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Below is a selection of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Miami Commitment program .Please contact us if you have any additional questions regarding Miami Commitment or Student Employment programs at the University of Miami.

What do we look for in Miami Commitment employers?
What does Miami Commitment offer employers?
What is the Miami Commitment process for employers?
What is the difference between Miami Commitment and Federal Work Study?
What if I want to hire a Miami Commitment Student and due to budgetary constraints, I am unable to hire the student without Federal Work Study funds?
Am I required to complete an evaluation for my Miami Commitment student?



Q. What do we look for in Miami Commitment employers?
A.
 You should be a Miami Commitment employer if you want to develop working relationships with students through effective supervision and training, if you are committed to helping student employees develop skills, if you recognize the importance of organized training, if you understand the value of assessing students performance and job satisfaction, and if you are committed to offering students opportunities for increased responsibility and experiential learning beyond the classroom.

Q. What does Miami Commitment offer employers?
A. Miami Commitment employers receive the following benefits:
 
  • Prescreening of job applicants. Only students that meet the minimum requirements for a position are referred for an interview.
     
  • Matching of student employees with available job opportunities based on their abilities and interest in learning new skills on the job.
     
  • Better job retention rates.
     
  • Better placement translates into more satisfied employees.
     
  • Proactive intervention and training to facilitate employers relationships with their student employees.
     
  • Training to enhance students skills in a variety of areas.

     

    Q. What is the Miami Commitment process for employers?
    A. Like students, Miami Commitment employers are asked to complete an application detailing the skills required for their jobs and the skills they are willing to help students develop. These jobs are then matched with students applications. Employers receive a list of students referred to their positions and are encouraged to set up interviews with these students. Once a suitable candidate has been selected, the employer follows the student employee hiring procedures.

    Q. What is the difference between Miami Commitment and Federal Work Study?
    A. Federal Work Study (FWS) is an award given to students based on financial aid eligibility. Miami Commitment is a career development program and is given to students independent of their financial situation. Some students qualify for both Miami Commitment and FWS, other students qualify for only FWS (and not Miami Commitment), and other students qualify for only Miami Commitment (and not FWS). Students in the FWS program are given awards that allow them to work on campus at a reduced rate to employers, but they must locate jobs on their own. Miami Commitment students are asked to complete a detailed application and are later matched with appropriate Miami Commitment positions. In addition, Miami Commitment students are provided with a variety of support services to enhance their career development.

    Q. What if I want to hire a Miami Commitment Student and due to budgetary constraints, I am unable to hire the student without Federal Work Study funds?
    A. Funding is sometimes available to assist departments in hiring students that do not qualify for Federal Work Study. Funding is limited and varies year to year. Priority is given to positions directly related to the students' career goals. Contact the Miami Commitment office for more information.

    Q. Am I required to complete an evaluation for my Miami Commitment student?
    A. Being an effective Miami Commitment supervisor involves communicating job priorities, giving recognition when it is deserved, and providing constructive criticism in a positive manner. All student supervisors are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on a consistent basis to their student employees by conducting a performance appraisal/evaluation at least once a year. The Miami Commitment Job evaluation provides a good reference for evaluating your student employee.