COVID-19 Career Questions

Finding a Career During COVID-19

See answers to frequently asked questions with resources, strategies and tips

As the dynamics of our health and economy are ever-changing during these times, you may be questioning what to do when it comes to your internship, job search or graduate school options.

We’re here to help! Choose one of the following examples to find specific steps you can take. If none of these match your current situation, or you still have questions, please reach out to Monique Frost, Director FSB Careers at frostm2@miamioh.edu, Jamie McCall, Associate Director FSB Careers at mccallj4@miamioh.edu or make an appointment via Handshake

 

My Full-Time Job Offer Has Been Rescinded

  • Remember, this is NOT a reflection on you, and you are not alone. There are still other jobs being posted and other companies are hiring. 

Full-Time Job - I Have An Offer

Stay in communication with your employer
  1. Reach out to your employer to re-confirm your start date and continued interest and excitement to start your position. 
  2. Confirm additional details if you will be starting on-site or remotely.
  3. If you haven’t already done so, let us know where you have secured employment by taking the Senior Survey.

Full-Time Job - I Am Looking For A Job

There are new positions being posted every day. Review the steps and resources to have the greatest opportunity at securing employment. 
  1. Check out the FSB Careers page for job searching tools. 
  2. Check out Handshake, LinkedInand Indeed. Apply to positions. Connect with Alumni on LinkedIn who are working at the organization and conduct informational interviewing to increase your network and stay competitive in the hiring process. 
  3. Prepare and practice interviewing with Big Interview.
  4. Continue networking by reaching out to family, friends, faculty, staff and Miami Alum through LinkedIn, Miami Alumni Connect, and the Miami Alumni Association Chapters.

Common Q&A: Full-Time Opportunities

How long will the job search process take during this challenging time?
Generally speaking, an active job search may take anywhere from 3-6 months, and sometimes longer. This can depend upon the type of industry, location, qualifications of the position, number of applicants applying, along with your extended efforts of networking. 

What if the industry/company that I’m interested in isn’t hiring right now?
During these uncertain times, some industries and companies will be hiring more than others. You may need to consider an alternate industry or organization until the economy bounces back. Utilize this time and these other options as a way to be resilient. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and be open to new opportunities. This time and experience is new to everyone but if you build out your skills and networking, you can easily pivot to your desired industry or company when the time is right. 

 What are other resources to look for full-time opportunities?  

Internship - My Offer Has Been Rescinded

There are other internships, or part-time/full-time opportunities for you to gain professional work experience. Remember this is not a reflection on you, and you are not alone. 

  1. Re-open your search and consider other ways to gain valuable and alternate professional experiences.
      • Job Shadows - some organizations have these as feeders for future intern or full-time opportunities.
      • Leadership Programs - some organizations have 1-2 day leadership development programs as feeders for future interns.
      • Research - assist faculty/industries while building essential skills for future classes/employers.
      • Network/Informational Interviewing - make intentional connections with alumni or others to gain insights about positions, company culture and the hiring process.
      • Conduct Informational Interviews.
      • Complement classes with a certification. Consider Burke Market Research, Google analytics, Salesforce, Adventist and Argus. 
      • Temporary jobs and agencies - temp agencies have relationships with large organizations and during downturns will often turn to temporary agencies to fill their needs. 
      • Volunteer - consider opportunities in your local community through The Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce or FEMA. 
  2. Stay in contact with your employer by email or a handwritten note. You may be called when the market rebounds. 
  3. Prepare and practice interviewing with Big Interview
  4. Continue networking by reaching out to family, friends, faculty, staff and Miami Alum through LinkedInMiami Alumni Connect, and the Miami Alumni Association Chapters.
  5.  

Internship - I Have An Offer

This would be a great time to call your employer and confirm the details of your internship.

  1. Reassure your employer of your interest and excitement to start your internship.
  2. Re-confirm your start date and determine whether you will begin on-site or remotely.
  3. Stay in touch with your employer after the initial contact.

Internship - I Am Looking For One

There are new internships being posted daily. Review the steps and resources to have the greatest opportunity at securing employment. 

  1. Check out the FSB Careers page for job searching tools. 
  2. Check out Handshake, LinkedIn and Indeed. Apply to positions. Connect with Alumni   on LinkedIn who are working at the organization and conduct informational interviewing to increase your network and stay competitive in the hiring process. 
  3. Prepare and practice interviewing with Big Interview
  4. Continue networking by reaching out to family, friends, faculty, staff and Miami Alum through LinkedInMiami Alumni Connect, and the Miami Alumni Association Chapters.

Common Q&A: Internships

Is it too late to find a summer opportunity?
No, new positions are being posted on a daily basis. Refer to Handshake, LinkedIn, Vault Guide, The Muse, and Indeed along with other external job boards for current openings. Many companies are offering virtual recruiting sessions on handshake. 

If I don’t get an internship this summer, what should I do, and how will this affect me for full-time opportunities? 

If you are unable to confirm an internship, consider looking into other part-time or full-time summer opportunities in retail, customer service or other impacted industries that are hiring such as Amazon, Kroger, Walmart, healthcare organizations and many others. Volunteering is also a great way to show initiative and work ethic during this time. This type of work may not align to your future interests or goals, but this is valuable work experience that will make you competitive for your future job search. 
Additional resources:
LinkedIn
Indeed
Is my internship cancelled

How will employers respond to consider me for a full-time position if I’m unable to secure an internship? 
Since COVID-19 is affecting nearly every industry and business, and many employers are cancelling or condensing existing internships, employers will be receptive and understanding to this time period as everyone is going through it. We would encourage you to still consider looking for part-time/volunteer opportunities or seeking new skill sets or certifications such as Burke Market Research, Google analytics, Salesforce, Adventist and Argus. This is also a great time to build and maintain your network, especially with alumni. 

Grad School - I Am Applying or Interested

  • Be selective in your use of the Pass/Fail option as grad schools will want to see strong performance in relevant classes.  (Check out this document for credit/no credit guidelines)
  • Meet with your academic advisor to determine what graduate schools will require for admission.

What Faculty Can Do During This Time

  • Please notify FSB Careers if a student's internship or full-time position has been canceled. We would like to share resources and assist the student in strategies to find another opportunity. 
  • If you or other faculty have opportunities that you can offer students over the summer, please consider hiring a student (paid or unpaid) to work on a research project, lab experience, or even administrative duties.

What Parents and Family Can Do During This Time

  • Encourage your student to schedule a virtual career appointment.
    • FSB careers specializes in career exploration, industry research, resume and interview preparation, networking techniques and salary negotiation.
  • Emphasize the importance of getting experience.
    • Employers look for professional skills developed through part-time work, volunteering or an internship. Companies often hire within their own intern programs and indicate that any work experience is valuable
  • Encourage your student to explore careers and industries.
    • Discuss current goals, summer plans or post-graduation. Talk about their talents, strengths and areas of opportunity to connect, engage and build relationships with the career office, alumni, employers or faculty. 
  • Show the Value of Networking
    • Introduce your student to family or friends that have jobs or career fields of interest. Suggest informational interviewing, job shadowing or volunteering to increase awareness in various career fields. 
  • Industry Research
    • Students can stand out to employers when they are knowledgeable about trends and changes within their industry and organization. Encourage your student to follow companies of interest on LinkedIn or other social media platforms.
  • Building Confidence
    • We encourage you to empower your student to ask questions and seek out additional help. Building career confidence early can help establish your student as a self-sufficient professional.