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7 Ways to Take Advantage of Online Career Centers
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.