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. Very often instructions on how 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 under Current Vacant Positions. These postings can change often. Take a moment each day to review them. Don't hesitate to approach a department you would like to work for even if they don't have a job posting on the SES site. Don't hesitate to approach 10 or 12 or even 15 departments!  (International students can apply for GSA positions only)

Follow us on Facebook. After each posting we receive goes 'live' we post a status update right away. Get immediate notifications of new openings in your Facebook news feed.

Create a resume. You may not have a lot of work experience, but create a resume anyway. List the jobs that you have held, including volunteering, extra-curriculars 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've applied. Assume that 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 will be in the area during CMU's vacation periods. Many employers are looking for student employees who will be available to work during the summer, winter break or spring break.

Tell employers how long you will be at Central Michigan University. Is it 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. In other words, 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.

  • 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.

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