Access the Hart Career Center Remotely
Illinois Wesleyan University and the Hart Career Center are committed to the health
and safety of all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers. We encourage you
to use our services and refer to the resources below as you pursue opportunities and
navigate this new virtual era during the ongoing pandemic.
Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to be held in-person or virtually. Any
questions about your career path, the job search, grad school applications, and any
other career-related topic - we are here to help!
All of our events have gone virtual for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. All students, alumni,
faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. View our event calendar and access our event recordings on Google Drive.
Virtual Career Development Resources
During this time of increasing virtual engagement, it is important to have a professional
online presence. Check out LinkedIn for Students and these guides to utilizing the platform:
We encourage you to explore online certifications as professional development in lieu
of conferences/conventions. You can do these at your own pace and use them to strengthen your resume. See below
for a few sites to explore for general skills and certifications specific to your
field of interest.
Info Sessions & Career Fairs
Employers are now hosting information sessions, recruiting events, and career fairs
online. These virtual events offer greater accessibility to connect with companies
that you previously may not have been able to consider. To view virtual events that
employers have shared with IWU, visit Handshake's events page. You may also want to explore Handshake's career fair page to utilize the new virtual fair tool for employers and graduate/professional schools.
The Job Market
While this is an uncertain time with the economy, employers are hiring. The hiring
process and the opportunities available have shifted, but companies are still posting
on Handshake and other sites. Activate or login to Handshake by using your IWU netID and password.
On Handshake, employers connect with IWU to share postings for our students and alumni
to see. You can apply for jobs directly through our Handshake posting database or
via the external links the postings will direct you to.
How can you prepare for a digital or phone interview?
You can use our online resource, Big Interview, to record yourself answering industry specific questions. You can create a free
account. We also have interview resources in our Handshake resource library here. A Hart Career Center staff would also be happy to take you through a practice phone
or virtual interview (schedule an appointment).
A remote position provides the chance to gain career relevant experience with an organization
where on-site work is limited or not required. This experience can take multiple forms
including, but not limited to, remote internships, project based experiences also
called micro-internships, gig work, etc. These remote experiences are great opportunities
to gain valuable work experience, explore career interests, and further develop skills
that can be useful in your career.
Finding and securing a remote experience in a number of ways mirrors the normal job
search process. Of course, these are not normal times and being able to find some
of these remote experiences may involve searching in other than popular job sites.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when searching for opportunities:
- Keep your resume updated
- Create and complete profiles on the sites that you are applying to (like Handshake
- Look at the experiences you are applying to and evaluate the benefits
- Not every experience is equal, so check carefully
- Be prepared for virtual interviewing to secure the position (practice virtual interviewing)
Refer to the resources below to look for a remote position:
Information about professional healthcare programs - applications, testing, requirements,
etc. - continues to evolve due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Links to some of the latest
resources and updates can be found here:
If you have additional questions, contact Michele Darnell, Pre-health advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can schedule an appointment with Michele through your Handshake account here or calling our office at (309) 556-3071. Please also visit here for more information information on pre-health advising.