Student Employment Services

What is Student Employment Services (SES)?

Career Services engages with students and employers to offer a variety of opportunities both on and off campus that will serve a college students’ ever-changing schedules, and provide necessary employment skill development. We also process I-9 verification and collect tax withholding information for NYS student employment on-campus.

NACE Professional Skills and Competencies:

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) serves as a benchmark for Career Services and provides research on employers, employment trends, and best practices. NACE’s core competencies are skills employers believe college students should develop throughout their academic career. Below are four of eight important competencies to practice during a student work experience. For more information on professional competencies, contact Career Services.


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


  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Critical Thinking

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


  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.


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


  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.


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


  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Contact Us:

  • Visit Student Employment Services in Career Services, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5
  • Student Employment Services: 607-753-2223,
  • Student Employment Coordinator: 607-753-4715, Taylor Lynch

Student Employment Recognition Yearbook

SES Appreciation Yearbook Cover

Student employees perform invaluable service to campus with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. To celebrate their contributions to the SUNY Cortland community, Career Services would like to present the 2023-2024 Student Employee Appreciation Yearbook featuring 52 Student Employee Honorees and numerous student spotlights from students who volunteered to share something from their part-time employment experience. This project was initiated in spring 2020 as an on-going, annual, digital yearbook series for Student Employee Recognition. Thank you, students for all you do!

Contact Student Employment Services

Career Services

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5
Phone: 607-753-2223
Fax: 607-753-2937