The amount of change happening right now in the workforce is both rapid and impossible to predict. There will be positives and negatives. Some of the plans you may have had pre-pandemic may no longer be an option. At the same time, companies and industries have adapted to current circumstance and new roles might have been created that open opportunity for you. More remote work is available, perhaps opening the opportunity to start a job somewhere far away and make sure it is a good fit BEFORE you move to a new city. You are preparing to graduate into a world that is very much in flux. Be patient. Be strategic. Be persistent.
As vaccines are rolling out and the economy is opening back up, the employment market is looking up! A recent survey of employers who hire entry-level candidates from colleges and universities suggests we will see an increase in hiring of about 7% for the Class of 2021! There will be jobs out there if you are prepared!
Who's Hiring NOW?
There are a number of websites tracking which companies are hiring right now. Remember, while listed organizations might be in a specific industry, most will have opportunities across all business operations (someone like UPS might be hiring for drivers, but they also might have marketing or HR jobs)
Know the Market
Check out the Indeed Hiring Lab for the latest updates on how the job market is recovering and what sectors are faring better than others.
Review our Career in Focus Series
Watch our free archive of recorded webinars full of career, resume, job search, and interview tips from career experts and QU alumni!
Consider Your Options
If you are unsure what you’d like to do after graduation, spend some time considering your options. You may identify new opportunities of interest to you that you had not previously considered.
Take a look at your options.
Know your skills, but not your career options? Use this new tool from Emsi to identify both educational opportunities and open job postings by skillset!
Prepare for a Virtual Job Search
Virtual job searches and interviewing are likely here to stay! Conducting a virtual job search doesn’t mean just applying to online job postings! Online job postings are only one small part of the process.
Login to your LinkedIn account and click on the image below to access archived and future live events:
Follow the LinkedIn group Students+ for ongoing tips, resources, and tools to assist you in navigating this new marketplace.
Don’t have a LinkedIn account yet? CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED
Prepare for Video Interviewing
See our tips on video interviewing, including live video interviews on tools like Zoom and pre-recorded interviews used by some employers. These were already growing in popularity prior to the pandemic and employers say they are here to stay!
Develop your video interviewing skills with our practice interview tool on QUCC and send the recorded video to anyone you’d like to get feedback on your effort.
Connect with Alumni
Part of an effective job search (as outlined above) will be networking with alumni. Check out our resources to do this.
(When you login to Bobcat Connect, if you are having trouble figuring out how to get started check the Resources tab for some user guides and FAQ’s)
In addition to the regular networking and mentoring opportunities on Bobcat Connect, be sure to join the two new groups within the system as well! Bobcat Job Opportunities Board is a space designed for QU alumni to share job and internship opportunities offered by their company with fellow alumni and/or student job-seekers. Job seeker Support is a space for job and internship seekers to ask questions, connect with fellow industry professionals and view resources curated just for Bobcats.
Get matched through AI to available opportunities!
Quinnipiac University has partnered with Eightfold AI to help you find opportunities! This proven technology can understand your skills and work history and then will automatically match you to relevant jobs. GET STARTED
Search for Remote Work
Remote work is here to stay in some form. Many of you will at least begin your careers in a remote or hybrid environment. In addition to traditional in-person positions that are temporarily remote, there are a number of tools to find jobs that have always been offered remotely. Even if it is only a temporary solution for you, consider remote work as a way to keep your skills sharp and earn some money as you continue your search.
Here are some sites to consider:
Think About Freelance Work
Similar to the options for remote work, you may want to consider freelance work. This is a way to build market-tested skills and enhance the portfolio of work you have to share with employers. Check out our resources.
Micro-internships are short-term projects for organizations, many of which can be completed virtually. These are great opportunities to gain experience, earn money, and build connections with employers that may lead to full-time employment. Check them out!
Build Your Skills
If you find yourself missing some technical or professional skills that might help you to gain employment, try to find some time to work on this as well. Many skill building options are self-paced and several are low or no cost.
Check out these providers:
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