COVID-19: Commonly Asked Questions
With all the changes in our world, you may find yourself wondering what to do next when it comes to your career, your internship search, or securing a graduate or professional school option. Please know that our team is committed to supporting you consistently and creatively during this journey. Our staff continues to work and we are eager to assist you.
JOIN DROP-INS – express appointments between Monday-Thursday that last 15 minutes
Virtual: 10am-12pm, Log in through EJN and select “Drop-In Now”
12pm-2pm in Koury Business Center 106
2pm-4pm in McEwen Communications 101
Schedule appointments using the Elon Job Network (EJN).
Call (336) 278-6538 or email email@example.com
Commonly Asked Questions:
How can I connect with a career advisor during this time?
The SPDC team is working hard to support you during this time. You can schedule virtual appointments with career advisors using EJN.
Chat Live with staff weekdays from 8-5 est. Leave a message at (336) 278-6538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 24 business hours.
We look forward to hearing from you!
How can I look for jobs/internships during this time?
Many companies are still hiring, but please be aware the hiring process may be extended and will likely be a totally virtual experience. You will need some additional patience and persistence. You may contact the company to check on the status of a submitted application if no update has been provided. You must carve out time to dedicate to your job/internship search and networking. Make sure your resume, cover letter, and social media profiles are updated. Find out which industries have the most need.
The Elon Job Network (EJN) is used to find jobs, internships, and student employment opportunities. Additionally, virtual employer engagement sessions are listed on EJN, and resources for you to continue your learning!
Should I still be networking during this time? I’m not able to meet with people in person right now.
Yes! We are continuing to hear from alumni and employers, that they are more than happy to virtually connect with you. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated and complete.
Don’t have a profile or want a LinkedIn review? Reach out to a career advisor and we would be more than happy to assist you! In the meantime check out these LinkedIn resources.
Review tips and tricks on informational interviewing.
This is also a good time to review all of your social media platforms and ensure that your presence is professional.
Stay organized with your contacts with the help of a spreadsheet! Stay in touch with those that you’ve connected with previously.
I don’t think I’ll be able to secure an internship this summer. What else can I do?
Volunteer, get connected to your community and do something positive.
Attend virtual webinars and sessions offered by employers. Check out EJN to stay up to date with sessions.
Take an online class.
Learn new skills or up-skill. Check out LinkedIn Learning!
The SPDC has partnered with Parker Dewey, an organization that provides professional, paid, project-based, micro-opportunities. Opportunities are mostly remote/virtual, which will take approximately 20-40 hours to complete, and all are paid. The employers are seeking areas within marketing, finance & accounting, strategy, research, and sales & business development.
Be flexible and consider industries that are growing.
What are some best practices for doing a virtual interview?
Interviewing is still on-going during this time, but all interviews have transitioned to either phone calls or on-demand interviews. It is essential to get comfortable with these platforms in order to put your best foot forward virtually.
Mastering the Virtual Interview
1) Practice with bigInterview an online/virtual interviewing tool that records your interview and provides tips and strategies for answering a variety of interview questions within all industries. Create a free account today!
2) Dress like you would for an in-person interview! Yes, really! This simple change will reframe your brain and tell you that this is a business conversation, not a casual interaction. Prep your interview area for success! Minimize distractions and ensure that you have a space to take notes. Minimize background noises and background visuals if you are completing an interview where the employer can see your face.
3) Smile! Even during a phone call, the other individual will be able to hear the smile come through your voice. It creates a sense of warmth and welcoming. Especially if you are nervous, a smile can help out a lot!
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Be proactive and reward yourself along the way. We get it, it can feel a bit discouraging right now. We encourage you to keep persevering and keep trying and learning something new. Try your best to stay focused on what you can control and make sure to set aside plenty of time to rest and recharge.
Utilize these mental health resources offered through Elon’s counseling services.