In Case You Missed It: Business Not as Usual Event

At the “Business Not As Usual” event May 12, the BEC community welcomed four of our great alumni to share the strategies they employed in clinching their respective jobs during the pandemic. If you couldn’t attend it, you can watch the recording of the event here: 

You can also learn more about our alumni panelists through their LinkedIn profiles below, who graciously agreed that we could all connect with them.

While the pandemic marked a period of many uncertainties for both job seekers and employers, Shannon said she learned to not lose hope despite the uncertainty, and it paid off eventually. Though, it was a challenge it was for her to switch to remote work mode as she was just getting to know her new colleagues at work before the pandemic really took a turn.

To stand out from the competition during the job search, Michelle mentioned that she curated a portfolio summary of her body of work in addition to her resume. She also emphasized how important it is that new hires prove their worth early in the job. In other words, don’t assume your new colleagues know your capabilities well enough.

When asked what the panelists wish they would have done differently in their remote jobs, Genevieve stated that she would take more advantage of the online employee resources like yoga classes offered during her internship and utilize the time to enhance her wellbeing. Christina said she would get more involved with the different employee resources groups at work in order to network strategically.

Finally, when asked about how they would like to return to work, they all agreed that a good mix of both remote and in-person work would go a long way, and employers would do well to remain flexible on this topic.

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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Tech Talk Interview Series: Remote Work Culture With Basecamp

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology and Design Career Community Advisor

With the sudden rise in remote work, we thought it would be a good time to have a discussion on what remote work expectations are. Basecamp is a Chicago-based software company that has developed its namesake project management software, widely used in distributed team environments. Basecamp itself has been working under a distributed team model for well over a decade and was able to provide some valuable insights to those new to remote work environments.

We were joined by Basecamp’s Director of HR, Andrea LaRowe, and one of its programmers, Justin White (DePaul alum) to discuss the nature of remote work.

You can watch the full conversation below but here are some key takeaways:

  • This is a time of uncertainty for many. Employers should allow their employees time to adjust and know that expectations are much different right now since we are all feeling a bit anxious.
  • Good communication is key. Think carefully about what point you want to get across before you type it. Basecamp places great emphasis on the importance of asynchronous communication (i.e. the written word) since they don’t do many live video meetings.
  • Tips and tricks on how to delineate your work life and home life, including having a designated work space and creating defined start and end points for your work day. It’s key to be disciplined and set a schedule.
  • They strongly value personality in a job application. They look at cover letters before even viewing a resume and they like when they can see the human being behind the application.
  • Remote work is not for everyone. There are downsides to working remotely (i.e. feelings of isolation, too much distraction, etc…)

Get a Job Online as a College Student: 4 Tips From Recruiters

Guidance Provided By: The Handshake Team


 

Thanks to Handshake and other digital tools, employers are increasingly focused on recruiting college students online.

As a job seeker, this is great news for you. It means you can find your next job or internship without having to rely on multiple in-person meetings with recruiters. How can you utilize Handshake to find a job virtually? Here are four helpful tips from recruiters.

1. Fill out your Handshake profile

The most important step to landing a job or internship on Handshake is filling out your profile. Employers are searching for students on Handshake based on the information in their profiles, and messaging candidates with event invites or to encourage them to apply for new job opportunities.

That’s why completing your profile, and keeping it up-to-date, is essential. Beyond the basic information like your major and graduation date, make sure to fill out your job interests, work experience, skills, courses, and clubs and organizations you’re involved with. The more information you provide, the easier it is for recruiters to find you!

2. Attend virtual events

Employers like IBM and Under Armour often host virtual events on Handshake to connect with students from across the country. Attending these events is a unique way to meet employees at the companies you want to work for. Virtual events also give you an opportunity to learn more about a company before applying for a job.

Be sure to check Handshake for new events and sign up for behind-the-scenes tours, coffee chats, and Q&A sessions, so you can get an inside look at your next potential employer.

“Handshake helps us expand our reach and create more meaningful connections with students from all backgrounds.”

Jeremy Buentello, IBM

3. Showcase your soft skills

As mentioned, skills are an important part of your Handshake profile. The hard skills you’ve developed in the classroom, at work, or through extracurriculars—such as digital marketing or a programming language—help you stand out to employers looking for students like you. However, don’t forget to include soft skills like communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.

According to a recent survey of hiring managers, 92 percent said that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills when they’re hiring. When preparing for an interview, try to think of specific projects or experiences that you can talk about to illustrate how you’ve applied these skills in your life.

“We’re fighting the misconception that you need an engineering background to join a tech company. Sourcing tools on Handshake are crucial for us in connecting with the students who are going to get the most value out of our fellowship.”

Emily Vogel, Box

4. Reply to recruiters ASAP

Last year, employers sent more than 16 million messages to students on Handshake. Typically, recruiters send messages to invite students to networking events or encourage them to apply for new opportunities. Chatting with a recruiter on Handshake is a great way to make a personal connection to the companies you want to work for, and helps distinguish you from other candidates.

So, when you get a message from a recruiter, make sure to reply as soon as you can. Download the Handshake app in the App Store or Google Play, so you can be notified when you get a message.

Log in to Handshake today to start getting recruited for your next job!

6 Ways to Make the Most of a Remote Internship

Guidance Provided By: The Handshake Team


If you were to form your idea of an internship based solely on movies and TV, you’d probably picture long hours spent in a skyscraper somewhere, picking up lunch for executives and making copies all day long. Thankfully, the reality of internships isn’t quite so limited: internships can be found virtually everywhere, in any industry, and can be far more hands-on. At Handshake, for example, interns can do everything from push out code on the mobile app to writing articles for the blog!

But what happens when your internship takes place remotely, eliminating the in-office aspects of your program? Whether you originally planned to work from home during your internship or not, there are plenty of ways to maximize your experience as a remote intern to make the best impression and learn the most about your career path.

1. Set boundaries, even if your hours and location are flexible

Because remote internships are often project-based rather than hourly, it can be easy to treat them like homework, squeezing in a few minutes of work here and there between other commitments. For Handshake Social & Editorial Manager Brinton Botkin, setting “office hours” was key to succeeding in her remote internships during college.

“Even though my internships focused more on the finished work I turned in and less on the hours I spent, I still treated it like a regular in-office job,” she says. “I would block off time on my calendar and post up in a coffee shop, the library, or even in my kitchen at home and turn everything else on Do Not Disturb while I worked. Setting aside a dedicated time and space for my internship work helped me ensure that my deadlines were met, I was prompt and communicative with my managers, and that I could balance the rest of my life, too—I wasn’t trying to multitask on my internship responsibilities while at my coffee shop job or in class.”

2. Find time to connect with mentors

In a remote internship, you don’t get the same everyday face-time with colleagues that you might enjoy in an office environment. In order to supplement this, consider requesting a standing video meeting with your manager, or requesting 15-minute “walk and talks” phone calls to get to know people in different functions. It’s common for interns to invite colleagues out for casual coffee chats in traditional office environments, so consider this your chance to accomplish the same thing from afar! You can also connect with peers and other young professionals on Handshake to help build connections within your desired industry and learn about the path ahead.

3. Practice overcommunication

When you don’t have the benefit of physical proximity, it can be hard to feel connected to your management during an internship. Chat with your manager about how best they’d like updates about your work, and make sure to follow through via those channels—if they prefer emails, consider sending a weekly email recap about lessons you’ve learned, projects you’ve made progress on, and any questions that might have arisen during the week. If they prefer face-to-face meetings, come to your video check-ins prepared with notes, questions, and ideas.

4. Ask for feedback

The biggest benefit to any internship is getting real-life experience in the workplace, which can help shape your future plans and mold your skillset to suit your career goals. In order to maximize your remote internship experience, be clear with your manager that you desire feedback so that you can continue to grow as a professional. This might mean hopping on a quick call to review changes they’ve made to a project draft you delivered, or using suggestions and comments in a Google Sheet.

When soliciting feedback from colleagues, it’s key to accept said feedback graciously; think of critique as a favor, because it will help you improve your work. The lessons you take away from your internship will follow you into your first full-time job in your desired field, so capture every bit of advice you can!

5. Document your achievements

Whether you spend a month in your role or chug away for a whole semester, the time often flies by—and so can your projects. If you keep a record of major focus areas and accomplishments over the course of your internship, you can look back and reflect on your growth at the conclusion of your internship. This can benefit both you and your manager; a robust list of tangible achievements can help them quantify the benefit of their organization’s internship program, and you can use the same log to update your resume, fill your portfolio, and inform special skills for your Handshake profile.

6. Ask for a letter of recommendation

A persuasive professional endorsement from a past internship can prove extremely useful when applying for full-time work after graduation. Simply use this guide when asking for a letter of recommendation or to use your manager as a future professional reference.

There’s no reason why working remotely during your internship should hold you back from any of the advantages of a traditional work environment. With the right attitude, you can find many ways to make a great impression on your colleagues, forge lasting connections with peers, and take valuable lessons away from your experience.

Want more internship guidance? For additional insights into the world of internships, check out our intern content series and read real lessons from students who’ve been in your shoes.