I still have yet to find a new job. Boo hoo. But I keep seeing the same few jobs reappear on CareerNet, NYU's own personal Monster. So while I may not always know what exactly works in terms of applying for a job, at this point I consider myself an expert on what doesn't work for employers trying to appeal to students. Here are a few things to keep in mind, Mrs. Future-Boss Lady. And I'm doing you this service for free, to boot:
1. No, I cannot work 40-50 hours a week. This is CareerNet, remember? I'm a student. While I know that NYU alumni can also access the site, a surprising number of jobs "for undergraduates only" have ridiculous time commitments that could only be met by someone who regularly skips class and doesn't give a shit about school in the first place, and who wants to hire someone like that? If you need someone to work full-time, don't expect Hayden to come calling.
2. Do not tell me your job/internship/sharecropping position is "paid" and then include a ten-dollar-a-day stipend. I wish I were kidding, but I've seen this more than once. If it's an unpaid position, fine, there are plenty of kids at NYU who can afford to do that. But if you're gonna pay your student employee, pay him well. Or at least adequately. Or at least more than ten dollars a day. This also signals you to be dishonest and manipulative, and we haven't even met for an interview yet.
3. Do not withhold your information. If I don't know what company you are, how can I do research on you before coming in for an interview? Plus, it's really shady and suggests that you don't want me to know who you are. One time I applied for an anonymous counter position at a "cute cafe by Union Square," but it was really a pizza place. Beggars can't be choosers, but let me know what I'm begging for first, kay?
4. No, I cannot come in Christmas Day. I have the rest of my life to unhappily work through the holidays; let me enjoy my ability to take week-long vacations every few months while it lasts.
I know, I know, I don't have a job (well, won't have a job in a couple weeks), so I shouldn't be picky. But if I'm going to give one-hundred-and-ten percent to a job, I want to know that said job's employer has equal passion for diligence, transparency, and reason. These are not outrageous demands; frankly, they should be common courtesy, but then again, you have a job and I don't, so maybe I need to learn a thing or two. But seriously, ten dollars a day?