A company specializing in part-time off-campus job postings for students, employers and colleges says the college employment scene is not the same as in years past—students have changed. Fred Grant started CollegeHelpers.com to help employers reach college students.
"Employers now are working with the Millennial Generation—those students that are college-age right now, 17 to 22. They view the job search process a bit differently than any other generation before them. They are very interested in working but I think the biggest thing that distinguishes them is they is they would really like to know how they're going to be able to benefit the organization or the people that they work for. They, they really want to get a sense who it is they're going to be working for and what the value system is. So a lot of times in the past employers would put in, when they're creating their job postings, would often just list 'hey, I have a child care job, we have three kids, and we want you to work from four to five every day of the week.' Well, that's really not enough information for millennial to get excited about a position. And so we encourage employers to really feel comfortable about using their own voice when they're actually creating these postings and to really explain what the relationship is, what type of family it is they're going to be working for, the business that they're going to be working for."
Students can search job postings, upload resumes, receive e-mail notifications of new listings and have access to jobs posted through other colleges. Grant says there needs to be a different approach to hiring part-time college help.
"Millennials like to be challenged, so oftentimes you don't get employers that will create a posting that really sets the bar high for the students. They really want to be able to out there and compete with their peers, so that when they get a job they want to feel that 'hey, I've been selected out of a group of my peers and that this is an accomplishment for me to be able to get this position over somebody else.'" Ed: "How does CollegeHelpers.com make its money, it's the fee from the employers?" "Yeah, it is. We're actually geared, our fee structure is geared directly towards the part-time or seasonal job market. Whereas on some job sites you see a single posting costing hundreds of dollars, we focus ours on two segments: the for profit group, and the non-profit groups. For profit organizations can create a job posting and reach an unlimited number of colleges for $30 for a one-month posting. Non-profit organizations, or people looking to hire a college student to work within their home, they can create a one-month job posting for $10. So our fee structure all comes from the employer side, but but it is structured so that it is geared towards that part-time and seasonal job market."
Grant says there are many job posting sites, but CollegeHelpers.com doesn't have much competition in the college hiring market. Houston Baptist University recently signed on to utilize the job search Web site.