- Make your resume stand out when you graduate
- Acquire practical career-related experiences (hard and soft skills)
- Opportunities to network with professionals
- Exposure to real-life work experience
- Hone skills that can help you land a job after graduation
- A job on-campus that fits your schedule
- Earn extra cash
- Fun employee events (gaming, movie nights)
- Upward mobility (Geek Coordinators)
- We look for students from all majors
- Additional financial resource – reduce the necessity for student loans
- Develop a sense of community and involvement with EKU
- Co-op available for many majors!
- Free food during events/training
- Provide excellent customer service
- Be the face of IT for EKU students
- Be willing to learn, change and grow
- Communicate effectively
- Maintain high ethics regarding technology
- Be professional
- Be reliable and on time
- Balance academics and work
- Work well on a team and independently
- Ask questions
- Work hard
- Be proud of what you do and where you work
- Strive for excellence
- Have fun!
How to Get Ready for a Job Interview
- Get questions for the employer from this! Carefully examine the job description. Prep and see what the employer is looking for and how do you match that?
- Perform research on the company. Look at their web and social presence. Do you share their values?
- Consider your answers to common interview questions. Why do you want to work for them? Greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
- Practice speaking and body language. Are they both confident?
- Prepare thoughtful questions for the interviewer(s). Start with the job description then their website and social presence.
- Print hard copies of the cover letter and resume if the interview is in person.
- If interviewing in person, be sure you know where you’re going, so you may want to scope out the location early.
- Be early, but not TOO early for the interview. If you get to the location more than 15 minutes out, wait somewhere away from the office.
- Sell yourself to those interviewing you. Remember, how do your skills (professional or hobby) mesh with what they are looking for? For example, if good communication is one of the skills listed, how have you practiced that previously? If you just graduated from high school, how does your membership in organizations or jobs relate to the skills they want?
- Follow up with a quick email thanking the interviewer(s) for their time, connect your experience and interests, and end that you’re happy to answer any additional questions they may have.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- How competitive is the application? It is highly recommended that interested applicants apply early to increase their chances of being selected. After reviewing applications and conducting interviews, between 20-30 students are selected to join our staff. We hire incoming freshman and upperclassmen.
- What if I don’t have any technical skills? That’s okay! Our primary focus is on customer service. Technical knowledge is undoubtedly a plus, but we have a robust support and training for Geeks to keep up to date with the latest technologies.
- How important is my availability? We run two areas in the Crabbe Library, and these generally begin at 8 a.m. and go until 11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, with shorter hours on Friday and on weekends. The more open your schedule, the easier it is to find you work hours. We have shifts for early mornings, daytime, late nights, and weekends.
- Is the job just for federal work study (FWS)? It is not. We prefer federal work study awards but have many positions for students who don’t qualify. Those are called institutional work study (IWS) positions. You should still complete a FASFA, just in case you do qualify for federal funds!
- Do I have to be a computer science, networking, graphics design, broadcasting, or CIS major to work for the Geeks? Definitely no! We accept all majors, and everyone is encouraged to apply. Throughout our training program, you will be taught the necessary skills for your position. Your willingness to learn and take direction is needed to do well.
- Are there promotional opportunities available? Yes. We promote from within for our Geek Coordinator job. These are the senior student staff.
- Information Session. Throughout the semester, we will hold information sessions so you can meet Geeks and find out what it’s like to work with us.
- Application Process. Review the pooled position on the EKU Jobs page. You will need to submit your resume, contact information for three (3) references, and class schedule when you apply.
To be eligible for employment as a student worker, you must be eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS) *preferable* or Institutional Work-Study (IWS). This means:
-You must be enrolled in and actively attending classes on at least a half-time
-Work no more than 20 hours/week or 8 hours/day
- Interview. When a position opens, we contact qualified candidates to set up an in-person interview. At the interview, we will ask about your experience and qualifications. This is also a chance for you to learn about what it’s like to work for us.
- Hiring Decision. After we interview applicants, we make job offers. Then we submit your name to EKU HR for a background check. If you pass that, you are hired by us and given a start date.
- Orientation. During orientation, you will complete paperwork and learn about the rules of the road.
- Training. After orientation, we will train you for the position.
- Probation Period. All employees work initially under a 6-week probation period that includes weekly one-on-one feedback meetings with the Student Services Support Manager.
Typical Hiring Timeline
March 1 – June 1 – Online Application Submission Period (Round 1)
April 1-June 1 – Early Interviews Conducted (Round 1)
April 21-June 1 – Early Job Offers (Round 1)
May 15 – Rehire Emails for next academic year
June 1-August 1 – Online Application Submission Period (Round 2)
July 1-August 1 – Interviews Conducted (Round 2)
July 15-August 5 – Job Offers (Round 2)
August 10 – Pool Position Posted for Fall semester
Week before classes begin in August – Geeks living in residence halls move in between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Geek Training Week (MANDATORY)