Texas Career Development Association

COVID-19 Resources

The Texas Career Development Association in coordination with the Texas Tech University Career Center has created this list of resources for those seeking employment during and post COVID-19.

Autonomy

Career autonomy is the extent to which students understand their freedom and discretion in establishing and impacting the pace, shape, and direction of their careers. Build your career autonomy in the following ways:

Take available assessments

Take assessments through your campus career services or online. Determine your personality, interests, values and aptitudes, and learn how they relate to your personal career development.

Meet with career counselor

Meet with a career counselor. Seek out your own college or university’s career services center and make an appointment with a career counselor for career exploration. 

Wellness

Wellness involves taking care of yourself through self-care practices and engagement in your communities. 

Practice self-care and healthy habits

Practice self-care and healthy habits, such as eating healthy, practicing sleep hygiene, exercising regularly, building your friendships, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Other tips include:

Identify and utilize campus resources

Identify and utilize campus resources. Most college campuses will offer multiple programs and services oriented to improving your holistic development.

Community involvement

Become involved in your community. Volunteer opportunities abound in your own community and may be found locally or online.

Marketability

Gain information about your areas of interest as well as projected marketability in the short- and long-term future for your chosen fields.

Research & network to build contacts

Research individuals and companies of interest. Network with others to build contacts. Contact professionals working in your field of interest. Request an informational interview from the person in the occupation you seek.  

Gain experience in part-time jobs

Gain knowledge and practical experience through part-time employment. Reach out to your campus’ career services for job search opportunities. Seek positions in which you gain transferable skills to your career choices.

Create a LinkedIn account

Create a LinkedIn account and invest time in tutorials that will help you create an account that attracts recruiters.

Adaptability

Resilience and adaptability are key components of coping during a pandemic. Think outside of the box and pursue opportunities in the short-term that will allow you to grow toward the future. 

Pursue multiple forms of learning

Pursuing multiple forms of learning can help you boost your resume. Check out the resources below.

Consider contract projects, temporary work

Consider temporary work.

Resource created by TCDA and the Texas Tech University Career Center.