Graduating during COVID-19 pandemic
As you transition to your post-graduation reality during these unprecedented times, we, at Career and Student Employment Services, are here for you. Current Broncos and recent WMU alumni should reach out to us at WMU-Handshake@wmich.edu or schedule a video or phone appointment using Handshake to get assistance with your job search.
As a WMU graduate, you are prepared to take your next steps. We are here to help you articulate your experiences and strengths you uniquely offer to prospective employers through
Expect to adapt and remain open-minded
The Covid-19 pandemic likely overturned your career plans, as some of the employers you wanted to work for might not be hiring right now. However, many organizations and industries are still hiring, so we encourage you to explore Handshake, where we post an average of 150 jobs every day.
Right now, you might not be able to find a job that perfectly aligns with your major or your passion. Instead, you will need to focus on what is available and who is hiring. You might need to compromise and make concessions, but you will still get the experiences and gain the competencies that will set you up for the long-term success.
Focus on action and connections
- As you navigate the changing job market, demonstrate your Bronco spirit as driven, assertive, action-oriented, and entrepreneurial.
- Stay connected to your professors, mentors, student employment supervisors, WMU staff, and other students.
- Continue developing your professional network. You can still network effectively while practicing social distancing.
- Make sure you have a professional virtual presence in LinkedIn and Handshake.
- 9 Job Search Tips for International Students in the Age of Coronavirus (from Vault).
Check out these resources on virtual networking and informational interviews:
Who is hiring now?
On average, 150 full-time jobs are posted on Handshake every day. Just in Michigan, there are 2,800 full-time job postings in many industries, including education; healthcare; manufacturing; local, state, and federal government; automotive; logistics; technology; non-profit; marketing, and much more. Review the list of 500 top employers throughout the U.S. hiring on Handshake right now.
Visit these websites frequently to see who else is hiring:
- Many employers offer remote work opportunities.
- See what companies are hiring for temporary part-time or remote work during COVID-19.
- Get Coronavirus Career Advice: 27 Best Work From Home and Remote Jobs (by Forbes).
- List of 2019 Top 200 OPT Employers (published by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
- Follow #gethired on LinkedIn for info about companies that are hiring now.
- If you had your internship cancelled or job offer rescinded due to Covid-19, check out Talent Board to connect with recruiters looking for talent now.
Virtual job fairs
- Look out for information about the upcoming WMU virtual job fair for all majors in the Events section of Handshake.
- Preparation for virtual job fair is even more important than for in-person job fairs. Check out our virtual job fair preparation guide to stand out among other candidates.
- Visit open virtual job fairs at JobFairsIn.
Virtual interviewing best practices
- Use Big Interview to practice answering questions and email your completed interview to a career professional for feedback.
- Learn about five things you must do to have a successful job interview on video during the COVID-19 outbreak (by FastCompany).
- Get nine tips for mastering your next virtual interview (by Harvard Business School Online) .
Need More Skills?
Consider taking free online courses to round out your skill set and stand out as a candidate:
Take charge of your finances
- Take advantage of the resources on budgeting and student loans featured on WMU Financial Aid website.
- Get help managing your loans at Federal Student Aid. Get information on loan repayment, loan consolidation, and loan forgiveness information, and avoiding delinquency and default.
- CashCourse provides free online education courses, customizable financial tools like budget sheets and cost calculators, a personal dashboard to track your progress, a guide to real-life money questions.
- Consider switching positions and organizations in foreseeable future to maximize your income over time (by Forbes).
- Think about supplementing your income with remote and freelance jobs:
Remember, Career and Student Employment Services Team is here to support you through your transition from college to career. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a virtual career advising appointment.