Alisande "Alie" Ivie is the college's first ENV Career Specialist. Below, she shares her advice on what students can still do to make themselves job- and career-ready.
Searching for internships and employment opportunities can be challenging, especially under the current circumstances of the pandemic. Most students have concerns that companies are no longer hiring. Therefore, they do not feel the need to apply to various opportunities. However, companies are still hiring. The process may take longer, but be patient. I recommend students to take this time to work on their personal branding.
Now, more than ever, the job market is increasingly becoming competitive. A strong personal brand will help you stand out from the rest of the candidates. I encourage students to work on enhancing their portfolio with other projects, in addition to their academic projects. Including additional projects to your portfolio is a great way to show you are a well rounded candidate.
The use of several job search techniques will increase the chances of securing your ideal opportunity. From networking to online job searching tools, I highly recommend students to use a variety of methods. Networking is the most effective way to find opportunities. LinkedIn is an excellent resource to build your network and connect with other professionals. LinkenIn also allows you to access internships and employment opportunities.
I urge students to not let the COVID-19 pandemic deter them from focusing on their job search. Getting a jump start on the job searching process will help you have a competitive edge on those that wait for the current situation to improve. Optimism is key during times of uncertainty. A positive mindset will help you during the job searching process. Stay tuned for the following workshops to come:
Job Search Strategies: Ways to Adapt to Changes in the Present Economy
Tuesday, April 7 | 12-1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://cpp.zoom.us/j/340166033
Personal Branding: How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market