In the coming weeks, both the International Education department and Student Life will be announcing a number of on-campus job openings for the coming 2020-21 academic year.
Here’s a look at the opportunities coming up.
International Student Ambassador
These student workers help the International Education department reach out to students in countries where their native language is spoken. They do this mostly through email and social media, such as Facebook or Line. International Education will be hiring students who can speak and write Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese. Applications open in mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.
International Student Leaders
You probably remember meeting some of the International Student Leaders when you first arrived at Shoreline for Orientation, where they help to make sure everything goes smoothly and the new students know where they need to go. They also plan events like the Halloween Party and Global Showcase throughout the year. Applications open mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.
Peer Activity Leaders
If you are interested in Japanese language or culture, this is a great opportunity for you. Peer Activity Leaders work with a group of students who come to Shoreline from Japan to study for eight months, helping to introduce them to U.S. culture as well as share Japanese culture with the campus community. Applications open April 6. You can find more information and applications in the International Education department.
For students who want to live on campus in the residence hall, this is an ideal position. Resident Assistants support students who live in the residence hall in a variety of ways, including creating a sense of community, holding events and workshops, and helping to enforce the rules and policies of Shoreline Community College. In return, Resident Assistants get to live in the residence hall at no cost! Applications are due on March 20 by 5:00 p.m.
Student Life Leadership
There are a variety of leadership positions in Student Life, which is home to Shoreline’s Associated Student Government (ASG) and the Arts & Entertainment Board (A&E). One position, ASG President, is elected, but the other 18 positions that will be opening have a regular hiring process. Applications for both the ASG President position as well as all the other open positions can be completed online and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
Tips for Completing Applications
The first step to getting any of these jobs is completing the application. When you do this, it is important that you answer every question completely. Take your time and think about your answers very carefully.
One example of an interview question is something like: “Why are you interested in this position?”
While you might be applying because you think it would look good on your university transfer application or your resume, or because you would like to make some extra money, that is not what the people who read the applications want to know.
They want to know what specifically about the job appeals to you. Maybe you want to develop your leadership skills, or you want to help to support new students. Then add an explanation of what skills, experience or characteristics you have that would make you good at the job. In fact, your answer to almost every question should include some information about why you would be good at the job.
Tips for the Interview
The next step, if your application makes a good impression, is at least one interview. This may be a one-on-one or a group interview. Either way, there are some things you can do to make a good impression.
- Research what you would be responsible for and what you would have to do in the position. Prepare to talk about why you would be good at these things.
- Practice interviewing with a friend. You can find lists of common interview questions online. These might not be the same questions that are asked in the interview, but just practicing answering questions and talking about yourself helps you be prepared.
- Decide what you want to wear to the interview the night before. You should dress a little more formally than usual. (But you do not need to wear a suit.)
- Arrive 5-10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.
- Be aware of your body language. Look the interviewers in the eye when listening and answering questions, and be sure to smile occasionally.
- Talk about your skills and experience when you answer questions.
- Make sure you answer the questions fully but don’t take up too much time on each question. The time for the interview is limited, and you want to make the most of it.
- Be prepared to ask questions. Often, the last question of an interview is: “Do you have any questions?” Asking questions about the details of the job shows that you are really interested and have thought about it. It’s usually a good idea to ask about the timeline for what will happen next, too.