Eckerd Always: A Virtual Professionalization Program for Eckerd Alumni
Are you an Eckerd College alumnus (Class of 2019 or earlier) whose job has been impacted by COVID-19? Join Career Services and Alumni Engagement for two 90-minute sessions to review resume and cover letter best practices, job search techniques, and LinkedIn networking strategies. Participants will be invited to a subsequent alumni-only networking event. Click here for more information and registration.
Career Services During Fall 2020
Career Services continues to support students, seniors, and alumni through video advising appointments, the curation of opportunities in TritonTrack, and virtual professionalization events. The office is committed to providing students and alumni with useful and timely information about the changing employment landscape.
For more information on the College’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit https://www.eckerd.edu/coronavirus/.
Advising & Appointments
All career advising appointments during the Fall 2020 semester will take place via video call. Due to federal regulations, all student employment paperwork appointments (I-9 appointments) must take place in-person in the Career Services office.
Both video advising appointments and in-person student employment paperwork appointments can be scheduled on TritonTrack at any time.
Walk-in Wednesdays will not take place this semester, but students may schedule appointments during those hours.
Online resources will continue to be added to career.eckerd.edu
Employment Opportunities & Employers
The Employer Relations and Internships Coordinator, Michael Nordberg, will continue to advocate for students and curate over 100 positions per week in TritonTrack. These positions will be sourced nationwide with a special emphasis on areas where students are from.
Students with questions about specific employers may contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A highlight of curated positions and news will continue to be sent in the Weekly Newsletter.
Students are encouraged to utilize Career Contacts in TritonTrack and the alumni search in LinkedIn in order to continue informational interviews and, if available, job shadowing with alumni and professionals.
The Career Mentor program will continue as normal.
All events will take place virtually this semester. Information will continue to be sent via the weekly Career Services newsletter and via specific event announcement emails. Check the Virtual Events page for links to upcoming events and for recordings of past virtual events.
Virtual career fairs and opportunities for employer contact will be explored and offered.
Student Employment Program
Details regarding student employment for Fall 2020 will be sent to students prior to the start of Block 1.
Students who are interested in working for the College during Fall 2020 semester are encouraged to bring their employment eligibility document or documents to campus with them when they arrive: see page 3 of USCIS Form I-9 for the list of acceptable documents.
Educational Alternatives for Affected Internships:
Remote Work: Students are advised to communicate with their internship site supervisor to discuss the possibility of completing a portion of their internship remotely.
Informational Interviews: Reach out and conduct phone calls with professionals in your intended industry. Keep a journal of what you learn from the professional about the job, the industry, and any other details you find valuable. Use "Career Contacts" under the "Networking" tab in TritonTrack for more information and for a list of alumni ready to connect, and visit our Networking page to learn more about informational interviews.
Research: Choose three possible job positions you would be interested in. Research the job market for those positions: look at starting salary, discover the requirements for getting into the field, and gather information about daily tasks and necessary skills. O*NET Online and The Occupational Outlook Handbook are excellent resources for this. Next, build a list of employers you would love to work with based on your research.
Job Search: Utilize job boards to search for positions. Study job descriptions and meet virtually with a Career Advisor to work on tailoring resumes and cover letters to specific positions.
LinkedIn: Start, review, and improve your LinkedIn profile. Use our LinkedIn Guide as a starting point, and work with a Career Advisor to learn LinkedIn skills.
Online Training Courses: Select and complete courses that will give you a new skill.
Real World Ready is an online course bundle that covers personal finance, student loans, healthcare, starting a new job, leasing an apartment, graduate school, international student information, finding a job, and accepting an offer. Free with code Eckerd20
Udemy has inexpensive courses and you do get a certificate when completed.
LinkedIn Learning has a free trial membership for a month for students to utilize. Take courses on business software and tools, graphic design software, leadership and management, and more.