Career Resources During COVID-19
We know that during COVID-19 there have been a lot of changes, both in the world and in your life. One thing that has not changed is our commitment to making sure students have all the resources they need to be successful. Our Career Services resources continue to be available 100% online. We are here to help with your employment needs in any way we can.
Information during this COVID-19 time period is everchanging, including with unemployment benefits.
In New Hampshire, unemployment insurance benefits are administered by New Hampshire Employment Security, which provides temporary benefits for employees who are either partially or fully unemployed and meet all other requirements. With information constantly changing during this time period, the best place to consult unemployment benefits are on New Hampshire Employment Security’s official website.
Below are some helpful links to consult unemployment benefits in New England states as well:
If you live outside of New England, simply look up your state and “unemployment benefits” and find your state’s “.gov” website.
Job Seeker Tips & Tools
There are many opportunities to aid your digital job search strategy during this time. Meeting with a career advisor can help you learn to be intentional with career planning, job search, and help define your career goals. Students can make a one-on-one appointment over Zoom or by phone with Jan Coville, Director of Career Services. Visit calendly.com/jan-coville to set up a time to meet.
Since the job interview and hiring process is now 100% virtual for most organizations, it is more important than ever to consider how your online presence can benefit your job search in the event you need to make a career change.
We encourage students to prioritize your LinkedIn strategy during your job search process. In addition to acting as a digital resume, LinkedIn is a great networking tool. You can choose to connect with people, network with others in your field, look at job postings, publish content, and follow pages that are areas of interests for you.
Once you have applied to some positions that interest you, get prepared for potential job interviews. Perhaps you will have a phone interview, a live Zoom interview, or another recruitment tool where you have to record a video of yourself answering questions that someone will review later.
Below are some past webinars that could prove helpful for you as you formulate your job search strategy:
Resume Services & Support
An amazing tool that students have free access to is Targeted Resume. This career platform enables you to customize your resume to job opportunities. You simply upload your resume and the job posting you are applying for. Within a few moments, the scanner will pinpoint keywords, skills, and other gaps on your resume. Employers will sometimes use an applicant screening software to filter out resumes before a recruiter ever sees them. Students can use the Targeted Resume results to update their resume and increase the chance that their job applications will pass the automated screening process and reach your potential employer.
Some helpful ways to help you cover letter and resume stand out are:
- See if the job posting references to whom the position will report, either a name or title. If you can, look up the name of the company and the position title. Sometimes you can find the name of the person and address the cover letter to them. If this is not possible, addressing the cover letter to “Dear Hiring Manager” is fine. Multiple people in the organization may read the cover letter, so it is not necessary to find a specific name. However, if you can, it may show your strong attention to detail.
- Have you ever heard the saying “I always do my best editing after I press send?” Sometimes, you may notice a typo or piece of information missing after you send an email or apply for a position. Before sending your application in, review your materials with a fine-tooth comb to ensure you have presented yourself in the best light possible.
- To save time, having a template of your resume and cover letter can be a good starting point for applying for a role. Customizing both will help you to stand out for the competition. As mentioned above, Targeted Resume can be a helpful tool for this. For your cover letter, consider being brief, and listing the top three reasons you think you would be an ideal fit for the role.
COVID-19 has been a challenging time for a lot of people. One thing that has not changed is Granite State College’s Career Service resources being available 100% online.
Reach out today to schedule an appointment. Visit calendly.com/jan-coville to set up a time to meet.