student employment

FINDING A WORK-STUDY JOB

STEP 1. THE SEARCH BEGINS.......

The first step to finding a job is visiting our Job Posting page. There you will find a list of all of the positions that are available at this time.

Each job posting has a job description with more detailed information about the position's requirements. Read these descriptions carefully to see if the position is of interest to you. The types of things that you should pay particularly close attention to are things such as specific time demands or special requirements/qualifications of the position.

STEP 2. CONTACT THE EMPLOYER

Once you find a position that interests you, you should now reach out to the employer. Each job description has contact information for the position's supervisor. In almost every case an e-mail address and phone number is given. Give the supervisor a call or send them an e-mail and express to them your interest in the position. Better yet, if you are on-campus it may be a good idea to go see the supervisor in person. This will give you an opportunity to meet the people you may be working with face-to-face and it can also make a good impression on those that may be in a position to hire you.

STEP 3. INTERVIEW

In some cases, an employer may ask you to stop by for an informal interview. This is not something that you should be anxious about. In most cases, this is an opportunity for the supervisor to get to know you and ask you some questions to see if you are a good fit for the job.

This is also a time that the supervisor may want to talk with you more specifically about your class schedule and see what time commitment you will be able to make. So, be prepared. Have your class schedule with you.

Take this opportunity to ask some questions of your own - such as the exact pay rate.

 STEP 4. YOU'VE GOT THE JOB......BUT WAIT A MINUTE........

If everything goes well and you are offered the job, congratulations,  you can get started!!!......AFTER you make sure that you've done a couple of things.

In order to work on-campus you must complete an I-9 and W-4 form. These are federal forms that all students must complete before they can begin working. In order to fill out these forms, you must go to the Payroll Office (212 College Street) to complete these forms. Please note: to complete your I-9 you must have certain original documents, such as your passport or both your driver's license and Social Security Card.

Since you are going to be receiving weekly paychecks, we strongly urge you to sign up for Direct Deposit. This will eliminate lost paychecks and trips to the bank.

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

When should I start looking for a job?

The best time to look for a job is at the beginning of the semester. This is a time when employers are typically looking to hire to replace students that have graduated or are studying abroad.

What if I can't find a job?

Keep looking. There are jobs available. There is a difference between finding a job and finding the absolutely perfect job. If you have specific time demands (such as odd class hours or practice/games), you may need to look a bit harder and perhaps broaden your search to include positions that will accommodate these demands on your time. There are jobs on this campus that start as early as 6AM and can go as late as 2AM.

If you are still having a hard time finding a job, feel free to contact the Student Employment Office (860) 685-2865 or workstudy@wesleyan.edu.