Protocol

how to approach careers in covid-19: duspcareers guide

Do

Be Patient

  • Be mindful of how employers are navigating this type of situation for the first time

Demonstrate your value in a time of confusion

  • Reach out to companies, organizations, and alumni to inquire about projects they need help on, even if they do not have official open positions
  • Proactively propose ways you can support projects and be specific

Use this stay-at-home time to strengthen your presence online and connect

  • In lieu of in-person networking events, reach out to alumni via email and ask for a short informational phone or video call
  • Create and update your LinkedIn profile
  • Refine your personal brand

Apply sooner rather than later

  • Have your resume and other materials (e.g., portfolio, cover letters) ready
  • The Writing Center is open for remote consultations on CVs/resumes, cover letters, job talks (Set up an appointment)
  • MIT’s MECHE Communication Lab offers a guide on how to build a portfolio

Emphasize how you are a self-starter

  • Provide examples that show employers that you can work independently, given that the new normal is working from home
  • If you have experience working virtually and managing projects online, make sure to bring that up

Get comfortable with the camera

  • Set up and practice virtual interviews ahead of time (tips from Monster.com)
  • “Being articulate on screen can be very hard. Distractions are easy to come by. You need to pay attention to where you are looking so that you are making screen-to-screen eye contact, as well as minding the lighting and how you look on the screen, making sure that your comfort level and confidence is demonstrated.” (Boston.com)
Don't

Get burnt out

  • “The job search process should be about quality over quantity. Additionally, when a job seeker is burnt out, their effort is affected. Avoid burnout by prioritizing self-care through walks, short breaks and anything that can help increase motivation and energy.” (Forbes)

Be afraid to bring up remote working options

  • While not leading with working remotely in your conversations, be sure to ask what flexible options and policies the employer has in place