Financial Aid Office

Tips for the Freshman Part-time Job Seeker

What can I do before I come to campus?
  • Ask permission of at least three teachers, past employers and/or supervisors of volunteer activities to list then as a reference. Each reference should be able to speak to your character and/or skills. Secure their name, address, email and phone numbers. Prepare a typed list of references and their contact information you can give to a prospective employer. Be sure to include your name and campus contact information on the document.
  • Prepare an electronic version of a one-page resume that reflects your education, work experience, skills, and volunteer activities.
  • Sign up for the West Virginia University Student Jobs List through our website.
  • Check out Tips for Getting a Job and other helpful resources on the Office of Student Employment website.
  • Collect the required original documents for proof of identity and proof of employment eligibility. All documents must be originals. Copies will not be accepted. Do Not Laminate the Social Security Card.
  • Develop a plan to keep your original documents in a safe place.
  • Open a checking account in your name for Direct Deposit. Many students do this while they are in Morgantown for West Virginia University Summer Orientation.
What should I bring to campus?
  • An electronic copy of a one-page resume. The job counselors in the Office of Student Employment can assist you with resume writing, feedback, and job interviewing skills.
  • A list of at least three references with their contact information.
  • Original documents for proof of employment eligibility and proof of identity. Found here
  • A business casual outfit for interviews. (Example: dark or khaki slacks, button-up shirt or sweater and shoes.)
How will I know where jobs are located and which ones are close to my residence hall?
  • Stop by the Office of Student Employment when you arrive on campus.
  • Talk with a student job counselor about your preferences.
How can I find the Office of Student Employment?
  • The office is located in the Mountaineer Hub on the second floor of Evansdale Crossings
Who is eligible and what is the cost for services from the Office of Student Employment?
  • All registered full-time and part-time students at West Virginia University may take advantage of services. This program is not based upon financial need.
  • There is no fee for services from the Office of Student Employment.