5. Career center staffer: Any job in the career center teaches customer service and how to interact in a professional environment. "If you work in the career center, you'll learn how to greet people and how to make small talk," says Sciola. "All these little things are so important in getting a job."
Problem-solving and computer skills also will come into play as you help students and employers who are having trouble logging in or who want to post a job. Plus, think of the job-search wisdom you'll soak up and the facetime you'll get with potential employers.
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6. Group exercise teacher: Not only can you avoid the freshman 15 – and get paid for it – but also you'll be able to tell potential employers you're a great leader and motivator. You have to "have a good routine to keep a class wanting to come back," says van den Heuvel.
The job also wins you points for reliability; if you're teaching a class of 20, you can't pull a no-show at the last minute. Should you want to teach off campus, plan to get a group fitness certification from the American Council on Exercise or a similar organization. Many campus gyms are happy with their own certifications, which are cheap and painless to get.
7. Chief executive of your own startup: Celeste Currie, a Syracuse University senior, is an information technology major. But thanks to her role as founder of Soulscarf, which sells handmade scarves, she's mastering marketing, problem-solving, networking and taking risks.
"I've learned to pitch in front of important people without getting super nervous," says Currie, who successfully landed her wares in a boutique near school. The job also has taught her about taxes, legal documents and payroll.
"In the classroom you can learn what an LLC [limited liability company] is, but you don't file for one. Knowing what something is and actually doing it are two different things," she says.
This story is excerpted from the U.S. News "Best Colleges 2014" guidebook, which features in-depth articles, rankings and data.