Covid-19: Career Resources for UVA Students

Job Market 2021: What You Should be Doing Now To Be Ready

View a recording of UVA’s Associate Vice President of Career and Professional Development, Everette Fortner's recent virtual town hall to hear his view of this year’s job, internship, and graduate school markets, and what you can do now to put yourself in the best position to succeed in your pursuits.

 

Fall 2020 Virtual On-Grounds Interviewing & Networking Events with Employers*

Mon. Aug. 24th | 4-4:30pm (EDT) | Zoom

We will also offer a second virtual Town Hall on Aug. 24th from 4-4:30pm (EDT), with David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Learning, to learn how to connect with employers and navigate the virtual recruiting process. *Recording will be made available soon. 


Helpful Virtual Resources 

Upcoming Events & Career Fairs 

Fall 2020 Networking Events, On-Grounds Interviews, & Career Fairs

Virtual Networking 

Virtual Networking

Virtual Networking - Email Templates for UVA Students

Virtual Interviews

Navigating a Virtual Interview

Virtual Career Fairs 

Upcoming Career Fairs

How to Navigate a Virtual Career Fair

Handshake 101 

Getting Started on Handshake 

Resume Support 

Want instant feedback on your resume? VMock is a 24-7 online resume review tool that can provide instant personalized feedback.  We encourage students to take advantage of this platform before meeting with a career counselor.  Just get started? We also have several resume samples available on our website and have a great podcast episode available on Resume Myths.  


Drop-Ins/Appointments

Can I talk to a career counselor?

Yes! Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900.* Students can join us Monday-Thursday from 12-4 PM (EDT) for our virtual drop-in advising hours.  Learn how to access virtual drop-in advising from our website.  View our full list of drop-in advising hours available each week.  

*Students outside the US, whose waking hours don’t align with our 12-5pm appointment availability, are directed to email careercenter@virginia.edu to request an appointment. 

The Career Center offers several possibilities for you to explore career options virtually through PathwayU, get your resume checked through VMock, and gain skills and experience online. Also, check Handshake for Career Center programs that have been modified to virtual formats and take a look at all of our online resources.

How do I connect with Peace Corps/AmeriCorps Recruiter?

You can schedule an appointment with our Peace Corps and AmeriCorps recruiter via Handshake.

Can Ph.D. Students and Postdoc students talk to a career counselor?

Individual and group advising for Ph.D. students and postdocs is available


Internship Plans

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. The UVA Career Center also has virtual opportunities for you to gain skills and experience online. 

How do I communicate with employers about remote work accommodations?

Reach out to your employer using the recommended email templates below. 

My internship was canceled, how do I compensate for this gap in my resume?

During a global public health event, employers will recognize that there are circumstances outside your control. If your internship was canceled, we suggest reaching out to your internship coordinator to ask if they are okay with you adding the canceled experience to your resume. Once approved, add a version of “Company – FUNCTION or TITLE; accepted into the internship program; internship canceled due to COVID-19” to your resume. If you need help articulating this professionally on your resume, make an appointment with a career counselor for help. Additionally, we recommend staying in contact with the employer who offered you an internship to understand future opportunities. You can use this time to learn a new skill or connect with alumni to explore potential career paths.

Feeling overwhelmed and need to speak to someone?

Our colleagues in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help! Visit the CAPS website to learn more and schedule a virtual chat with a counselor.

I am an international student and have questions about applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for interning in the US. Who should I speak with?

The International Students and Scholars Program in the International Studies Office (ISO) is available to help answer questions. Visit their Frequently Asked Questions page for ways to reach the advisors virtually as well as to see the response to common questions. 


General Job Search

Are employers still hiring?

Yes, employers are still hiring, but recognize that due to the situation, many employers are instituting policies that limit external parties from visiting their offices. As a result, the interviewing process may be deferred. Additionally, many employers may have to reprioritize business functions and onboarding and hiring may be delayed until offices are back to normal operating procedures. 

Will information sessions still be held?

All in-person information sessions are either being canceled or rescheduled as a virtual session. Please be sure to check Handshake for updates on the status of information sessions 

How do I find remote work opportunities?

Handshake continues to be the primary location to look for remote work opportunities. You may also look at other sites like QuadJobs. You can find several remote work opportunities through Handshake. Simply go to the “Jobs” page and type “Remote” in the search bar, and you will see current listings.

I have a job or internship in a COVID-19 location. What should I do? 

Reach out to your employer directly to ask about the next steps. We have created several templates to start any important conversations with employers.  

Are there financial resources for students in need at this time?

If you need support, check it out the Rainy Day Fund at the University. If you receive financial aid and are in need of support to travel home please visit https://sfs.virginia.edu/travelsupport.

What virtual resources can I use for my job search?

The Career Center offers several possibilities for you to explore career options virtually through PathwayU, get your resume checked through VMock, and gain skills and experience online. Also, check Handshake for Career Center programs that have been modified to virtual formats and take a look at all of our online resources. 

You can also make a phone or virtual appointment with a Career Counselor via Handshake or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900.

Feeling overwhelmed and need to speak to someone?

Our colleagues in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help! Visit the CAPS website to learn more and schedule a virtual chat with a counselor.

I am an international student and have questions about applying for Occupational Practical Training (OPT) for interning in the US. Who should I speak with?

The International Students and Scholars Program in the International Studies Office (ISO) is available to help answer questions. Visit their Frequently Asked Questions page for ways to reach the advisors virtually as well as to see the response to common questions. 


Virtual Networking & Templates for Communicating with Employers

We have created several templates to start any important conversations with employers.  Employers and UVA alumni are still eager to connect with UVA students! Below you’ll find helpful links and advice to get started.

Virtual Networking

Virtual Networking - Email Templates for UVA Students


Interviewing/On-Grounds Interviewing 

I have been selected to interview with a company on-Grounds. What are the next steps?

Employers have been notified of the change in status for the University. If you have been selected as a primary or alternate candidate for an OGI schedule, the employer will be contacting you regarding next steps. Most employers will be moving their originally scheduled interviews to virtual video or phone interviews. If you are no longer able to conduct your interview on your currently scheduled date and time, please reach out to your recruiting/hiring manager to request an alternate date/time. We have asked employers to be flexible in providing alternatives during this time.

I’ve applied through OGI, I have not heard back yet.

We are working with employers to offer virtual interviews. Once a virtual interview has been established you will be contacted directly about the status of your interview. Since most interviews will be maintained outside of Handshake, students will likely not see a change in the reflected interview status in the system.

I have an interview scheduled where I have to travel, should I go? What should I do?

Travel is strongly discouraged at this time. Please work with your prospective employer to schedule a virtual interview. If the employer insists you travel to their site, please reach out to the Career Center for support in crafting additional communication messages to organizations.  

How do I prepare for a virtual interview?

You can utilize a number of online resources on our website to prepare for your virtual interview. Learn more on our Navigating a Virtual Interview page. 


On-Grounds Employment

I have a job On-Grounds. What should I do about work? 

Student employees are not expected to work as you’ve been asked to return home and attend classes online during this time. However, it is always good practice to connect with your supervisor directly about your responsibilities. If you a student receiving work-study, check the University’s FAQs for students for further information: https://www.virginia.edu/coronavirus/faq#students.


Events

Are you still holding events?

Yes! Please continue checking Handshake for updates, as the events will be updated as we confirm details about cancellations and changes. If you are interested in an event, please register for it so you can stay up to date through email changes that occur pertaining to the event.


Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising

How will COVID-19 affect the application 2020-2021 cycle? 

Monitor the application service you are applying for any updates or changes regarding the 2020-2021 application cycle to your health professional school of choice. 

Will COVID-19 affect my graduate exam (MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, etc.) testing date?

We recommend checking where you registered for your exam for any updated information regarding your test and test date. 

How will COVID-19 affect my acceptance to schools?

Check for updates for the schools you have applied to. Admissions offices should be in contact with you directly for any changes. 

How will COVID-19 affect my enrollment in summer classes?

We recommend following the updates and directions from the institutions in which you plan to enroll in summer courses at this time.

How will I manage to study for my graduate exam (MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, etc.) and the virtual classes?

These changes will require a restructuring of your study schedule and your time. We recommend setting aside time to create a plan to balance academic responsibilities, as well as exam preparation. 

Will health professional schools accept the virtual classes at UVA, even labs?

Given the circumstances, we expect that schools are ready to adapt. However, the best and most accurate information will come directly from the schools you are interested in. 

Should I continue shadowing/working in UVA Health System?

We recommend having a discussion with your supervisor or program coordinator about your ongoing opportunity.  

How will COVID-19 affect my summer experiences or opportunities?

At this time, summer experiences and opportunities may be subject to change due to COVID-19. We recommend utilizing the CDC’s website, as well as virginia.edu/coronavirus, for the most updated recommendations in regard to travel and your summer plans. 

If your summer experience is canceled, or you choose to forego the experience in light of COVID-19, consider that you are instead exploring what it means to be of service of service to your community and to patients. There are likely to be other opportunities that will arise as a result of COVID-19, like phonebanks or hotlines. Look into organizations in your community for guidance, and be patient that these opportunities may not arise immediately. 

If COVID-19 affects my summer experiences, how will that affect my application timeline?

We recommend speaking with a Pre-Health Advisor about your personal application timeline as all students are different in their Pre-Health journey!

As your Pre-Health Advisors, we recognize that this is a stressful time and may cause worries about your pre-health opportunities and timeline. This may be the most influential public health event in your lifetime, and it is important to realize that service to your community can come in many forms. Your commitment to service is about how you contribute to your community and others' wellbeing. 

Are Pre-Health Advisors still available for appointments at this time? 

Yes! Set up a phone or zoom appointment via Handshake or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900.


Virtual Opportunities to Gain Skills and Experience

What can I do in the meantime to still gain experience?

Coursera is an online learning platform where students can take flexible online skill-development classes. All current UVA students can access any of the courses on Coursera for FREE! Due to COVID-19, Coursera will open more courses to UVA students. Please see the Coursera page for more information. 

Students can also learn more great ways to upskill virtually and learn about ways to enhance your resume with certifications

Discover more on our Gain Skills & Experience page! 

How can I find remote work online?

Yes! You can find several remote work opportunities through Handshake. Simply go to the “Jobs” page and type “Remote” in the search bar, and you will see current listings. Additional opportunities are available on QuadJobs

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

  • Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM) - Join the Virginia Alumni Mentoring community to connect with UVA alumni who are eager to talk with you. Alumni mentors are happy to discuss topics such as career exploration, industry expertise, job search strategies, and more.
  • LinkedIn -There are over 150,000 alumni on LinkedIn’s University of Virginia page. Check out our networking guidance to learn how to connect with them. 

How do I get my resume checked?

Use VMock to get instant, personalized feedback using sophisticated algorithms and data science along with machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist you in optimizing your resume.

What if I need advice in exploring my career options? 

You can use PathwayU anytime to complete assessments to help you identify education and career pathways that fit you and make the most sense for your unique interests and values.


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Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8am-5pm.

PathwayU is a platform with assessments to help you identify education and career pathways that fit you and make the most sense for your unique interests and values.

What feedback on your resume? VMock, is a 24-7 online resume-review tool, that leverages data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your resume.