There is no magic word to make an employer hire someone. No self-help book is going to know what any one employer is looking for in any one applicant. However, there may be some help for Boise State students available through the Career Center.
Debbie Kaylor, director of the Career Center, encourages students seeking jobs to search Broncojobs for on-campus positions.
“I am a huge fan of on campus jobs. I think on-campus jobs connects students with campus. Which can be equally as important as making money or gaining a skill,” Kaylor said. “It’s also just convenient.”
Campus employers know student’s main goal is to go to school.
Kaylor went on to say on-campus jobs may be good for the school as well.
“I think you can link on campus employment with retention,” said Kaylor.
According to Kaylor, students often cannot get jobs because they only want to apply for jobs in their field of study.
Jobsearch.about.com listed teacher’s assistant, barista and library attendant as popular jobs students can occupy during college.
According to Kaylor, students don’t want to “settle” for anything but the “fun” jobs like orientation leader, or Student Involvement and Leadership representative.
“The best types of jobs are any involved in your field of study but don’t be too picky,” Kaylor said.
Kaylor suggests students broaden their horizons.
“You get in at the ground level and if you do your job well, people take notice of that,” Kaylor said. “You can move your way up to a more “fun job.”
While on-campus jobs may be ideal for most students, the supply simply doesn’t meet the demand. There are more than 20,000 students at Boise State and roughly 3,000 on campus jobs. While not all Boise State students are job seeking, the odds are not necessarily in favor of those who are.
Kaylor encourages students to find a way to stand out among the applicants.
“If you know you want to work somewhere, go in and ask. But remain professional,” Kaylor said. “That will set you apart.”
For students who have been applying to multiple places and haven’t seen any success, Kaylor suggests they identify the problem.
“Just turning in an application will not get you a job,” Kaylor said. “If you aren’t getting calls it might be your resume. If you’re getting calls but no offers, it might be your interviewing skills.”
The Career Center offers resume workshops and mock interviews to students who want to increase their chances of being hired.
For more information visit career.boisestate.edu or stop by the Career Center.