Career Services during coronavirus

by UAA Career Exploration and Services  |   

Seawolves@Work — Handshake bannerCareer Exploration and Services is still open! Our physical doors are closed, but our virtual doors remain open to support and provide career resources to students and alumni.

  • Virtual appointments: UAA students and alumni can schedule virtual appointments, by phone or video, with a Career Services staff member for assistance with resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, job search assistance or career exploration. Log in to Handshake with your UA credentials to schedule an appointment.
  • Social media: Stay up to date with UAA Career Services, job and internship openings, and career tips by following us on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Contact us: Staff will respond to emails and voicemails Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (907) 786-6913 to leave a message or email

Six Tips to Maximize Your Career Development During COVID-19

  1. Update your resume - Now is a great time to update your resume and make sure that the first impression an employer gets of you, is an accurate one. Identify your personal brand and strongest selling points. Highlight your unique accomplishments and transferable skills. Optimize your resume with keywords and customize it each time you apply to a different position or company.
  2. Create a professional online presence (and clean up your personal social media accounts) - Take this opportunity to establish a professional online brand that you would be proud for prospective employers to see. Google yourself and clean up any inappropriate or questionable content. Create a LinkedIn profile, if you don’t already have one.
  3. Build new skills - In today’s digital age, it’s possible to learn almost anything through the internet. Use your extra time at home to build new skills that can get you ahead in your career. Study a foreign language or learn a new technical skill. Read a book or listen to a podcast related to your industry of interest. Complete an online certificate program or join a professional organization.
  4. Practice virtual interviewing - In the wake of COVID-19, many companies have changed recruiting strategies to reduce or eliminate in-person interactions. For jobseekers, this means virtual interviews. Research the company, practice commonly asked questions by webcam, and send a thank you email afterward.
  5. Cultivate your professional network - Social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to put networking on hold. Use email or LinkedIn to reach out to professionals in industries and roles of interest. Ask them to set up a virtual meeting or phone call to learn more about their experiences and get advice.
  6. Get help from your career center - Take advantage of online resources, virtual appointments, workshops, and digital networking opportunities. Whether you’re exploring academic majors, looking for an internship, or getting ready for life after graduation — your career center is here to help and can provide guidance.

Check out the full article at the National Association of Colleges and Employers blog.

Tips to Maximize Your Career Development During COVID-19

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