COVID-19 CAREER RESOURCES
Our office is open year round and currently connecting with Bentley students and alumni virtually. Students can meet with their career coach via Zoom, Skype or phone.
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Yes, our office is open year round and currently connecting with Bentley students remotely. Students can meet with their career coach via Zoom, Skype or phone. We look forward to partnering with our students and corporate representatives, and we will get through this challenging time together.
Yes, all career coaches are meeting individually with students via Zoom, Skype or phone. Access our Handshake portal through which you will apply for employment opportunities, attract employers your profile, schedule career coaching sessions, and find relevant career events. Some of our coaches are also hosting once-a-week open chat meetings for a dedicated population so they can meet as a group and share questions and answers.
We are setting up virtual sessions called Career Communities for companies and alumni to connect with students via Zoom to share information about the company, functional roles, and the industry or to offer other career advice.
Students should continue to check our Handshake portal through which you will apply for employment opportunities, attract employers your profile, schedule career coaching sessions, and find relevant career events. for events, as we are adding the Zoom links there. Undergraduate students can also view careeredge.bentley.edu to see upcoming events and relevant blogs.
We ask that you pay attention to your emails from the Career Center and your career coach. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns to the specific email below and you will receive a response in a timely manner.
If your college internship was canceled due to the growing Coronavirus outbreak, it is natural (and justified) to be disappointed. However, this creates new opportunities for you to show yourself and future employers what you are capable of.
Your guide to landing a job.
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For students, use your VMock account to craft or refine your resume and use cover letter resources in Handshake Virtual Career Center.
For alums, check out our Alumni Resume and Cover Letter Guide.
Join Kim Andrews, Job Search Strategist, for an informative webinar packed with valuable tips for the at-home job seeker.
Volunteering for a local organization in need of help is a great way to boost your morale and help you feel like you’re making an impact this summer. While many organizations need help on the front lines, some also need help in the areas of finance, accounting, analytics, and marketing.
Need additional motivation? A recent survey by Deloitte found that 82% of interviewers prefer applicants with volunteer experience, and 92% say volunteer activities build leadership skills.
Check out VolunteerMatch to find opportunities near you. You can also search by Causes Areas, including Advocacy & Human Rights, Animals, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Disaster Relief, Environment, Hunger, People with Disabilities, Sports & Recreation and more. There’s something for everyone!
- How to Talk to Anyone | Leil Lowndes
- Dare to Lead | Brene Brown
- Understanding Other People: The Five Secrets to Human Behavior | Beverly D Flaxington
- Designing Your Life | Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
- The Power of Moments | Chip Heath & Dan Heath
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference | Malcolm Gladwell
- How to Win Friends and Influence People | Dale Carnegie
- HBR’s 10 Must Reads | Harvard Business Review
- Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation | Marc P. Cosentino
- Tap Dancing To Work-Warren Buffet on Practically Everything| Collected & Expanded by Carol J. Loomis
Build your professional network! No matter what stage you’re at in your career, having a strong professional network will pay major dividends.
Know exactly what you’re looking to do? Conduct informational interviews with professionals working in your target roles / at your target companies to learn more about the day-to-day responsibilities, work-life balance, career path, company culture, and more. They may be willing to keep you posted about future open positions or refer you. LinkedIn is a great way to find alumni who are in the profession/industry/company of your interest, and connect with.
You can also revisit your StrenghtsFinder report and complete these On-Line Assessment Tools to further understand your strengths/interests/values:
Joining a professional association is a great way to boost your networking efforts! Many professional organizations offer a free or reduced membership cost for students. Membership in a professional organization may include access to the following benefits:
Here are a few professional associations to consider:
National Association of Black Accountants – Boston Metropolitan Chapter (NABA) *There is an NABA chapter at Bentley*
In case you’re not familiar with the term, job shadowing is an activity where you can “shadow”, observe, and follow someone in your potential field of interest while the professional is at work. This is the time to observe the career’s culture, explore, and ask questions. It is important to understand that job shadowing is different (and much shorter) than an internship. You most likely will not be “hands on” and you won’t be gaining any career experience. Job shadowing is solely to understand what the professional does in their day-to-day activities.
What are some of the benefits of job shadowing? To name a few – it allows you to gain insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of a position and the company culture. Not to mention, job shadowing expands your network and helps you make additional professional contacts.
If you had secured an internship offer that was rescinded due to COVID-19, and if the employer returns to ‘business as usual’ over the summer, ask if they might be able to host you for a day for a job shadow opportunity.
Ask family, friends of the family, or other professionals that you’ve connected with if they’d be willing to let you spend a day or part of a day job shadowing them.
Learn more about relevant industry exams / certifications / designations that you may want to pursue
Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Certification
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Certification
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification
So now that you’ve had a really productive summer, how can you convey that on your resume? Below is a suggestion.
SUMMER 2020 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Committed approximately 20 hours per week to studying for CFA Level I; sitting for exam in June 2021
- Completed LinkedIn Learning modules to develop and enhance techical skills:
- Read several popular business books including:
- Explored the various features and functionality of FactSet and Capital IQ via remote access granted through the Bentley Trading Room; spent approximately 10 hours of time learning each program
- Conducted informational interviews with three professionals in the ………. industry to better understand day-to-day repsonsibilities, career paths, and company culture
Next fall, if you were in the shoes of a recruiter, wouldn’t you be impressed by a candidate who took this kind of intiative over the summer?!
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Reflect on and embrace what you do best!
- Questions to ask family and friends:
- What are 3 adjectives you would use to describe me?
- When/where have you observed me being most engaged in my career?
- Can you remember a time when I expressed deep satisfaction in a given task/role?
- When do you witness me at my happiest? (either professionally or personally)
- When do you notice that I get frustrated? (either professionally or personally)
- What would you like to see me try that I have never done before
- The Consultant’s Calling: https://www.amazon.com/Consultants-Calling-Bringing- Who-What-ebook/dp/B000W3UKF0/
- LinkedIn Learning
- Big Interview
- Job Interviews in a pandemic
- Tips for using cue cards for remote interviews
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/
- Huntr: https://huntr.co/
- How to publish articles on LinkedIn:
- Networking while social distancing: https://fortune.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-social-distancing-networking-career-advice-jobs-covid-19/