College students are constantly battling between two goals: getting good grades and proving they’re ready for the real world. Combining those two goals, however, can be really difficult for the student with a demanding schedule. That’s where Campus Job comes in.
Campus Job is a platform built by Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman after they graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2012, where they both had campus rep jobs for big companies. Wessel, in particular, had a job with Anheuser-Busch on campus that was envied by the majority of her friends.
This led Wessel and Fliegelman to quickly build a website that acts as a marketplace, connecting students in post-secondary school with companies and organizations that are looking to employ students in part-time or temporary positions, namely campus rep positions.
For two years, they let the site live on its own and moved on to different phases of their lives. Wessel went to Google as a product marketing manager, working in Mountain View and then India.
Two years later, Wessel and Fliegelman found themselves in a great spot. Both had been offered their dream jobs — Wessel at Google and Fliegelman at a startup — but after an hours-long conversation at a coffee shop, the duo decided to shift their full focus to Campus Job and take the leap.
Which leads us to today.
Campus Job, though revenue positive from day one, has raised $968k in seed investment led by Box Group, with participation from Lerer Ventures, Kal Vepuri, F Cubed, and Red Sea, among others.
The platform is entirely free for students, who can log in and create a thorough profile of their grades, experience, hobbies, etc. Businesses can also register and create listings for free across multiple campuses, as well as invite particular students to apply to their listings. Once the listing has received applications, organizations can unlock those applications for a one-time fee of $24 per listing per school.
The beta version of the site has been active for a long time, now serving more than 7,000 post-secondary schools, with students registered at almost 500 campuses.
In the past three weeks, businesses have posted more than 2,000 job listings, with more than 1,000 listings added each week. And they aren’t just campus rep jobs (though companies like Uber, Lyft, T-Mobile and RedBull are all looking for on-site reps), but Campus Job also provides a way for companies to get freelance writers, graphic designers, beta testers, etc.
Part of this fast growth comes down to Campus Jobs’ own philosophy towards campus reps. The company has its own army of folks that get their college friends to sign on to the app, and a portion of that work force also focuses on smaller local businesses who might also be looking for part-time help.
The funding will go toward hiring and expansion as the company looks to keep pace with scale.
Check out Campus Job here.