Job Search FAQ Spring/Summer 2020

Job Search FAQ Spring/Summer 2020 & Beyond

The Center for Career Engagement recognizes that the global situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus will affect our students’ job and internship searches. The most important thing to remember is to be flexible and adaptable during this time of change and upheaval.

With this in mind, we have compiled guidance and resources below to answer some questions you may have regarding your job search for the spring and summer of 2020 and beyond:

Has hiring come to a halt?

No, you definitely want to keep your job search going. In times of economic upheaval, it is important to note that job searches can take longer. Job postings may appear more slowly, depending on the industry, and the interview/hiring process will take longer. With this in mind, you will want to attend to your job search on a daily basis!

In the current economy, a number of industries are actually increasing hiring, while others have already announced that they will be freezing hiring or laying off workers. Industries that are hiring include:

  • Shipping and Delivery
  • Social Media
  • Online Learning and Education
  • Scientific Laboratories and Research
  • IT
  • Public Sector (government, policy, etc.)
  • Pharmacies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Early Childhood Education and Childcare
  • Grocery Stores and Home Delivery Meal Services
  • Remote Meeting and Communications Services

Current industries in which to exercise strong caution if pursuing opportunities:

  • Airlines
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Startups
  • Employment Services
  • Energy Centers (e.g., oil & gas in Texas)
  • Hospitality
  • Food & Tourism
  • Manufacturing

Yes, there are a few things that the Center for Career Engagement strongly encourages you to do:

Have both a well-developed Plan A & Plan B

  • If Plan A is your ideal outcome, then Plan B should encompass alternatives that make sense for you, offer excellent learning and skill-building opportunities, and ultimately support your path to getting to Plan A in the long-term.
  • Invest time in determining the direction of your job search. You can’t know what steps you need to take without knowing where you want to go.
  • Do your homework on companies of interest to know if they are hiring or not.
  • Make sure that your resume and LinkedIn profile are updated.
  • Ensure your resume and cover letter are tailored to the employer and position. Your resume should highlight quantifiable results, and your cover letter should address the specific skills and qualifications that you would bring to the job if hired.
  • Know what stories you want to share with employers that articulate your skills, knowledge, and talents. Be able to tell those.

Networking

  • Networking should make up the majority (75%) of your job search strategy. Networking is not asking someone to help you get or give you a job – networking is building relationships. In building relationships with professionals in the workforce, you have the opportunity to ask relevant career questions, gain insight into an industry and/or organization, find a mentor, and be of service and helpful to them in return.
  • Informational interviewing is your best strategy to building your network and gaining the career insight you seek.
  • Find Gettysburg College alumni and parents to talk to on LinkedIn and connectGettysburg.

Skills Training

  • Continue to gain skills and knowledge through online learning platforms that offer free courses. LinkedIn Learning (free month trial), Coursera, edX, Future Learn, and FreeCodeCamp (with 450+ courses from Ivy League institutions) are some well-known platforms. These experiences can be listed on your resume – make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss the best way to include the information on your resume.
  • Consider micro-internships, which are short-term projects you complete for employers. Through Gettysburg College’s partnership with Parker Dewey, these micro-internships are paid experiences that range from 20-40 hours to complete. You may also be able to make your own arrangements with businesses and organizations near home to complete similar projects remotely, based on the needs of the business. These project management experiences should be included on your resume.

Self-Care

A job search will feel like a full-time job! Here are some ways to keep yourself on track while managing stress and challenges:

  • Make sure that you are setting daily goals for yourself related to your job search. When you complete those goals, have a small reward ready for yourself!
  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Know your boundaries and limit your time on social media and news sites.
  • Focus on getting enough sleep, good nutrition, and exercise. Get some fresh air if you can.
  • Utilize Gettysburg College’s iGrad platform for additional career and financial well-being resources.

Are there short-term things I can do?

Yes, consider applying for a micro-internship, which is a short-term project you complete for employers. Through Gettysburg College’s partnership with Parker Dewey, these micro-internships are paid experiences that range from 20-40 hours to complete. Some employers use micro-internships as a platform to vet talent for full-time positions.

You may also be able to make your own arrangements with businesses and organizations near home to complete similar projects remotely, based on the needs of the business. These project management experiences allow you to build skills while you job search and should be included on your resume.

What online resources are available for job searching?

While the majority of your time should be spent virtually networking, you will still use job boards to research what jobs are available and what employers are hiring. Handshake, Glassdoor.com, and Indeed.com are your top general job boards. Consider niche job boards for your field/industry (ex., MediaBistro.com for media and marketing; Idealist.org for nonprofits; Ecojobs.com for environmental positions).

Also check out the recent articles from The Muse, Glassdoor, and National Retail Federation about employers who are currently hiring. For advice on job searching amidst covid, check out the article Dear Graduates, It’s Not Going To Feel OK, But It Will Be from Forbes.

References:

Huggett, J., & Utzschneider, K. (2020, March 24). How to advance your job search during the COVID-19 crisis [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://www.bridgepathcareers.com/online-training