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Staying Well in Uncertain Times

Spring 2020 will be a semester none of us will ever forget. If you are feeling stressed and anxious about the COVID-19 outbreak, you are not alone – many students are experiencing higher than normal stress and anxiety levels right now. However, there are things you can do and people you can talk with in order to help mitigate those feelings. 

Below are a few things you can do to manage your mental health and wellbeing during this time. 

  • Take care of your body. The good news is the weather is getting nicer. Get outside and take a walk or go for a jog. Do yoga. Eat healthy, balanced meals. Get plenty of sleep (7-9 hours per night). These things will boost your immunity as well as your resilience. 
  • Consider relaxation techniques. Mindful practices can reduce symptoms related to anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress. The … 
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Getting Experience with Micro-Internships and Gigs

Have you heard the terms “micro-internship” and “gig” more recently? These short-term, professional experiences can occur any time of the year. They are usually specific projects with a fixed deadline and payment amount. You can find both large corporations and small start ups posting micro-internships and gigs.

What are the benefits?

While these experiences don’t replace a traditional co-op or internship, they do offer a chance to show your qualifications, build your skills, explore career paths, and develop professional networks. Many of them are also available remotely, so you won't have to worry about a long commute! Have you ever felt that if you could just get an internship, you’d prove how hard you work? This could be your chance. ParkerDewey, amicro-internshipplatform, reports that some of their company clients use micro-internships as part of their recruitment strategy. That means your gig could potentially be an audition … 

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Best Practices for Remote Work

With the unique situation that we all find ourselves in right now due to the coronavirus, a lot of people are working from home. While working from home was previously possible for some roles, a majority of the workforce has been used to the routine that comes with commuting to their workplace. We tend to establish our structure with each workday and knowing what to expect helps us feel productive. If remote work is a new concept for you, consider the tips below to create a productive work setting while taking care of yourself and staying connected to colleagues.

Communication

As with any sort of work, communicating openly and frequently with your team and supervisor is key. When working from home, you may find it challenging to communicate with your coworkers. By taking the time to schedule consistent phone or video calls with colleagues, you can check in about work projects while … 

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Creating an Effective Strategy for Online Career Fairs and Events

Many of us find ourselves doing things via technology more often these days. Your job search activities are no different! Companies continue to look for ways to connect with students virtually, often via webinars, information sessions and career fairs. To make the most of virtual events, create a plan, stay engaged and follow-up with the tips provided below.

Before: Prepare, Practice, and Apply!

Although the format may be different, the preparation is much the same as attending an in-person event. Be sure to register in advance. This will give you access to the information you need to prepare, including the format and topics. 

  • Career Fairs: Upon registration you should receive a full list of attending companies to research and submit applications prior to the fair. Have you updated your resume recently? If not, schedule an appointment in advance to have an ECS Advisor review it. Begin to think … 
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Virtual Interview & Presentation Tips

To say things seem a little chaotic right now would be an understatement, and a lot of companies (and people!) are working and interacting digitally. You may find that your interviews are now happening online; either through Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a variety of other programs. I hope to provide you with a few tips to make the most of your upcoming virtual interviews or professional presentations.

Be Prepared and Practice

As with any interview, it is imperative that you are prepared before you begin. Make sure you research the company, understand the position, and reflect on your matching skills. Have some questions prepared to ask the interviewers, and make sure you have thought through your answers to potential questions you may get asked. They’ll expect the same level of preparedness and engagement as if you were there in person!

To practice for this different type of interview format, visit OhioMeansJobs’ … 

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