Steps to Getting Hired
Prepare and Plan
First assess your availability and interests. Here are some questions to consider:
- How many hours per week are you available to work?
- What days of the week will work with your class schedule and extracurricular activities?
- Are you eligible for work study? Some jobs require or prefer work study so finding out in advance will help you in determining what jobs to apply to.
- Are there certain types of jobs that you are more interested in?
- Do you want to work for a specific department or type of business?
- Are there any jobs that will help build your resume for your future career plans?
- What skills and past work experiences do you have that will benefit an employer?
Next you should update your resume and cover letter. To learn more about creating your resume and cover letter visit the resume guide on the Career Services website.
Texas Tech University Career Services provides a online resume and cover letter editor to help you get started.
Search for Jobs and Apply
Students should access Texas Tech University's student part-time employment website to view work study and on- and off-campus part-time positions.
On-campus departments are strongly encouraged, but not required, to post their positions on the student employment website. If you are interested in working for a specific department, you may wish to contact them directly.
You can narrow your job search depending on your preferences by location. (work study, on- or off-campus)
Ace the Interview
You've applied for a job and now they want to meet you! This is your opportunity to communicate to the potential employer your unique qualities. However, interviews can be very intimidating and without proper preparation and practice your opportunity could be wasted.
- Use the internet to find information on:
- Facts about the job in general
- Facts about the employer
- Organizational structure
Plan and rehearse your answers to questions that the employer may ask. Develop a list of questions to ask the interviewer yourself. Review your unique skills and qualities. Study your resume and job description. Practice answering questions.
Gather the following to bring with you to the interview:
- Notepad and pen
- Extra resumes
- Copies of your reference list
- Days and hours you are available to work- a graphic class schedule is useful to employers
Make sure your interview clothes fit, have no stains and feel comfortable for sitting and talking. Try to find out ahead of time what would be considered appropriate dress for this particular organization/office. A safe bet for most student employment interviews would be dress pants and a polo or button-up dress shirt. Ladies may choose to wear a skirt and blouse or dress. Most employers do not expect student employees to wear business suits to interviews unless it is a graduate assistantship or high-profile position.
During the Interview
- Arrive early - ten to fifteen minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
- Do not chew gum or candy.
- Make eye contact and shake hands firmly.
- Focus on what you can do for the organization/office, not vice versa.
- Explain how your unique skills will help them meet their goals.
- Never answer with just a "yes" or "no". Elaborate!
- Show an eagerness to work.
- Be positive and energetic.
- Stay calm and cool-headed.
- Be serious and professional.
- Don't discuss your personal life.
- Avoid slang and pause words (umm, well, etc.)
- Maintain eye contact.
- Nod, smile and let your face show interest.
After an interview you may want to send a quick email thanking the employer and interview committee for their time in considering you for the position. This gives you one more chance to make a good impression. If time passes and you haven't heard whether a final decision has been made about the position you should follow up by email or phone. We recommend you continue applying and interviewing until you get a job offer and accept it. Don't miss out on another great opportunity because you are waiting to see if this one will work out.