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In today’s high-tech world, many organizations, including employers, graduate schools, and professional programs are using more virtual recruitment. Given the recent COVID-19 situation, this move has become even more evident. Phone screening has been used for quite some time, but more and more students are experiencing video interviews using software such as Zoom, Google Hangout, and Skype. UMR Career Services and the University of Minnesota as a system has created and compiled resources for students to manage virtual recruitment.
UMR has resources around jobs and internships, but we wanted to highlight information most relevant to the virtual environment. Be proactive with your job and internship, depending on the current economy, you may want to consider staff agencies if you are looking to find employment after graduation or event during your undergraduate experience in some cases. Exploring ways to engage in your community that are meaningful to you can be another great avenue to explore. As you begin these experiences, you may find yourself starting in a remote working environment. Work closely with your supervisor to understand expectations and resources related to your role.
- GoldPASS powered by Handshake; Student FAQs and Tutorials
- FYI: The best way for students to search for remote opportunities is to use the keyword search box and type in the word “remote”
- University of Minnesota Undergraduate Business Career Center for Carlson School of Management has created a list of staffing agencies by industry
- Consider government opportunities
- Find meaningful ways to engage in your community and gain valuable skills and experience
- 6 Ways to Make the Most of a Remote Internship (Handshake)
- Resources for Remote Work During COVID-19 (Move Minneapolis)
- Remote jobs is the focus of www.flexjobs.com, an employment database for professional remote and flexible work opportunities.
- Article: 6 Tips for Job Searching During Difficult Economic Conditions (University of Denver)
- Organizations still hire in during economic downturns: List of Companies Currently Seeking Employees in Minnesota (CBS) and Companies Are Still Hiring During COVID-19-- Here are 28 that want your applications now (The Muse)
- Monitor job trends (NACE)
- List of Internship Statuses (Github)
- ScitechMN Internships
- Online internships (UW Resource)
Practice! Still one of the most important things to do. Phone or video interviews should be taken just as seriously as in-person interviews. Do you research and understand the organization and the role you are applying for. Be ready with questions to ask of the interviewer(s). There are additional considerations when moving to a virtual interview, but many of these can be an advantage as you have control over them. SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, recommends selecting a quiet, well-lit room for virtual interviews. Double-check the time and properly adjust for different time zones if needed. Ensure you know how to access the videoconferencing technology and if necessary, have the appropriate software downloaded ahead of time. Test the camera and microphone on your device in advance.
- Common Interview Questions with Coaching Videos (LinkedIn)
- Interview Stream (free video interviewing practice service)
- The 3 Questions Recruiters Expect You to Answer During a Phone Interview (The Muse)
- 22 Phone Interview Tips to Help You Nail the Call (and Move to the Next Round) (The Muse)
- Video interview guide (Indeed)
- 4 Pro Secrets to Rocking Your Video Interview (The Muse)
- The Best Way to Set Up for a Video Interview (So You’ll Look and Sound Like a Winning Candidate) (The Muse)
- CLA Best Practices for Zoom (CLA)
- Zoom basics (3 min video - Zoom)
- Participant’s guide to Improving Your Zoom Experience (Zoom)
- Virtual Interviewing Tips (Candid Career)
- Make a Phone Holder, Zoom Better! (CDes Fabrication Lab-Molly Sanford)
- How To Rock a Virtual Career Fair (Careercast.com)
- 12 Ways to Make the Most out of a Virtual Career Fair (Rasmussen)
Mentorship and networking are important in all environments, virtual or not. Consider the current economic situation and make sure you are showing consideration and thoughtfulness as organizations navigate through uncertain times. Given the recent COVID-19 global issue, note that delays may occur, professionals will appreciate your patience and empathy as they navigate their new professional environment as well. Ensure you are familiar with mentorship opportunities that exist at UMR. In a virtual environment, consider using professional networking platforms, such as LinkedIn or Facebook to find professional groups to join. Participate in conversations and post relevant articles to increase your online presence. Set-up informational phone or video interviews or even consider inviting individuals from your network and the network of your friends and family to join you for a virtual coffee.
- UMR Mentorship Programs
- University of Minnesota Alumni Mentoring Program: Maroon & Gold Network
- UMR LinkedIn Page-See Alumni Tool and consider updating your profile
- Actively participate in UMR Virtual Career Spotlight Series events and virtual career exploration events hosted by student clubs and organizations (Note: UMR Research Club and UMR Pre-Professional Club host these types of events): these local events can result in expanding your professional network
- The Muse continues to share resources related to networking in a virtual environment, here are a few you may find helpful, but continue to research recent trends:
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on all pre-health students pursuing a career within the health sciences. There are still many unique opportunities to engage in to further your career exploration, gain meaningful experiences, and prepare for that job and/or school application.
- Review Professional and Graduate School responses to COVID-19
- See NAAHP Clearinghouse: https://www.naahp.org/covid-19hplinks/home
- U of M’s resource for UMN professional programs and other schools: COVID-19 Updates from Health Professional Schools and Associations
- Focus Locally Be an active, helpful member of your home community. Volunteer to cover childcare needs for neighbors or to check in (by phone/from a distance) on the elderly. If you’re part of a religious community, see if there are ways that you can provide support through them. Check with organizations where you have volunteered in the past to see if you can step back into previous roles.
- Use idealist.org or volunteermatch.org to seek other local options, but be ready for slow responses.
- Idealist article: Nine ways to help others during the coronavirus pandemic (https://www.idealist.org/en/careers/help-others-coronavirus)
- Operation Warm has a list of 25 ways to volunteer virtually
- Paper-airplanes.org invites volunteers to provide online tutoring to “bridge gaps in language, higher education, and professional skills training for conflict-affected individuals”
- Dosomething.org’s nine places to volunteer online and make a real impact
- Participate in Virtual Seminars, Fairs, and Info Sessions The website of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions has the most comprehensive list of pre-health events around the country. This list includes both in-person and virtual events, but you will notice many in-person events are canceled, and this will continue.
- Engage in online workshops through UMTC’s Pre-Health Student Resource Center These interactive online workshops with follow-up, in-person meetings are packed with helpful advice, video clips, and short exercises to help you best prepare your health professional program application. Whether you are writing your personal statement, practicing for your interview, or developing a comprehensive action plan for medical school, our workshops will get you ready. Be sure to set up a follow-up meeting with your Student Success Coach to debrief (not the UMTC PHSRC staff).
For the full list of additional suggestions for pre-health students click here.
During times of economic trouble, job-seeker anxiety can run high for those looking for internships and full-time employment. Below are some top tips based on what actions can help lead to successful job outcomes.
|Article: 6 Tips for Job Searching During Difficult Economic Conditions (University of Denver)|
The new 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 search during the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re here to help.
|Work and COVID-19 Many articles, variety of topics (The Muse)|
It’s recommended you be as proactive as possible and control the things you can control, so you are positioned as well as possible for an uncertain future. Think about your future self. What would your six-months-in-the-future self want you to have done during this time? Here are three questions your future self might ask you.
|What should I do if I think I am going to lose my job because of the Coronavirus? (Lindsey Pollak)|
List of companies who are freezing hiring (and those that are still hiring) to help in the job crisis.
|LIVE Who's freezing hiring from coronavirus|
As hiring in the U.S. falls and layoffs pick up, 2020 college graduates are entering an uncertain job market. I'll be covering this topic in an upcoming edition of #GetHired, but I also want to hear from you. What should the class of 2020 do as they approach graduation?
|Advice for Class of 2020 (Andrew Seaman on LinkedIn)|
Online news and practical strategies series designed to help college and university career services staff adapt in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Discuss topics such as holistic online career education, virtual event success, online faculty/classroom partnerships.
|Career Collective daily webinars starting April 1|
Join this dynamic conversation with visionaries from university recruiting and career services to explore the future of college grad jobs, internships, and university recruiting in an economy that has been shaken by COVID-19.
|Jobs, Internships, & College Recruiting in a COVID-19 Economy Recorded (Johns Hopkins University)|
|With rapid change on your campuses, in your communities, and in our world, and that you all have been giving deeply. During this time period, we believe it is important to continue to connect and share resources through this webinar.|
Many companies are still hiring to fill essential roles. From hospitals to delivery services, government agencies to transportation and logistics companies, there are many employers eager to fill essential roles. Looking for a new job or perhaps a second job? Companies need you more than ever before. Check out all the companies hiring right now.
A lot of companies are still hiring during this coronavirus crisis—and they need to fill essential roles more than ever. Browse through these companies and their open positions—now’s the time to apply.
|Companies Are Still Hiring During COVID-19-- Here are 28 that want your applications now (The Muse)|
There are some places that are still hiring, mainly in essential services such as grocery stores and supply delivery. Here's a list of the places seeking applicants, and will continue to update the list as more places announce they’re hiring.
|List of Companies Currently Seeking Employees in Minnesota (CBS)|
|It’s a good idea to take your digital interviewing skills to the next level. From enhancing your sound quality to making sure your body language sends the right message on that small screen, there is a lot you can do to make sure your digital presence is professional. Here are some pro tips.||
UMR Career Resources
Additional UMR career resources and programming information can be found below.
The Career Spotlight Series provides an opportunity for UMR students to hear various perspectives related to a number of careers. These sessions focus on providing an understanding of the occupation and what it might be like to work as a professional in this field. Additionally, this format provides students with the opportunity to learn about the requirements and education needed for each career. Read the UMR Raptor Report for future Career Spotlight Series events.
If you have questions about these sessions or have ideas about partners to bring to campus, please contact Jenny Casper (email@example.com).
Recent Career Spotlight Series partners:
- Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences - Medical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, Radiography and Respiratory Care
- Mayo Clinic's Medical Scribe Program
- Des Moines University
- Olmsted County Public Health
- Mayo Clinic Surgical First Assistant Program
- University of Wisconsin La Crosse Physician Assistant Program
- Mayo Clinic Medical School
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities Master's of Nursing Program
- Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Engineering and Physiology Program
- Northwestern Health Sciences University
- Absolute Chiropractic
- Mayo Clinic Research
Career fairs provide students with the opportunity to interact with representatives from multiple organizations. These events are designed for students to speak with a variety of individuals from specific programs, schools, departments or employers/organizations. Some even offer on-site interviewing. Career fairs can be both in-person and virtual. Students are able to learn about an organization’s culture and the different jobs they have available. Students should take initiative at these events to speak with individuals you’re interested in talking with. It is strongly recommended that you prepare questions in advance as well as research who will be in attendance.
Several virtual fairs can be found here.
While at UMR, students are encouraged to engage in the Rochester community. Students also gain valuable skills and experiences by pursuing internships, on and off-campus research experiences, and employment opportunities. Volunteering is also a great way for students to explore interests and contribute to an organization. Additionally, all UMR students develop career skills as a part of the curriculum.
Components of CLI 1712 Career Exploration and beyond
• Know yourself: strengths, interests and values
• Explore career options in the health sciences
• Conduct online career research
• Participate in career spotlight information sessions
• Engage in classes, student clubs and activities
• Discover volunteer opportunities
• Pursue leadership roles
Components of CLI 2713 Career Development and beyond
• Engage and test drive career options
• Practice professionalism and interviewing
• Create online profiles (LinkedIn & Handshake)
• Enhance resume and cover letter writing skills
• Build professional preferences
• Engage in decision-making and goal setting
Experience and Reflect
Components of CLI 2522 Community Collaboratory, CLI 3712 Capstone Proposal Writing & CLI 4713 Capstone Reflections and beyond
• Collaborate on impactful community projects
• Participate in networking events and career fairs
• Join professional organizations and gain employment experience
• Attend research and industry conferences
• Connect with faculty, advisors and mentors
• Pursue experiential learning (internships, on and off-campus research experiences) opportunities
• Study away
• Obtain additional skills or certifications
UMR students are engaged in their communities, both on and off-campus. With UMR’s focus on the health sciences, students are passionate about helping others and are often working towards applying to programs after their time at UMR. They seek to be leaders and contribute to organizations while gaining valuable experience.
UMR encourages employers to consider developing internship opportunities. The Director of Community Engagement and Career Development can work with you to determine whether the experience should be credit-based or not-for-credit. Internships can be both paid and unpaid.
GoldPASS powered by Handshake is the University of Minnesota system-wide job, internship and volunteer search engine. Employers are encouraged to use this system to:
Post jobs and browse for qualified candidates
Register for career fairs and events
Schedule information sessions
Set up on-campus interviews
If you are interested in sharing job, internship and/or volunteer opportunities with UMR students, please contact the Director of Community Engagement and Career Development, Jenny Casper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To assist you in planning for your future career goals, find resources, including career planning sheets, related to specific careers and/or programs here.
Planning to pursue graduate school, pre-health programs or professional school after UMR? Consider taking CLI 3714 - Preparing a Competitive Health Professions Application. Your Student Success Coach can provide more specific details, help you plan out your timeline and share information on which experiences make a competitive applicant.
Several times a semester there are admissions representatives from various programs that visit the UMR campus. Sometimes these are as a part of the Career Spotlight Series and other times they might have a table set up in USquare. These are great opportunities to connect and better understand the admission process for professional schools. Read the Raptor Report to find out which schools will be visiting.
Student Success Coaches and outside partners provide workshops to help students better understand expectations within health care careers. Helpful information is shared on how to complete and prepare for the application process, including entrance exams. Past examples include Medical School Expectations workshops and Nursing School Options.
Mentorship can be a valuable opportunity for students to develop professionally. Currently, UMR students have the opportunity to participate in two mentorship programs with Mayo Clinic:
eMERGing Leaders MERG Mentoring Program
What is Pre-Med Insight?
Pre-Med Insight is a student-run initiative at Mayo Medical School, Rochester MN, which promotes early exploration in the field of medicine for college students of minority and disadvantaged background. Each intern pairs up with a Mayo medical student mentor and builds upon their longitudinal relationship for guidance, support and mutual learning. Interns also engage in clinical and surgical simulations, small group projects and discussions, skill-building activities and interdisciplinary interaction among peers, physicians, patients, faculty, staff and other professionals in the field.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, you must identify as a student of minority and/or disadvantaged background, including first-generation college students and students of family income below 200 percent poverty line (as defined by US Department of Health and Human Services). All qualifying University of Minnesota-Rochester students are encouraged to apply. As for program requirements, there are five mandatory Saturday workshops (first two sessions 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., last three sessions 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Transportation will be provided to the Mayo campus by your institution.
Approximately 15-20 students for this academic year will participate.
Other requirements include mentor-mentee interaction, small group community service project, and willingness to explore and challenge limits.
April 6, 2019: “The Next Step in Medicine” – Application Preparation, and Success
What should I expect?
Pre-Med Insight values low-stress and high-impact activities in a supportive environment that is student-driven, bias-free and open-ended.
What is eMERGing Leaders MERG Mentoring Program?
This is a year-long program between UMR and Mayo Clinic that aims to grow leaders and build their interest in Mayo Clinic. UMR students are matched 1:1 with a Mayo Clinic professional for a mentorship relationship. The matching process attempts to align the mentor/mentee around career interests when possible. eMERGing Leaders attend five-six programming opportunities related to networking and career preparation as a requirement of the program. eMERGing Leaders MERG is a part of Mayo Clinic's Employee Resource Groups (MERGs). These groups celebrate, support and encourage diversity among employees. Learn more here.
How many students are accepted?
Approximately 50 -100 students participate each year.
Ready to learn more?
Contact Jenny Casper regarding your interest and inquiries about eligibility and participation.