Financial Aid Office

Tips for Finding a Part time or Seasonal Job

The most important steps in getting a job take place before you even head out the door. You need to prepare for what you’re about to do.


  • Make a list of your job skills and experiences.
  • Look at our current job postings on our homepage and in MountaineerTRAK.
  • Also look at jobs that would use your academic knowledge and skills.
  • Network with friends, family, and professors in starting your job search: it’s not only what you know but who you know in finding job opportunities.
  • Put on your search list anywhere that you think would be fun to work, and a good educational and leadership experience.
  • Apply for many jobs. Be patient and persistent in checking back about openings. Checking back on jobs two or three times shows the managers that you have motivation, persistence, and that you are still available to work! Walking in and asking for a job shows the manager that you are interested and ambitious. Ask for a job when one isn’t even advertised. Plan ahead.

West Virginia University departments and Morgantown businesses have cycles for hiring because the population changes with the semesters during an academic year. Be prepared to look for jobs weeks before the semester starts. Begin looking for summer employment in February and March. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression!

Employers look for these first impressions through:
  • Your Application
  • Class Schedule
  • Your Resume
  • Your Cover Letter
  • List Three References
  • Phone Voicemail
  • Personal Web Pages
  • Interviews
  • Attitude
  • Thank you!