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Most looking to hire for seasonal, part-time work

Sep. 19, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County resident and Marshall University freshman James Barbour was taking a break between classes in the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday, using his free time to apply for part-time positions from local employers taking part in Marshall's Job-A-Palooza.

"It's really awesome that they come to Marshall's campus," said Barbour, a 2012 graduate of Cabell Midland High School. "It's hard for students to find free time to look for a job."

Among the employers who attended were United Bank, Alpha Technologies, Qdoba, Aflac, Bath & Body Works, Papa John's, Old Navy, Speedway, Marshall University Foundation Hall and Fastenal.

Most were offering part-time or seasonal work that fits with a student's schedule.

"That's how I got into the business," said Tim Sewell, the general manager of the Huntington Papa John's location. "I took a part-time job delivering pizzas to pay some bills in college."

He said the hours are flexible and delivery drivers go home each night with tips and mileage reimbursement, then receive a paycheck every two weeks.

Michael Ellis, whose father is a Papa John's franchise owner, came to Marshall and started working at the Barboursville location. He graduated in May with a criminal justice degree but is now an assistant manager at the store. He said the company offers advancement opportunities that have him contemplating which direction to take his career.

Fastenal, a local electrical and plumbing distributor, also has a long track record of hiring Marshall students, said Shane Pauley, the general manager. Right now, he said he has five part-time Marshall students working at the Huntington location, with positions open at the Ashland, Hurricane and Dunbar locations.

The Foundation Hall is seeking special events coordinators and people to work as bartenders, said Krystle Davis, the building operation manager. The positions are flexible and mostly on nights and weekends, though schedules change week to week and month to month based on what events are scheduled.

Some employers said what a student is majoring in doesn't matter, but some said those in marketing, business, management and public relations are ideal fits.

For more information, call Marshall University Career Services at 304-696-2370.