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CAREER CENTER
VIRTUAL SERVICES

The Career Center is committed to providing a seamless virtual experience for advancing professional goals. We offer comprehensive virtual services from career preparation activities to a variety of opportunities for talented Blue Hens and employers to connect.

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 UD Career Center Virtual Services & the job/internship search

Yes! We are approving new jobs and internships in Handshake on a daily basis with more than 600 positions added in the past week. While there are still jobs available across all interests, industries that are more actively hiring during the pandemic include technology, online education, food and beverage, food delivery services, grocery, large online and box-store retail, insurance, financial and risk management, health services, healthcare supply, government, human services, digital and streaming services, data analytics and supply chain management.

The Career Center is here to help. Schedule a virtual or phone career appointment and begin to search for new opportunities through Handshake. Positions are also available on sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed and Parker Dewey.

Follow our best practices for managing a job or internship search, which includes tips on utilizing the UD network of alumni on LinkedIn to make connections with employers of interest. Also note that ALL interviews will be virtual or by phone. Take advantage of Big Interview, the Career Center’s virtual interview preparation platform, and prepare other digital requirements in the interview process.


If you have questions about an offer and would like to speak with the Career Center, please email udcareers@udel.edu or schedule a career appointment through Handshake. Employers are working on their plans for internship and entry-level hiring programs and are making decisions to move the positions to remote work, delay start dates or, unfortunately, cancel their programs. Many of these decisions are still being made.

Reach out to your primary contact at the company or organization where you accepted an offer to inquire about their plans and your willingness to work remotely if that is their summer status. Be patient if your contact does not respond immediately. Here is a sample message to send to your contact:


Dear (address to an individual if you have a contact),

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire on the status of my position with (name of organization) and whether any changes have been made that will affect my role and/or start date? I am currently finishing my spring semester coursework online, which has given me experience working in a remote environment if that is an option you are considering for the position.

I recognize that you are extremely busy and thank you for any information you can provide; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(your name)


 

Employers are assessing their plans for internships and jobs and managing a number of other business decisions that have been impacted by COVID-19, so their timeline for conducting interviews or making hiring decisions may have been extended or put on hold. Be politely persistent and use empathy in your follow-ups with employers. Here is a sample message: 


Dear (address to an individual if you have a contact),

I am writing to inquire on the status of my (application/interview) with (name of organization) and am excited for the opportunity to (work/intern) for you. I am currently finishing my spring semester coursework online, which has given me experience working in a remote environment if that is an option you are considering for the position.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I recognize that you are very busy right now and thank you for any information you can provide. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(your name)


 

While we hope this does not occur, please remember that it is not a reflection on you. Follow up with the company within a day reiterating your strong interest in the employer. State that you completely understand the decision they had to make and you are optimistic you have a lot to contribute to the company (try to be specific) and would appreciate the opportunity to work for them in the future. Ask to keep in touch in the coming weeks and months so you can maintain a connection for when they begin hiring again or offer remote work options.

The Career Center is here to help. Employers are still hiring with more than 600 new jobs and internships added to Handshake in the past week. Schedule a virtual or phone career appointment and begin to search for new opportunities through Handshake. Positions are also available on sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed and Parker Dewey


Follow our best practices for managing a job or internship search, which includes tips on utilizing the UD network of alumni on LinkedIn to make connections with employers of interest. Also note that ALL interviews will be virtual or by phone. Take advantage of  Big Interview, the Career Center’s virtual interview preparation platform, and prepare other digital requirements in the interview process.

 

  Click here to access the summer plans resources website >

  • Schedule a 30-minute virtual or phone appointment with a career counselor via Handshake. No in-person appointments will be scheduled for the remainder of the semester. If you are remaining on campus or live at a nearby off-campus location, you are still required to schedule a virtual appointment.*
  • Utilize the advice and resources throughout the Career Center’s extensive website for students.

*If you are a Lerner College student, visit the Lerner Career Services Center website to connect with the Lerner team.

Watch the following step by step video to learn how to make an appointment:

Virtual Drop-in Hours are now being offered on Monday - Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm. In order to access drop-in appointments through Zoom or by phone please complete this form during drop-in hours.

PathwayU helps you think about what’s important to you and explore career paths related to your values, interest, personality and workplace preferences. Results and career matches are available immediately (no appointment needed). For more information and to get started, click here.

Receive feedback from the Career Center staff and alumni career mentors:

Receive feedback through VMock, our A.I.-based resume guidance platform:

  • If you do not already have a free account, simply enter your udel.edu email address and password.
  • Upload a PDF version of your resume.
  • VMock will give instant, personalized feedback on your format, bullet construction and skills using sophisticated algorithms and data science along with machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist you in optimizing your resume.
  • In addition to personalized feedback, you will also receive a numerical score. A score of 60 or higher means you are ready to upload to Handshake.

Employers are still recruiting and we offer a host of virtual resources to connect you to job and internship opportunities:

  • Handshake: Thousands of job and internship opportunities posted by recruiters looking to hire students and alumni from UD. 
  • Parker Dewey: Find virtual micro-internships (short-term project based work) at a variety of organiations. 
  • QuadJobs: Postings for flexible pre-professional work opportunities for college students.
  • CareerShift: Database of job and internship opportunities, along with alumni and organizational contact information for networking.
  • WayUp: Resource of job and internship opportunities with a focus on entry-level positions.
  • Vault.com: Platform for researching employers, industries, and career subjects. 
  • Click here to view additional job and internship search resources.

Employer Information Sessions & Recruiting Events:

Employers are being encouraged to create online information sessions and recruiting events. Visit the events tab in Handshake and filter for “Virtual Session” under “Type” for the full list of upcoming events.

  • Schedule a Career Counseling Appointment: Learn more how to network and best practices to effectively connect with alumni and potential employers. 
  • Join the UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN): An online platform that connects UD students with alumni through the ability to send messages and set up virtual meetings for opportunities to explore career paths, prepare for the workplace and establish new connections in their network. 
  • Follow UD’s LinkedIn page: Access more than 120,000 alumni, where you can search by industry, job function, skill set, location and employer name, and send personalized connection requests. (Remember to be polite and briefly explain your reasons for wanting to connect!)
  • Utilize Handshake’s Peer Messaging: Connect with students at UD and other universities. Search for students and alumni based on attributes like previous employers, student organizations or major.

  To access all of our virtual career resources, visit the Handshake Resource Library >

 virtual events & programs:

Offered during the week of June 8th, this virtual job shadowing program allows students to learn more about various professions, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which their education can prepare them for life after college by conducting a 1:1 virtual information interview with an employer or alum.

Learn more about this program here >

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships.

The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need.

Learn more about this program here >

 Recruit UD Talent


Each semester, we look forward to connecting our students, alumni and employers. However, given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the University of Delaware has released guidelines for large events, and until further notice, all in-person events and programs will be postponed, canceled or offered virtually. We also want to keep you updated on the various ways that you can connect with UD students to fill your current internship and full-time hire needs and continue to build your student pipeline for the future. If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact us at recruitbluehens@udel.edu.

Virtual Information Sessions & Chats

Consider hosting a virtual info session or chat with students and post it as an event in Handshake. We will be continuing to communicate with students on an ongoing basis and will gather any and all virtual employer connection opportunities and market them to the appropriate student audiences.  Contact our team for virtual chat tips and suggestions at recruitbluehens@udel.edu.

Virtual Interviews

Our office is available to assist with the coordination of virtual interviews. Please submit interview dates via Handshake. For additional questions, please contact recruitbluehens@udel.edu.

  • HandshakePost internships, jobs and virtual work opportunities, and leverage targeted messaging to reach key students about your opportunities. For best practices on how to do this, see Handshake’s Employer Blog.
  • Parker Dewey: Post short-term project (5-40 hours) and vet UD candidates who are eager to showcase their knowledge and skills while making a positive contribution to your organization.
  • UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN): Connect with students and alumni virtually through UD’s online networking platform to offer career advice, share your expertise and provide a space where students can ask questions about your organization.
  • We are also aware that there will be economic implications due to COVID-19. If you anticipate that your organization will need to alter or cancel your Summer 2020 internship programs, or revoke offers of full-time employment made to graduating University of Delaware students, please let us know immediately via recruitbluehens@udel.edu so we can work with you to determine next steps. 
  • If you have UD students joining your organization, please be sure to update them on your operating status, remote working options and guidelines. We will encourage students to discuss their concerns and plans directly with their employers.

Students will continue to have access to Handshake and we encourage you to utilize this platform to effectively recruit and connect with our students.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns—our team remains accessible virtually to support your recruiting efforts. Thank you for your continued partnership with the University of Delaware Career Center.

 

 Faculty, Staff & RSO Engagement

  • The UD Career Center is ready to partner with you to deliver a wide variety of career preparation programs through virtual classes, RSO meetings and other group settings.
    • Overview of the Career Center
    • Resumes and Cover Letters
    • LinkedIn and Networking
    • Interview Preparation
    • Managing an Internship or Job Search in a Virtual Environment
    • Managing the Graduate School Application Process
    • Industry and Job Overviews/Preparation (presented by employers or UD alumni)
  • Fill out the presentation request form to begin the process of organizing a presentation. A Career Center staff member will follow up with you within two business days. 

Find your Career Center contact on our webpage for faculty and staff. We are eager to discuss other engagement opportunities and help you find ways to infuse relevant career content into your own initiatives.

  Support Blue Hens


Here are a few ways the Blue Hen Community can support students and alumni:

Faced with an unimaginable global crisis, many UD students have been, and will continue to be, impacted by unforeseen hardships, such as new financial burdens, struggles related to career readiness and stress surrounding the new landscape of online learning. 

Gifts to the Blue Hen Strong Fund will directly and immediately address the urgent needs of our UD students to ensure their success at UD and beyond – providing success grants to cover tuition, access to technology and advancements to online learning tools, career readiness support and so much more.

 

Students and alumni have been displaced from jobs or are seeking out opportunities to gain professional experience through internships, jobs and gigs. The UD Career Center and Lerner Career Services Center are ready to work with you to recruit and hire talented Blue Hens for a variety of roles:

  • If you have a full-time, part-time, internship or temporary position available, we are ready to work with you through our Hire a Hen Program and help you easily recruit UD talent through Handshake
  • If you have a short-term project (5-40 hours), please consider posting it on Parker Dewey. From there, you can vet candidates from University of Delaware who are eager to showcase their knowledge and skills while making a positive contribution to your organization.

Find more information about our Hire a Hen program here.

Blue Hens are seeking advice and guidance on navigating their career and securing opportunities during these uncertain times. Consider making yourself available through UD’s primary networking sites for those in need of support:

  • UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN): UD CAN is an easy-to-use platform with a simple mission: connect Blue Hens from across the world with one another for career advice, networking and professional opportunities.
  • UD Alumni Page on LinkedIn: UD actively encourages students and alumni to seek out fellow Blue Hens through Linkedin. Please be open to any outreach you receive from your fellow Blue Hens.

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