Careers4Terps: Industries Hiring

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With so many aspects beyond individual control, students are advised for the present to focus on maintaining a positive mindset and on what can be controlled.  Don’t abandon the dream job, but devise a Plan B and Plan C.  Use the immediate time to make investments in foundational career development and job search skills.  Need some help? Schedule a virtual Career Center appointment and/or consider using the tips below to get started on your search. Has COVID Changed Job Search?


1. Clarifying skills that can be offered to employers. Start with these assessments: 


2. Matching skills to fields and industries less impacted by COVID-19


3. Developing a brand and translating it to an online profile and application materials


4. Investigating openings and networking


Recruitment During Quarantine Virtual Panel April 27, 2020
 Video: Hear from employers recruiting during COVID-19 quarantine.


Most effective Search Strategies & Preparation Tips during COVID-19

Talking with professionals who have the type of job you are interested in landing, is the number one best search strategy! Spend most of your searching time on this strategy to speed up for job searching timeline. Review the steps below to get started. 

  1. Make a list of EVERYONE you know, regardless of their profession (i.e. you don’t know who they know!)
  2. Request informational interviews- request 15-20 minutes to learn more about their career path or organization
  3. Track your progress and follow through on referrals with this spreadsheet

Networking Questions


Expand your network

Access openings not advertised anywhere by gaining leads from friends, family, and contacts. This is the number one most effective search strategy to identify openings! Read more: How to Create Opportunities Rather Than Compete for Them, by Vault. 

 Researching/Targeting Organizations: Steps for identifying openings before other candidates

  1. Organizations that hire within your field and inquire about job opportunities. This strategy can be implemented by email, phone, or through social media and works best when the résumé and cover letter are customized for the organization.
  2. Locate professionals working in the area of interest to you. Follow organizations of interest on LinkedIn
  3. Reach out to them (most professionals are easy to find on social media, try LinkedIn) and ask for an informational interview. At the end of the informational interview, ask about future hiring needs. 


Create a list of organizations in your preferred geographical area.

Target organizations who value diversity & inclusion

The best way to get your resume noticed is to submit it through your networking contacts, so KEEP NETWORKING. If you apply directly to an opening you find online, take an extra 10-minutes to customize your resume. Add examples of how you have demonstrated the "required qualifications" within your experience section. This small step will get your application through the initial application screening. 

Submit a customized resume/cover letter:

Tips for Beating the Resume Bots: "75 percent of job applications are rejected before a recruiter or hiring manager even sees them."

Tips for preparing:

Tips for Navigating the Job Search Process, by Vault


Interview stream
         Practice virtual interviewing