Schedule career counseling appointments on Handshake (via Zoom):
Career appointments will be hosted virtually using Zoom and scheduled through Handshake. Log in to Handshake to schedule an appointment like you would at any other time.
Once you’ve selected your appointment category and type, you’ll see an option to select your Appointment Medium, which will default to "Video Call." Appointments will be completed using Zoom.
In the appointment confirmation email (sent to your UNH email), you will receive both a link and a phone number for the Zoom meeting (you can join by phone call or from a computer). Upon clicking on the link, you'll be entered in a virtual waiting room until the counselor lets you into the meeting.
Career and Professional Success offers a number of websites and platforms at all times that you can use to have your resume reviewed, practice interview techniques, network with alumni, learn about career options around the world, and more!
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Helps job and internship seekers find opportunities at home and abroad. Search Career Guides specific to countries or cities around the world, learn more about the visa application process, and much more!
Many employers are shifting all recruiting activities to online and virtual sessions. These continue to be found through Handshake under the "Events" tab.
PLEASE NOTE: Many on-campus career events scheduled between now and April 3 will be canceled or postponed. These changes will be reflected in Handshake, via email from your college CaPS team, or by checking our social media accounts (linked below).
1) If I am in a non-credit bearing internship this semester, should I continue to take my direction from my employer/supervisor?
Yes, many employers have migrated to virtual work. They may or may not expect you to complete your non-credit bearing internship virtually, based on the nature of the work. If the nature of the work requires you to be in person, and:
Your employer is now virtual, ask if there is other work that you can do
Your employer has not moved to virtual work and you are uncomfortable working on site, request working remotely or to end your internship
Whatever the length of your non-credit internship, it is appropriate to list it on your resume.
2) I am concerned about my summer internship. What should I do to be proactive?
Domestically, we understand that many employers are moving forward with their internships. According to a National Association for Colleges and Employers poll, 85% of employers, are continuing their internship programs as planned. Internationally, many have been or will likely be cancelled. Some tips:
Begin now to look for alternative internships if yours has been cancelled – there are over 2,000 currently posted in Handshake and many more on the major job boards
Reach out to your internship site contact for an update
Do not rush to a decision to renege your internship offer - seek counsel from a career counselor first
3) What can I do to gain experience/build skills if I cannot secure an internship?
No doubt, employers value and expect graduates to have learning experiences - to gain skills that prepare them to add value in their first job and beyond. There are lots of references to the skills that employers value most – typically topping the lists:
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
The good news is no matter what you are studying, you have developed these skills. The other good news is, these skills can be developed in lots of ways – volunteering, community service, projects, part-time work, etc. Next step, demonstrate you have the skills through your cover letter, resume, and interviews.
1) I was planning to attend an upcoming event that has been cancelled. How can I get more information about those employers and opportunities?
Follow Handshake’s instructions on how to View Employers Attending an Upcoming Career Fair to find more information on the employer and their open jobs. To receive notifications of new jobs or events make sure you follow employers by selecting the star on their page.
1) What can I do to protect myself from a declining job market?
One of the absolute best ways to find the job you want is through networking. Consider, for now and the future, networking as your critical survival skill. Countless surveys and research efforts conclude that the vast majority of successful job searches happen via networking.
If you have not joined Wildcat Connections, join now and make it your goal to connect with people regularly. Think about creating your personal Advisory Board – you can’t go wrong; our alumni are eager to support you.
2) I am nervous that the job offer that I have accepted may be rescinded. Should I reach out to my recruiter/hiring manager?
Yes, stay in touch with your employer contacts and follow your employer on LinkedIn to stay current.
Topics in this document include: suggestions for current and upcoming internship positions, what an online internship is, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks, recommended policies, procedures and best practices for online internships
Ensure success by setting clear expectations, providing same level of support, instruction and supervision as you would in person, discuss preferences on communication, establish timelines, and have virtual check-ins/weekly progress calls to stay in touch with your intern
Project-based internships are well suited for remote work
Advice for College Students: How to Maximize Your Career Development During COVID-19 (NACE)
Update your resume
Create a professional online presence (and clean up your personal social media)
Build new skills
Practice virtual interviewing
Cultivate your professional network
Get help from your career center
Amazon – hired 100,000 employees because of high demand
Online learning companies
Grocery stores and delivery services
Remote meeting and communication companies
Build up your resume
Online certifications (ex. Google Analytics and Hootsuite)
Free online courses
Do employers have any online trainings that they can offer students (even if they’re not hiring)?
Use your network – reach out to people!
Explore short term options, beyond your specific career path – help make yourself more marketable
Connect with hiring managers and people you interviewed with
If the company is on a hiring freeze, inquire how and when to best follow up (they probably won’t know) – this shows engagement and commitment
Tips for virtual interviews:
Test your tech – make sure you are ready for the start of the interview and don’t take up time fixing your tech
Dress appropriately – just as you would in an in-person interview!
Be prepared – know what you want to talk about and be ready to answer questions
Be personable – everyone is going through the struggle of COVID-19, this is something that everyone can relate to
Remove distractions – don’t be on your phone during the interview or have things near you that will distract you
Follow-up – make sure you reach out post the interview to follow up with next steps
We are interested in hearing about any impacts to your current college recruiting plans, especially for entry-level and summer internship hiring. Please take this quick poll. As you can imagine this is a very stressful time for our students, so any insight you provide will be very helpful.