In today’s job market, it can be difficult for a college student to find employment. Luckily for Western students, the Career Services Center (CSC) and the Student Employment Center (SEC) website have resources that can make the process of finding employment less stressful.
On Sept. 21, the CSC relaunched its online job and internship-posting system, formerly known as Symplicity, to Viking CareerLink.
“We decided to rebrand it to make it more localized,” said Aaron Ignac, assistant director of operations for the CSC. “We branded it in the Western-type of marketing niche and made it a little more intuitive for students.”
The site hosts more than 1,100 employers that regularly post job opportunities for students. Many of these jobs are fully searchable on the site, allowing students to select certain industries, companies and positions they might be interested in applying for.
Two main changes to the site are the new name, CareerLink, and a component called “on-campus recruiting.”
“That’s when an employer will post a job they actually want to come to Western to do the interviews for,” Ignac said.
This new feature will allow employers to review the applications and select which students to follow through with. Afterward, the selected students can go back to CareerLink and select an interview time on campus. The CSC has a wide range of employers using the site, from corporations including Microsoft and Boeing, to small nonprofit organizations.
Last year, the SEC site matched more than 1,800 students with jobs. The SEC screens all employers, eliminating possible scams students may encounter when conducting other online job searches on sites such as Craigslist.
“We do try and keep them dynamic and updated to the best of our knowledge,” said Caryn Regimbal, financial aid manager of the SEC. “Everything that we have posted, those positions are still open even if they are two or three weeks old.”
Some students may be hard on money, but may not be able to or do not want to gain steady employment. For those individuals, the SEC’s online job-posting website can be a place to find odd jobs. The SEC site has a wide range of part-time work and non-employed jobs that do not require any recurring sacrifices to a student’s schedule.
“If a student needs some quick cash, they can go do some weeding or help somebody tear up carpet over the weekend, earn some money, and not have to make more of a long-term commitment,” Regimbal said.
Ignac said the overall goal of the new site is aimed to be a comprehensive source for both employees and students.
“The hope is that we are creating enough volume and enough diversity of the opportunities that any student can find something in the realm of what they are looking for.”