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COVID-19 Career Services Update

Advising Appointments & Drop-Ins

Advising will take place virtually throughout the summer per the University’s guidance regarding COVID-19.

You can make a virtual appointment in SpiderConnect by following these steps:

  • Log in to SpiderConnect
  • Click on Calendar/Appointments > Schedule an Advising Appointment
  • Click "Request New Appointment"
  • Choose "Type" and choose from your available options
  • Click "Check Availability"
  • Available times slots and advisors will appear on the right-hand side. Select your appointment time by clicking on the advisor's name.
  • Complete the appointment form. You will receive a confirmation email.

Programs & On-Campus Recruiting

The University is working expeditiously to develop plans for commencing the 2020-2021 academic year. Maintaining a healthy and safe environment remains our highest priority. With this in mind, we are considering a range of scenarios, including in-person and virtual programming and recruiting options.

Job and Internship Postings in SpiderConnect

Please be aware that some of the postings in SpiderConnect may involve employment opportunities in locations that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. As with all postings in SpiderConnect, each applicant should use their best judgement when considering job applications, interview invitations, and offers of employment. We strongly encourage all applicants to research the economic impact on industries as well as current travel and health advisories issued by applicable government authorities, including the U.S. Department of State and Department of Health, before making decisions.

Additional Resources

Our website and SpiderConnect are full of helpful resources. Check out our Resource Library for information on crafting resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, job and internship search tools, graduate school, life after college, and more! SpiderConnect also has helpful resources, such as Vault for industry research, InterviewStream for mock interview practice, and Real World Playbook for tips on how to navigate adulthood.

Questions

The way we interact may be different for a while, but please know that we are still here for you. If you need assistance, including how to navigate any changes in your job search, as well as employment or internship plans, do not hesitate to contact Career Services careerservices@richmond.edu or 804-289-8547.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of FAQs with helpful tips and resources.

Can I talk to a career advisor?

Yes! Virtual advising is available. An advisor can help you strategize your next steps. Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through SpiderConnect during our normal office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST. If you have any specific questions, please contact careerservices@richmond.edu.

What do I do if I can't get an internship, or my internship is cancelled?

Employers are making decisions as they get new information, just as the University is continuing to evaluate the situation. You can continue to apply and seek opportunities throughout the spring and into the summer.

Are employers still hiring? If so, who?

Yes, but their hiring needs, interviewing process, and timelines are being adjusted or delayed. As one Richmond recruiter recently stated, the recruitment process has been disrupted for the short term, but recruiting collegiate talent will continue to be a part of the long-term plan for employers.

Who’s hiring now:

How will recruiters view the pass/fail classes and could they hurt a potential applicant?

Employers understand that these are unprecedented times and the pass/fail option during the Spring 2020 semester might have been the best option for the student. However, there are employers/professions that may require entry-level college students to provide transcripts as part of the job application; thus, may require a student to retake a class for a letter grade.

How do I find remote work opportunities?

Use the word “remote” or “virtual” in the keyword search of job/internship databases.

How can I reimagine my job search?

Your job search may currently look different due to the pandemic and the changes in the economy. Here are a couple articles that give you more information on how to reimagine your job search:

Job Searching During a Pandemic

Tips for Job Searching in a Tough Economy

What is a micro-internship?

Micro-internships are short-term professional assignments—typically, they are paid.

Check out the ones offered by Parker Dewey.

What is happening to UR Summer Fellowships?

The latest information, including updated internship requirements and deadlines, is available on the URSF website here.

What can I do this summer to still gain experience and build skills?

Gain Experience

Any experience can be a valuable tool to help your career-readiness skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. Think about your current connections and resources you can use to develop volunteer, short-term projects, or find a job that can be done remotely or safely in your community.

Learn more: A Career-Building Summer for College Students

Build Skills

The University of Richmond gives you access to over 14,000 free online training videos on LinkedIn Learning. You can learn to be more proficient in Microsoft Office, how to edit videos, data analytics, become proficient in a programming language, ways to improve your LinkedIn profile, and so much more. Simply log in with your NetID and password, and check out all you can do!

More ideas: 20 Best Free Online Certifications, Courses, Tutorials, Classes & Training for 2020

How can I stay motivated?

Dr. Laura Knouse at the University of Richmond guides you in building habits that will help you better set and accomplish your goals while learning remotely. Check out the three-part series: 

You can also use this time to strengthen relationships, conduct informational interviews, or explore industries of interest. While these methods are not the same as experiences, they are still important tools in your career planning process and a good way to spend this time.

How do I continue to build my network if I can't meet people in person?

Because everyone is adapting to not being able to meet in person right now, this can be a good time to connect. Reach out to alumni and other contacts you have met with in the past through programs, conferences, or family and job connections. Remember to be patient and professional in your communications, and understand if they are unable to help you at this time.

This is also a good time to clean up your online presence. Update your LinkedIn profile to include new projects and skills, and ask for recommendations. Do a Google search on yourself and clean up your social media accounts to represent your best professional online brand.

How do I create a resume?

Check out our Resource Library to get started on your resume.

What if I need advice in exploring my career options or help with job search tools?

An advisor can help you strategize your next steps. Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through SpiderConnect, Monday-Friday, 8:30pm-5pm EST.  If you have any specific questions, please contact careerservices@richmond.edu.

How do I prepare for an in-person/virtual interview?
How do I prepare to apply to graduate and professional school?

Use our graduate & professional school resources to explore next steps in your graduate & professional school application process. 

If you are actively in the application process for medical, dental, or law school, stay in contact with the Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisor, and check for regular updates from the centralized application services (AMCAS, CASPA, etc.).

You can also make an appointment with a career advisor to talk about your individual experience.

There is a GRE Test at home option available.

 

Additional Resources

The Washington Center: Graduating in the Age of Covid-19

TAO Self-Help Treatment Modules: Using your Richmond email, you can sign up for free online treatment modules, to complete at your leisure, that cover a wide range of topics, including anxiety, depression, relationships, pain management, substance use, etc. Sign-up and complete an assessment that will provide recommendations for treatment.
 
Mindful UR Opportunities: Mindfulness practice is a wonderful skill to learn and practice to manage and maintain your optimal mental health. Visit here to learn about the various mindfulness opportunities offered every week.