Frequently asked questions in response to COVID-19

Are employers still recruiting?

Many employers are still recruiting for graduate roles but holding video interviews and running virtual assessment centres; with some considering postponing start dates until the situation is more clear. The Careers & Employability Service are working hard to source graduate roles, part-time jobs and even summer roles to keep our students and graduates employed which will be advertised on the JobShop here: https://careers.hud.ac.uk/student/login.html.

 

Is it safe to go to Interview or Assessment centres?

If you are experiencing any symptoms then you must not go to an interview or assessment centre. Please contact the employer, explain that you are self-isolating, and discuss rearranging your interview or assessment centre.

If you are feeling well then speak with employers about their health, safety, and social distancing measures. It may be that you can attend remotely.

 

Is the Careers Service still available to help me?

Yes, our careers team are still working, just remotely. You are welcome to send us a message through our queries page which we’ll respond to electronically. You can also do career research online using our resources on MyCareerPlus and MyCareer Resource Hub and the Prospects website.  You can prepare for the recruitment process using our guides on CVsapplicationsonline tests and interviews which can be found throughout the website. And of course, our online JobShop with its searchable database of local, national and international opportunities is fully functioning: https://careers.hud.ac.uk/student/login.html

 

What can I do to make myself more employable during the crisis?

If you are not in an at-risk group and you have no symptoms of the virus then you could volunteer to support others during this crisis. In Huddersfield, contact Volunteering Kirklees to find out how you can get involved. You can learn business, IT and creative skills through LinkedIn Learning which you have free access to as a student. Other options include: doing paid online work; improving your commercial awareness; and developing your portfolio.  We’ve written a blog on five things you can do to build your employability skills during this time, this article can be found on our blog.

 

How can I present myself effectively through video, Zoom or Skype?

First, make sure that you know how to log on and that the video and microphone on your computer are working. Think about where you will sit for the interview.  What is the background that the employer will see?  How can you make sure you won’t be disturbed by other people or pets in the house?  Prepare as you would for a face to face interview, it is ok to have some bullet points written in front of you.  Try recording yourself beforehand, do you fidget whilst you speak?  What is your body language? Finally, remember to dress smartly, smile and make eye contact. For further information and to practice your interview skills visit MyCareer Plus and MyCareer Resource Hub

 

Can I still apply for Postgraduate courses?

Yes. Universities are accepting applications as usual, but replacing on-campus information events for applicants, with virtual events. For example, the University of Huddersfield has said: ‘Due to the developing situation surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, the Open Day on Saturday 27 June has been cancelled. We don't want you to miss out on seeing what Huddersfield has to offer, so we're creating a online Open Day that you'll be able to take part in during Summer 2020. We'd love it if you'd join us and we'll keep you up to date with how you can get involved.’

Remember, if you are thinking of applying for PG courses the Careers Service can help you consider the pros and cons and research your options as normal.

 

All other questions can be raised via ‘Submit a Query’ on MyCareer, have a look through the Careers Service webpages for resources and advice.