Our country is home to over five thousand colleges and universities. And this might come as a surprise to some of you, but I only actually go to one of them.
So, when I write about college stuff I’m really just writing about my own personal experience. That said, I go to a very normal American college. Bricks, pillars, ivory towers, red solo cups… you’ve seen movies. Therefore, I have to assume that my experience isn’t that far off from that of other students at other schools.
Anyway, now that I’ve thoroughly buried the lead, let’s get into what I came here to talk about: JobGet on college campuses.
Having an on-campus job while you’re in college is usually a smart move. Not only will you have more spending money for weekends and date nights. But it’s the only time in your life that you’ll have a job where your boss is more than willing to build a work schedule entirely around your class schedule. They know that academics come first, so your hours will be super flexible.
The problem is, for most college students, the process of finding a part-time job on campus is — generally speaking — complete trash.
You’re competing with thousands of other students for a select number of minimum wage positions, only a handful of which allow you to study while you’re on the job (i.e. library front desk, gym front desk… pretty much any job that involves a front desk). While the rest involve washing dishes, making sandwiches, or landscaping. Suffice it to say that the market for on-campus jobs is cutthroat, and JobGet would make it 100X easier.
The difficulty with the way things are currently run is that there are several very different ways to get a job while you’re at school. The first is through work-study. If your financial aid package includes a work-study component, you’re almost guaranteed to find some sort of paid position.
The second method is through the school’s website. Most colleges and universities have an online portal where students can view available on-campus jobs and apply right there on the site. However, not all available jobs are posted on these sites. There are some departments and employers that just don’t use that online portal method and therefore it makes the whole system unreliable.
This brings us to the final way that students traditionally find low-paying jobs on campus: word of mouth.
If you knew someone who worked somewhere like, say, the gym. Then you could ask that person if the gym was hiring, which would prompt that person to refer you to a manager, which would ultimately lead to the manager contacting you for an interview. Or, if you had a friend on the football team, that person could refer you to the coach to be an equipment manager or something. Unfortunately, a lot of the more desirable jobs on campus operate this way. You have to know somebody who knows somebody to even get your foot partially in the door. Ironically, it’s a lot like how the job market works outside of college.
This confusing array of hiring methods makes the on-campus job market unpredictable and tough to navigate for students. A platform like JobGet would streamline the available opportunities, encouraging more students to apply for jobs, thus removing a financial burden from themselves and their parents.
If only there were a place where all of the available jobs lived and could be easily applied for. It’s not like the employers need to see the students’ résumés. They already go to school there! What else do they need to know?
As long as they’re available and willing to work hard, it shouldn’t be too problematic to cut out the whole charade of lengthy application materials. Just find a match on JobGet, set up an interview, figure out what hours work best with your class schedule, and proceed from there.
Let’s make hiring students easier, tell your school about JobGet.