With COVID-19 becoming the focal point of society, it is important to understand how your skills, education, and experiences qualify you for the in-demand jobs and internships of today. Whether you
1. Focus on Who’s Hiring: Tech companies, healthcare, financial services, and business software companies are still hiring. Check out the list of those companies who are still accepting applications, as well as those who are currently on a hiring freeze: https://candor.co/hiring-freezes/
2. Explore Micro-Internships: Micro-internships are short term-project based assignments. These experiences allow you to explore career paths, expand your skills, and develop professional networks during these virtual times. With the majority of micro-internships ranging from 5-40 hours of work, it is easy to gain experience from multiple companies in a short period of time.
3. Create a Plan to Turn Your Internship Virtual: Whether you’ve already accepted an internship prior to the virtual shift or are still networking, brainstorm ways to make your opportunity work without stepping foot in the office. Be prepared to discuss how you can help on specific initiatives that have been impacted by COVID-19 and show your employer that your essential to their efforts.
4. Be Mindful of the Applicant Tracking System: With everyone applying to opportunities online, talent acquisition professionals are being flooded with applications. In order to get yourself noticed and through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), it is important to customize your resume for each job you apply to. Focus on the language within the job description and match it to your resume. The more key words you use, the better!
For more information on how to leverage your skills and land opportunities during COVID-19, schedule a Career Center appointment today through CONNECT!