5 Ways to Get a Job Right Now

Here’s who is hiring during COVID-19—and here’s how to land the gig.

Featured in this guide:

  1. Start from Scratch: Writing Your Resume & Cover Letter
  2. Update, or Create, Your LinkedIn Profile
  3. Hear Real Job Advice from Real People
  4. Find a Job with These Tools
  5. Additional Career Resources from Our Team & Arcadia University

1. Start from Scratch

Start with developing a sharp resume and writing a professional cover letter. You’ll be sharing your resume with your network and sending personalized cover letters to hiring managers when applying to various jobs—so read our advice, linked above, on how to make each interaction count. 

2. Update, or Create, Your LinkedIn Profile

Not only is LinkedIn a great tool to leverage in your job search, but it’s also a platform to showcase your talents and grow your network.

Whether you’re just beginning to create your profile or you’re looking to spruce things up a bit, we’ve got you covered on everything LinkedIn. Learn about making connections, asking for endorsements, and more, with advice from our team and the pros over at Accolade.

3. Hear Real Job Advice from Real People

At Campus Philly, we often chat with people working in a range of industries to learn and hear about their Philly story. Hearing advice from real people, all working, living, and thriving in the Greater Philadelphia Area, gives us insight into how we can better assist you with our career resources. 

We’ve converted many of these chats into interviews, which you can now read on our site. Here are a few that may be particularly helpful as you search for a gig during this time: 

And, alternatively, what about non-linear career paths? We’ve covered that, too. Hear reassuring and honest stories about careers not going as planned, and how our team, along with how Jess from Energage, persevered every step of the way.

4. Start Here: Find a Job with These Tools

Part One: The Campus Philly Launch Site

The Campus Philly Launch site is a great place to start your job search. Each month we feature a new employer (this month’s is SAP, a world leader in enterprise applications), while each week we update our Top 5 jobs—showcasing to you the new opportunities available on our site.

Create an account (it’s free!) in four easy steps. Then, start searching from tons of jobs from companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area. You’ll find opportunities from bigger companies like Vanguard, to smaller companies like FringeArts, to startups, non-profits, and everything in between.

📸: @rob.focht

Part Two: Additional Job Sites to Use & Companies Hiring Right Now

These are unprecedented times, but companies are still hiring. In fact, Muse has got a whole list on this topic alone, and they’re updating it continuously, as more jobs become available.

So, wherever you are in your job search: Use the tips above, get your career materials in order, utilize our Launch site to search for gigs, and use the below resources to expand your search.

Companies hiring right now on our Launch site:

  • WXPN: WXPN provides high-quality, commercial-free programming that connects audiences with new and significant artists and music.
  • FringeArts: FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that stretches the imagination and defies expectation.
  • Scholastic Book Fairs: Scholastic Corporation is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media.
  • Vanguard: Vanguard’s mission is to take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success.
  • Pop! Promos: Pop! provides creative, fully customized and color-matched promotional products to the top companies in the world.
  • And many more! Check out all the companies hiring on our site here.

More job sites to leverage:

5. More Career Resources

1. Start by reading our Spring 2020 Resource Guide

The Campus Philly Resource Guide covers a little bit of everything, from advice on completing coursework online and understanding student loan relief, to utilizing our career resources and finding ways to stay active during this time.

We’ve listed some additional ways to elevate your professional expertise, with Wells Fargo’s webinar series or free courses from Elastic, all featured in the Guide.

2. Then, get career planning support from Arcadia University’s Office of Career Education.

Arcadia University has provided an overview of how COVID-19 is impacting employers to help you better understand the hiring outlook and economic landscape. Read through their guide today, featuring practical advice to help you manage your career planning over the next few months, with:

3. And, once you land your virtual interview, nail it with these tips.

We’re in the midst of unprecedented times, and though common, virtual interviewing has become the new standard—and we want you to have all the tools you need to succeed. We’ve compiled our advice on nailing your virtual interview, along with some tips from the experts at VanguardShift Profile, and Juno!

Plus, you can check out a recorded version of our first Campus Philly Conversation, where we chat all things virtual interviewing and more with Anna Papalia of Shift Profile.

Bonus: Join Us for Campus Philly Conversations

Campus Philly Conversations

Take a break from baking bread (because that’s a thing we’re all doing now…) or binging Tiger King on Netflix—and join us instead! Our Campus Philly Conversations for college students are quick and fun, and will take place on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST.

We’re planning to cover everything. From virtual events and Philly experiences you can enjoy from home, to finding a job in the midst of COVID-19 and checking off the ultimate Philly Food Bucket List, and all the things in between.

JOIN US! Check out our full lineup of Campus Philly Conversations today, and follow us on Instagram for announcements on upcoming conversations. See you there!