Resources for Career Management during COVID-19

Information for Students, Post Docs, and Alumni

There is a lot of uncertainty for both work searchers and employers right now. Many factors in your work search are out of your control, including how a global pandemic and social distancing affect the economy. Focus on the things that are currently within your control and what you can do now in your career.

Book an advising appointment to help your career development or work search. Currently, all appointments are conducted through distance technology.

Looking for work?

  • Many employers are still hiring. Keep an eye on job postings on campusBRIDGE, these are updated daily.
  • Stay in touch with your network, including friends, family members, professors, and former employers, and let them know that you're looking for work. You never know who may be able to help.
  • Re-evaluate and brush up on your skills. This may be a great time for you to learn a new skill or enhance your professional development. Are there webinars, virtual workshops or conferences you could attend? Our funding programs are available to help support your professional development.
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • Take care of yourself and take a break.
    • This is a stressful time, with much outside of your control. Find a way to take a break that will help re-energize you - read a book, go for a walk, practice yoga or meditation, cook or bake.
    • Take time to reflect on what is important to you, looking back on your actions to see where they've led you. Are you acting in ways consistent with your values? Are you working towards something that holds meaning for you? Use some of your time to mindfully check in with yourself and your path.
    • Be proud of your large and small achievements this year and make note of them. These can be academic, such as passing a difficult class, or personal, like remembering to call your family. Keep a gratitude journal to record these valuable experiences, and feel proud of what you have achieved.
  • Volunteer your time. Volunteering has many career-related benefits, including developing new skills and building connections. Learn more about the benefits to volunteering during a pandemic.

Starting a new job?

  • Get in touch with your employer. You may want to consider asking about the following:
    • Is working remotely an option for employees in the role you are applying for?
    • If so, how is the organization supporting employees working remotely if this is out of the ordinary for them?
    • If not, how many people will I be regularly interacting with? Is this a public/client-facing role?
    • Are layoffs, or unpaid time off a possibility?
    • Are there contingency plans in place if team members get sick?
    • Are there accommodations available for employees with children or other dependents, if schools or childcare are not available?
  • Read about ways to stay productive while working from home.

Additional work search resources