By Monica Racicot
Howdy readers! I hope you all find our posts on the CLA blog full of helpful information to aid you in maximizing your experience at OSU. Although OSU hires a large number of students to work on campus, finding a job can be difficult if you don’t know where to start.
When I first arrived at OSU as a junior, I got my first job as a student fundraiser with the OSU Foundation. It was perfect for a starting job because they were very flexible with hours, you only had to work three shifts-which you picked, and nobody worked on Saturdays. And you work with all OSU students! The best part is that the OSU Foundation is always hiring. My job as a student fundraiser was to help raise much-needed support for scholarships, departments, and OSU organizations. The job was great for a little while, I met some great people (shout out to our fellow ambassador Amber!) but then I started to realize that I’m not the right kind of personality for fundraising. So I moved on to find a job with the OSU Department of Recreational Sports on the Outreach Team. Best decision I’ve ever made! I’ll brag about them later…but first, how do you find a job with OSU?
Beaver Jobnet! (If you don’t know it, you should)
Here are the instructions from the student careers page on how to get started with Beaver Jobnet.
1. Beaver Jobnet is one source of information about regular student job openings, both on and off campus. Other frequently used sources of information are the classified section of the Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper and signs at the employers place of business.
2. Go to http://oregonstate.edu/career and click on the Beaver Job Net logo on the right hand side.
3. Create your own personal account following the instructions on the screen (Contact Career Services if you have questions on the set-up).
4. On the middle of the screen you will see a “One-Click Searches” box. Or on the top right of the screen you will see a “More Searches” box.
5. Select Student On Campus Jobs or Student Off Campus Jobs from the list.
6. Click on job title for more details about the job. Application or contact instructions will appear in each job listing in the “Description” box.
7. Ignore the Restriction at the bottom of the job posting and apply directly to the employer by the method they specify in the job description box.
Never done a job search before?
Career Services offers resources for students looking for jobs online and in their office in Room B008 in the lower level of the Kerr Administration Building.
Not all employers use Beaver Jobnet to hire, but a lot of them do. It’s definitely worth checking out and creating a profile! You never know what you’ll find.
Job Search Checklist
Starting the job search can be overwhelming. Check out career service’s job search checklist as the first step to finding a job and hopefully making the process more clear.
The resume is the first introduction to the employer and therefore is your first impression! Find out tips on how to make a stellar resume including what to include and not include, different types of formatting, making descriptive bullets, how to condense your resume if you have a lot of experience, how to write a resume if you have little experience, and information about references.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are often used when applying for scientific and academic positions. CVs tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences with the intent to market one’s skills, experiences, education and personal qualities. Find out more about how to write a CV effectively.
Typically when applying for a job you need to include references. Find out how many, who to ask, and how to format this section.
A cover letter is a formal way to announce that you are applying to a position. It should be targeted to employers and specific jobs. Find out more about how to write an effective cover letter so that you are chosen to move on to the interview!
Interviewing can make people nervous and in order to interview well, there are some ways to prepare and practice beforehand.
The majority of jobs are not posted but instead found through networking. But how do you network? Learn the different ways to connect with people and network yourself into your next job!
Negotiations & Salaries
Negotiating salary and benefits is something many people are not aware is oftentimes part of the job search process. Gain tips about how to do it successfully!
Resources to Help Your Job Search
- Drop-In Resume/Cover Letter Feedback - Monday-Thursday, 1pm-4pm
- Career Guide – use our handy Career Guide for job search and career information. It will show you how to write resumes and cover letter and provides several samples:
- Beaver JobNet has more than job and internship listings; it has extensive tutorials and information on job searching, including resume writing and networking.
Useful links for guidance on the overall job search:
- JobWeb – offers career and job-search advice for new college graduates.
- Riley Guide - a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage.
- Job Search 101 - smart tips and real-world training workbook.
- Wet Feet – mission is to equip job seekers like you with the advice, research, and inspiration you need to plan and achieve a successful career.
- Job Choices – Resume help, interview tips, and more!
Dining Services depends on student employees to help provide great food and customer experiences for all of our guests. They offer opportunities to develop your résumé through experience and leadership training. UHDS provides part-time work that is compatible with your class schedule.
They provide a meal discount with each shift worked ($1.00 per meal). Meal breaks are scheduled for a convenient time during your shift. That sounds like a sweet bonus if you ask me!
Here is the UHDS job site where you’ll find the job application.
Shout Out to the Department of Recreational Sports
We are currently hiring! Yay! We are hiring for a variety of positions that will start spring, summer and fall 2012. Applications are being accepted now and are due in March. You can pick up an application from either entry desk at Dixon or fill out the online application here . Complete the application and include a cover letter and resume expressing your interest in and qualifications for working at Recreational Sports. The department accepts students using work-study funds as well as those who are not.
Hiring Information Sessions:
Monday, February 13, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
*All info sessions are from 7-8:30pm in the McAlexander Fieldhouse Classroom.
Application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2012
If you take a look at the application, you will see that there are many positions you can apply for and many different departments you can work in. I am the social media specialist on the Outreach Team. At the information sessions you will get detailed material about all of the departments and positions but I will tell you a little bit about my experience with RecSports.
As a member of the Outreach Team, not only am I in charge of our RecSports website, Facebook, YouTube and twitter accounts, but I also create and facilitate presentations on campus, organize wellness events, and take LOTS of photos and video. We work closely with the graphic design team and each member has their own specialty that they bring to the table. The Outreach Team consists of social media, wellness coordinator, membership, sponsorship and marketing assistant. We all tend to dip in each other’s responsibilities which is why I love being on this team! I will graduate in the spring with so much knowledge and experience relating to marketing, communications, promotions, event planning, leadership and so much more! If any of these areas interest you, I strongly encourage you to apply.
One last note, the winter 2012 Career Fair is February 22 from 11am to 4pm in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Be sure to bring a copy of your resume!
For more information regarding on campus jobs, visit http://oregonstate.edu/career/students/