You’re Feeling Stretched Too Thin? We Have an Answer: QuadJobs.

post it to do listIt’s the beginning of the school year and if you’re like me, you have too many balls to count in the air. Besides carpooling, falling behind on fall clean up in the yard, and endless errands, my older daughter, who just entered middle school, has completely surpassed my math capabilities and needs help with homework that I cannot provide.  Not great for the ego. I’m feeling pulled in several directions.

As I sat up one evening cleaning out an overflowing inbox, one email stood out asking: “Feeling Overwhelmed? Need Some Extra Help?” “YES,” I screamed out loud, “Yes! How did you know…and who are you?”  The email came from QuadJobs, a company that connects local college students with people in need–like me–of an extra help. As I clicked to their site, I felt a wave a relief as I scrolled through to see all the ways QuadJobs could make my life easier!

quadjobsgroupBabysitting, tutoring, yardwork, party help, dog walking… it couldn’t be easier to find hardworking colleges from Fairleigh Dickinson, Drew, and Kean to get it all done.  Better still, when a student applies to your job, you see all the past jobs they’ve had as well as performance reviews from other employers in the community.  It’s way better (and more efficient) than a word-of-mouth recommendation.

Co-founder and CEO Betsy O’Reilly told us that every Halloween, they see a surge of job posts from employers looking for a friendly college student to hand out candy at the front door while the family is out trick-or-treating. Yes, they will even do that for you!

I posted my job easily and it only cost $7–that’s it, no strings attached.  I also had the option to join QuadJobs for the year, and make an unlimited number of job posts, for just $35. (See a discount below)

quad-job2As I browsed through my list of tutoring applicants, I saw smiling, friendly faces of accomplished local students many of whom were on the honor roll. It’s a genius idea. They are hard-working college students out there who need to work but can’t always commit to a traditional 20 hour/ week part-time job. QuadJobs gives them the flexibility to choose jobs that work with their schedules.  O’Reilly told us, “ We’re so proud of the professionalism and work ethic of students using the site to find work. These are the hardworking kids whom you want to hire and see succeed.”

QuadJobs was launched in October 2014–by, no surprise, 3 moms–who felt like they were spread too thin.  Despite having great colleges nearby, they were surprised by how hard it was to reach students who might be looking for part-time work. So Betsy O’Reilly, Andra Newman and Bridie Loverro launched in Fairfield County, CT, where all 3 live with their families.  QuadJobs quickly took off, and the team expanded to New York and New Jersey.  From there, QuadJobs took off in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.  QuadJobs is now a presence at 300+ schools, with more than 10,000 college and graduate students using the site.  94% of jobs posted receive at least two applicants within 24 hours.

tutorHere’s an idea of the types of jobs employers are looking for:

  • Babysitting
  • Tutoring
  • Dog walking
  • Yardwork
  • yard work raking leavesFurniture moving
  • Sports coaching (hire a college athlete to strength your kids’ skills)
  • Party help
  • Organizing
  • Graphic design work
  • dog walkerHelp at retail stores
  • Catering staff 
  • Interns

 

The Nitty Gritty

  • The cost for employers: $7 for a single job post (only after you’ve received two applicants) or $35/year for unlimited posts
  • Employers can see an applicant’s “JobGPA,” which includes a detailed track record and feedback from past employers.
  • QuadJobs is free for students with an active .edu address
  • Students keep all the money they make.

To learn more or sign up, go to quadjobs.comEnter code CHATHAM and receive $5 off that annual membership fee.

 

 

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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