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Job Search Tips

Contact departments directly

Contact departments directly and they will let you know how to apply for their positions. Instructions for how to apply are listed within the job posting. Send resumes or requests for more information directly to the department you are interested in working for. If you are calling or walking into a department to inquire about a job, always ask for the person responsible for hiring student employees.

Check out the job postings under Current Vacant Positions

Postings change often. Take a moment each day to review them. Do not hesitate to email a department you would like to work for even if they do not have a job posting on the SES site. Do not hesitate to approach 10 or 12 or even 15 departments!  (International students can apply for GSA positions only.)

Follow us on Facebook

After a new posting goes live we post a status update. Get immediate notifications of new openings in your Facebook newsfeed.

Create a resume

You may not have a lot of work experience but create a resume. List the jobs you have held, and also include volunteering, extracurricular activities, and groups in which you have been involved. List the skills and knowledge you bring to the table. Keep it simple. Make it specific. Use white paper and black ink. Make sure there are no misspellings.

Do not assume departments will contact you after you have applied

Assume after a reasonable amount of time has passed that you will need to make contact with the department to ask about the status of your application. 7 to 10 days seems reasonable.

Let employers know if you will be in the area during CMU's vacation periods

Many employers look for student employees available during the summer months, winter break, or spring break.

Tell employers how long you will be at Central Michigan University

Will you be attending for 3, 4, or 5 years? Employers prefer to spend their time training employees who plan to be around for a few years. 

Be persistent

Don't give up on that on-campus position you would like to have. Prospective employers appreciate and remember your eagerness and enthusiasm.

  • Click 'Current Vacant Positions.'
  • Apply with departments directly.
  • Contact departments by email even if they do not have a posting.
  • Make a second contact about ten days later.
  • Apply to more more departments.  10-12 is a great start.
  • Job postings change frequently.
  • Be persistent. Don't give up!  It takes work to find work.
  • Do not get discouraged.  All you need is one yes.