Several businesses offer variety of job experiences
As new businesses continue to pop up across town, students are seeing an influx in job postings in their email inboxes.
“Typically when the new businesses come here and start, they will contact the [Career Services office] here just because they’re looking for new student employees,” said Kirk Bixler, assistant dean of students and director of career services.
While he couldn’t detail how many new businesses have reached out to him, Bixler said several have contacted him within the last six months.
Cyndi Joyner, owner of Boujie Biscuit, located at 50 Hurricane St., personally reached out to Bixler. One student, sophomore Sarah Yount, is currently working for her.
“I was hoping to hire many, but only two people applied and one actually followed through, showing up for the interview,” she said. “I would love to hire more college students but so far it’s just the one that I have.”
Junior Taylor Brown was recently hired on at Ross Dress for Less at 1030 N. Morton St. She said she learned about the store at the campus job fair. She applied but never expected to be hired.
“I’ve never worked in retail before, so it’s different,” Brown said. “I’m used to buying it all rather than sorting it.”
Joyner said she often looks for college students first to give them a job opportunity.
Bixler said he hasn’t noticed a trend in the type of employees businesses are searching for. But in the last three to four years, as the economy has started to take off and as more new businesses surface in town, it’s much easier for students to find part-time employment, he said.
“They’re actually having a hard time finding people to apply for their positions,” Bixler said.
But for Joyner, hiring college students allows her to give students an income while they’re attending school, as well as experience in a growing business.
“I like mentoring,” Joyner said. “It’s a good opportunity for them to get their feet wet in a professional environment.”
Joyner said she hopes that student workers will be able to “bend a little” in scheduling, especially when emergencies arise.
Brown said Ross Dress for Less is well aware of her college schedule and specifically hired her and other college students for closing shifts.
Bixler said the pool of workers who want the part-time or seasonal positions is not necessarily growing but offers them a variety of places to choose from for employment.
“I think it’s great for our students,” he said. “I can think a number of years ago that the part-time positions in town were really fairly limited.”