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Hiring Students

If you are a new or veteran supervisor of student employees, the resources below will help you through the process of hiring a student employee from funding a student position to completing new hire paperwork.

Developing Career Ready Student Employees

On-campus student employment is a high-impact experience that can enhance overall career readiness by helping students develop transferable skills and gain valuable work experience. The resources below are based on the 8 NACE competencies and are designed to support hands-on learning experiences within student employment.

Additional Step-by-step Instructions & Resources

LEARN: Career Ready Guide & GuideBook

The Career Ready Guide is a self-paced online course that focuses on the NACE career readiness competencies. This course includes 8 interactive chapters and a reflective guidebook that help students understand, assess, develop, and articulate these competencies.

The accompanying GuideBook leads students through self-reflection and goal-setting activities. This interactive document can be downloaded in the introduction chapter of the course. Students should save their progress and submit a copy of their completed GuideBook when they have finished the course.

The Career Ready Guide takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Supervisors and student employees should work together to develop goals and a timeline for completion.

Career Ready Guide Information for Students

Career Ready Guide

EVALUATE: SkillSurvey

SkillSurvey is an evaluation tool based on the NACE competencies. Supervisors and student employees each assess the student’s work-related behaviors in a survey that takes less than 10 minutes to complete (on average). 

The supervisor and student receive a personalized report that provides an overall picture of the student’s career readiness. The career ready report allows students to compare their self-evaluations to their supervisor’s ratings, national averages, and employer expectations to help them identify areas for growth.

SkillSurvey can be used in place of or as a supplement to your regular student employee evaluation. 

Sample Career Readiness Report

NACE Competencies

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted research to determine the skills employers value most. The 8 competencies below emerged in their findings. These skills are considered to be essential in preparing college graduates for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.



Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.


Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.



Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.



Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.



Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.



Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Career & Self Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization. 


Equity & Inclusion

Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals' differences.