Class of 2020

Career Services Support due to Covid-19

We know this is not the Senior year you imagined, and it is not the Senior year we wanted for you. We want to let you know that we are here to help as you continue to navigate the way forward. Take advantage of the knowledge of our Career Specialists and lean on them as you continue your job search, graduate school options, pass/fail vs letter grade, or as you check in with positions you secured in the fall. 

This is a marathon, not a sprint. We're here to cheer you on and support you. 

The information on this page is geared to help the Class of 2020 answer some of these hard questions.

If you would like us to contact you, please fill out this short form.

"I am graduating and was in the middle of a job search. What should I be doing when it seems like so many companies are not hiring? How do I search for a job in this environment?"

Organizations Are Still Hiring
While it's true that some companies have paused their hiring processes in response to the current health crisis, many others are still seeking applicants!
In the past 30 days, over 2,300 new jobs have been posted by Gustavus Approved Employers on Handshake! 

Here are articles and resources to help in your company research:
Federal Jobs - Now Hiring!
Federal Job Opening in MN

WCCO Mid-Morning’s Special Edition ‘Now Hiring’ Show
Companies that are Hiring in Minnesota Amid Coronavirus
5 Ways for Seniors to Job Search Right Now

Job Searching During a Crisis
Many tried-and-true job search tactics will remain the same during a crisis, while other strategies will need modification.

Check out these articles for ways to adapt your methods:
A New Way to Network During the Coronavirus
How do I search for a job in this environment?

"What online resources or tools do I have access to?"

Online Career Resources & Tools 
These tools are available to you anytime and may be particularly helpful in this moment:
Federal Jobs Free Online Training Events
Remote Career Coaching Support - Our team is offering 1:1 appointments (via Zoom or Google Chat) to support students in their career exploration and job/internship search. Schedule an appointment by emailing or on Handshake
Handshake - Apply to internships & jobs. Upload your resume for review.
Big Interview - Video mock interview platform. Record a mock interview and send them to your career specialist.
What Can I Do With This Major? - Think outside of the box. Look to see how you can utilize your degree in many various ways.
Resume Resources - There are several resources to help you make your resume look great!

"I secured a job/opportunity prior to Covid 19 - is there a way to check in with them?"

Yes, we recommend you connect with your recruiter or supervisor who you accepted the position with. Ask them about how they are doing, how their work has changed or adapted with Covid-19, and if there is anything you can learn about now or expect in terms of changes due to Covid-19 (change in start date, online orientation or onboarding, different reporting structure for first day, etc.). 

Updated 4/15/2020 JR