Friday, November 7, 2014

The Reviews: "Campus Job"

The Reviews...we review job/internship finder sites so you don't have to waste time making an account. 



First up, Campus Job.  

Enjoy a video featuring my good friend Gregory, if you haven't heard of this brand new, and dare I say relatively strange site. Real talk though, that really is my friend Gregory in the video.



Quality of Employers: 
A google search for Campus Job (ouch, bad name) and the website isn't even on the first page. Instead, it's populated with campus job sites of major universities. This shows a lack of visibility to future employers and a lack of major google ad word buying (can we say startup two times fast?).



The website's front page states I could get a job as a 'bartender', a 'dj', a 'babysitter' (maybe try Care.com), a 'brand ambassador', or a 'campus rep'. Honestly...you may have better luck finding these types of jobs on Craigslist. 



Now, my first officially internship ever was as a brand ambassador/campus rep for a certain unnamed clothing rental company. Honestly, it wasn't the greatest experience. Tons of video calls, tons of unrealistically high expectations for a team of three and a small private school, and absolutly nothing good came of it. I got to put it on my resumé, but I didn't make connections, didn't get paid, didn't learn anything new expect how to annoy friends with Facebook posts, and I hardly got any free stuff! So, I'm not the biggest fan of these 'brand ambassador' positions. It's free advertising with no reward. It's not even worth the space it takes up on your resume, hell I haven't listed mine for years.

School Specific = Less Jobs/Internships
I did sign up though, which lead me to another problem for potential employers and for students using this site. You have to sign up with your school email address and then you are only shown jobs that employees have wanted to recruit someone FROM YOUR SCHOOL for.

That means, if you go to community college or even a decent school that is in the shadow of one nearby (i.e. USC and UCLA), you might not get local employers wanting to recruit from your school at all. You will just be getting the huge brands that exploit these sites in order to carry out the free advertising I mentioned above. But at least you have a 'job/internship.' 

Here's how the employers are laid out:

In the below photo you can see there are only 7 (!!!) jobs currently listed for Chapman University.



One is local and a startup (Let's Go Lab's), whereas the rest are brand based (Adobe, Mint Cosmetics, Modre, EZPrivacy). I see no way of realizing my dream of being a graphic design, photographer, dk or bartender like they PROMISED ME! Hell, I can't even be a babysitter.

Ease of Creating Profile: 8 out of 10. Fill out a Madlibs like survey.
Relevancy: 1 out of 10. Not even Google knows about this.
Entertainment Internships: 0 out of 10. Unless you want to work for small fashion brands (for free).
Usability: 8 out of 10. They did put some money into the design if not the concept.
Employers: 2 out of 10. Who are they? Who knows...

Overall Ranking: Don't waste your time until they get their feet more firmly pressed on the ground. They currently have a lack of 'real internships', lack of paying jobs, and a lack of variety. If you want to be any of the aforementioned things, there are already websites that specialize in those areas and Craigslist. If you want to be a brand ambassador, please pick something you are passionate about and do the 'blogging position' when you can. At least you will get some good writing samples out of it.

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