Helpful Resources for Finding a Job On Campus

Finding a job on campus is an important part of the first weeks of the semester, but can also be something that brings your student stress. At University Career Services, we want to help make your student’s job search as simple as possible by sharing a few important resources. 

Hire Mason
If your student is interested in working on campus, one of the best and easiest things you can do to help is to refer him or her to HireMasonHireMason is our exclusive database that hosts a variety of positions, including on-campus jobs and research opportunities. By the first day of classes, your student will automatically receive a HireMason account. At that point, all your student needs to do is log in and create a profile to begin searching for on-campus employment opportunities.

Another helpful tool is the University’s human resources webpage, which lists job opportunities available on campus. 

Part Time Job Fair
Each fall, University Career Services hosts its annual Part Time Job Fair. This fair is another great way for your student to connect with employers from various departments within the University! This year’s fair will be on August 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Dewberry Hall.

Helpful Hints and Advice
In addition to a variety of campus resources, you can also be a great help to your student by answering questions and providing advice on how to navigate the job search. A few important topics you can share with your student include:

  1. Listen to your student’s career interests and try to be supportive as interests may change throughout your student’s academic career.
  2. Talk with your student about your industry, employer and job.
  3. Share with your student which of their strengths, values and traits you most admire.
  4. Provide personal referrals for your student to have career conversations or shadow contacts in your network.
  5. Encourage your student to make an appointment with University Career Services early on in their time at Mason!

Human Resources and Payroll
If your student has successfully secured an on-campus job, he or she will then need to complete the hiring process with Human Resources and Payroll. In order to begin working, students must present original documents that establish their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. This is a Federal requirement that has very specific time requirements that impact a student’s ability to start working and get paid. Some examples of acceptable unexpired original documents are a passport, a driver’s license, or a social security card. A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.

We hope these resources help you and your student navigate the on-campus job search! If you have additional questions, you can visit the Career Services website, send an email to or call 703-993-2370. For questions about Human Resources and Payroll, you can send an email to or call 703-993-2600.

Carolyn Kleiman
Career Counselor
University Career Services