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RA Application Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

How do I know if I've completed my application? Where does everything go?

Where do I find the Placement Preference form/Schedule?

How does Cat Connect work?

To whom should I address the Cover Letter?

Do I need to provide references or letters of reference?

What do I need to know about Individual Interviews?

What is “Group Process”?

What should I include on my cover letter and resume?

I’m having difficulty with the online application, where can I have my questions answered?

What are the Benefits to being an RA?

Do I need to take the RA class?

 

Where do I apply?

 Beginning January 5, applications will be available online on Cat Connect.
Using Cat Connect, submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Placement Preference Form/Schedule

 

How do I know if I’ve completed my application? Where does everything go?

 RA Applicants will need to complete:

  • Cover Letter (submitted on Cat Connect)
  • Resume (submitted on Cat Connect)
  • Placement Preference Form/Schedule (submitted on Cat Connect or to Mahaffey 127)
  • Individual Interview (signup available at Mahaffey 127)
  • Group Process Interview: Tuesday Feb 24, 7-10pm, or as part of your RA/PA class (signup avaliable at Mahaffey 127)

Returning RA applicants do not need to interview or participate in the Group Process (we already know you pretty well)

 

Where do I find the Placement Preference form/Schedule?

 These forms are available to download and print on Cat Connect, look under “attachments” on the right hand side of the Resident Advisor Position page.

 

How does Cat Connect work?

 When you first log in to Cat Connect, you will need to upload your Cover Letter and Resume under the “Documents” tab. You will then be able to use the “Jobs” tab to search for “residence life”. Among the search results, you should find: “RA - Resident Advisor”

 

To whom should I address the Cover Letter?

 You have lots of options, a few suggestions are below

  • Dear Resident Advisor Selection Committee:
  • To Whom It May Concern:
  • Dear Jeff MacKay:

 

Do I need to provide references or letters of reference?

 No.

 

What do I need to know about individual interviews?

Following Group process and a review of applications, first round candidates will be invited to sign up for individual interviews. Emails will be sent out Jan 22nd (for applicants in the Jan term class) and Feb 26th (for all other applicants) to invite first-round applicants to sign up for an interview.

  • Invited applicants can sign up for interviews at the Residence Life Office in Mahaffey 127
  • Interviews will last 20-30 minutes
  • You will be interviewed by 2 staff members, most likely Area Directors
  • Dress professionally
  • Show up on time or early for your interview
  • We do our best to keep on schedule, but your interview may run longer than the anticipated 30 minutes.

Interview questions will ask you to reflect on your past experience as it applies to the RA position. Other questions will ask you to consider how you would respond as an RA in hypothetical situations.

 

What is “Group Process”?

 As an RA, you will need to be able to work effectively as a member of a team. Our interview process reflects that need by asking you to participate in a series of group activities that we call Group Process.

During Group Process, current RAs will make notes to help us remember the leadership qualities and energy you bring to a team environment. Remember, there is no one right type of leader. So instead of being the leader you think we want to see, focus on being yourself, your best self.

 

What Should I include on my cover letter and resume?

Your resume should include experience relevant to the RA position.

In your cover letter, you should express why you are interested and relate some of your key experiences/attributes to the position.

All applicants are encouraged to set up appointments at the Office of Career Development in Melrose 10, (503) 883-2733 to review application materials.

 

I’m having difficulty with the online application, where can I have my questions answered?

 Questions about Cat Connect can be answered at the Office of Career Development in Melrose 10, (503) 883-2733.

 

What are the benefits to being an RA?

Being an RA is a valuable learning experience that is recognized by employers and graduate programs. Additionally:

  • RAs for the residence halls are provided with a free double room (worth approximately $2,805 per semester) and a total yearly stipend of $1,000.
  • RAs for the suburbs receive the equivalent of a free apartment ($2,860 per semester). 

 

Do I need to take the RA class?

While the class is not mandatory to apply for the position, applicants who have taken the class will be given preference. You can sign up for the class during course registration November 3-6.  We encourage everyone who is interested in becoming an RA, and those who just want to find out more about the position, to take the para-curricular class being held 3:30-5pm January and Spring. The class, IDS 060, meets twice a week for the first three weeks of Jan and Spring term.

You can take the class for one credit or you can sit-in on the class without registering if you do not need the credit. If you are planning to attend the class but are not going to be registered, please email afrei@linfield.edu so we can be sure to include you on our class roster 

Applicants who cannot take the RA class will need to sign up in Mahaffey 127 to participate in Group Process Interview on Tuesday Feb 24, 7-10pm