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Getting a Student Worker Job

October 17, 2012

One of the top questions incoming freshman always ask me is: “How do I get a student worker job at Liberty?” After the first few weeks of school, you quickly realize that all of those Cookout runs begin to add up pretty quickly and your money begins to run out. So today I thought I would give a few helpful tips about getting a job!

  1. If you don’t absolutely have to get a job your first semester at Liberty, then wait. There are so many changes that you will undergo during your first semester at Liberty and having a job will add on to the stress. It might be nice to have extra money but if you can wait, it will be better for you in the long run. You will have more time to make friends and get involved with different activities on campus.
  2. Put together a resume and separate cover letter for each job you apply for. One of the biggest mistakes that students make when it comes to applying for jobs at Liberty is that they don’t submit their resume and cover letter. You can submit the same resume for each job you apply for but be SUPER intentional about creating a new cover letter for each application. This will show the employer that you are serious about that specific job.
  3. If you haven’t had a job previously then list skills and extracurricular activities. One myth that students often believe is that they have no chance of getting a job without previous work experience. However, I know from my own experience that if you can show that you have unique skills or extracurricular activities on your resume then you have just as good of a chance to get hired.
  4. Use Liberty’s Human Resources job postings website. Liberty has put together a super easy tool to finding student work. If you go to this the Human Resource's website you can browse through all of the different jobs and apply for the ones you feel most qualified for. Make sure to fill out the application in full, because it will show that you are serious about the job.
  5. If you get an interview, send a follow up email to the employer. After you have an interview with a potential employer, it is very important to send them an email thanking them for their time. It will show that you were serious about the job and they know that you will go the extra mile in doing something. Employers are always looking for hard workers, and that is an excellent way of showing that!

Overall, don’t stress about the process of getting a job. When you least expect it, the perfect job will come along and you will be so glad you waited. You may have to apply for 10 jobs before you even get an interview, so don’t give up easily!