It is almost the end of that time of year. People are being hired and re-hired for campus student leadership jobs. It is an exciting and nerve-racking process that teaches everyone something. One, it shows people where their strengths and weaknesses are. That will come in handy when it is time to step out into the world and get a big person job! Two, it teaches people how to create resumes, fill out applications, and participate in interviews. All of these things are so crucial when it comes time to apply for jobs out of college. It really gives you a taste of what you are going to face in the future.
The jobs on campus send out their applications at different times: Resident Assistants first, Peer Advisors second, Student Government Association next, and Spiritual Life Advisors last. They all run a little differently, depending on which job you apply for. Resident Assistants and Peer Advisors both require people to turn in their resumes and applications first, then they go through a group interview, and if you pass that, you move onto an individual interview; from there you find out if you have been offered the job. Student Government jobs work a little differently. All of the available jobs on the “Cabinet” come out with applications hung on a board outside of the Student Development office. Students pick them up there, fill it out and attach your resume, and then turn it back in to Student Development. You then receive an e-mail if you are offered an interview, and then you only go through an individual interview; there is no group interview for SGA. Lastly, the Spiritual Life Advisors run very differently. They are chosen by the Resident Assistant. Whoever wants to be an SLA fills out an application and a resume and turns it in to the Spiritual Life Advisors Coordinator. The Coordinator then separates them into each individual floor for the following year and gives them to the future RA. The RA then decides who they would like to partner with to lead the floor.
The interviewing process can be intimidating and difficult, but it also has its rewards. Practice for a future job is always a good thing to get! I would encourage everyone to just go out an apply! If you find a job interesting, then go for it. You really do not have anything to lose. You just get a learning experience and possibly a really cool job! So next year, Spring semester, go apply!