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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Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

COVID-19 has hit many industries with layoffs, furloughs, and a lot of uncertainty. Nearly all areas of the MCAE community decreased hiring due to COVID. Many of these industries rely heavily on live events and freelance professionals. This document gives an overview of industry trends & updates on what’s happening in the media, arts, communication, and entertainment industries in the age of COVID. 

Film & Entertainment


  • Major entertainment festival cancellations and postponements 

Animation


  • Some studios have transitioned to remote work and are conducting business as usual (i.e. Disney Television) 
  • Industry has not shut down like most others, but things are moving as a slower rate
  • Nickelodeon Animation Studio & Warner Brothers working remotely 
  • Fox-owned Bento Box Entertainment (creator of Bob’s Burgers) is hiring 500 artists and production staff across Los Angeles, Atlanta and London. It has openings for about 20 freelance production personnel. 
  • Animated music videos anticipated (Atlantic Records)
  • Magic Leap startup, laid off 1,000 employees—around half its workforce. 
  • Types of roles posted?
  • Lead 2D Animator at Minnow Mountain
  • Animator at Peloton
  • Gameplay Animator (Contract) at Playstation 

Marketing, PR, & Social Media


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Publishing, Copyediting, & Journalism


  • Online book sales have increased
    • After Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, reportedly laid off about 85 percent of its staff on March 15 when it closed five stores, the bookseller re-hired 100 of those employees due to online sales demand. 
  • New marketing campaigns pushed up
  • Comics industry has been hit hard
  • Online proofreading and editing services still operating 
  • News media job market in crisis 
    • Smaller city-wide or state-wide news outlets particularly vulnerable
    • Local newspapers are currently losing 30-60% of advertising due to the coronavirus.
    • Newsrooms furlough employees rather than lay them off
    • However, there is a surge in readers
  • Freelancers are limited not only by newsroom budgets but also by their lack of company-sponsored health insurance.
  • Types of Roles

A Message to DePaul Parents from the Career Center

Dear Parents, 

I’m reaching out to provide career resources you can share with your students. We understand it’s difficult to plan for the future when the job market – and the world – are characterized by uncertainty. While we cannot change the circumstances, DePaul’s Career Center is here to provide guidance and support. Our staff and career advisors are poised to help students navigate the job market, determine their next steps, and identify ways to stand out in the job search.

Is your student graduating soon? Encourage them to become part of the Career Center’s Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight. We’re highlighting 2020 graduating seniors on our website and via social media to help build their networks and boost their exposure to potential employers and recruiters. Interested students can fill out this form and join the DePaul Class of 2020: Career Resources LinkedIn group.

Your student may also want to participate in the Job Search During a Pandemic workshop on May 21 and/or the Spring Interview Day on May 29. These events are open to all students.

Other things your student can do – whether they’re just starting out or are preparing to launch their career – are:

We look forward to connecting with your students. 

Sincerely,

Karyn McCoy
Assistant Vice President
DePaul University Career Center

Job Searching in Film During COVID

The pandemic has left the film & entertainment industry in a pretty challenging spot. As social distancing measures have left much of the industry at a standstill, layoffs and furloughs have hit with high numbers. While this may seem challenging, there are still things you can do to build your skills and grow your network. Here are suggestions if you’re searching for jobs in film & entertainment: 

 

Review your skillset

As someone interested in film, you probably have a lot of unique skills and abilities. Identifying your skills will help you see how they can connect to different types of opportunities and career options. 

Explore new skills

The pandemic has presented a lot of opportunities to develop new skills with free online courses. Remote tools like Asana, Slack, and Zoom will become more connected to work culture, so consider learning these tools to expand your skill set. 

Join an online community 

Connecting with people who share similar career goals will help you in your job search. In response to COVID, many online communities have begun sharing information about recruiting opportunities and jobs. Check out the slack filmmakers communityfreelancers, and the writers hangout

Connect with industry professionals 

Connecting with industry professionals is a way to build your network. Through LinkedIn and DePaul’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge network, you have access to alumni in a variety of industries. Attend online networking events to connect with professionals in the industry. Use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to stay connected to the industries. 

Consider using freelance apps 

Freelance apps are a way to get experience on projects for payment. Apps like Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, and Toptal offer ways to get project-based work, which will give you practical skills and make you competitive for future opportunities. 

 

Need help identifying your skills or career options? Come visit us virtually!
We’re here to help. 

Salary Negotiation During a Pandemic

By: Kalin Noel, BEC Career Community Advisor

On any given day, salary negotiation can be a stressful task, and now add a pandemic on top of it! However, lucky for you, the approach is still going to be the same. Here are some quick tips to help you start this process and get the most out of your offer. You can also find a helpful handout on the Career Centers Career library here.

Before You Start

Research the position you are applying for and its average salary range so that when you receive an offer you’ll know what a reasonable counteroffer will be. Take note of the areas where your experience matches the job requirements to build a case for why you deserve a specific salary and a valid argument for any vulnerable areas. Both Glassdoor.com and Payscale.com offer insight into average salaries for specific positions and what specific companies have offered in the past.

During the Interview Process

Practice your pitch for the offer negotiation. Get comfortable talking about the offer, the salary you are looking for, and why you deserve the money. It is illegal in Illinois for a company to ask for your salary history, so don’t mention this in your pitch. Practice your confidence in front of a mirror and with friends so that when you negotiate you’ll have honed your strategy.

After the Offer

Congratulations! Now it’s time to negotiate. The first offer is always a starting point and you should ask for time to consider the offer. You can say “Thank you so much for this offer, I’d like to take some time to look it over and will reach back to you about it further.” Review the research you conducted to build your case for the salary you want and the salary you are willing to accept.

When you are ready, contact the recruiter (or whoever gave you the offer). Be gracious, thank them for the offer, and reiterate your excitement. Then, state your counter offer firmly. Do not negotiate against yourself (i.e. “I would like XXX salary, but I understand if you need to offer XYX salary instead.”) Aim higher than your goal so that if they counter, you will land at the salary you wanted. Once you agree on an offer, get it in writing before you sign anything to ensure the offer matches what you discussed.

If an employer cannot match the salary you want, consider the other benefits you could negotiate before making your final decision, like more vacation time, a flexible work schedule, professional development, or an education stipend. These benefits can outweigh the additional salary you wanted. 

The pandemic is a scary time but that doesn’t mean your salary negotiation needs to be. Employers are expecting it, even during this craziness. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and see below for some additional helpful resources on your job search.


Additional Resources

Ask A Career Coach: How Do You Job Hunt During a Pandemic?

Before you accept that job offer, do this to negotiate salary

How to negotiate a salary

My Job/Internship Offer Has Been Rescinded. What Do I Do?

We know this is disappointing and stressful. Acknowledge your emotions and also recognize that this is not about you, it’s about the situation we’re all in.

  1. Don’t panic. Stay focused. We’re here to help.
  2. Keep searching. Organizations are still hiring.
  3. Look for other ways to gain experience.
  4. 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 & interests.
  5. Build your network. Connections matter now more than ever. Connect with alumni through the DePaul ASK Network and use LinkedIn to connect with professionals and conduct informational interviews
  6. Invest in yourself. Continue to learn and build your skills through platforms like LinkedIn Learning (you have free access through DePaul), Coursera, Skillshare and FutureLearn.

Email template for requesting other work opportunities:

Dear XXX: (Address it to the person you have been communicating with about the offer. It might be the recruiting professional, the hiring manager or both.)

I was very excited about the opportunity to work for {name of organization} and am hoping that we can identify some alternatives. Given the current situation with COVID-19, I understand the difficult decision you had to make about my offer; however, I am writing to inquire about other options for remote project work. I would welcome the opportunity to gain experience with {name of organization} in a way that makes sense for the company. Please let me know if you would be open to discussing alternative work possibilities on a short-term or project basis. 

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{your name}