Remember these four tips when hiring students

According to recent Snagajob research, nearly 60% of hourly workers have a passion outside of work–a third of which are pursuing an education. This isn’t exactly surprising―many students jump at the opportunity to make a little spending money and get experience in a work environment, even if it’s just after school or during the summer.

Statistically speaking, it’s pretty likely you have hired or will hire a student employee. And with school coming back into session, the chances are even higher. When you do, consider these four tips to help guarantee a positive and productive experience for both you and your student workers.


4 things to consider when hiring student workers

1. Be flexible

Schedule flexibility is a priority for most hourly workers (82%), and students are certainly no exception. School, extracurricular activities and family life are just a few of the many things today’s students have to balance, so a job with flexible hours is a must-have. But a busy schedule doesn’t mean they don’t want to work often.

~90% of hourly job seekers say making sure they’re getting enough hours is a top factor when looking for jobs.

Work with students to figure out a shift schedule that caters to their class schedule and maximizes their hours each week. Last-minute schedule changes are common for this group, so plan ahead and be as accommodating as you can when things come up—it can have a big impact on your retention and labor costs.

Clearly defining the shift days/hours you need covered upfront—like in your job descriptions and application—will also help you weed out candidates with schedules that just won’t work. Snagajob lets job seekers define their work availability on their profiles and then search for jobs that fit their schedules … great for students juggling class schedules and extracurriculars.


2. Know the (labor) rules

If you’re hiring an hourly worker under the age of 18, make sure you’re aware of the legal labor regulations in place and how they change depending on the employee’s age. For example, while 16- and 17-year-olds can work as many hours as they’d like, 14- and 15-year-olds can only work up to 18 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours in the summer.

There are also certain regulations regarding what jobs students of certain ages can work. All of the information you need to know can be found directly on the Department of Labor website.


3. Apply for hiring tax credits

Your new student hires could earn you up to $9,600/hire in tax credits under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, which incentivizes businesses to hire people from target demographics that typically face more challenges finding work. Examples of WOTC groups that hourly student workers are more likely to qualify for include:

  • Low-income working parents (TANF recipients)
  • Summer youth hires (living in Empowerment Zones)
  • Veterans
  • Food stamp recipients
  • Residents of federally-designated geographic areas (Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties)
  • Disabled workers


4. Start hiring students early

If you’re hiring students this back-to-school season, aim to have your positions filled by early- to mid-August. Students are getting ready to head back to school around this time, and historical Snagajob data shows hourly job seeker traffic peaks during this time. Posting your jobs early maximizes your chances of getting the most applicants and that you’ve got full schedule coverage once your busy school season starts.


Begin your back-to-school recruiting on the right foot

See how Snagajob’s easy, all-in-one mobile tools can help you find, hire and schedule great hourly workers. Start your free trial today and get access to our new staff scheduling and messaging tools that keep your team connected all year long—whether you’re hiring new workers or sharing open shifts, now you can manage it all from one convenient place.