Career Success Center FAQ’s COVID-19 Edition

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How is the Career Success Center providing service during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Your Career Success Center at the University of St Francis is ready to assist you virtually. Students and alumni can submit resumes for review to careerservices@stfrancis.edu and can also request virtual appointments via https://stfrancis.joinhandshake.com/  or via email.

We can meet via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Our job board stfrancis.myhandshake.com is also available for Job search, use the same credentials you use to sign in to your classes with us. If you are considering a change in major, we offer career conversations and assessments too.

Reach out today and let us know how we can help. It is a great time to dust off old resumes or get yours started. Our Virtual Coffee and Careers meeting takes place on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-Noon. Let us know where to send your invite. You can also call our Director, Maribeth Hearn, at 815-740-3384 to talk about services and programs.

What should I do for connection? 

LinkedIn

With much of the nation on a shelter in place order, you can use this time to connect with others online. We recommend reviewing your Linkedin profile, updating old information, adding certifications and keywords, and of course, connecting and building relationships with your network. If you can create useful content, do it. If you can like, comment or reshare a post, do it.

Support your people and stay positive.

If you don’t have a Linkedin profile set up—start one today. There is a free and paid version. Start with FREE and use it.

Zoom

If you haven’t already set up a Zoom account, you can connect with friends, family, and coworkers via the video chat service.

The quality is excellent, and you will feel more connected than just on a conference call or phone call.

Microsoft Teams

Similar to Zoom, Microsoft Teams has a video chat where you can stay connected and hold meetings online. It works very well and even allows you to blur your backgrounds (for those working from home settings). If you are managing a team remotely- this service can keep everyone in the loop and provide face to face virtual connection.

How Can I Use This Time to Make Me a Better Job Candidate?

It is a great time to update resumes, connect with new and existing contacts online, and learn.

If you have always been meaning to learn a new skill, this is the time. Interesting in learning a new language, download Duolingo. Between sites like YouTube, libraries with audiobooks, and online books and apps, you will find a plethora of ways to gain a competitive edge and use those new skills.

 Where Should I Look For Jobs?

The Career Success Center recommends that you use the Handshake job board at https://stfrancis.joinhandshake.com/ for jobs and internships.

Workforce Services Division of Will County has a job board too: http://www.jobs4people.org/job-seekers/job-board/

Whom Can I Talk To About Internship Questions?

Betty Kohl is the Career Success Center’s Employer & Internship Support Specialist. You can email at bkohl@stfrancis.edu   Her phone number is 815-740-4295.

The Center is in the process of updating the forms and how students will go about obtaining the 6 signatures that are required to start an internship.

You can search for Internships on the USF Handshake Job board at www.stfrancis.joinhandshake.com log in with your USF credentials.  You can choose connect with the Career Center and appointments to schedule one online.

Can I Drop Into the Office for Services?

The Career Success Center is working remotely to serve your needs and abide by the Shelter in Place directive. You can email careerservices@stfrancis.edu to schedule a one to one virtual appointment or call our Director, Maribeth Hearn 815-740-3384.  You can go to stfrancis.joinhandshake.com to schedule appointments too. Choose the service and it will show you availability.

Learn Something New with LinkedIn

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn is helping people discover and develop the skills they need through a personalized, data-driven learning experience.

Browse different Marketing jobs, descriptions, and even salary info

Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the “perfect job title” that fits your interests? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist (e.g: Sales Jobs).

Industry information updated by LinkedIn

LinkedIn heard you and as a result launched new career pages designed with the applicant in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions. LinkedIn surfaces popular titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a specific job (e.g., Human Resources jobs), making it easier for job seekers and exploring students to learn more about opportunities in various fields.

Now that you’ve found the right path, start diving in by learning new skills.

Discover and Develop New Skills Via LinkedIn Learning Video

Each week presents a new opportunity for you to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

LinkedIn Learning wants to do everything possible to help make that happen.

That’s why each week more classes are added to the 10,000+ course library. LinkedIn’s goal is to help people discover and develop the skills they need through a personalized, data-driven learning experience.

<p><strong><a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-linkedin-for-students/linkedin-learning?trk=embed_lil” title=”LinkedIn Learning”>LinkedIn Learning</a></strong> from <strong><a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learnin,dents</a></strong> by <strong><a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/learning/instructors/oliver-schinkten?trk=embed_lil”>Oliver Schinkten</a></strong></p>

LinkedIn Learning combines industry-leading content from Lynda.com with LinkedIn’s professional data and network. Get a unique view of how jobs, industries, organizations, and skills evolve over time powered by more than 500 million member profiles, including billions of engagements. From this, LinkedIn can identify the skills you need and deliver expert-led courses to help you obtain those skills. It takes the guesswork out of learning!

Take Your New Skills to the Next Level and Achieve Your Goal!
You can identify which skills are key to achieving business goals, and learn those skills in a personalized, efficient way. Delve into paths that are available to you with your new skill set via the Linkedin career exploration pages. There you can discover jobs by function, with job titles you didn’t even know existed, and relevant salary information.

 

Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn’s ProFinder

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn ProFinder is a marketplace that connects top quality freelance or independent professionals with new clients and leads.

ProFinder is a freelance marketplace that consists of over 70,000 vetted professionals

Getting Started

 Having a complete profile is the most important piece to getting opportunities, as it’s one of the first things potential clients will see.

There are five main pieces to consider when building a successful profile:

  • Profile photo – A professional picture is the key to making a good first impression. This image should be clear, warm, and memorable.
  • Headline – It’s important to make sure that your headline matches the services that you originally selected on ProFinder, otherwise your specialties become unclear.
  • Summary – Your summary is a great place to highlight your passions and accomplishments in your own words. This is a valuable section that helps you stand out.
  • Recommendations
  • Recommendations are essential, as they can be the difference in whether you’re hired or ignored. Please bear in mind that it’s quality before quantity. A great recommendation has three parts:
  • Clearly defines your role in the project and its completion.
  • References the skills utilized.
  • Includes a date.
  • Published Articles
  • The quickest way to build your brand is with LinkedIn’s publishing platform. You can write about anything from industry trends to career accomplishments. It’s important to write about what you know. This will help establish yourself as an industry expert, since your content will be displayed on your ProFinder profile and available to all LinkedIn users (not just your connections).

Relevant Experience

It may seem like an obvious statement, but it’s easier to get the job if you have done it before! Maintaining a portfolio of your previous work will demonstrate that you have the skillset to be successful. By keeping your profile up-to-date, future clients will be able to see what you’ve done and how you can help them.

With LinkedIn’s ProFinder, you can be a part of the ~35% of freelancers in the workforce. Start picking up leads in no time with a well-crafted profile, a little bit of experience, and some help from previous customers. Remember that the early bird gets the worm, so respond to your requests for proposal as soon as you can!

 

Find Your Earning Potential with LinkedIn Salary

Guest blog by the LinkedIn Careers Team

LinkedIn Salary is a tool that provides detailed breakdowns of salary by job title and location.

Your job search is as easy as filtering by title and location.

Overview

 LinkedIn Salary acts as a free resource for users to obtain job salary insights and understand the various attributes that impact pay, so they can make more informed career decisions. The tool shares salary insights for specific job titles, and different factors that impact pay scale: location, years of experience, industry, company size, and education level. LinkedIn also uses this data to provide personalized features and recommendations.

 Types of Insights Available on LinkedIn Salary

On LinkedIn Salary, you can find aggregate salary information and trends that can help you compare your earning potential to others in the same or similar role. You can also explore compensation for other roles and locations as well.

After you enter your salary details, you’ll can view what members earn on average for a specific role and city, broken down by:

  • Base salary
  • Total compensation
  • Additional earnings such as annual bonus or sign-on bonus

You can use the Industry and Years of Experience filters to learn how these factors impact pay for a given title. Whether you’re just starting out or are an entrepreneur, you can filter your settings.

In addition, you’ll also see the following, based on the type of data available:

Company salaries:Dive into company level insight pages to explore how salaries vary at different corporations.

  • Factors that may impact salary:Learn how certain aspects such as company size, industry, education level, and field of study can impact your salary for a given title in a region.
  • Top-paying locations:Discover which locations pay the most for a title and see the number of job openings there.
  • Open jobs:We’ll also show you current open jobs for your role and location that have been posted on LinkedIn. You can also look into freelance opportunities.

Dig into insights, such as size and average salary.

 Getting Started To build this data, users must first submit their average salary information. When submitting one’s salary, they can also add additional compensation details such as a sign-on bonus or company shares provided.