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Part-Time Jobs

Besides earning extra money for books, food, or gas, part-time jobs offer you an opportunity to develop beneficial work-related skills for your future!

Part-time work can teach you the basics...anything from how to use a fax machine to how to interact with a supervisor. In addition to the basics, you can learn to manage your time effectively and gain great experience for your career goals. When looking for a part-time job, find a setting that fits you best, provides the most flexibility for your class schedule and gives you opportunities to learn valuable work skills.

Where to begin?

Begin your process right here at your Career Center! On Connections, our part-time job postings range from on-campus jobs to local off-campus jobs as well. As a student, you are able to access your personal account by using your NetID and MSU password.

Part-time job postings on Connections show you the location of the job, the job description and instructions for applying to the position. Remember to follow specific instructions about employer application procedures. Although some employers will have you fill out applications, the majority of our job postings will require a resume. For a sample of a part-time job resume, click here. Before uploading your resume to the site, drop it off to be critiqued at our office to ensure it is in the best shape to "represent" you!

No luck using Connections for on-campus jobs?

Our departments on campus are not required to use Connections to post their part-time positions so there will be jobs on campus that we will not be notified about.

And that's okay!

Connections is only a starting point! Finding a part-time job on campus can be challenging but not impossible. We highly recommend our students to print out copies of their resume and practice the "tried and true" door-to-door approach to finding a job as well! Departments often fill vacancies from students who simply apply to them directly. For incoming freshmen or transfer students not familiar with campus, turn to your class schedule. You can start by dropping your resume off at the buildings in which your classes will be held.

Everything says MSU Work-Study! What is Work-Study, and do I qualify?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based student work program awarded by Financial Aid. Departments often look for students with work-study funds because it helps with already slim departmental budgets. They will, however, sometimes hire students without work-study depending on the work load or an employee shortage. So for those who do not qualify for work-study, don't be discouraged!

For more information about the FWS Program, contact the Financial Aid office located in Garner Hall at 662-325-7441 or 662-325-2450.

Final words of advice:

Jobs are jobs! You are going to have to work no matter how "cool" the job or company is and no matter if it's on campus or off. The keys to remember are that you are earning money, you are gaining experience, and you are making good contacts (and references) for the future!