Finding A FWS Job
To search for a Federal Work-Study job, follow the steps below:
- Go to HireVCURams
- For Username, type in your VCU eID.
- First time users, click on the "Forgot your password?" link located under the login button.
- Once in the system, you will be directed to review and sign the User Agreement that explains the privacy and security details related to the system.
- Next, hover over the "Jobs and Internships Search" menu, select "Federal Work-Study Jobs", and start searching and applying for Federal Work-Study opportunities
When you log into HireVCURams for the first time, you will be prompted to complete your "My Profile". Make sure to update your "Skills" and "Additional Information" sections as employers often recruit student employees with specific skill sets. Next, hover over the "My Account" menu and select "My Documents" to upload your resume.
Once you are approved in HireVCURams, hover over the "Jobs and Interships Search" menu and select "Federal Work-Study Jobs". There you will see a complete list of available FWS jobs. Review the job listings and click on the job title of interest.
Read through all the information carefully. Before applying to a job, take into account your skills, availability, and transportation requirements. Apply directly to each position in which you are interested by clicking the "Submit Resume" button located at the top of each job description. Each job will specify under the "Document Categories" section whether additional documents, such as references, cover letters, and writing samples, are necessary.
Jobs both on and off campus are competitive. Make sure to apply to a variety of jobs. Jobs are updated daily. While many employers will have jobs posted as early as July, many more will post positions well into the first few weeks of the fall semester. Check back periodically--at least twice a week--to see what newly posted positions are available.
The Follow Up
Several days after submitting an application, follow up with the contact person listed on the job description via phone, e-mail, or in-person visit. When contacting employers, you should follow up to see if the employer has received your application and has had the opportunity to review it.
If you are selected for an interview, it is essential to note the following:
- Date and time of interview
- Name of the person they will be meeting with
- Documents that are required for the interview (i.e., award letter, resume, class schedule)
- Contact name and phone number in case you are unable to attend the scheduled interview
During the interview, you and the employer will discuss pertinent job duties, days and hours needed to work, and educational and professional development opportunities available. After completing the interview, the employer will determine whether your skills and experience meet the needs of the office and notify you of their final decision within a few days of the interview. Click here for our Top 5 Interview Tips.
The Job Offer
Please note that you are only allowed to have one FWS job. If you are offered and accept a position, you should rescind your application from the other FWS jobs to which you have applied.
Once you have accepted a job offer, you will be contacted by your department to complete new hire paperwork. Any change in your enrollment status (i.e., enrolling less than full-time) must be reported to the FWS Coordinator. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your FWS award.