MAY 18, 2020
CPDC OFFICE HOURS REMINDER + NEW WEBINARS
Just a reminder that the CPDC is OPEN ALL SUMMER with our usual hours of Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Set up a virtual appointment with your Career Consultant today. In the meantime, check out the most recent recorded webinars from the CPDC. Topics include tips for working remotely and strategies for job searching during COVID-19.
MAY 1, 2020
NEW WEBINARS POSTED THIS WEEK
Don't forget to check out the new webinars posted this week from the CPDC. Topics include how to master virtual interviewing and how a family can support a student's career search.
APRIL 24, 2020
NEW WEBINAR PAGE AVAILABLE
The CPDC has recently offered webinars related to your career journey and the COVID-19 outbreak. We plan on hosting several more webinars over the coming weeks as well. In order to provide easy access to all of our recordings in one convenient location, we have created a new "Webinar Library." Check out the BLUE BOX in the righthand sidebar of this page. Stay tuned for more COVID-19-related webinars - new topics and dates will be announced soon!
Below you will find recent frequently asked questions from students to the CPDC staff. Continue to email us your questions or set-up a remote appointment with your Career Consultant for more advice. We may use your question anonymously in a future email or post it on our NEW LINKEDIN PAGE.
What will employers think of my qualifications when I don’t have an internship listed on my resumé from Summer 2020? Will it reflect poorly on me?
Employers will understand. The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everyone. Like you, an employer’s spring/summer 2020 will be impacted as well. During the Fall 2020 recruiting season, employers will look at your resumé for other experiences than a summer internship.
If I don’t have a summer internship, how can I still have a meaningful summer experience and show employers that I used my time wisely to better my skills and continue to build my resumé?
In this digital world we live in, there are so many resources at your disposal to still provide you with a valuable summer experience. Here are some ideas:
- Tutor online
- Create a personal project related to your field or major
- Volunteer at a local organization
- Work as a freelancer
- Create an online portfolio to showcase your projects
- Take an online class - check with your college advisors to see what credits are accepted from other institutions
- Do a micro-internship
- Learn a second language (spoken language or programming!)
- Improve your network and connect with more alumni/professionals through LinkedIn, CareerShift or the alumni directory
- Participate in online learning offered through platforms like Coursera, Skillshare, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, etc.
- Update or improve your application documents (resumé, cover letter)
- Practice your interviewing skills to get ready for the fall semester
The CPDC is introducing the “Coronavirus + Your Career Questions” series. This series will feature frequently asked questions during recent appointments with Career Consultants. You can also send questions directly to the CPDC via email. We may use your question anonymously in a future email or post on our NEW LINKEDIN PAGE.
I have a job/internship lined up, but I haven't heard back from my recruiter in a while. What should I do?
Employers are currently determining the best path forward and will most likely announce those plans starting in April. Because of this, we recommend waiting until the first full week of April (April 6th) to reach out if you have not heard any updates from your future job or internship program. We are in conversations with many employers and therefore encourage you to reach out to your Career Consultant as they may have insight into a particular employer’s situation and could provide advice on how to contact the employer.
I have an internship in the U.S. this summer, but my parents want me to come back home overseas. Can I ask my company if I can work remotely?
Contact your company now to explain your situation and make your request to work remotely. If the company doesn’t allow remote work, it's important to contact your Career Consultant to let them know about your situation. If you are an international student, we strongly encourage you check with the Office of International Education (OIE) as soon as possible to evaluate if remote work is permitted under your status.
I am still searching for a job/internship. Should I just keep applying or is it too late?
Yes, you should keep applying, but understand that recruiters may take a while to respond. Tip: Sort job listings by date and apply to opportunities posted in the last few days. Handshake, LinkedIn, and Indeed are showing new postings -- so keep applying. Don’t forget to keep networking to set your application apart from others! Remember… everyone is currently battling uncertainty. Be patient, remain calm and stay positive!
March 20, 2020
CPDC Remote Office Hours
To protect the well-being of the university community as the coronavirus outbreak continues to be a rapidly changing situation, all Career & Professional Development Center offices (Advising Center and Interview Center) will be closed effective immediately until further notice.
While the physical offices will be closed, the CPDC staff will continue to be available to serve your needs and assist you remotely via phone, email or video/audio conferencing platforms. The remote office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You can contact the CPDC via email or 412-268-2064. You can also reach out to your Career Consultant via the platforms mentioned in the previous (below) update.
March 16, 2020
CPDC Coronavirus Update:
Virtual & Phone Appointments, Online Resources, Event Changes
In light of Carnegie Mellon University’s preventative coronavirus efforts taking place around the world, the CPDC would like you to know that we are here for YOU. Our goal is to continue to support your career journey whether you are in Pittsburgh or elsewhere around the world.
Please review the below information regarding a variety of VIRTUAL and ONLINE RESOURCES available FREE to you. Information on any UPCOMING EVENTS is also included below.
REMEMBER… the CPDC is here to help and ensure that you are able to continue and make progress on your career search efforts.
Whether you are off-campus or on-campus, the CPDC is only offering virtual or phone appointments at this time. If you are scheduling a new appointment, you will have the option to choose via which medium (virtual or phone) you would prefer to communicate with your Career Consultant:
If you need to edit an existing appointment, please reach out to your Career Consultant or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To conduct your appointment virtually, your Career Consultant will email you a ZOOM invitation link prior to your meeting. Please refer to this HOW TO USE ZOOM guide prior to your appointment to ensure your computer is equipped properly and you are familiar with the platform.
To conduct your appointment via phone, please provide the phone number you can be reached at in your Appointment Request.
REMEMBER: You can always email your Career Consultant and ask for advice and information if you have an immediate concern or question. This is a good choice if you have a quick question or need a resume/cover letter review.
Please note that Drop-In hours have ended for the semester - alternative offerings will be announced soon.
Please be aware that as a result of the coronavirus precautions, most employers are conducting VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS. If you have or anticipate an upcoming virtual interview, please review this PHONE AND VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING QUICK TIP GUIDE.
REMEMBER: If you are participating in either a virtual appointment or interview, PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF YOUR CONTACT’S TIME ZONE. For example, if you are currently in Seoul and have a ZOOM meeting with your Career Consultant located in Pittsburgh, remember that that your consultant is in the Eastern Standard time zone and schedule your appointment accordingly.
VMock provides instant resume feedback via an online platform that uses sophisticated algorithms and data science along with machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist students in optimizing their resumes.
Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.
Using an exclusive, licensed and patent-pending set of integrated tools, CareerShift enables students to find both published and hidden job opportunities easily using a robust company and contact database.
GoinGlobal Career Guides are packed with country specific career information developed by a local career specialist. These guides are updated annually and feature recommended employment websites and resources.
Please refer to Handshake for changes to upcoming CPDC events, workshops, etc. If the event has been changed (canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual/online platform), the event description will note the change and subsequent steps to take.