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COVID-19 and Your Job or Internship Search

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world of work upside down. Whether you’re facing new challenges on the job or are still trying to make progress on that job or internship search during the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re here to help. If your job or internship placement has been directly impacted by COVID-19 (i.e. the loss of an assignment or resending of an offer) please contact the Career Center at careercenter@latech.edu, our staff is continuing one on one appointments for students in need of job search assistance.

Need help figuring out what to do next? Below are a list of resources from our center and other notable sources about what to do if you are impacted by the pandemic.

Do continue to use Handshake, the official online career management site that hosts job postings for Louisiana Tech University. Current students are able to access Handshake through a single sign on using your Moodle credentials; you DO NOT need to create an account. Login to your account today: https://latech.joinhandshake.com/login

Still not quite sure how to access your account? Check out this video: https://mediasite.latech.edu/Mediasite/Play/b5fd313b5000467b9e4f7931a74570611d

Once your logged in, here is how you search and apply for jobs in the system: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/219426877-Video-How-to-Search-for-and-Apply-to-Jobs

Companies ARE still hiring during COVID-19 and they need to fill essential roles more than ever. Check out these articles about companies who have open positions:

Do continue your job or internship search. Career experts say it’s best to keep networking and applying, provided you change your approach a bit to acknowledge these are uncertain times. Here’s what you need to consider: https://www.themuse.com/advice/job-search-coronavirus.

Now is the time to get networking – don’t wait, start your professional outreach today. Check out the 48,000 Louisiana Tech Alumni present on LinkedIn by using the Alumni Tool.  https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-free-linkedin-tool-thatll-make-it-so-much-easier-to-connect-with-awesome-people . No account just yet? Here’s all you need to get started: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/112133/how-do-i-create-a-good-linkedin-profile-?lang=en

Keep this on your radar – it’s an entire LinkedIn page of resources for Business and COVID-19: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/covid19-business-resource-center/

Conduct Informational Interviews (wait, what’s that? Here you go: https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-ways-to-make-an-informational-interview-worth-your-time )  Use those informational interviews to land a job, without even asking for one. Check out these tips: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-ask-for-a-jobwithout-asking-for-a-job

Take time to hone in your professional skills. The Career Center has taken our services online visit our website for career readiness seminars https://www.latech.edu/current-students/student-advancement-affairs/career-center/seminars/#content  or submit your resume for a review at resumereview@latech.edu

We know times are stressful and uncertain, but the Career Center staff is dedicated to ensuring the future of our students is bright. We will continue to update you as more resources become available regarding COVID-19 and the workplace. Please keep an eye on our website and social media (Facebook: @Louisiana Tech University Career Center and Instagram: latechcareerctr) for other helpful information.