by Katie Klementowski
The Student Employment Service office, located in Longview’s Campus Center 251, not only helps students find jobs, but helps prepare them for success.
More than 800 current, future, and past students of MCC seek out the services offered each year. These includes on-campus job placement, career fairs, job recruiting, resume reviews, virtual-interview software, and even their own website, projecthire.net, which hosts hundreds of local and national job opportunities for students.
Linda Anderson, the program coordinator at Longview, has been helping students prepare for employment for 12 years.
“Work-study and office jobs are the most common types of jobs students seek out,” she says. However, all types of jobs, from machine operating to assistant teaching and everything in between, are available. Weekly updated lists of newly open positions (called the Hot Job List) are posted on the home page of projecthire.net, as well as on the bulletin boards of each building on campus.
“Students come right in and fill out paper applications for on-campus positions, and can get help using the website right here in the office,” said Matthew Gibb, a student worker at the Employment Services office.
Multiple job fairs and workshops are held on and off campus each year, and are open to students as well as members of the community. The workshops teach students important skills like workplace etiquette, social skills, and how to present themselves to employers, and the job fairs work with employers to fit students into appropriate jobs for them.
The Student Employment Services offer real opportunities to motivated students. Last semester, Andre Oliveira, who was at that time a student at Longview, saw the Hot Job List on the bulletin board in the library and jotted down some info.
“I logged on to (projecthire.net) one day and was called back for an interview the next day,” he said. Oliveira had been looking for a job for more than two months when he discovered projecthire.net, and is still cooking at Harrah’s Casino.
So whether the goal is to find a job or internship, improve a resume, or just practice jobs skills for the future, why not make an appointment or simply drop by the Student Employment Services Office? Anderson and her friendly staff are always happy to help.