UHV's Career Services office is resource for hiring part-time employees

Sept. 18, 2010 at 4:18 a.m.

By Ken Esten Cooke

Where can local businesses find dependable, part-time employees?

University of Houston-Victoria has a Career Services office that provides a "win-win" for employers and students alike.

Eunice Mesa, UHV Career Services coordinator, said nearly half of the university's new freshman and sophomore students have registered with her office in hopes of finding part-time work, and she has placed them in jobs such as office assistant, social networking webmaster, quality control agent and warehouse worker.

"We try to use these jobs to fill the needs of the student so they can earn some money and also put them in a job they find interesting, too," Mesa said. "We think it's a good way to help the students get to know the community."

The students also become customers as they find out about more businesses, and employers know that UHV's student population has a positive economic impact on the local economy.

If employers missed UHV's recent Part-time Job Fair, held Sept. 8, Career Services can connect bosses and job-seekers year- round. With new freshman and sophomore classes, UHV's rising enrollment means a larger pool of prospective employees for area businesses.

Employers can also log on to www.myinterfase.com/uhv/employer/home.aspx, the Career Services website, where they can post part-time or full-time positions, and internships. The service is free to employers.

Career Services, which also hosts a job fair each spring, plans to bring representatives from different companies to talk about career tracks and requirements for working at their businesses. Mesa also wants professionals to visit with students and tell their personal stories, giving advice and telling students how they rose to their positions and talk about any obstacles they had to overcome.

Mesa said some students are looking for something associated with their degree plan, especially upper-level juniors and seniors. But whether working in an on-campus or off-campus job, most students just need money to supplement a college student's generally meager existence.

Employers and students can contact Mesa at 361-570-4369 or e-mail mesae@uhv.edu. More information also is available at www.uhv.edu/careerservices.

Do you have a question about University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Ken Esten Cooke, communications specialist at the University of Houston-Victoria, 361-570-4296 or by e-mail at cookek@uhv.edu.



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