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Until further notice, the Office of Personal Career Development is serving students and alumni virtually. Please see below for information regarding our services. 

Questions? Please email career@udallas.edu.

Career Development Resources

Tips for Building Your Summer Experience 

  • Consider your goals. What skills would you like to develop? What would you like to learn? Where are there gaps in your current experience? What careers would you like to explore?
  • Be creative and proactive. What unique skills do you have to offer? Who might benefit from your knowledge?
  • Be flexible. There is no one-size-fits-all experience. Try mixing and matching from the lists below.

Searching for Remote Work

While many industries have slowed down hiring, others have not. Some may even have an increased demand for talent. When searching opportunities, focus on positions that have been posted in the last 2 weeks- they are the most likely to be accurate.

HANDSHAKE

RESOURCES FOR REMOTE JOB & INTERNSHIP SEARCH

Handshake is just one tool in your toolbox. We also recommend looking into other internship boards. Some include,

  • LinkedIn Job Board - Research openings, salaries, and employer contacts 
  • Glassdoor.com - Research company profiles, reviews, and salaries in addition to postings
  • Indeed.com - One search, all jobs
  • Covintern: Students can get connected with remote internships at top startups and companies.
  • Internfromhome.com: Virtual internships and jobs.
  • Notion.so: Remote mentorship, internships, jobs, and community for students.
  • iX Remote: Offers students a way to learn industry-relevant skills, gain work experience and improve their career prospects. 
  • Weworkremotely: Job board advertising full and part time remote work.
  • Remote.co: Search remote positions by industry, learn more about remote work through articles and blogs, and have questions answered by leading remote companies and virtual teams.

Find a list of more internship boards here.

DIGITAL VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer to work on a political campaign: Sign up on the campaign’s website (local, state, national). Many roles and responsibilities can be done virtually.

  • Tech for Campaigns: Matches volunteers to political campaigns in need of technical support based on the volunteer's technology skills.

  • Catchafire: Short and long-term projects, similar to micro-internships, specifically for non-profits.
  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Digital Volunteers can now take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian's massive collections, and can participate in a variety of research programs. Some roles require special knowledge or skill, but many do not.
  • Amnesty International Decoders: Global network of digital volunteers helping to research and expose human rights violations.
  • Translators without Borders: Translators without Borders depends on volunteers to translate millions of words, but also to help us run the organization. We work with volunteers who have all kinds of great skills – and many learn new skills that they can use in their jobs.
  • Zooniverse: Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. The main ways of volunteering with us are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we've yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.
  • Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who are trained and work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
  • Project Gutenberg: Library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Volunteers work to digitized and diligently proofread eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
  • Service learning opportunities by subject area: Example subject areas are Africana studies, astronomy, criminal justice, environmental studies.
  • DoSomething.org: Volunteering options for a variety of causes.
  • VolunteerMatch Covid-19 Response: Resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions to support your community.
  • United Nations: The UN runs a virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. About 12,000 volunteers are connected with public-impact opportunities in 187 countries. Help with writing and editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy, to name a few, and there is a variety of short and longer-term opportunities.
  • Red Cross: During times of disaster, the Red Cross utilizes digital volunteers to monitor online discussions to find people who need help, and to share important updates on social media.
  • Women's Breast and Heart Initiative: Participate in the Virtual Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Advocate Program. Become an advocate for breast cancer and heart disease.
  • 7 Cups Volunteer Listener: 7 Cups connects people to caring listeners for free emotional support. Become a volunteer listener.
  • BeMyEyes: App that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers.
  • LibriVox: LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.
  • National Park Service: Test, evaluate or develop elements of the NPS’s online presence.
  • Right Here at Home: Train others in technology to help overcome poverty.
  • Missing Maps: Digital mapping to help disaster relief.
  • Mapping Prejudice: Volunteers are needed to review deeds and other historical documents to flag them for racial language.

Build Your Professional Network

Build and use your network during this time. Building connections will provide you an invaluable opportunity to develop and prepare for your career goals. Ask your immediate network if they know of anything available or could they help you out in any way. More often than not, you find your internships through someone you know.  

  • University of Dallas LinkedIn PageSearch for UD Alumni on LinkedIn. Filter by location, major, and more. 
  • Message contacts and build relationships by asking for advice or ask questions about their career path. You are not asking for an internship. You are asking for their expertise and advice based on your shared experience at UD. 
We also released a two-part networking workshop to help with how to format your emails and messages to contacts.

Develop Your Skills

SKILL BUILDING

  • InsideSherpa: Build experience and skills with company-backed Virtual Work Experience Programs.

  • Management Consulted: Cornell students can access to MC’s entire library of resources – 500+ cases, 7 online video courses, and 10K case structure and math drills (an $800 value!) for free. Register here for immediate access.

  • Wall Street Prep: Provides some free (and some with a fee) resources for financial modeling and technical interview prep.
  • The Cambridge Consultant: Free case interview prep for consulting and blog about what it is like to be a consultant. focus on McKinsey Bain and BCG, but are interested in everything management and strategy consulting.

TAKE FREE ONLINE COURSES

  • LinkedIn Learning: Current Cornell students, faculty, and staff have free, unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning's online library of high-quality training videos featuring the latest software, creative, and business skills. Access over 11,000 online courses designed for all experience levels
  • Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
  • CornellX: Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Cornell University courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.
  • EdX: Access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions.
  • Udacity: Offers around 200 courses that are completely free (but do not offer a certificate). Usually these courses are created as part of a paid micro-credential that Udacity offers called a Nanodegree. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Udacity is offering everyone one month free on 40 of their premium Nanodegree programs.
  • CodeAcademy: Learn to code with interactive lessons & daily practice.
  • Khan Academy: Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

Other Useful Articles and Blog Posts

RESOURCES TRACKING EMPLOYERS HIRING STATUSES:

  • Candor list of Employers’ Hiring Status: "This is a user generated list, not moderated by Candor beyond merging duplicate entries and removing abusive language. We do not guarantee or imply that it's accurate." The best way to utilize this list is to see which employers ARE being reported to be still hiring.

  • "Companies Hiring Near Me: Recession Proof Jobs Available Now": Management Consulted is compiling a list of companies who are hiring.
  • Hiring2020: This list is crowdsourced. It is possible some of the information here is not accurate. The best way to utilize this list is to see which employers ARE being reported to be still hiring.
  • Is my Internship Cancelled list: All hiring information here is curated from the Internet, and the sources are listed in the Contributions document. If there is an official notice from the organization regarding their internship program's status, it will be linked.
  • JobScan's "Are Companies Still Hiring?" site - list of industries still hiring and tips.

OTHER USEFUL ARTICLES:

Spotting Employer Scams

If you are suspicious about the legitimacy of an employer or a job in any way, contact Career Development. See our tips below on how to identify a fraudulent job.  

Research the company and the recruiter. 

  • Visit the company website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job in which you are interested? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that appear legitimate at first glance. 
  • See if they have a list of staff members and try to find the name of the recruiter listed on the job posting. 
  • Check LinkedIn and see if their employees have full pages with many and diverse connections.
  • Google the company name and the word “scam” (e.g., Acme Company Scam). The results may show several scam reports concerning this company.

Familiarize yourself with common job scams. 

  • Forbes has a great article here
  • You can also watch this video from the Federal Trade Commission.

If something feels “too good to be true," be suspicious. 

  • Large sums of money for minimal work is a common tactic that a scammer will use to lure students in and steal your information. For example, "make $300 in a day from home." 
  • NEVER accept and deposit a check before you start and do work. No reputable employer will require you to pay for anything on your own, or cash a check on their behalf, before starting your job. If you receive an email asking you to do anything remotely like this, contact Career Development IMMEDIATELY.
  • Be wary of an employer who offers you a job before even speaking with you. Don’t accept a job you didn’t apply to, didn’t require an interview, or gives you one day to accept. Any reputable employer normally requires an interview (and more) before hiring. Contact Career Development about your interaction with the company and documents you are asked to sign. 
 

Resources and Workshops

APPOINTMENTS

Career advisors will conduct appointments via phone or Google Meet. Students and alumni can schedule an appointment on UD Handshake for the following:

  • Career exploration (Focus2 self-assessments available)
  • Resume, cover letter, and personal statement (graduate school application) review 
  • Job and internship search assistance
  • LinkedIn profile review
  • Mock interview
  • Fellowships advising

To schedule an appointment:

  1. Go to UD Handshake and log in using your UD credentials.* 
  2. Once you are logged in, click Career Center at the top right of the page, then Appointments, and Schedule a New Appointment. 

*Typically your username is your udallas email without the @udallas (example: goneill) and your password is your student ID number. Please email career@udallas.edu if you have issues logging in. 

CAREER WORKSHOP VIDEOS

CAREER GUIDES

FACULTY AND STAFF SERVICES:

Faculty and staff can request presentations. Options include a pre-recorded video presentation or a live webinar. Please contact Shannon Blatt at sblatt1@udallas.edu.

EMPLOYER SERVICES:

Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 virus, the University of Dallas has postponed all on-campus events until a later date, yet to be determined.

Employers can use the following recruitment services: 

  • Job posting: Employers can log into Handshake and connect with the University of Dallas in order to post internships and jobs to the UD community. 
  • Information sessions: Employers interested in hosting a virtual information session can fill out this form and we will contact you within 2-3 business days. 

Questions regarding recruiting? Email Shannon Blatt at sblatt1@udallas.edu

UD HANDSHAKE

UD Handshake is the OPCD’s online database exclusive to UD students and alumni that provides direct access to  full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Over 250,000 employers post jobs to Handshake, including all 500 of the Fortune 500 companies. Log in using their UD network credentials (username and password for UD WiFi).

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