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How can I prepare now to be an RA?

  • Visit the Center for Career and Professional Advancement to seek advice about updating your resume and cover letter
  • Participate in mock interviews
  • Seek out individuals for professional references

Can I apply to be an RA for just one semester?

  • The application is for a full academic year only.
  • Current RA’s can qualify to work through Summer if interested. Limited positions available.

What can I gain from being an RA?

In addition to supplemental Housing and pay, you can gain essential skills that were found to be the most sought after for employers in 2017: Customer Service, Leadership, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Time Management, Event Planning with the potential to gain experience in Microsoft Office, Social Media, Research and Management if working as a Sr. Resident Assistant.

What is group process?

During the Group Process portion of the RA selection process, candidates will participate in a multitude of activities. Activities will be used to evaluate the candidate’s skills as they relate to the RA position. The skills evaluated include: leadership, teamwork, communication, self-awareness, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

What is to be expected during the individual interviews?

Based on individual performance during the Group Process, candidates will be invited to participate in Individual Interviews. Individual Interviews will measure the candidate’s ability to perform essential functions of the position. Interviews will consist of questions centered around topics such as, community development, academic support, crisis response, diversity, and conflict management.

What is required in addition to my online application?

In addition to submitting an online application by going to https://jobs.ucmerced.edu, applicants will need to submit a resume, cover letter and supplemental interview questions. For information about how to polish your resume and cover letter, visit the Student Employment website or walk into their office located at SSB 230.

Should I add references to my resume?

Although it is typically not added on the resume, it is recommended for this position that you add at least 2 references to your resume, preferably a Faculty or Staff member or a mentor on campus.

What does it mean and what is required to be a Returning RA?

Returning Resident Assistants are expected to act as role models for not only their Residents, but also their peers. In addition to providing experience on the job, returning RA’s will be expected to participate in Resident Hall Association, provide support to our housing offices and participate in campus events. An additional $25 biweekly pay will be provided for returning RA’s. Speak to your supervisor if you are a current RA and are interested in returning for another year.

If I am applying to be an RA do I also need to apply for on campus Housing separately?

If application process is going beyond the Housing Application deadlines, make sure to follow the Housing deadlines in the chance that you are not hired for the position. See Housing Application deadlines

Contact with questions and concerns

Julie Sagusay, Student Affairs Auxiliaries-Training & Hiring Coordinator
jsagusay@ucmerced.edu