Employment hopes rise as number of hirings stay same

On-campus employers will continue to keep the status quo in the amount of students they hire this year, despite a sharp increase in the amount of applications received.

While students continue to fill out applications to campus job spots like Auxiliary Services, the fitness centers and in residence halls, most are already starting to reach their quota of new hires.

According to Auxiliary Services Head Mike Flaherty, the high volume of student applications, combined with the need to keep the number of hires the same as previous, curtailed students’ chances of landing jobs. "No new jobs were created. We’re basically like a restaurant or a retail facility, so based on the number of customers we have coming through, that is the number of people we need to take care of, and we schedule people accordingly," Flaherty said.

Meanwhile, the Cooper and Glimmerglass Fitness Centers, located on campus also experience a surge in the amount of students seeking employment. Although they have always been a popular choice for students in the past, an extreme increase in the number of applications in this field has been noted. According to Brian Wallace, head of the fitness centers, the 25 available positions in this field are booked, and were booked early.

"I noticed that the most job applications I got were over the summer, or at the beginning of the school year. I’ve had more than I’ve ever had before," Wallace claimed, who estimated a 50 percent increase in the amount of applicants. As if fitting all the applicants into 25 positions was not difficult enough before, the flood of new applicants is making competition even tougher.

"We have a budget for so many people, and we met our quota," stated Wallace. The on-campus job market is becoming more exclusive, and the jobs are on a first come, first serve basis.

Freshmen, although focusing mainly on becoming comfortable with their new surroundings, also share with the upperclassmen and the rest of the world, the need for money. Assistant Hall Director of Johnson Hall, Brynn Gillen, receives and evaluates the applications of Johnson Hall residents (all freshmen) for recycling technician and desk attendant positions. Although this is her first year on the job, Gillen made it clear she has her work cut out for her.

"I’m not sure how it was before, but I know that there were a lot of applications submitted," Gillen had said. With 25 total applications submitted, and ten to twelve positions open, the decision process and the competition among Johnson Hall residents will be tough.

With the huge influx in those looking for jobs, astudent’s best move continues to be to just fill out applications and hope for the best.

"What I tell students is to fill out and submit a bunch of applications," said Mike Flaherty, who noted that there all still positions available on campus and jobs can still be obtained through the various on campus facilities and services.