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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?
- FOCUS2 online offers self-assessments for skills, interest, values, etc.
- Skills inventory, determine your current strengths and make a plan to gain more skills within your major courses
- Career assessment options, offered by Career One Stop
- O*NET® career exploration includes an ability and interest profiler
- USAJobs has a special website that features federal government openings related to mission critical job functions
- These industries are still hiring. View openings in Careers4Terps.
- Top 100 Employers with 770,000+ Jobs Open NOW
- Where to Expect Job Market Growth in a Post-COVID-19 Economy
- New Types of Jobs Emerge from COVID-19
- 5 Skills That Will Be In Demand in a Post-Pandemic World
- BSOS Terps: Make your brand memorable
- Your Personal Brand Workbook, pwc
- Creating a LinkedIn profile resources
- 10 Tips for Updating Your Online Portfolio, Vault article
- Advice for College Students: How to Maximize your Career Development during COVID-19 - NACE
- Listing of sites advertising openings | Who is hiring, by Candor | Positions with a hiring surge, Glassdoor
- Open jobs: The Federal Government is hiring across a wide range of career fields to help respond to the COVID-19 national emergency.
- Networking resources
- Full-time positions shared for UMD students: Careers4Terps @ BSOS
- Entering the gig economy: Contract positions, remote work, flexible working arrangements
- Protect your privacy and safely search for positions. Tips to avoid scams.
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.
- Make a list of EVERYONE you know, regardless of their profession (i.e. you don’t know who they know!)
- Request informational interviews- request 15-20 minutes to learn more about their career path or organization
- Track your progress and follow through on referrals with this spreadsheet
Expand your network
- LinkedIn - join groups or review UMD’s alumni page to connect with alumni and employers of interest.
- Terrapins Connect - connects students with UMD alumni.
- Employer networking events - attend to meet professionals and gain knowledge of openings.
- Intern - make the most of your internship by requesting informational interviews and reach out to your past supervisors.
- At-Home Networking Strategies (Inside Higher Ed)
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.
- 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.
- Locate professionals working in the area of interest to you. Follow organizations of interest on LinkedIn
- 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.
- Find employers already interested in UMD students: Careers4Terps @ BSOS
- Maryland's fastest growing companies in 2019
- "Best Places to Work", Employees' Choice by Glassdoor
- List of Think Tanks in the Washington, Dc area
- Nonprofit Organizations in Greater D.C.
- Top organizations ranked for diversity, by DiversityInc.
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."
- Add the right skills on a resume
- Add transferable skills to your resume
- Power words to include on your resume
- Review Resume Samples
- Steps for developing a customized cover letter that gets read
Tips for preparing:
- Skype interview | Video Interview, by Vault
- Interview Checklist- review these tips BEFORE the interview
- Dress for the job you want, even in a virtual interview: Business casual and professional ideas
- Prepare questions for the organization
- Know your rights, review these inappropriate/illegal interview questions
- Salary negotiation scripts for any role, by Vault.