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7 Ways to Take Advantage of Online Career Centers

February 2021

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education shared a new survey from Handshake, a job search partner at many universities such as Howard University. The group identified ways in which college students would like to work with their schools' career services offices right now.

Fortunately, many career centers are already changing how they provide their services to better meet students' needs. Including the Center for Career and Professional Success at Howard University.

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1. Schedule an Online Career Coaching Appointment

Students used to be able to visit their career center and speak with an advisor or counselor in person during posted drop-in hours or by scheduling a one-on-one appointment. However, these sessions have quickly moved online.

2. Ask Which Employers Are Still Hiring

Despite recent news that companies are declaring bankruptcy, temporarily closing, or furloughing large numbers of employees, many employers are still actively hiring — and even conducting recruiting sessions online.

According to the NACE poll, as of mid-April, 61% of employers said they were not currently revoking job offers.

Recruiting is continuing through special events, such as Howard University's Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fair with over 200 registered employers on February 25th, from 1-5 pm.

You can see a list of all the employers and register for one-on-one interviews by clicking the registration button below.

3. Get Feedback on Online Professional Profiles

When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn or Handshake profile? If it's been a while, now is a good time to get to it. Check out this guide on how to use LinkedIn as a college student. Use this guide to update your Handshake profile.

The Center for Career and Professional Success can also provide a helpful critique and recommendations for making your profile stand out.

Think about not only what your profiles say about you, but also where your profiles are posted. While LinkedIn is generally considered the go-to social network for career and employment needs, it's certainly not the only option out there.

4. Meet Employers Through Virtual Events

In-person employer information sessions used to be common on-campus events, but virtual sessions are now taking precedence. The NACE poll found that almost half of employers "plan to increase their use of virtual methods to recruit the class of 2021."

5. Speak With Alumni Online

Getting to know alumni from your school and program can be a meaningful way to expand your professional network and increase your access to relevant information and job opportunities. Many college career centers work closely with alumni associations to encourage connections between current and former students.

6. Prepare for Virtual Summer Internships

If you've been accepted to participate in an internship this summer, you've likely already heard from your employer regarding your placement. Some companies may confirm your position with no changes, while others may shift from a traditional on-site internship to a completely online experience.

The NACE employer poll indicates that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more employers are converting internship assignments into a virtual format, perhaps to match plans for employees to continue working from home. More employers are allowing students to complete their internships remotely, though this won't be possible in all cases.

7. Plan Out Your Career Goals

No matter where you are in your educational journey, career and employment goals were likely your biggest motivation for going to college. The BestColleges 2020 Online Education Trends Report found that 77% of online students had these goals in mind when they enrolled. And yet, career counselor Dr. Yesel Yoon shares that "students wait too long to take advantage of [the] great services at their colleges."

The best step you can take right now is to reach out to the counselors and advisors serving your school to let them know your priorities. These professionals are there to connect you to all available options, and your input is critical in helping them shape what comes next.

Career exploration just got easier!

Do you know what you want to do, but just don't know how to get there? In a few short steps, you can now access all the information you need to make a sound decision.

Here's what the Virtual Career Explorer offers:

  • Homepage content including advice from leaders in your field, a variety of industry-specific videos, articles, and inforgraphics. Search topics thousands of topics by keyword, based on your interests.
  • Career 360 - A searchable repository of over 100 million real career pathways, with information on education and skills needed to be competitive. Use this search engine to analyze your earning potential and hiring trends of top employers.
  • Career outcomes of more than 70,00 actual Howard University graduates, who hired them, and their average earnings by gender and degree.
  • A tuition analyzer to tell you how much your education will cost over time and help you determine the economic value of your college major.
  • A job board with thousands of new jobs and internships, updated daily.

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About Us

Kyle DanzeyM.S.Ed., Director

Melissa Knight, M.Ed., Associate Director of Experiential Learning Programs

The Center for Career and Professional Success promotes the integration of career services within the institution’s overall student success strategy. We consist of three components:

  • The Howard Career Community powered by Handshake
  • Employer Engagement & Recruitment
  • Experiential Learning, Federal Work Study, and Campus Employment

We strive to embody the core principles of "Excellence in Truth and Service" through our service delivery, knowledge, and efficiency. We are committed to being at the forefront of developing a sustainable service model for the virtual delivery of career services.

We look forward to serving the Howard University community!

Covid-19 Impact on Recruitment

Recruiting is continuing through special events, such as Howard University's Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fair with over 200 registered employers on February 25th, from 1-5 pm. For more information about virtual opportunities, visit howard.joinhandshake.com.

Bison SAFE: The University's Pandemic Response

Howard University’s pandemic response is built with the goals of Bison SAFE at heart: Supporting our community; Advocating for high-risk populations; Facilitating ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive research; and Educating the public on best practices for safety.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert guidance. We aggregate and analyze the best data available on COVID-19—including cases, as well as testing, contact tracing and vaccine efforts—to help the public, policymakers and healthcare professionals worldwide respond to the pandemic.

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Melissa Venable, Ph.D.