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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 Resource

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PassionPlacement is the single source where mission-focused organizations and people connect to reduce and ultimately eliminate the needless exploitation of animals and the planet and share opportunities to contribute to compassionate and environmentally sustainable solutions to our broken food system through their work. We include work of all types - paid, volunteer, internships, board seats, etc. In addition, they provide applicant screening services for companies and coaching and transition services for candidates and entrepreneurs.

Link to Passion Placement
Questions and Answers
IS THE PULSIFER CENTER OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

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.

 

CAN STUDENTS STILL MEET WITH THEIR CAREER COACH?

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.

HOW ELSE IS THE PULSIFER CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER ENSURING STUDENTS CAN STILL CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS?

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.

HOW DO STUDENTS KNOW WHAT EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

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.

HOW DO WE CONNECT WITH THE CORRECT OFFICE?

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.

Resources and Tips

GradLeaders

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Are you wondering what companies are still hiring intern, recent grad, entry-level, and executive talent direct from college campuses today? Here are thousands of employers with active postings across the GradLeaders school network. These companies are not only seeking current students and recent grads for full-time roles, but many have internships, co-ops, projects and other experiential learning opportunities available as well. Data is refreshed hourly to only show opportunities not yet filled or expired. Use the detailed charts below to find jobs in specific locations around the globe or to target specific categories and audiences. 

 

Link to GradLeaders

GITHUB

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Crowd-sourced hiring trends.

Link to GitHub
DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER IN THE MIDST OF COVID-19
NETWORKING AND MENTORSHIP DEEP DIVE

Your guide to landing a job.

https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/networking-mentorship-guide/

EXPECT MORE JOBS AND MORE AUTOMATION IN THE POST-COVID-19 ECONOMY

People empowered by automation will bring us out of this crisis.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shahinfarshchi/2020/04/10/expect-more-jobs-and-more-automation-in-the-post-covid-19-economy/#afffcdb29b40

RESUME AND COVER LETTER TIPS AND TRICKS

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.

https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/resume-cover-letter-guide/

STRATEGIES FOR AT-HOME JOB SEEKERS

Join Kim Andrews, Job Search Strategist, for an informative webinar packed with valuable tips for the at-home job seeker.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF FALL 2020
VOLUNTEER

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!

READ
  1. How to Talk to Anyone | Leil Lowndes
  2. Dare to Lead | Brene Brown
  3. Understanding Other People: The Five Secrets to Human Behavior | Beverly D Flaxington
  4. Designing Your Life | Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
  5. The Power of Moments | Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  6. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference | Malcolm Gladwell
  7. How to Win Friends and Influence People | Dale Carnegie
  8. HBR’s 10 Must Reads | Harvard Business Review
  9. Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation | Marc P. Cosentino
  10. Tap Dancing To Work-Warren Buffet on Practically Everything| Collected & Expanded by Carol J. Loomis
BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

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:

https:www.careerleader.com

https:www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths

https:www.16pf.com/en_US/

https:www.truly.com/test/type-finder-personality-test-new

https:www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

JOIN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

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:

  • Career Resources

  • Networking Events

  • Educational Events

  • Scholarship Programs

  • Mentorship Programs

  • Membership Directory

  • Job Opportunities

  • Private LinkedIn Groups

  • Newsletters / Other Publications

Here are a few professional associations to consider:

  • The Association of Financial Professionals (afponline.org)

  • Massachusetts Society of CPAs (mscpaonline.org)

  • Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (massbio.org)

  • UXPA Boston - Boston’s User Experience Community (uxpaboston.org)

  • American Marketing Association (amaboston.org)

  • Financial Planning Association (fpama.org)

  • International Institute of Business Analysis (boston.iiba.org)

  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (naaap.org)

  • ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) *There is an ALPFA chapter at Bentley*

National Association of Black Accountants – Boston Metropolitan Chapter (NABA) *There is an NABA chapter at Bentley*

 

JOB SHADOW

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. 

INVESTIGATE INDUSTRY EXAMS

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

HOW TO TRANSLATE A PRODUCTIVE SUMMER ON YOUR RESUME

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?!

FINDING REMOTE WORK
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https://remote.co - All things remote work.

https://remote.jobs - Remote-friendly employers from across the globe.

https://remoters.net - Latest digital nomads and remote work guide.

https://jobs.disneycareers.com - Begin your career here.

https://modsquad.com - Experts in remote work since 2007.

https://admirablepro.com - Business support services to help businesses grow faster.

https://remoteglobal.com -  Remote work is the future, join the movement now.

https://weworkremotely.com - Largest remote work community in the world.

https://expatjobs.io - Work remotely from anywhere in the world.

https://zapier.com - Join us to become more productive at work.

RESOURCES FOR AT-HOME JOB SEEKERS
REFLECT ON AND EMBRACE WHAT YOU DO BEST

Reflect on and embrace what you do best!

  1. Strengthsfinder:https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/253868/popular-cliftonstrengths-assessment-products.aspx
  2. 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
  1. The Consultant’s Calling: https://www.amazon.com/Consultants-Calling-Bringing- Who-What-ebook/dp/B000W3UKF0/
OTHER JOB SEARCH TOOLS
  1. Relish Careers: https://www.relishcareers.com/
  2. Zip Recruiter: https://www.ziprecruiter.com
  3. MA Councils on Aging- 50+ Job Seekers: https://50plusjobseekers.org/
PROFESSIONALS RETURNING AFTER EXTENDED FAMILY LEAVE
  1. Reachire: https://www.reachire.com/
  2. Working Mother: https://www.workingmother.com/
  3. The Mom Project: https://themomproject.com/
  4. In Her Sight: https://www.inhersight.com/
  5. Moms Can & Co.: https://www.momscan.co/
  6. The Second Shift: https://www.thesecondshift.com/
  7. Flex Jobs: https://www.flexjobs.com/
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF CISS - INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

F-1 EMPLOYMENT DURING COVID19

AVOID COVID-19 SCAMS
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Government agencies are receiving reports about scammers offering COVID-19 tests in an attempt to steal personal and financial information. If you receive a call or email or see an online advertisement from someone offering COVID-19 tests, please do not respond; this is fraudulent activity. If you are feeling unwell, please call your doctor’s office. Your doctor will determine if you need a COVID-19 test and direct you to the appropriate facility.

Link to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care