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Where are all our job listing sites?
Search the Student Employee Request (ER) system for all work-study and on-campus non work-study jobs. Search SlugQuest for off-campus full and part-time jobs. Internships are listed in both systems
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Employee Request System (ER System)
Need more Information?
Visit the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Or in person: 205 Hahn Student Services Building,
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
When should I start looking for an internship, part-time job, or summer job?
Begin searching in the preceding fall semester in order to take full advantage of all the resources and job listings available to you. Some deadlines to apply are very early in the school year. If you begin looking early, you will have the time to conduct a thorough job search even though your academic schedule may be demanding of your time. See System Access for eligibility and access dates.
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How can I get a job if I have no job experience?
Employers value skills developed through academic work, volunteer experiences, extracurricular experiences, or other experience which demonstrates skills useful in work. Not all of these skills are job type specific; some of these skills are general such as communication skills and analytical skills, and can transfer to different settings. And routine types of student jobs can demonstrate to employers that you have been a successful employee.
If a job does require some very specific experience, you might consider finding a more routine position in a setting similar to where you would eventually like to hold a job with greater responsibilities.
Why can't I find a job?
We know how frustrating it can be to be looking for work and it seems particularly difficult this year. UCSC hires over 4,000 students each year and most students, who actively search, are able to find jobs. The main thing is perseverance. All campus jobs must be applied for on-line using the ER system.
There are new jobs posted almost every day throughout the year, particularly near the beginning of each quarter, so check often. Jobs are approved for posting all day long, but most are approved in the mornings. You must apply for numerous jobs to increase your chances of being hired. Follow up with jobs you have already applied for.
Network by talking to supervisors at dining halls, the gym, library, or any place you think you might want to work. Almost all campus departments hire some students. Some high turnover units may have job openings that may never get posted. In the world of career employment, 80% of jobs never get advertized and are found through networking connections. Talk to your professors about working for them, and talk to students that already have jobs.
To improve your chances of success, submit a high quality application. Create a saved application, under “My Applications” and print it out to proofread. Be sure to check spelling and include any volunteer work you may have done as well as other information about your strengths and skills. Supervisors receive large numbers of applications, and a simple spelling error may cause them to go on to the next. Please read the job description and qualifications thoroughly as some positions ask for extra information, such as a resume and/or cover letter.
If you have work-study, you may also apply for non work-study campus jobs and consider the SlugQuest jobs and internship listings as well. The only difference between work-study and non work-study jobs is the source of funds. You may apply for either type of position and there is no penalty if you do not earn your work-study award.
The main Career Center portal for off-campus career and part-time jobs and internships is SlugQuest
Other local Santa Cruz job search resources are located here
Meet with one of our Career Advisers to help target job search, resume, cover letters, and more!
What can I do to increase my chances of finding a good job?
In addition to looking at our job listings, diligently network with people who may have contact suggestions for you, approach employers of interest to you directly, be sure you have put your best effort into writing your resume and are prepared to handle interview questions well. consider being more flexible if you are having difficulty. For a summer position, can you consider other geographical areas? Be sure to attend our Job Search Strategies workshop. Or talk with one of our Career Counselors or Jobs Developers if you need additional information. Also see Why I Can't Find a Job for more information.
Can I have someone review my resume?
Yes, sign up for an appointment or come to drop in advising
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Can I receive credit for an internship?
Yes, internships can be paid, non-paid, or you can receive academic credit. You need to talk with the appropriate departmental advisor. The advisor can provide you with forms that will have to be signed by the student and professor.
How many hours can I work as a student?
When classes are in session, students are encouraged to work less than 20 hours per week, if more you need to receive written permission from your supervisors, provosts, and send it to the Cruzpay office.
What salary can I expect?
Salaries vary according to experience and skill required, year in school, type of position, and location of the business. Students working in Santa Cruz county can expect to earn around $8-$17/hour and up depending on the position.
For more information about accepting/declining job offers and negotiating salary, click here
I have a problem with my employer
If you have a problem or complaint about your employer, the Career Center will try to help you informally resolve the issue and can direct you on how to proceed with a formal complaint if the issue is not immediately resolved. Please see the complaint process in the Career Center Policies and Procedures manual. The Career Center contacts and other offices that can assist you are listed below.
For all student employment issues, both on and off-campus, please contact the Career Center Director, Barbara Silverthorne, through her assistant at (831) 459-4021, or directly at (831) 459-4590 firstname.lastname@example.org.-keep?
Direct Deposit and Taxes:
Log in to At Your Service On-line - see instructions below.
(allow two business days for access)
Sign up for Direct Deposit (recommended) or make changes to existing agreement
Make changes to your income tax withholding (W-4)
The default income tax withholding allowance for all new hires is "Single, 0",
which represents unmarried with zero dependents.
This status results in the maximum amount being withheld from your pay check.
Some people think of this as a forced savings account because when you file your
tax return, you may have a large tax refund due.
If you wish to claim from tax withholding or modify your status,
You may claim Exempt if you meet both of these conditions:
Note: If another person can claim you as a dependent on his or her tax return, you cannot claim exemption from withholding if your income exceeds $950 and includes more than $300 of unearned income (for example, interest and dividends).
A paper W-4 tax form may also be requested at the Career Center.
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