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5 job opportunities for COCC students and employment advice

Miina McCown/The Broadside 

Seeking employment as a student may not be easy, and during a global pandemic, it might be even harder. Listed below are the different types of jobs offered in central Oregon this spring suited for students. All of the options can also be further pursued using this link from Central Oregon Community College’s student job listings page.

  1. Retail

Retail may be something that most people start out in when searching for a job. Believe it or not, it’s also something you can make into your career as well. From restocking to sales associate positions, there are a variety of locations all across Central Oregon offering student job listings. Some of these include café positions at the Eagle Crest Golf Resort, Cashier Retail Associate Receiver and Stocker at Lowes, Retail Sales Associate at Macy’s and front-end cashier as well as numerous other positions at Fred Meyer, just to name a few.

By Miina McCown
  1. Childcare and caregiving

There are many opportunities for exercising your love of caregiving or babysitting through a job in Central Oregon. Some of these include caregiving positions at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, Brookside Place, Caring for the Cascades, Comfort Keepers and the Hari Homestead, as well as childcare/counseling positions at Camp Fire Central Oregon, Camp Tamarack and Ramapo for Children. 

By Miina McCown
  1. Medical 

Many COCC students major in nursing or something else within the medical field. Luckily, there are plenty of local student job listings for positions within the medical field. These include RN Case Manager Home Health at AccentCare Home Health, Certified Nursing Assistant at Jefferson County School District, Lab Service Assistant at Millennium Health, Dental Assistant at Advantage Dental, Veterinary Assistant at Eagle Fern Veterinary Hospital as well as numerous positions at St. Charles Health System and Summit Medical Group.

By Miina McCown
  1. Office work 

One type of job that may come to mind when thinking, “temp” or “career” may be an office job. For those interested in office work, there are plenty of opportunities such as clerical positions at PrideStaff, WinCo Foods, Your Store and Fred Meyer, as well as front desk positions at Vacasa and the Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn in Bend.

By Miina McCown
  1. Specialists and technicians

Lastly, there is a multitude of opportunities for technician and specialist positions. No matter what your interests may be, it is likely that there is a career fit for you. These positions can range from a pizza cook at Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria to a Bonding Technician or Sub Assembly Technician at Epic Aircraft to numerous temp positions including graphic design at G5, and a Bend-based marketing agency.

By Miina McCown

The Broadside also spoke with Tracy Dula, the Career Services Coordinator of CAP Services at COCC. Dula stated that the key to effective job seeking is always keeping in mind that you need to meet the employer’s need since employers want to know how the job seeker will be a benefit to their business. It is important to modify each resume and cover letter for each separate job application to demonstrate this in order to connect with the employer.

In a COVID-19 setting and beyond, Dula stated that professionalism plays an instrumental role in one’s job search. “This includes all documents, the way one dresses, email and phone etiquette, including email address and voice messages and all correspondences. Think like a recruiter. During COVID-19, a job seeker may want to ask about safety protocols,” she said.

The Career Services Coordinator located in CAP Services provides completely free job search assistance to COCC students and alumni, which includes feedback on resume/cover letter development, interviewing practice and learning how to market oneself. The Career Services Coordinator can be reached at 541-383-7200 to schedule an appointment and to get your career started today.



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