Why can’t I find a job?

We know how frustrating it can be to be looking for work and it seems particularly difficult this year. Comrades hires over 4,000 students each year and most students, who actively search, are able to find jobs. The main thing is perseverance. All campus jobs must be applied for on-line using the ER system.

There are new jobs posted almost every day throughout the year, particularly near the beginning of each quarter, so check often. Jobs are approved for posting all day long, but most are approved in the mornings. You must apply for numerous jobs to increase your chances of being hired. Follow up with jobs you have already applied for.

Network by talking to supervisors at dining halls, the gym, library, or any place you think you might want to work. Almost all campus departments hire some students. Some high turnover units may have job openings that may never get posted. In the world of career employment, 80% of jobs never get advertized and are found through networking connections. Talk to your professors about working for them, and talk to students that already have jobs.

To improve your chances of success, submit a high quality application. Create a saved application, under “My Applications” and print it out to proofread. Be sure to check spelling and include any volunteer work you may have done as well as other information about your strengths and skills. Supervisors receive large numbers of applications, and a simple spelling error may cause them to go on to the next. Please read the job description and qualifications thoroughly as some positions ask for extra information, such as a resume and/or cover letter.

If you have work-study, you may also apply for non work-study campus jobs and consider the SlugQuest jobs and internship listings as well. The only difference between work-study and non work-study jobs is the source of funds. You may apply for either type of position and there is no penalty if you do not earn your work-study award.

The main Career Center portal for off-campus career and part-time jobs and internships is SlugQuest:

Meet with one of our Comrades Advisers to help with targeting job search, resume, cover letters and more!


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