U of M-University of Minnesota – Minneapolis has significant resources which can help students obtain a part time job, a summer job, on-campus and off-campus jobs. Begin by clicking one of the links in this excerpt from the Career Services Website below:

Freshman Job Guarantee

Incoming first-year students are invited to participate in the Freshman Job Guarantee Program on a first-come, first-served basis.

Freshman Job Guarantee Program

Eligibility for Student Employment

Before applying for a student position, review the eligibility information to make sure you are able to hold a student position.

Eligibility for Student Employment

Steps to Finding a Student Job

1. Search current openings

  • Online postings are for all students, including first-year students not participating in the Freshman Job Guarantee Program.
  • Job listings are updated daily at 7:30 am and 12:30 pm. Posted jobs fill quickly and new jobs are posted every day.
  • Jobs listed as Work Study Only Jobs are limited to only those applicants who have a Work Study Award.

2. Review the job requirements and description

  • Make sure the work interests you, that you meet the qualifications, and that you can work the schedule given, if applicable. If you have questions about the job posting, contact the employer directly.
  • Employers will list the minimum qualifications, experience required, schedule, pay rate, and job duties.

3. Schedule an interview

  • To schedule an interview, contact the employer directly. When you speak to the employer, specifically state what you are calling/writing about and briefly describe the skills, abilities, and/or experience you have that makes you a good candidate.
  • Do not delay! Interviews may not be given to all applicants.
  • The job posting will tell you whether to call or e-mail the employer. The employer will explain the screening and hiring process. Call the employer if you are unable to interview at the time scheduled or are delayed.

4. Be prepared for questions and the interview

Questions an employer might ask:

  • What hours are you available to work?
  • What is your class schedule for the term?
  • How many credits are you taking?
  • What type of work experience have you had?
  • What is your major?
  • Do you have Work Study funds?

Interview tips:

  • Be on time
  • Smile and relax
  • Speak clearly
  • Think positively
  • Dress appropriately
  • Bring any materials the employers ask for (i.e., resume, application, writing samples, etc.)

5. Be persistent

  • View the listings each day and contact with the employer as soon as you can
  • Apply for any job for which you are qualified
  • Network with instructors, departments, and other students

If you are having difficulty finding a job due to hours, etc., contact a staff member in the Job Center. You may not always find your “dream” job immediately.