Do you ever just wish for a little help at the office? Or are your hiring needs a little more permanent? Either way, KSU has the answer. At our last Fifth Tuesday Lunch at Copeland’s Restaurant, we invited professionals from the KSU Office of Career Planning and Development (CP&D) and student entrepreneurs who have a new model for hiring students called Click-A-Shift.
Luca Giardino, Assistant Director for KSU’s Office of Career Planning and Development, briefly described the benefits of traditional hiring using an easy, yet robust platform called Handshake – a new technology for hiring KSU interns, recent graduates, and more established alumni. This model includes the following programs, in place to benefit the employee as well as the employer and to provide the most work-ready applicants for your business – Job & Internship Fairs, a Career-Readiness Day, a Professional Development Conference, an Alumni Professional Summit, and the Job Shadow Program. Career and Internship Advisors are available to help with application deadlines as well as any questions or concerns you may have.
Handshake also allows KSU CP&D professionals to monitor and evaluate students and employers through KSU Experiential Education Evaluations. Around the middle of the semester, Internship & Co-Op Students and Supervisors will each receive an email from Handshake with an individual link and Instructions to complete the evaluation.
Through CP&D, Handshake is your full-service hiring platform for work-ready employees. For more information, see the link. http://careers.kennesaw.edu/students/index.php.
Click-A-Shift, while not endorsed by KSU, is an independent resource for your business that has several benefits for small businesses and your shift-work hiring needs. Click-A-Shift is an Apple and Android accessible app and is modeled after the concept surrounding Uber and Lyft. Their motto is “Creating a better working society.”
From the student’s perspective, the service provides extra income on a day-to-day basis. The student decides their schedule, and is notified when their skill set is listed in a job description. A student who is free to work, accepts the shift. They check in via the app, which uses GPS technology to provide their location. Then they work the shift, check out, and get paid by Click-A-Shift.
From the business’ perspective, the service provides 24/7 instant labor when you aren’t yet ready to create a new position, saving you time and money. The student is vetted, employed, and insured by Click-A-Shift, so you can cut out the hiring process. Real time check in and check out process keeps you informed of the hours worked. You’re covered: Worker’s Comp, liability insurance…because accidents happen. Your business is billed, according to the terms set up as a verified Click-A-Shift business. Reviews and ratings are given from the business as well as the student.
Both models can work for you and your small business, giving you work-ready employees and providing less tangible benefits like your providing real-life experience to a KSU student and possibly finding your next summer intern. We hope you are impressed.
Jennie Kay Coleman
Assistant Director of Partnerships
Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State University