By Kellie Book
Finding a job that offers enough hours while working around a college class schedule can be a challenge. Fortunately for Grand Rapids Community College students and alumni, the Student Employment Services (SES) office has job search staff and resources available to help.
These resources are open to everyone who has ever taken a course at GRCC, said SES Coordinator Chris Allen.
The SES office is located in room 103 of RJF Hall, south of the financial aid office. The office is open for appointments or walk-ins between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When coming in for assistance, Allen suggests being prepared with a copy of your resume if you have one, knowledge of what skills and experience you can offer, and your class schedule. Allen says that the office isn’t usually very busy, and does its best to make sure students have minimal wait time before they can see a coordinator.
“We try to see as many people as possible,” Allen said.
Student Employment Services focuses on connecting students with on- and off-campus employers, but also offers assistance with other aspects of the process such as resumes and interviews.
According to SES’s website, there are currently 11 jobs available on campus.
Allen said that many of the on-campus jobs have been filled already, because “so far we have approximately 250 students that have been hired just in the fall semester on campus.”
On-campus jobs are available only to students who are taking at least six credit hours during the same semester. Most on-campus jobs pay $10 per hour, the exception being the $10.50 per hour lifeguard position.
Allen said that one of the benefits of working on campus is the schedule flexibility offered by employers who understand what it means to be a college student. Student employee Georjie Slaggert said that she hasn’t had any problems scheduling her work hours around her classes.
“I’m in the interior design program, so most of my classes are at night, so I come to work in the morning,” Slaggert said.
Allen said that the SES office tries to accommodate students, and that some jobs are more flexible than others.
“Flexibility can become limited as the semester goes on,” Allen said.
The staff in the SES office can also provide helpful tips for resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes, and interview preparations. The other services they offer include mock interviews and job fairs.
“In Student Employment Services, I am responsible for the Off Campus Recruiting, Job Fairs and Resume Assistance,” said Student Employment Assistant Julie Earhart.
Earhart said that there are three different job fairs in the near future. There is a Hospitality Career Fair on 2/17/20, a Nursing and Educational Career Fair on 3/17/20, and a Business Cafe Series Employment Fair on 3/24/20, Earhart said.
For more information on these resources, visit the SES office in room 103 of RJF Hall or go to this site.