By Victoria Almond/reporter

Students who take advantage of the career centers on all five TCC campuses can boost their chances of landing a job. 

The centers offer employment options for current and former students and free services to employers.

“TCC has a good reputation of their type of students and curriculum, so employers know TCC has great candidates for jobs,” said Vicki McCleery, NE career and employment services administration assistant. “It makes us feel good when students come back and say, ‘I got hired.’”

Employers set appointments to recruit students for jobs, McCleery said. The designated area for them to set up on NE Campus is across the hall by the bookstore.

The typical time to find the booths on NE is 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Students who approach recruiters will often immediately get interviewed and even hired, McCleery said.

“What’s best for the students and the employers is that the recruiters must offer guaranteed hourly or salary wages upon hiring someone,” she said. “Salary can range anywhere from minimum wage on up.”

Retail, military, restaurants, hotels, financial institutions and child-care facilities are examples of employers that recruit on campus, McCleery said. Dave N’ Busters were on campus April 1 hiring for over 200 positions.

“April 15, we will have all four military branches on campus that will be a part of Spring Fest,” she said.

One recent example of how the career center brings potential recruiters to campus was Pet Supermarket, one of several local retailers aiming at pet owners.

Pet Supermarket is hiring for its new store that will open in mid-April off of North Tarrant Parkway (store 264 for online applicants). Recruiter Chris Goldstein had a table, two chairs and brought application packets, tennis balls and Frisbees to give to students.

“I have a hyper Boston terrier at home, and wanting what’s best for my dog encouraged me to work at Pet Supermarket,” he said. “We want to hire people who are passionate about their pets’ welfare and training.”

To find out more about job opportunities coming to campus, check the bulletin boards next to the five career centers.