DePaul Career Center Remote Resources

We know the world can seem like an overwhelming place at the moment. We are here to help. Schedule an appointment to meet with us virtually and check out the resources included below.


Career Advising Appointments

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Career advising appointments are still available and currently being held virtually via phone or Zoom. Schedule an appointment to review your resume, discuss your career pathways, prepare for an interview and more!

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Zoom Drop-In Coaching

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Mon: 9:00am -5:30pm, T/W/Th: 9:00am-7:00pm,
F: 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun: 12:00-4:00pm
Our Peer Career Coaches are now offering drop-in coaching sessions for DePaul students and alumni. Peers can review your resume or cover letter, provide general career guidance, and answer questions about Handshake, LinkedIn and other Career Center resources.

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Searching for a job or internship?

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Handshake is our career platform and employers are posting there every day! 80% of students with updated profiles get contacted by recruiters.

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Career Resource Library
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Check out our library of over 50 handouts on a wide variety of career topics, ranging from preparing for a video interview to tailoring your resume and cover letter for a specific role. Our most popular handout is Resume Basics!

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Website Chat
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Have a quick question about how to make an appointment? Need help locating a resource? We’re available to chat on our website Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.

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Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)

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Social distancing doesn’t mean disconnecting! Search for and connect with over 1,500 alumni volunteers for career, academic and life advice on the DePaul ASK network.

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This Week’s Hiring Trends: Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Advertising & Public Relations.  

This week’s Key Take-aways

  • Public Relations, Digital Marketing, & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 15% of the time for Public Relations, 12% for digital marketing, and 12% for strategic planning.
  • Communications, Management, & Sales are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 64% of the time for communications, 39% for management, and 36% for sales
  • 21% of postings require 0-1 years of experience. 
  • Oracle, Abbvie, & MarketCrossing are the top companies posting. 

According to EMSI, the number of active job postings for Advertising & PR have declined by nearly 31% from June 2020. The decline in roles has been consistent for the last week.  Public Relations, Digital Marketing, & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 15% of the time for Public Relations, 12% for digital marketing, and 12% for strategic planning. Communications, Management, & Sales are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 64% of the time for communications, 39% for management, and 36% for sales. 21% of postings require 0-1 years of experience. Oracle, Abbvie, & Marketcrossing are the top companies posting.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Media, Arts, Communications, & Entertainment Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 


 

Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Journalism, Entertainment, & Production.

This week’s Key Takeaways

  • Journalism, Copywriting, & Adobe Photoshop are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 30% of  the time for Journalism, 28% for copywriting, and 14% for Adobe Photoshop.
  • Opportunities for Copywriters include 1,369 opportunities, 290 for videographers, and 167 for sales photographers. 
  • Communications, Writing, & Editing are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 61% of the time for communications, 38% for writing, and 32% for editing. 

According to EMSI, the number of active job postings for Journalism, Entertainment, & Production declined by nearly 31% from May 2019 to May 2020. While postings have declined,  It is encouraging to note that 33% of openings in Journalism, Entertainment, & Production only require 0-1 years of experience. Similarly, 18% of openings are listed as entry-level positions, with no experience listed. Journalism, Copywriting, & Adobe Photoshop are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 30% of  the time for Journalism, 28% for copywriting, and 14% for Adobe Photoshop. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you! Check out this article for tips on how to woo recruiters. We’ve  also recently launched a Career Community Linkedin Group to stay connected! We’d love to have you join!  Meet with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor to talk about career opportunities! 

 



Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the
Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Advertising & Public Relations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings around 12-15% of the time.
  • Opportunities for Research Analysts (Life, Physical, and Social Science), Marketing Coordinators, and Marketing Managers lead the pack at 19,831 positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Vizion Group, Welcome Wagon, and Tribune Media Company are proactively connecting with DePaul students on Handshake. Make an appointment with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor or Ambassador today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers! 
  • Nexxt, Illinois.gov,, Employmentcrossing, and Learn4good are reported by Emsi to be the top posting sources.

According to EMSI, across the domains of Advertising & Public Relations, the number of active job postings declined by nearly 31% from May 2019 to May 2020. While postings have declined,  It is encouraging to note that 21% of openings in Advertising & PR only require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads. Similarly, 20% of openings are listed as entry-level positions, with no experience listed. Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings around 12-15%. 

  • When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!
  • On Handshake there are nearly 1,500 employers in the Advertising, PR, and Marketing Industry. These are a part of the over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor or Ambassador to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Technology & Design

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Software & Web Development. 

 This week’s Key Take-aways

    • Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. 
    • Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL
    • Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.
    • Software Engineers, Java Developers, Front-End Developers are the top positions posted. 
    • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

 

 

Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL. Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design. 

 Main Takeaways

  • Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design opportunities have dipped 26% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases.
  • Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, & Adobe Illustrator are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 58% of the time in postings for Graphic Design, 53% for adobe photoshop, and 49% for Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 
  • Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media),  Visual Designers, & Designers have the most opportunities with 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

Opportunities in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design have dipped by 26% from May 2019- June 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Opportunities for Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media) are at 3,341; Visual Designers are 392, and designers are 513 for a total of 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area. 27% of openings in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design require 0-1 years of experience. Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!. Check out this article on ways to woo a recruiter. Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Database Administration & Network Support.

Main Takeaways

  • Database Administration & Network Support opportunities have dipped 11.4% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. For example, on May 31, 2020  trends show a 0.3% decrease in postings compared to May 31, 2019, however, on June 1, 2020 trends show a 5% increase in postings compared to June 1, 2019. 
  • Opportunities for Systems Administrators, Network Engineers, Database Administrators have the most opportunities with 16,741 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month. Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

According to EMSI, across the domain of Database Administration & Network Support, the number of active job postings dipped slightly from May 2019 to May 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, and Database Administrator roles lead the pack in the number of opportunities available. In sheer volume, the number of opportunities for System Administrators was 6,108 total positions in the Chicagoland area, followed by Network Engineers with 6,012 and Database Administrators with 4,621. It is also encouraging to note that 17% of openings in Database Administration & Network Support require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads.

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!

  • Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month.
  • Additionally, there are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 

Advice for the Class of 2020 from a Supervising Producer at WGN Radio

Today’s job search advice comes from Ashley Bihun, Supervising Producer at WGN Radio, to offer tips and suggestions for the Class of 2020. 

What tips do you have for students conducting a job search in the media right now?

Before you even start to apply for jobs, do research on the specific companies in your industry. Read reviews from previous employees and current employees, check out their newsletters if they have one, read about the history of the company and how it has evolved, and get a basic understanding of what the company stands for and what they do for the public. If you don’t particularly like a specific company, don’t waste your time trying to get a job there. Once you have a couple of companies you would like to work for, go to their career sites and start looking around to see if they are hiring or not. 

Then, when conducting the job search make sure you know what type of job you’re looking for. I know that’s hard to tell college students who may not really know what they want to do with their degrees yet, but don’t use generic terms such as media, journalism, or marketing. Be more specific. Do some more research into the media industry to see where you personally think you’ll thrive the best, then use keywords that fit that job description. The little extra work will be worth it in the long run because you’ll find a career path you’re better suited for in a company you like and therefore will have a better chance of getting the job. The interviewer can tell whether or not you’re excited for the job or if you’re just applying to get an internship “out of the way.”

How can students make themselves stand out to an employer?

Here are three MUST DOs in order to stand out to any employer: 

  1. Dress to fit the job you’re interviewing for. If you look good, you’ll feel good and therefore have more confidence when you go in for your interview. 
  2. When you get an interview of any kind (phone, video chat, in-person, etc.) it’s really important to ask questions. Come prepared with some to rattle off when they ask you if you have any questions. It’ll show that you’re interested to learn more about the position you’re interviewing for and the company.
  3. If you’re doing an in-person interview bring some thank you notes with you so that way when you’re finished you can write one up in the lobby of the building and leave it with the front desk to send up to your interviewer. If you’re doing a virtual or phone interview, send a thank you email to the employer right after the meeting. If you do these 3 things you’ll have a better chance at getting a follow-up interview than someone who didn’t come as prepared as you. 

What advice do you have for students whose job or internship offers have been rescinded?

If your job or internship has been rescinded, stay positive! It happens, and you’re definitely not alone. Just be understanding of the employer for doing what they did and remind them you’re very interested in working with their company and to keep you in mind for any openings they may have in the future. 

On a side note, if you get rejected from a job, my best advice for you is to reach out to the employer and simply ask “why.” Ask them if they can offer up any advice to strengthen your interviewing skills. You just might find out you’re overqualified for a job or possibly that there was something you did in your interview that you can easily fix for the next one. 

What advice do you have for students looking to enter the media industry?

It’s not all about what you know… it’s about who you know. It’s VERY important in this industry to make and maintain connections. I honestly can’t stress this enough. 

Check out our Career Library for resources on Networking 101. Here is also a great article from LinkedIn on tips about networking during a pandemic. If you need support as you navigate the job search process, come see us virtually

Student Success Story: Antonio Garcia

Many companies are unfortunately rescinding offers to 2020 grads due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies are still hiring and as one offer closes, others may arise.

We connected with Antonio Garcia, a DePaul 2020 grad, to talk about his experiences and successes interviewing and applying for jobs in the COVID-19 job market.

Antonio majored in computer science and was able to interview for some of the big 5 tech companies, including Google and Facebook. He shared his journey with us, going through how he was able to recover from an offer being rescinded, what resources he used to help prepare for technical interviews, and how he ultimately was hired in a civilian role with the U.S. Navy doing work in virtual and augmented reality.

Lessons for 2020 Grads from 2008 Grads

For 2020 graduates, the job search looks drastically different than it did even three months ago. Every day more and more questions are presented. How do I navigate hiring freezes? How can I still gain experience and leverage my skills? What resources are out there during this time? While the current state of the world is a public health crisis, the job market has many similarities to that of the 2008-2009 recession. We interviewed three DePaul alumni who graduated amidst the recession to learn how they navigated the job market and leveraged their skills and adapted to the changes. 

  • Matt Isaia, who graduated from DePaul in 2008 with a B.A. in English and currently works as the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.
  • Mostafa Radwan, who graduated from DePaul in 2009 with a Masters in Computer Science and is currently a Solutions Architect at Docker Inc. 
  • Tara Genovese, who graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from DePaul in 2008 and currently works as a Social Worker at Fresenious Medical Care.

In general could you tell me a bit about your experience applying to jobs and finding employment upon graduation?

Tara: When I graduated from DePaul, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduation and had very little guidance during that time. It was generally expected that once I graduated with a college degree that I would find a job easily afterward. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I remember one of my first professional interviews hearing in the waiting area about people’s 20 years of experience and master’s degrees competing for the entry-level job I applied for. Needless to say, I was not very confident in that interview or really in myself at the time. I would say compared to many of my friends who graduated that same year as me, I was lucky to find something. I had volunteered as an ESL teacher for a few months and I was contacted by the manager of the Non-profit regarding an AmeriCorp position there. That position did not pay me well at all, but at least I was able to get a forbearance on my loans, get really great experience, and be eligible for an end of year grant for each year completed to go toward further education or paying off my loans. I was not able to financially move out on my own after graduation and stayed with my mom. 

Matt: I graduated in August of 2008 and had been working a part time retail job that held me over. I began looking for work and quickly realized that in order to find this first job out, it was less about applying and more about networking. I was able to find a job with a small company specializing in government contracting. Networking was definitely the crucial component during this time. 

Mostafa: As an international student, there was already an additional level of difficulty. I had landed an internship and had experience as a software engineer prior to graduation which helped the most. Despite that, it was still very tough, I had a lot of interviews but not a lot of people were hiring. Many companies responded that these were “uncertain times” and they would keep me posted, but I began running out of money so I had to look for a plan B. I kept doing a lot of interviews and eventually landed an interview and job out of state in GIS mapping around September/October of that year. 

I found it most important to remember that you won’t be where you are forever, it’s okay that you’re in that job for now.

Matt isaia, Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Did you have to shift your plan to account for the recession and economic changes? 

Tara: I was 22 years old so there really wasn’t much of a plan to begin with. I was still trying to figure things out back then. I really started looking at the money after this, seeing how certain positions weren’t in demand. I guess in this way my mindset changed. I wanted to work in a field where I could help others but wouldn’t starve. This in a lot of ways is why after getting my master’s in social work I went to medical directly instead of mental health because hospitals and health clinic’s pay better and offer benefits. If there wasn’t a recession, I probably would have gone straight to nonprofit work or after my master’s straight into mental health. I was always massively afraid of losing what financially I had or losing my job. I think this changed the way I negotiated my salary at work. Because the common saying was “just be happy you have a job.” This again is what I am hearing today but instead of “happy,” I hear “grateful.” I, personally, find these statements very problematic. 

Matt: There was a physical shift in that I wasn’t 100% sold on moving back home with my parents. Given the time, I ended up moving back home, which definitely wasn’t the easiest decision. The first job that I took after graduation had very little to do with what I wanted to do and what I had done at DePaul. I think that this shifted my thoughts. I began thinking more about pursuing other opportunities like advanced degrees. 

Mostafa: My original plan was to go into software engineering, but, at the time, there weren’t a lot of jobs out there so I tried to still stay in technology.


Are there any specific skills you had picked up at DePaul that helped you the most in that first post-grad job?

Matt: I definitely picked up a lot of soft skills that were useful. DePaul has robust general education requirements that helped hone my excel skills, allowing me to become familiar with spreadsheets and looking at data. My English classes also helped hone my writing and research skills. With these skills I was able to say I have a lot of experience writing and ask if I could work on a certain project. 

How did that first post-grad job help you in your later roles? 

Matt: Honestly, it was most helpful in that I was able to learn what I really want to do versus what I don’t want to do. At the first job, I had an overwhelming sensation that I don’t want to stay here and saw it as just a stepping stone to what I do want to do. I started asking myself what it is I need to do in order to get out of this work. Where do I want to be? I could stay where I am or I could challenge myself. I think it’s more than okay to try jobs that you might not see yourself in because you’re able to learn about what you want to do and don’t

Additionally, what were some of the best resources you found while job hunting? 

Tara: For me, I didn’t stop learning about the job-hunting process. There are so many resources out there on how to formulate your resume, cover letter, what colors are best to wear during a job interview, everything on the internet. These help. Keep learning. For me, I primarily used indeed.com like websites where they take postings from multiple job boards. I would also try to use the same verbiage in my cover letter and resume as in the job post.

If there is a company you like, make a schedule of when to look back on their job board. Start finding people on LinkedIn who work for the company and look at their experience. Even though it’s scary, just contact them for an informational interview and come prepared and on time. 

tara genovese, Social Worker at Fresenious Medical Care.

Matt: Networking was definitely the most important resource during that time. I think the ASK network has really streamlined the process within the DePaul community. I wish it had been around for me. I also utilized the Career Center’s resume review service which helped get my materials in order to apply. 

Mostafa: LinkedIn wasn’t very popular while I was job searching but it definitely is now and I’d recommend checking out LinkedIn. Candor is also a great resource to find out who has a hiring freeze right now. I made sure to take advantage of the services at the Career Center as well. I made appointments for a resume and cover letter review a few times which made sure everything was the best it could be. I landed my internship from the Career Center job fair so I would definitely utilize them during this time. 

Finally, what is some advice that you’d give graduating seniors during this time? This could be related to careers or could be overall life advice. 

Tara: Life is always uncertain. You will get what you want but you have to be prepared that it is not going to be with plan A. It’s never easy to be flexible and adaptable, but it will teach you to persevere. I graduated in the time of the worst recession this country had ever seen until today, I have a master’s degree, I work in the field that I got it in, I own my home, and I have a small business. I didn’t allow someone to tell me how to live my life. I didn’t listen to how the media always insulted my generation. I got what I wanted and for the most part, getting there wasn’t by plan A or B. If you want what you want, you will get it but you have to believe it in order to do so!

Matt: Try to look for jobs that are very in demand right now. If you’re able to, try looking at COVID-19 response jobs. I would also keep in mind that once the economy opens back up there’s going to be a big flood of people looking for jobs. Be aware of the competition; it’s a numbers game in any economy. Right now, there’s so much that we can’t control, so it’s important to try to stay positive. Focus on the things you want to do, and ask yourself ‘what can I do now that I couldn’t do before.’ This could be hobbies or upskilling, try to embrace the situation as much as you can. 

Mostafa:

Make sure to take care of yourself first, before others; make sure that you’re meeting your own personal needs (getting sleep, eating well, surrounding yourself with loved ones).

Try to see what’s available out there resource wise, any income or recovery plans. It’s going to be super difficult to concentrate on a job search if you don’t know how to pay for your rent. Apply to lots of jobs, and find or create your own opportunities, even ones you might not have normally considered. In life, it’s important to never stop learning, even outside of class; this can be a great time to upskill. Try to continue to foster relationships during this time, network, reach out to people through the ASK network. Your career is a work in progress, it’s never going to end, where you land after graduation doesn’t determine your entire future.