Looking for a job that fits around
your school schedule? Here's some help
By Erin Wadsworth
December 12, 2006 | When Utah State University freshman
Leah Hansen set out to find a job this semester she
never expected it to be one of the most difficult things
she would have to do on her own.
Initially she checked the USU job board, and responded
to multiple jobs in the housekeeping arena, but only
found one that needed her. So her work began, endless
days of misery, cleaning up other people's messes, and
it was then that she decided she wanted something new.
"I was going to get part time work, because I wasn't
making enough money to cover my needs," said Hansen,
"but I could only clean for so long."
Searching the campus job board gives students a chance
to find jobs on or off campus that will hopefully fit
into their busy class schedule. By posting many jobs,
in multiple areas of work the job board gives students
a better chance of finding a job that's just right for
It wasn't long before Hansen's employers told her
she was no longer required for cleaning, she now faced
the job dilemma once again. Back to the drawing board
she decided to do the referral thing. She had worked
in telephone surveys before and knew that she would
have no trouble getting hired, especially with a recommendation
by her friend.
"This new job is boring," said Hansen, "you don't
have to have any skills. You just sit there and try
to talk to people who don't want to talk to you."
Another job search outlet for students caught in similar
situations is the website of Utah's Department of Work
Services. The Logan branch of this public service offers
a wide variety of personal help to those in search of
the perfect job.
Job placement is at a high in Cache Valley, said Work
Service's Business Consultant Ted M. Nyman.
"People can now go online and register with us for
services," said Nyman, "they can look at all of the
job openings we have listed, and in most cases they
can find out how to apply for those positions online."
The online database can be easily accessed by obtaining
a user name and password through registration. After
the initial process a job searcher can then look for
a job that suite their interests. By selecting part-time
or graveyard shifts, and also how much money they want
to make, the job search can be tailored to the individual.
"We don't really focus on any one industry," said
Nyman," we'll serve everything from the private household,
little old lady that needs somebody to shovel her walks
Students can also find help at the accessible, on
campus, Career Services. From creating a resume to securing
a paid internship, USU students can utilize this free
service in order to plan their career path. They offer
Career Aggie, an online profile that can be viewed by
"We serve about 4,000 employers," said Assistant Director
Jennifer Loscher," it's a route that you can apply for
jobs online, so we generally encourage employers to
wait to get applications from students who are interested."
An internship is one of the most important choices
a student can make before graduation, said Loscher.
Paid internships can also be found if a student needs
to have a steady income during their education, she
"It definitely helps to get some real word experience,"
said Loscher, "as well as to kind of get a foot in the
As students continue in their education Career Services
can aide in career deciphering for anyone, it doesn't
matter if you're just getting started as an undeclared
freshman or a junior looking to change your major.
With numerous job aides just waiting to lend a hand
to the financial stability of students, and the unemployment
rate continuously sliding down in Cache Valley, one
would be hard pressed not to stumble across the perfect
job for their circumstance.
Hansen plans on continuing her college education this
coming spring, and will be thinking seriously about
changing jobs yet again. With a switch in class schedule
she hopes to find one that can accommodate her time
and also give her enough to maintain her housing and
"I just want to be more involved in a job," said Hansen,
"and enjoy the atmosphere more. I'll plan on getting
a pay cut, but it's worth just to enjoy the work."