Getting Hired as a Student Employee
So: How do you land your student job? The next step is submitting an application and potentially interviewing!
*Please note that in order to qualify as a student employee, you must be enrolled at least half-time at the University of Maine. Otherwise, you are not eligible for on-campus employment, regardless of whether or not you have a work-study award.
Once you find a job opening you want to apply for, you will want to submit an application or resume. It is recommended you contact the employer (usually contact information is included in the actual job listing) to find out what they require to apply for the position.
If you do not have a resume, or need to create a new one, UMaine’s Career Center is a great resource. Check out their Guide to Resume Writing. In addition, you can visit the Career Center, on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union for in-person resume help.
Many employers will request an interview after reviewing you application information. Whether you are doing a phone, video/Skype, or in-person interview and regardless of if it is an on or off campus position, you should treat your interview seriously. The Career Center has some great Interviewing Resources on their website. Here are a few important tips:
- Prepare – Research the employer you will be interviewing with and practice answering some common interview questions.
- Make a Good First Impression – Dress to impress! You should aim to convey an image of professionalism, authority and competence.
- Be On Time – You should arrive (or have your video/phone equipment ready) 10 – 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the interview.
- Ask Questions – Try to prepare a few questions for the employer at the end of the interview.