Tips for Pursuing an On-Campus Job at CMU

Contact departments directly!
You contact departments directly and they will let you know how to apply for their positions.
  Most  often, instructions to apply are listed on the job posting.  If you are calling or walking into a department to inquire about a job, always ask for the person who does the hiring of student employees.

Check out the job postings on the Student Employment Services website

Click on CURRENT VACANT POSITIONS.  (International students can apply for GSA positions only).  These postings can change often.  Take a moment each day to review them.  Do not hesitate to approach 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!

Create a resume.
You may not have a lot of work experience, but create a resume anyway.  List the jobs, volunteer positions, extracurricular activities and the skills you can bring to the table.  Keep it simple.  Use white paper and black ink and make sure there are no misspellings.

Don't assume departments will contact you after you have applied.
Assume after a reasonable amount of time has passed that you will need to contact them to inquire about the status of your application.  (7 to 10 days seems reasonable.)

Let employers know if you are going to be in the area during CMU's vacation periods.
Many employers are looking for student employees who are available to work during vacation periods.

Will you be attending Central Michigan University for 3, 4 or 5 years?
Let CMU employers know this, too.  Employers prefer to spend their time training employees who will be around for a few years.

Be persistent!
Don't give up seeking that on-campus position you would really like to have.  Prospective employers will appreciate (and remember) your eagerness and enthusiasm.

For assistance, contact the Student Employment Services office
email:, phone: 989.774.3881
or visit the Bovee University Center, Room 121.

  • Make a second contact about ten days later.
  • Contact more departments.  10-12 is a great start.
  • Job postings change frequently.
  • Be persistent and don't give up!  It takes work to find work.
  • Do not get discouraged.  All it takes is one 'yes.'

Contact departments directly
to pursue a job
Send resumes or requests for more information directly to the department you are interested in working for.  If you need more information please contact us by phone: 989.774.3881 or email:

Fill out Tax and I-9 paperwork
All new student employees must visit Student Employment Services, Bovee University Center 121,  to complete tax forms and I-9 paperwork prior to beginning any work on campus.
You will need a Photo ID and either a Social Security Card, certified copy of your birth certificate or a US Passport for payroll purposes.  Copies and faxes are not accepted.
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