April 06, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, coronavirus
New graduates who left school while still looking for their first job can continue the job search from home with help from their career services office through a virtual job-search group. By setting up a virtual job-search group for new graduates, career services professionals can deliver information and guidance to new grads and give new graduates the chance to share ideas and support each other in the job search.
Career services professionals can consider housing their virtual job-search group on a platform that not only supports virtual meetings but also provides for screen sharing and break-out groups—which can be used to cover such basic topics as writing resumes and cover letters as well as offer interview prep and networking practice.
Building rapport among the participants is key to the success of a virtual job-search group. Job seekers find value in knowing they aren’t the only ones looking for a job and sharing their experiences in the job market and with potential employers.
Here are some suggestions for organizing a virtual job-search group work:
A general agenda for following meetings can include:
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students to professional staff member
Median square footage of the career center
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent frequently discussing career readiness competencies with faculty
2018-19 Career Services Benchmark Survey