Job-searching during a pandemic: local career advisors are guiding their graduates – LA Times
Workshops at the Cal State Fullerton career center usually attract up to 20 or 30 participants, said Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, the center’s director.
Their meeting rooms aren’t big enough to hold more than that.
But now that they’ve transitioned all their services online, they often have over 100 people tuning into their sessions at once.
Zavala-Acevez said the CSUF students are more engaged with their job search than ever.
Part of it is because they are sheltering in place and have fewer distractions. But it’s also because they have to be.
They are entering a job market where roughly 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last two months due to coronavirus-related closures.
But career advisors at Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University and UC Irvine want to emphasize that employers are still hiring. The career centers are updating their job boards, so students can easily see any immediate openings. They are locating internships that are being offered remotely because of the pandemic. They are setting up virtual job fairs. They are inviting employers and alumni to do Zoom interviews and information sessions with students.