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Clark’s undergraduate student employment program provides opportunities for you to gain professional experience by working in a variety of departments on campus and in the local community. In these workplace settings, you can make use of your talents while you acquire new skills that will help you prepare for life after Clark.

November: Join Handshake!

All on-campus employment positions are posted on Handshake. If you have not already done so, activate your Handshake account by logging in with your Clark email address and password, and complete your profile before the end of fall semester. You will not be able to view or apply for on-campus employment without a Handshake account. Check back often through December and early January, as on-campus jobs are posted daily.

November – early December: Begin working on your resume and cover letter

Resumes are required to apply for on-campus employment, and many on-campus positions also require a cover letter. Start working on your resume and cover letter(s) early to ensure you have enough time to complete your application materials and have them reviewed by the Career Connections Center team before the Career Lab closes for winter break. Remember to tailor your cover letter to the job you are applying for!

Winter Break (late December – early January): Upload your resume to Handshake for review

The Career Connections Center team is here to help you make your application(s) as competitive as possible! Upload your documents (resume and cover letter) to Handshake to have them reviewed and edited before applying for on-campus employment. Within 1-3 business days of your submission, Handshake will notify you via your Clark email address once you receive suggested edits from the Career Connections Center.

Winter Break (late December – early January): Search for and apply to on-campus employment openings

Most departments post their student employment positions on Handshake in December. Since new positions are posted daily, you will want to check back often to find the on-campus job that best fits your interests.

To find on-campus jobs, go to the “Jobs” tab in Handshake. Then click the “Filters” button and choose “On-Campus.” Submit your applications early! Most on-campus positions are filled by the second week of classes, so don’t wait to send in your applications.

Early January through February: Keep applying until you are contacted

Many hiring managers begin reviewing applications during the first week of spring semester (Jan. 13). If you are a final candidate for a position, a hiring manager will contact you to schedule an interview. Please be patient and wait for the hiring manager to contact you.

In the meantime:

  • Keep applying to positions that interest you
  • Consider searching for local off-campus jobs in Handshake
  • Come to the Career Lab during drop-in hours (noon to 4 p.m. weekdays in ASEC) for further feedback on your application materials
  • Schedule an appointment with a career adviser

For questions:

To find a job on campus, please see the “How to Find a Job” timeline above.

  • Please also use the resources in the tab below to prepare your application materials.

Be sure to get feedback on your resume and cover letters prior to applying for any positions! This will help you be as competitive as possible.

Review the Student Employment Forms section here carefully to know what forms of identification you should bring to campus so that you can be paid. The Student Employment Handbook outlines everything you need to know, including the paperwork you will need to get hired and performance expectations on the job.

To get helpful feedback on your resume and cover letters:

  • Log on to Handshake and upload your document(s).
  • The Career Connections Center team will review your documents within 1 to 3 days to either approve your materials or send you suggestions to polish them.

For questions:

Visit our How-to Guides section for helpful resume and cover letter guides.