Job Hunting Tips
The following are tips to help you on your job search. Contact Student Employment Office staff for assistance and one-on-one inquiries.
Phone and email communication are essential tools for your job hunt. Use these to contact listed employers to apply to the advertised position. Make a good first impression – your application is usually your first introduction with a potential employer.
The application and interview process varies from job to job, for both Work-Study positions and Student Job Service Part-Time jobs. Quick Jobs are typically one-time opportunities that do not involve a formal application, but use your best judgment based on the job description. Some supervisors may request additional application materials, or you may need to complete a separate employment application.
In general, introduce yourself and write an application email with the same formality you would use for a business letter. If you don’t hear back within a week, follow up to the original email to be sure that your original inquiry was received.
If the employer does not explicitly ask for application materials, we recommend that your application consist of the following:
- Resume or a summary of skills, academic history, and extracurricular activity
- Class schedule or schedule of availability
- Brief statement of interest
- (If applicable) Work-Study award amount
Topics covered during an interview
Student job interviews are often fairly informal and can be in-person or remote. However, you should:
- Dress appropriately.
- Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
- Provide accurate information regarding your skills and past work experience, as well as professional references, if requested.
Supervisors usually address the following topics during a student job interview:
- Job responsibilities
- Pay rate
- Job requirements (skill set, experience, etc.)
- Necessary training
- Start date and length of employment
- Required time commitment and available schedule
- Reference information*
- (Work-Study only) Work-Study award amount and ability to stay on with the department after funding is complete.
* Student Employment does not provide information to prospective employers regarding your work performance in past student jobs at Boston University. However, you may be asked to provide this information.
By the end of the interview, you should know:
- The job responsibilities
- The pay rate
- The type and length of training required
- Your work schedule for the current semester
- Your start date and length of employment
You should ask questions if you would like more information on any aspect of the job. Bringing your own questions to the interview ensures that you are finding the right position for your needs. This also shows the interviewer your interest in the position and department.
For intensive resume and cover letter guides, interview practice, or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, contact the Center for Career Development. They also review resumes and cover letters and hold workshops throughout the semester.