A s the fall semester comes to a close, the University of Colorado's Boulder campus is looking to fill student jobs that were created due to mid-year turnover.
Andrea Zelinko, assistant director of the University Memorial Center, said job openings increase near the end of the fall semester due to graduating seniors, students quitting to focus more on school and new positions opening for the spring, making it an optimal time for students to snag the coveted campus positions.
"We don't have as many jobs opening up now as we do at the beginning of the school year, but the turnover creates an opportunity for students who didn't get the job they wanted to try again," Zelinko said.
Campus jobs are convenient, and employers are more willing to work around class and homework schedules, students said.
CU junior Nick Lyle said he's held several jobs since starting college but his current position as a barista at Celestial Seasonings in the UMC has been the most convenient.
"They work with my class schedule so I don't have to worry about them letting me off for that," Lyle said. "I also like working here because I get to spend my work day talking to other students. It's a pretty chill job."
Susan Youtz, of CU's student employment office, said job openings right now are on track with previous years.
"I think we're looking at the usual ebb and flow of student jobs," Youtz said.
Students who are looking to nab an opening are better off applying soon, Zelinko said.
"The most popular positions will be gone quickly, so students should start the process now," Zelinko said. "If I find someone who's qualified, I'm going to hire them as quickly as possible that way they can start training over the break or even before school gets out if they're available."
Deborah Fink, planning and promotions librarian for Norlin Library, said while she would love to fill the student positions that recently opened up in Norlin, she won't settle for the first applicants to apply.
"Just because we're on campus doesn't mean we don't have expectations about professional presentation," Fink said. "If the application is not legible or it's incomplete and you can't articulate your skills that shows that you have things to bring to our position, it's really easy to look over those students."
Fink said she expects well-written cover letters that explain what specific skills an applicant has and how those skills apply to the position.
Since students have access to Career Services counselors for free, Fink said there's no excuse for applicants to turn in sloppy applications.
Employers said some positions will give students an option to work over the break if they're looking for some extra cash, but most won't require students to start until the spring semester.
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