Job Search

Job Hunting Amid a Pandemic

We, at the Career & Professional Development Center, know there is a lot of uncertainty as to what summer 2020 will look like in concern to internships and full-time job opportunities.  Across the nation, we have seen some internships get cancelled, some adjust the start date to a later date, some are moving to virtual platforms, and others (still the majority) are proceeding as planned.  We are also seeing an increase of opportunities in the healthcare, technology, and manufacturing industries.

If you are still looking for an internship this summer, or if you had your summer plans change unexpectedly, there are still opportunities for summer internships both on-site and virtual for various companies.  These opportunities are competitive, however, SD Mines students are well prepared and qualified!  Our advice to students that continue seeking an internship for this summer is to diversify your approach by searching for internships as much as possible and by extending as many nets as you can. To do this you will want to use different search platforms, use your network and connect with people you may know in the industry letting them know you are looking, and talk with your professors as well as they may be able to connect you with alumni in the industry.  Also, don’t forget that social media is also a great way to network and let others know you are looking for an internship.  The Career & Professional Development Center recommends making a LinkedIn account and connecting with the companies you are interested in working for.  LinkedIn also has its own job search platform so this could be an additional search platform for you to use.  If you haven’t already, this is also a great time to activate your Handshake account . If you were a SD Mines student last academic year, you can login with the same username and password you use for your school issued laptop.  If not, just create a free account using your SD Mines email.  Our university’s Handshake portal is a great resource for finding internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.

In addition, there are still other opportunities to shift gears and use this summer to your benefit by garnering professional development skills and continuing to build your resume outside of an internship.  Are you connected to any professional organizations for your major?  If not, the Career & Professional Development Center would recommend getting connected into those networks as they have a lot of great professional development webinars and is a resource for you to connect with other professionals in your field.  Another idea, is to volunteer in virtually activities to help your community, these experiences can be added to your resume to show your community involvement.  Finally, building up your LinkedIn profile, connecting with companies, and staying active on that platform is also another great idea.

The Career & Professional Development Center is still here to help. If you would like us to review your resume or cover letter, or to set up a mock interview, or need assistance for other career related topics we are here to assist you.  We can set up appointments via phone calls and zoom meetings, or correspond via email, whichever platform works best for you, just email us at to get this set up.

Your degree will open doors, but it’s up to you to obtain the job you desire.

Job searches are a marketing campaign where you sell yourself. After you identify potential employers, you need to convince them you’re a “good fit” for the company. Remember – you’re competing against candidates from other universities as well. Timing can be critical. If a company has no openings at the time of your initial contact, follow up in a couple months to let them know you’re still interested. Persistence and perseverance pays off!

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