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What help is available for recent college graduates looking for a job during COVID-19

Purdue Fort Wayne is hosting the Mastodon Virtual Career Fair May, 20 from 1- 5 p.m. to help combat the adversity facing recent college graduates trying to find their first job.

Posted: May 19, 2020 6:23 PM
Updated: May 20, 2020 10:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Recent college graduates are entering a job market with fewer jobs available because of COVID-19.

“It's week to week because the companies just don’t know what is going to happen next,” said Susan Byers, Purdue Fort Wayne Career Services Director. “I think that uncertainty is causing businesses to be hesitant to bring on a bunch of new employees.”

Purdue Fort Wayne is hosting the Mastodon Virtual Career Fair May, 20 from 1- 5 p.m. to help combat the adversity facing recent college graduates trying to find their first job.

Cindy Verduce and the Indiana Tech Career Center staff are providing virtual instruction to help students prepare for virtual interviews and other obstacles in the hiring process created by COVID-19.

“I have students who have gotten jobs who never had a face to face interview,” Verduce said. “For some people, this is going to be a really tough situation… that's where we go back to our experience having helped students through these types of events.”

Both career advisors spoke on the importance of students keeping their options open to alternatives such as graduate school, or seeking temporary employment in a different field.

Byers said building a network now will increase the odds for a recent graduate getting a job later.

“Reaching out to people who have positions you would like in the future, doing some informational interviewing, getting to know people, and build your network,” Byers said. “So that six months to a year from now, you are going to be in a better place and have better connections that are going to make it that much easier to land the position you want.”

The Mastodon Virtual Career fair is open to the community and will feature over 30 employers from Northeast Indiana.

If you are a business or job candidate looking to register, click here.

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