Fall 2020 FAQs

SuccessWorks continues to advise students and support employers’ hiring goals during Fall 2020. All career & internship advising, employer consultations and events are being conducted virtually or by phone.

Stay well, and stay connected to SuccessWorks.

Student FAQs

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How do L&S students get career & internship advising?

All career & internship advising is currently being conducted online via Google Hangouts or by phone. No matter where you are, we’re here for you.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule a 30-minute advising appointment online or by phone to get help with whatever you need to take your next steps to success. Our Career & Internship Specialists are here to help.

Same Day Appointments

Chat with an advisor for quick resume and cover letter reviews or questions in a 15-minute appointment. More info coming soon!

Can I visit SuccessWorks in the University Book Store?

The SuccessWorks office on the third floor the University Book Store is closed, but advisors are working remotely to help with all your career & internship questions. Make an appointment, connect with virtual drop-in advising, or just send us an email!

Make an appointment

Is SuccessWorks hosting virtual events or workshops?

There are tons of great virtual events and opportunities this fall. Check out our Fall Career Focus Weeks to explore SuccessWorks-sponsored Career Fairs and opportunities to connect with resume and cover letter workshops, virtual interviews, and virtual visits with employers.

Lots of employers are offering their own virtual workshops and info sessions. Check out Handshake for these events.

I'm just starting my job or internship search. What should I do?

Lots of job and internship hiring processes are currently virtual, and there are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to go:

First, check out our Fall Career Focus Weeks to learn about virtual career fairs, events, and opportunities this fall.

Learn about navigating Virtual Career Fairs this fall.

Activate your Handshake account, and make sure it’s up to date. Get started here. 

  • If you’re looking for remote job or internship opportunities, use these search labels:
    • Remote internship
    • Remote full-time

Explore Career Communities to get familiar with resources and opportunities in the areas of your interest. Each Community has an advisor ready to chat with you one-on-one. Explore Career Communities.

Make an appointment with an advisor, or do a virtual drop-in appointment. Get started.

Check out our guide to searching for internships during COVID-19.

Brush up on our other Tips & Tools for the search, interview and acceptance process:

I'm in the middle of an application or interview process for a job or internship. What should I know?

Many companies are continuing to conduct interviews virtually. As you set up your interviews, learn what audio or video technology they’re using for interviews, make sure these are set up on your computer well in advance of your interview, and practice with friends and family. 

Start here for basics on how to prepare for your interview. 

Dig into specifics on preparing for virtual interviews online or by phone.

You may have questions about how COVID-19 response is affecting job or internship start dates, company policies or operations. These are great questions to ask, and we recommend asking them after the employer you’re interviewing with has extended an offer.

Are companies hiring right now?

Many companies are still moving ahead with job and internship hiring. Check out Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fairs for opportunities to connect with employers.

Stay up-to-date by researching positions on Handshake and seek advice from SuccessWorks Career & Internship Advisors. 

Also check out our guide to navigating internships during COVID-19 for more tips on finding positions in the current market.

Can I network during social distancing?

Absolutely. So much networking is already done online, so this transition may be easier than you think! Plus, we’re all reaching out virtually to friends and family more than ever. Badger alumni and other people in your network will likely welcome new chances to share their wisdom with you in this period of social distancing. 

For help getting started, check out our tips and tools for how to start networking and setting up informational interviews. 

Employer FAQs

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How do I recruit students at UW-Madison and keep my hiring strategy updated?

As campus has transitioned to remote instruction and remote work, SuccessWorks continues to fully serve employers and students. While our office on the third floor of University Book Store is closed, student advising and programming is being conducted virtually, as we prepare students for their job and internship searches.

We’re ready to offer employers technological support, virtual engagement planning for fall or spring, and general recruitment consultation. Please reach out when you’re ready to talk strategy, approach, or schedule.

Contact Nate Doolin, Recruiting & Events Coordinator – ndoolin@wisc.edu

Learn more about how SuccessWorks serves the recruiting needs of employers.

How can I connect with students for networking and info sessions?

We’re eager to help you get started with fall semester recruitment planning, including virtual offerings. Please reach out when you’re ready to talk strategy, approach, or schedule. We are also seeking companies interested in presenting to students on a number of professional development topics virtually in the fall.

Contact Nate Doolin, Recruiting & Events Coordinator – ndoolin@wisc.edu

Learn more about how SuccessWorks serves the recruiting needs of employers.

How can I increase my organization's brand exposure with students off campus?

During this period of virtual engagement and shifting hiring trends, SuccessWorks Employer Partnerships offer more value than ever.  Elevate your brand and build a long-lasting, ROI-driven recruiting relationship with the largest school at UW-Madison. Employer Partners get unparalleled access to talented pool of 16,000 undergraduate students from 64 undergraduate majors.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a SuccessWorks Employer Partner.

L&S Faculty & Staff FAQs

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How do I connect L&S students with career & internship advising?

All career & internship advising is currently being conducted online via Google Hangouts or by phone. No matter where you are, we’re here for you.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule a 30-minute advising appointment online or by phone to get help with whatever you need to take your next steps to success. Our Career & Internship Specialists are here to help.

Same Day Appointments

Chat with an advisor for quick resume and cover letter reviews or questions in a 15-minute appointment. More info coming soon!

How can I add career development to virtual cousework?

SuccessWorks offers a number of ways to make career development work a part of your instruction. See our page of resources for faculty and staff for a resume workshop Canvas Module and class assignment ideas. 

Can I request a virtual workshop or presentation?

Definitely! Invite an advisor or staff member from SuccessWorks to give a custom virtual presentation on career readiness to your class, group or organization. This is another great way to cover an unexpected absence from class, or to bring career learning to the students you instruct in classes, student orgs or other areas.

Make your workshop or presentation request. 

Are employers hiring right now?

The job and internship market is changing, but many employers are hiring. Fall is typically the busiest hiring season for employers hiring L&S students, so students should check out Fall Career Focus Weeks to explore virtual career fairs, employer networking, alumni networking and advisor support focused on specific industries and occupations. 

Explore Fall Career Focus Weeks.

Any students with questions about the current job/internship market can be directed to SuccessWorks advising.

What should students who are currently searching for jobs and internships do?

With nearly all recruitment and many positions going virtual, students’ virtual presence is more important than ever. SuccessWorks info and advising can help students make the most of Handshake, LinkedIn, virtual career fairs, virtual interviews and networking.

Here’s what we’re sharing with students:

Lots of job and internship hiring processes are going virtual, and there are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to go:

Explore Fall Career Focus Weeks to find virtual career fairs in a number of fields & occupations, plus alumni and employer networking in these areas.

Activate your Handshake account, and make sure it’s up to date. Get started here. 

  • If you’re looking for remote job or internship opportunities, use these search labels:
    • Remote internship
    • Remote full-time

Explore Career Communities to get familiar with resources and opportunities in the areas of your interest. Each Community has an advisor ready to chat with you one-on-one. Explore Career Communities.

Make an appointment with an advisor, or do a virtual drop-in appointment. Get started.

Brush up on our Tips & Tools for the search, interview and acceptance process:

What do international students need to know about CPT?

Whether their internships have been converted to virtual or cancelled, International students whose internship plans have changed may need to update their CPT with International Student Services.