By Amanda Yarger
Students looking for extra spending cash or a rewarding resume booster can find plenty of opportunities in the Waco area as the city continues to flourish with new national business partners.
Among these businesses includes Bellhops, a national moving service that aims to hire at least 40 Baylor students for the Waco area.
“We have hired 17 so far, but were looking for around that 40 number,” said Matt Harb, the company’s regional customer service general manager.
Bellhops provides the service by allowing workers to view a scheduled move on the company’s app and sign themselves up, thus allowing employees to work as much as they would like within their own time allotments.
“We’re looking for what we call a ‘Barnabas,’ a clean-cut guy with a great attitude who treats customers with immense respect,” Harb said. “Students looking to further themselves and for a chance for a flexible part-time job so they can show up when they want to.”
San Antonio senior Adam Ortiz said the work schedule app system could be really convenient for a summer job.
“It’s cool that you can work with it anywhere,” he said. “Just logging in and out of it and getting paid as you go. ”
Employees can make up to $15 an hour plus tips depending on the size of the moving job.
Upon being hired, employees train through a series of online videos that emphasize the importance of safe moves, as well as how to provide a simpler process for customers. The videos can be accessed through the company’s application or site, Harb said.
Cameron Doody, Bellhops’ co-founder, said in a press release that a quarter of the headquarters’ employees came from a mover position.
“We’re giving all of them an enormous amount of responsibility, too,” he said. “They’re involved in business development, strategy building and creative execution.”
In addition to the company’s local hiring, the company also aims to employ 30 people at its headquarters for a summer internship. Of the 30, Doody said they anticipate nearly all of those positions to be filled by college students.
“We’re still interviewing for [interns] for all over the headquarters,” Harb said. “From customer service to marketing, just all over. It’s an awesome, awesome experience and most of workers started as Hops.”
According to the Waco Chamber of Commerce’s site, the city will continue its efforts to grow by emphasizing four areas that support the economy: attracting new businesses, retaining current businesses, expanding economic research and developing the city as start-up friendly.
“When I think of summer jobs, the most relevant thing that comes to mind is an intermediate job that you can get something out of — some type of experience,” Ortiz said. “Whether it’s working at a restaurant or working in retail, something that can gain experience in work culture through.”