Mar 7, 2016

Elevator pitch

Students who have searched from a summer job or internship online know that there are hundreds of sites to choose from, but Jozii aims to simplify the process. The site searches through jobs posted around the web on places and then picks out jobs that they think will appeal to students. You need a college email to sign up, so employers posting on Jozii can customize their listings to current students and recent grads.

NYU connection

Jozii was founded by Brandon Tyler, who graduated with a degree in media, culture and communication from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. For Tyler, it was his experience trying to get a job that led to Jozzii’s creation.

“I tried Craigslist, I looked on Monster, I jumped on NYU Simplicity [now NYU CareerNet] and even a lot of alumni job listings,” Tyler said.

He eventually found his first part-time job as a sales associate only after being approached by a recruiter for Abercrombie & Fitch at the Starbucks on campus.

Advice to college entrepreneurs

While graduation might seem far off for some students, Tyler encouraged them not to let their time in college slip away.

“You’re here for four years and those four years fly by quicker than anything,” he said.

Even though you might be nervous about striking out as an entrepreneur, Tyler said college is the best time for students to start building their skills.

“If they even think they have an idea, the time is now to try that out,” he said. “You have so many resources that you will not have once you’re not at a university.”

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, March 7 print edition. Email Kendall Levison at [email protected] 

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