following positions.

1. College Radio Station Personality

If your college campus is home to a radio station, you have probably enjoyed listening to that radio station, or maybe attending some of the concerts your college radio station has promoted. Maybe you have even fantasized about going on air or being behind the scenes. Here is some good news. You can do these things, even if you aren’t a part of the Mass Comm or radio broadcasting school. If you have an idea for a radio, or some extra time, let that be known. You might just get hooked up with a show of your own. Your college radio station might have jobs in production, advertising and more. You don’t need to be a part of the broadcasting or Mass Comm program either.

2. College Newspaper Journalist

Most colleges have at least one student run newspaper, if not more. What you may not know is that they are frequently hiring people to work as journalists, columnists, assistant editors and more. If you enjoy writing, and have an interest in sports, entertainment, campus life, or news and politics, consider putting in an application. You’ll meet some great people and earn money doing something you enjoy.

3. Resident Assistant

This may not seem like a fun job at first. After all, who wants to be the person in the dorm rooms that breaks up loud parties and enforces other rules? However, if you have the ability to get along with others and be a bit of a diplomat, RA is not a bad position to hold. You’ll save money on your own tuition and fees, and you will pick up people skills that will serve you very well in the future.

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4. Financial Aid Clerk

There are frequently many jobs available in the financial aid office. Student workers are needed for data entry, assisting people with applications, manning phones, and dealing with paperwork. If you have aspirations of working in the finance industry, customer service, or in any business setting, this job might be perfect for you. You will also develop specialized computer skills that may make you more appealing than job applicants who are not experienced with office applications.

5. Dining Hall Employee

This is hard, busy, fast paced work that isn’t suited for people who aren’t used to being active and on their feet for long periods of time. However, if you have the stamina for it, this is a great job to have. First, you’ll almost certainly eat for free, whether that’s an official or unofficial benefit. You will also learn culinary skills, customer service skills, cash handling, and to deal with purchasing, receivables, and inventory. All of these are great practical skills to have when you are trying to land that first entry level job post graduation.

6. Maintenance Assistant

If you are an engineering student or in any other field that will involve mechanics, construction, or electricity, consider putting in an application with your school’s maintenance department. They often hire student workers to assist with repairs around the college campus. In any given day, you might paint, help troubleshoot and solve electrical problems, and assist with HVAC repairs. The result of all of this is that you will have a few impressive technical skills to add to your resume.

If you are not sure where to begin, ask your advisor. He or she will be able to tell you who to speak with about on campus jobs. If you qualify for work study, your financial aid office will be able to help you find the best on campus job for you.