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Alumni: Navigating Your Career Through COVID-19 

Updated 5/7/20

Navigating Your Career Through COVID-19

At the Purchase College Career Development Center, we take pride in providing quality career development assistance for current students and recent graduates.

  • Recent graduates (degree completed in last 3 years), have access that includes
    many of the same valuable services and career support you had access to as a student.
  • Graduates from Purchase (degree completed 3 or more years ago), can also access a variety of career resources , events and services including free access to Purchase JobScore for jobs and other opportunities.

The Career Center site has current and informative content to assist you with your career and professional development. Here are some strategies and resources that you may find helpful during these highly challenging times:

Update your Resume

Create customized versions of your resume, modified for different career paths and pursuits. Be open to opportunities outside of your current career objectives.  Add keywords from your research for various job postings. 

Create or Improve your LinkedIn profile

Optimize your LinkedIn profile for network building, employer engagement, and job search. Check the Career Development events page for special events to strengthen your network outside of social media. View our Maximize LinkedIn workshop presented by Chaim Shapiro, a national speaker and trainer on LinkedIn.

Learn New Skills, Increase Marketability 

Identify any gaps in your skill set and complete an online course to improve your skills. Micro credentialing through virtual projects and experience can also add to your profile and marketability. (i.e. LinkedIn Learning, TedTalks, Udemy, Coursera, edX, Harvard Free Courses, Open Yale Courses, etc.)

Network and Connect with Former Classmates and Colleagues

Use LinkedIn, Buzzfile, and the Purchase Alumni Mentor Network to engage with individuals and affinity groups. Engage by commenting on threads and share relevant articles with your LinkedIn network. Join Purchase College Mentor Network for access to recent and more experienced alumni. Find other opportunities and events using, CDC LinkedIn page and through other groups on LinkedIn.  

Master the Art of Online/Video Interviews

Strengthen your interview pitch using InterviewStream for mock interview practice with over a robust array of pre-recorded interview questions for the job/internship search, grad/ professional school interviews or simply improving your interview skills.  If your Purchase credentials no longer are active and you can’t access the registration information please email career.development@purchase.edu

Utilize Purchase JobScore

Reactivate your Purchase JobScore access (email career.development@purchase.edu) for the Career Center’s online job and internship platform. Local and nationwide opportunities are available to all alumni at no cost.

Research Employers and Organizations

Stay current and informed on organizations and opportunities as they emerge. Find and explore employers by name, location, and industry:
Buzzfile - Explore employers by major
Vault - Employer information by industry and jobs
Financial Job Network - Financial industry information and jobs
US Department of Commerce - Bureau of Economic Analysis
US Census Bureau - Foreign Trade regulations and information
Glassdoor - Research employee reviews, salaries, and interview questions.
CandidCareer - Thousands of interviews with professionals in a wide variety of careers

Additional career resources can be found on our job search, career exploration, and self-marketing pages.  

Take Things a Day at a Time

During a crisis, its easy to become overwhelmed with virtual information and the “new normal” you are asked to adapt to - try not to tackle everything at once. Take care of yourself and stay healthy - begin to gain support using our website to find supportive resources and opportunities. For further information on services for alumni, email career.development@purchase.edu

Additional Career Resources

New York Hire Now - From the New York Department of Labor
Nonprofit Westchester - Job openings of NPW member organizations
CareerOneStop - Career coaching and career and job search resources
Westchester-Putnam Career Center Network - Employment and Career Resource Center
Department of Labor - Free training program support while collecting unemployment
Dept of Labor Self-Employment - Self-employment Assistance Program
Westchester Score - FREE resources for small businesses
Boldly - Remote W2 positions for candidates with a minimum 7 years experience.  
Companies Still Hiring During COVID-19