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Jenna Johnson

Today's guest blogger is Ilana Strauss, a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a regular contributor to Campus Overload.
 
You are one of several thousand able young adults on campus. Most of you are broke. Competition for jobs is stiff. But don't fear -- with a little creativity, you can find the job of your dreams. Well, a job, anyway.

ilana_strauss.jpgCheck out your university's job board 
Many colleges have job boards, some online. And the best part is that the employers know you're a student, so they'll find a way to work your schedule around your classes.
 
Look around 
Many businesses, such as restaurants and grocery stores, have high turnover rates. Just because a place doesn't have work one day doesn't mean it won't the next. So keep an eye out for help wanted signs.
 
Ask your friends 
If your friends have jobs, they'll be the first to know when their company is hiring. They might even put in a good word for you.

Check out your department
Many professors look for student graders and researchers. Often, they'll put up job notices in their buildings. And many fields (such as engineering and computer programming) are lucrative enough that employers look for student workers. They generally post these help wanted advertisements in the building where most classes for that major are taught. And you can always ask your professors if they know of any work.

The school or local newspaper
Nothing like good, old fashioned, help wanted advertisements. Plus, employers usually have to pay to get these advertisements in the paper, so they're not going to keep paying for an advertisement for a position that has been filled. If they advertise for a job, you know they're looking for workers, unlike help wanted signs that can stay up long after the position has been filled.

Craigslist
Many companies post local help wanted advertisements on Craigslist. Be careful searching for jobs online, of course. Try to find out as much as you can about the employer before agreeing to work.

About Ilana
Ilana Strauss is a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has interned at the Jerusalem Post, the Scripps-Howard Foundation and DailySource.org. Ilana's previous Campus Overload columns covered topics such as dorm decorating, cliche D.C. attractions and intern fashion.

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all college students. Make sure to bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/campus-overload. You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  | October 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags:  University of Illinois  
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