Tips and Resources for Your Career Development during COVID-19

Resources

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 has caused career-related challenges for many internship and job seekers, as well as working professionals. Get resources and support specific to career development during the pandemic here.

The Center for Career & Professional Development wants all Pirates to know that we are here to support you in your professional development through and beyond COVID-19 via one-on-one appointments, group events, and specialized programming. We hope that the resources listed below will be useful in your job and internship search processes and look forward to speaking with you individually to best assist you in that process and ultimately celebrate your success. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team individually or at pirate2pro@southwestern.edu to let us know how we can help you. 

Interacting Virtually with the CCPD

One-on-one advising

We continue to offer the same personalized approach of individual advising to all students and alumni. Advising sessions can take place via Google Hangouts, RingCentral (powered by Zoom), Facetime and phone, as best fits your needs. Email pirate2pro@southwestern.edu to get started scheduling an appointment so we can evaluate your needs and get you to the best person. Drop-in advising for current students continues through the end of the semester. 

Special events

Some existing programming (e.g. Funded Internship Program Information Sessions, fellowship information session) continues virtually using the RingCentral (powered by Zoom) platform. Be sure to register through the links on our Events page (in the menu to the left) for each event in order to get access to the video meeting link. Additional special topics programs have been added to our schedule, such as “Creating an Impactful Summer.” Stay tuned for virtual programming to continue during the summer this year by keeping an eye on the Events link (in the navigation menu on every page of our website).

Tips & Advice

  • Create Your Own Summer Experience

    COVID-19 put a crimp in your summer internship search? CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips for how you can still create an impactful summer experience.

  • Networking 101

    At all times, but especially now, the relationships you build with advocates in the world of work are essential to netting your next opportunity. CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips and templates for leveraging your curiosity to learn about career opportunities.

  • Build Your Online Presence

    “If it’s not online, it didn’t happen” is feedback employers have shared with us. Take this down time to share your interests and accomplishments and build your brand. CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips for using social media to advance your professional self, not just your TikTok dance prowess.

  • Nine Tips for Building Marketable Skills (and Best Positioning Yourself for a Job) during a Quarantine: The CCPD team shares ideas for how to make the most of this downtime.

    Dear Graduates, It’s Not Going to Feel OK, But It Will Be: Advice on looking for a job during COVID-19 (Published April 18th by Forbes)

    How to Cold Email for an Internship: Eight Steps to Making it Happen: Step-by-step guide to reaching out to an employer to pitch yourself and how you can help (Published by Kate Koch-Sundquist via HireScholars)

    Networking Do’s and Dont’s: Why networking is such a valuable tool right now and advice on how to do it well (Published by Gary Burnison via CNBC)

    What to do if Your Job is Affected by COVID-19: Tips and resources related to navigating your job search, working from home, and managing unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Published by Indeed)

    Career Exploration Resources

    Candid Career logo
    Now is the perfect time to explore career options by learning about what different occupations entail. An easy way to do so is to engage with alumni and other professionals through “curious conversations,” a great way to describe what’s often called “informational interviewing.” A great way to get familiar with these conversations is to view the hundreds of pre-recorded conversations of professionals from a diverse array of career fields by clicking the CandidCareer logo above.

    Skill-Building Resources

    Open P-TECH: Free digital learning on the tech skills of tomorrow. IBM and its collaborators know what tech and professional skills are critical for the future and have packaged that knowledge specifically for you through Open P-TECH! Students can take free online classes in things like block chain, design thinking, and AI.

    MindSumo: Help companies get new ideas an insights via crowdsourcing. The MindSumo community is made up of over 400,000 Millennial and Gen Z students at some of the top universities in the world. More than 100 Fortune 500 companies have used MindSumo to source breakthrough ideas, capture valuable insights, and spark innovation. Apply your skills and earn recognition.

    Job/Internship Opportunities & Search Resources

    Is My Internship Cancelled?Regularly updated user generated live list of companies hiring, freezing, and continuing with current internships. (Published by Contributors from Arizona State University)

    2020 Internship Status–COVID-19: Regularly updated user generated list of companies’ internship cancellations and shifts to virtual work. (Published by Alex Wallish via github)

    Who’s Freezing/Hiring form Coronavirus LIVE LISTRegularly updated user generated live list of companies hiring, under a hiring freeze, and experiencing layoffs. (Published by Candor)

    These 23 Amazing Companies Are All Hiring Right NowList of 23 companies currently hiring across their US and international offices. (Published April 16th by the Muse)

    Companies Still Hiring During COVID-19–Here are 57 That Want Your Applications NowList of 57 companies currently hiring across their US and international offices. (Updated April 6th by the Muse)

    Coronavirus: Out of Work? These Places are HiringList of resources of job seekers and DFW area employers currently hiring for permanent and temporary positions. (Published April 3rd by CBS 11 News DFW)

    Who’s Hiring Right NowRegularly updated lists of companies currently hiring across multiple industries throughout the US. Includes temporary and permanent positions. Note: Also look for #NowHiring LinkedIn posts. (Published March 31st by Andrew Seaman via LinkedIn)

    Websites to Find Work from Home Jobs During the COVID-19 CrisisList of job search platforms specifically for remote positions. (Published March 31st by Forbes)

    Local Austin Area Job OpportunitiesList of Austin-area companies hiring for a range of full-time, part-time and temporary positions. (Published March 30th by CBS Austin) 

    60 Companies Hiring to Address COVID-19List of 60 companies currently hiring across their US and international offices. Includes links to open positions. (Published March 27th by Glassdoor)

    These Companies are Hiring in San Antonio as COVID-19 has Forced Several Businesses to CloseBrief list of San Antonio companies currently hiring in San Antonio with links to information regarding essential services and unemployment resources. (Published March 26th by KSAT 12 News)

    Financial & Unemployment Resources

    COVID-19 Resources Job SeekersTexas Workforce Commission resource page related to unemployment and financial stimulus benefits (Published by Texas Workforce Commission)

    COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and AnswersFAQs related to unemployment and labor standards. (Published by Wage & Hour Division, US Department of Labor)

    Financial Help for College Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Article highlighting financial and discounted service resources. (Published April 1st by ABC 7)

    Free Resources for Online College Students During COVID-19List of and links to free educational and professional service resources. (Published April 1st by Azusa Pacific University)

    Chambers of Commerce Resources

    A chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation. Business owners voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests. Chambers of commerce are found world-wide.  Type ‘(city name) chamber of commerce’ in any search engine, and if a chamber exists in that city you should get a result. (Adapted from Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives)

    Some specific leads for locating Chambers of Commerce include: