CDO FAQs & COVID-19
- How will I have access to CDO staff? Can I still make an appointment?
- Will there be any online drop-ins where I can ask questions and get my resume reviewed?
- What should I do if I am currently applying to or interviewing for summer internships or post-grad jobs?
- What is happening with the job market? Will entry-level hiring and internships be affected?
- I have already accepted a full-time or internship position. How should I check in with my employer on the status of my position?
- Can I still reach out to alumnae/i for networking during this time?
- Can an employer rescind my offer due to COVID-19?
- How can I get experience if I’m at home?
- Can I still apply to the Internship Grant Fund (IGF) and other Vassar-funded opportunities and programs?
- Will there be any career fairs or online sessions to interact with employers?
- What other resources are available?
How will I have access to CDO staff? Can I still make an appointment?
CDO will continue to be accessible for video and phone appointments.
Students: Schedule appointments online via Handshake.
Alumnae/i: Email our Alumnae/i Career Counselor, Deidre Sepp, at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an appointment.
Extended appointment times are available for those in different time zones. If you have any difficulty scheduling appointments in Handshake, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability and someone will get back to you.
*Note: Google Meet/Hangouts is our default video chat platform; we are also available via Zoom. When you make the appointment you will select “Appointment medium” and select your preferred video platform. Your counselor will send you a video appointment link via Google Calendar. If you prefer to speak by phone, please include the best number to reach you in your appointment request. Your counselor will contact you at the start of your appointment
Will there be any online drop-ins where I can ask questions and get my resume reviewed?
What should I do if I am currently applying to or interviewing for summer internships or post-grad jobs?
What is happening with the job market? Will entry-level hiring and internships be affected?
We are keeping a close watch on how COVID-19 is impacting job and internship prospects for our students. Students, job seekers and employers have begun to compile information about organizations and their hiring statuses here:
https://candor.co/hiring-freezes/ (more focused on full-time hiring)
https://github.com/gcreddy42/hiring2020/ (more focused on internships)
Do you have an update from an employer on your internship or job? Please share with the CDO here!
I have already accepted a full-time or internship position. How should I check in with my employer on the status of my position?
If you have accepted an opportunity for a full-time or internship position, check in via email; a sample message is included below.
Dear (insert name of supervisor or HR contact here),
I hope that this finds you and your team at (insert name of employer here) safe and well in these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given these challenging circumstances, I am writing to see if you are able to share with me any insight on my position as (insert position title here) for this summer. Would you be able to provide me with an update on the current status of my position at this point in time? I would greatly appreciate any information that you can offer, so that I can continue to prepare accordingly.
I remain committed and excited about the opportunity to work with you this summer and look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
(insert your full name here)
Can I still reach out to alumnae/i for networking during this time?
Yes! The Vassar network is brimming with goodwill, and we know alumnae/i will help wherever and whenever they can. VassarNet, LinkedIn, and the Alum Directory are all great resources. When you reach out, do so with the recognition that it is a challenging time for all of us and not everyone may be in a position to help. Offer to reconnect at a later date. Focus on gathering information about how an industry has been affected by COVID-19, rather than asking for a job or internship. Below is a sample message you can use as a guide:
Dear [First Name],
I am currently a [insert class year] at Vassar College majoring in [insert major(s)], and I noticed your profile on [VassarNet / LinkedIn / Alumnae/i Directory] when I was looking for alumnae/i that are working in the [insert industry]. My primary reason for reaching out is to seek your insight and advice as I seek to navigate my [job / internship] search in the [insert industry] in light of COVID-19.
I recognize that the COVID-19 scenario is fluid, and what might be accurate today could quickly change by tomorrow. I welcome any insight you might have about how your field is adapting to this ongoing situation, whether [jobs / internships] might be available in the near future, or if any remote opportunities may be in development. I am also exploring creative ways that I might be able to make the most of my summer if COVID-19 prevents me from being able to secure an opportunity right away.
Would you be available for a 30 minute informational interview so that I can learn more about how you and your organization have been impacted by COVID-19 and get your advice for my upcoming summer? I’d be happy to connect by Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or the phone -- whatever is most convenient for you. I also understand that now might not be a good time; if that’s the case, I am happy to reconnect at a later date.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.