Every student on campus should visit the Quickie Job office at least once! Personally, I have used the Quickie Job Service a couple of times and have always been satisfied. It is a great way to make some extra cash and prevent a hole in your wallet. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bethany Sheldon, the Student Job Service Manager of BU’s Student Employment Office (located at 881 Commonwealth Ave.) Bethany was able to share her thoughts and knowledge on the Quickie Job Service.
First of all, for those who have not heard of Quickie Jobs, it is a resource and service, which is strictly designed for BU students. Through the Quickie Jobs service, employers or members of the community have the benefit of posting jobs that are temporary or “odd jobs.” Not only does this service help those looking for some help, but it also provides students of a form of generating income without committing to one specific job.
One of the most exciting jobs reported, came from a student who took a dog-sitting job. She got in contact with the person looking for someone to take care of their dog and in fact ended up working for the former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein. You may be asking: “how safe is this?” The Quickie Job office is careful with what kinds of jobs and employers are posted on their website, and are proud to say that many of their employers are “repeat listers.” They would also like to tell students to use their best judgment when it comes to any job. Additionally they also ensure that each job provides at least the minimum wage.
The cool part about Quickie Jobs is that new jobs are posted every business day! Bethany was glad to say that the Quickie Job Service has between 100-250 students register each month, but when September comes around, that number jumps to a whopping 500. I asked her to explain the process of actually acquiring a Quickie Job and she gave me three crucial steps:
1. Register to Use The Service: When you first visit the Quickie Jobs site, which can be found on the Student Link, you will be asked to register and sign a contract.
2. Looking at the Jobs Available: The jobs are available to view online and in the office, however you will need to come into the office and ask to receive the contact information for the job number you have chosen. You can do three at a time.
3. Reporting Back: After the Quickie Job office gives you the appropriate contact information and you proceed to get in touch with the employer, it is important to report back to the Quickie Job office. They would like to know if you got the job, if it is no longer available, or if you are still trying to get in contact with them.
When I asked Bethany what she would like to tell the class of 2016, she responded with a awesome answer. She encouraged the class of 2016 to go out and work in general, whether its an official job or Quickie Jobs, because through working you can “meet more people, while getting to know BU and the city of Boston.”