Job Search During COVID-19
Understandably, career-related questions may be at the front of your mind now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to assure you that our office will continue to offer our service and support while still providing the best and most realistic advice possible. We are working very closely with the Notre Dame community as well as our employer partners to stay informed about the impact of COVID-19 on the economic climate, hiring trends, and opportunities.
Uncertainty with career plans may have now just become a new reality for you; however, there are still several ways to practically continue your search for opportunities. Utilize the resources below to create your plan.
Note: If you have recently learned that your job offer has been rescinded or modified, please schedule an appointment with the appropriate industry-related counselor on our staff. If you are unsure how to get connected with us, please use our quick help tool.
Five Things You Can Do Right Now
- Act on the Things You Can Control - Your story of what you accomplished during this time to build skills and help support your community will be important come hiring time for your next opportunity.
- Maintain and Build Your Network - Most people find jobs through networking and personal connections. Staying connected with people and growing your network is crucial to success in a virtual world.
- Enhance Professional and Skill Development - Work on rounding-out your skill sets. Many educational companies and universities are offering content online for free. Use this opportunity to enhance your skills.
Build Your Digital Presence - Now is the time to focus on your online presence. Search for your name in Google. Ask a family friend to review your resume. Our staff can help with building and refining your online presence.
- Digital Brand - This is who you are perceived to be online. Ensure that you have fully completed profiles on both Handshake and LinkedIn. Make sure to express your skills and interests for potential employers to see.
- Digital Shadow - Your shadow is what people find out about you when searching online. Clean up anything you don't want others to see, particularly social media accounts (even if private).
- Digital Engagement - What are you commenting on? Who are you following? How are you engaging in your professional platforms?
- Actively Engage in the Job Search Process Every Day - Explore COVID-related remote options. Seek out opportunities, connect with people, and try your best to be comfortable with the unknown. You will persevere, but this requires an action-oriented approach. Our staff is available to help you set goals and create an action plan.
The hope is that opportunities come through as planned, but this is a time to also consider alternative options.
The company, industry, or job you were preparing to go into may not be hiring right now or perhaps even later this year. Align your job search with the companies and organizations that are hiring and can help you build skill sets that will leverage you into the direction you want.
Recognize that your first job is not forever, and it does not necessarily set your course for the rest of your career. In this environment consider expanding your options.
Keep Career Plans/Goals in Mind
Stay focused on your long-term career goals. Conduct research, know what industries are hiring, know where your skills are best utilized, and keep in mind what experience and skills you want to gain. Consider next year when you are applying for internships - what’s the narrative you want to tell about what you did in Summer 2020? Think about professional development and skills development - what did you learn or cultivate?
The Actual Search
- Stay Focused - Focus on what you want to do OR build skills that leverage you into the job you really want.
Broaden Your Horizons -
- Shipping and Logistics
- Digital media
- Streaming services
- Teleworking software
- Start-ups in intense product development phase
- Federal and State governments
- Nonprofit - community services; philanthropic organizations; trade associations; public interest legal services
- Plan for the Alternative - Pursue options that will work if the curve turns downward quickly and pursue options that will provide alternatives if the curve stays up longer.
- Build Skills - Check out opportunities that will build your skills and help you become a competitive candidate for the job you really want.
Apply - Apply to what’s available and interests you.
- 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now
- Utilize Job Search Databases
- CareerShift - See COVID-19 Impacted Hiring. Login and click on Dashboard to see a listing of organizations that have responded to their hiring plans.
- The Muse
- LinkedIn Jobs and Who’s Hiring Right Now - Follow #GetHired on LinkedIn to get real-time information about companies that are hiring.
- Look at opportunities offered through temporary staffing agencies
- Start-ups hiring during COVID
- Applying to law school in the future
- Follow-up - Expect delays in responses to your applications and interviews, but follow-up on your applications. Sample email templates here.
In the Meantime...
The good news is that there are still things for you to focus on and do during this time to increase your appeal as a desirable candidate. Consider the following:
- Take an Online Class -
- Prep for Grad School - Study for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT
- Learn a Technical Skill - Advance your proficiency with Excel, Qualtrics, InDesign, Adobe Suite, etc.
- Read - Read up on the latest news in the industry that’s of interest to you
- Research Organizations - Research how the organizations that interest you are responding to COVID-19
- Blog - Write a blog about an area in which you have some expertise
- Paid MicroInternships
- Volunteer - Volunteer to help out a non-profit organization. Ask if they need surveys created, evaluation/research on a program, outreach to donors, offer to set up an online fundraiser etc. Share the skills you can provide them.
Work Remotely - Research companies that hire remote staff, utilize LinkedIn to see if Notre Dame alum works there, reach out to someone in human resources, send an email through the general contact system of the organization noting your interest in remote work and allude to 2-3 key skills of interest to the firm.
- All Things Remote Work
- Remote Internships
- Work-From-Home Translation Jobs - Utilize your language proficiencies
- Fiverr - Connecting businesses with freelancers offering digital services
- Idealist.org - Search remote at the Remote/On Site menu option for volunteer, intern, job opportunities in public interest organizations
- Get Your Gig: 9 best sites to visit for freelance or contract work
Job examples that offer flexible and remote freelance positions:
- Data Entry
- Customer Service & Administrative Work
- Education & Training
- Writing, Editing & Translating
- Web Development