It’s a hard time to be conducting a job search. We get it. It can feel hopeless and overwhelming. Know this – you’re not alone. We’re here to help with some tips and resources.
- Stay the course. Don’t stop searching and applying. Applications lead to interviews that lead to job offers. It may just take a little longer. Check out these lists of employers to see who’s hiring (and who’s not):
- Update your Handshake profile. 80% of students who share their interests (job type, location and job role) on Handshake receive a message from a recruiter.
- Expand your network. Connections matter now more than ever. Connect with alumni through the ASK Network, reach out to former bosses, connect with professionals via LinkedIn. See if they are willing to have a virtual informational interview.
- Follow demand and be prepared to pivot. The economy and workforce has changed overnight and some industries are experiencing a decline while others are growing exponentially. What are the skills you have and how can you apply them to jobs for companies who are still hiring?
- Build your online presence. Think about how you can use social media to make yourself stand out. Post content that is relevant to your job search.
- Practice video interviewing. Check out these tips and utilize InterviewStream to perfect your skills.
- Invest in yourself. Look for intersections between your interests and experience and the emerging or growing needs in the market. Once you have a sense of the fields and entry points that match your interests, continue to learn and build your skills through platforms like LinkedIn Learning (you have free access through DePaul), Coursera, Skillshare and FutureLearn.
- Check out these articles for more tips on conducting your search: