The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another. For students looking for summer jobs, a required internship, or that first career position after graduation, though, the impact can feel particularly concerning. Hiring freezes, rising unemployment, and general uncertainty about the job market are combining to make career development even more anxiety producing than it usually is. Despite everything, though, the Office of Career Connections is still here to help! Use the resources and advice below to make good use of your time in quarantine, whether you're actively looking for opportunities now, preparing to be the best applicant you can be when you finally do start applying, or still figuring out exactly what you want to do with this great SOU education you're pursuing.
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FIND OPEN OPPORTUNITIES
Find Companies That Are Still Hiring
Despite higher unemployment rates, there are industries that are looking to hire due to increased demand of product during this time. These employers might be looking for part-time, temporary, or full-time work. Remember that part-time or temporary work can very well lead to full-time work as the employer gains trust in you and your commitment to the company culture.
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You can also use your favorite job search sites to find companies hiring immediately. Whether you're looking for jobs or internships, Indeed classifies some positions as "urgently hiring." Glassdoor identifies similar opportunties using a "hiring surge" category and the Oregon Employment Department job board allows you to search for opportunities using the phrase "immediate need." Don't forget that Handshake is still full of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities in Oregon and across the country. Try searching other sites, many of which you can find on Career Connections' lists of job boards, using relevant keywords as well.
Consider Working Remotely
Many people are working from home these days, at least part of the time. After COVID-19, the world of work might look very different, with more people requesting flexible work schedules or truly remote work. True remote work involves working all of your hours away from an office setting. Your work is done through your computer and internet connection 100% of the time. There has been a boom in remote work opportunities that many find enticing, particularly if you are geographically bound to one location but are struggling to find available work there.
To get started, check out the remote work resources that Career Connections has pulled together. Want to find even more remote opportunties? Search for positions on major job and internship boards by using "remote"in the keyword search.
Micro-internships are short-term, professional assignments that college students and recent graduates can complete remotely. For students who have little work experience, micro-internships can give them the learning and confidence that they need to be better positioned for a full-time position. Employers also benefit by testing out the talent pool and discover student competencies that could not be gleaned from a resume. Learn more and apply at Parker Dewey, and check out this short video about micro-internships and some tips for success.
Not sure about a micro-internship? You can also track down virtual or remote internships. Check out Internships.com, and don't forget to try typing "remote internship" or "virtual internship" into the search bars of all your other favorite job boards.
Contact a Staffing Agency
Staffing agencies have relationships with employers all over the valley and are constantly seeking to fill open positions that need to be filled quickly. Even if some of those positions are not permanent jobs, the skills, experiences, and relationships you build can lead to longterm opportunities. If you're interested in learning more, reach out to a local agency to find out what kinds of jobs are available.
Take A Gap Year or Short-Term Position
Some students may decide to take a gap year, which is a constructive time to think more deeply about their interests and goals. Rather than jumping into full-time work or graduate school, many students decide to commit to volunteer and service experience, an abroad experience, post-graduate internship experience. What a person decides to do during a gap year varies based on individual interest and needs. Review Yale’s Gap Year and Short-Term Positions page as well as the University of Iowa's GAP Year Opportunities site where you can peruse possible alternative pathways to longer-term work.
Seek Professional Help
The Oregon Employment Department supports local WorkSource centers all across the state. WorkSource centers offer free job training and career guidance programs to the general public. WorkSource Rogue Valley is Southern Oregon’s center located both in Medford and Grants Pass and can be a great resource to folks looking for work in the Rogue Valley.
Don't forget to use campus resources as well. Ask your faculty if they have any leads on jobs, internships, or fellowships. They often have tremendous professional networks and are motivated to help you be as successful as possible. And the Office of Career Connections is of course always available to you as well. Be sure to explore all the resources on the Students and Alumni Page, and don't hesitate to set up an appointment to review your application materials or prepare for an interview.