As an FWS Employer you provide learning opportunities in a work environment that will help students develop as young professionals. Along with obtaining free student services, FWS Employers engage with students to help them refine their career interests and build their knowledge and skills. Both employer and student work towards a common purpose of enhancing the students' ability to work. Below are some tips to set you and your FWS student employees up for success.
Having a set of guidelines within your department for hiring and employing FWS students helps keep operations organized and consistent. Below are some basic questions you should consider:
Please note: every office varies in the depth and complexity of FWS operations. The above are suggestions and are not required.
Practice traditional hiring practices to help familiarize students with the job search and application process used in the real-world.
Traditional Hiring Practices include:
The cover letter and resume helps indicate a student's qualities and potential performance for employment. Since some students may not have past work experience, be open to reviewing extracurricular involvement, student leadership experiences, volunteer work, etc. Following, interviews should take place to help refine your hiring decision.
You should define all the job duties and expectations to students up front, before working or at the start of new job duties as assigned. Orientation and/or training should be offered to students accordingly. You should also support and supervise your student's performance.
Some supervisory duties include:
As students demonstrate learning aptitude and performance capability, offer more challenging projects and provide guidance throughout. Provide regular feedback so that students have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional competencies. With your help, the student will build work skills, develop professionalism, and become a greater asset within your office and to future employers.
At the end of each semester meet with each student to discuss his/her performance, areas of improvement, and opportunities for advancement. Complete a FWS Student Performance Appraisal to send to the FWS Office and keep a copy for your records. Promoting individual awareness can offer support, encourage work ethic, and improve professional practices.
Performance appraisals are helpful in assessing students for pay wage increases, which serve as incentive for students to continue their employment and perform to their optimal level. For more review the Pay FWS Students.
Students who perform satisfactorily can be invited to return the following term or academic year for continued employment. In case of unsatisfactory attendance or performance, we ask that employers meet and address all issues of concern with the student as a warning and offer an improvement period prior to termination. If termination of employment is necessary, you should provide the student a two week termination notification and officially notify the FWS office of the student's work status.