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COVID-19 Resources

UPDATE: As of Fall quarter 2021, UW has safely returned to in-person learning and activities. While Foster Career Services is able to accommodate on-campus interviews and events, we will also be hosting many of our own events virtually and are here to help any employers doing the same. Please email [email protected] for additional tips and resources.

Dear Employer Partners,

As of Sept 10th, 2021, all classroom instruction and operations have safely returned to an in-person environment at The University of Washington. Please note, the current campus policy requires masks indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, and also requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated.

While Foster Career Services and students may be back on campus, we know that many employers are not. We look forward to helping connect you with Foster talent whether that is virtually or in-person. In order to support a virtual partnership, we have three requests:

  1. If you will be hosting your interviews virtually this Fall, and don’t plan on using Handshake’s candidate scheduling system for them, we would still appreciate knowing what you’re interviewing for and on which dates. This helps us track industry trends, educate students, and guide other companies. Please email these details to [email protected] to share, and thank you.
  2. If you have current openings at your company that you are still planning to fill with Undergrads or Specialized Master’s, we strongly recommend posting to Handshake. Once posted (Handshake or otherwise), please consider sending the link to [email protected]and we will distribute to our team of career coaches and targeted student communication channels.
  3. If there are any updates to your recruitment plans that will impact students (i.e. changes to offers, start dates, internship programs, etc.) we would appreciate hearing from you so we can support students through these changes. Please email us at [email protected]and a member of our team will follow up as soon as possible.

Foster Career Services will continue to host our own recruiting events and provide opportunities for employers to engage virtually. For Fall 2021, the only in-person engagement opportunities for employers include on-campus interviews and employer-led events. Scroll down for more information on each.

Below our signature, we have provided an FAQ to help answer questions you may have during this period of adjustment. We thank you for your incredible patience and flexibility as we all still navigate these strange times.

Sincerely,
Foster Career Services

FAQ’s

Where can I find out more information and follow updates on UW operations?

As this situation remains fluid, the best source of up-to-date information for the University of Washington is always uw.edu/coronavirus. In addition, our central Career & Internship Center has created a broader UW-wide Employer FAQ site. However, please continue to read on for more Foster-specific information.

How and when can I contact Foster Career Services?

Our team of career coaches and employer relations will be working a hybrid schedule during the hours of 8am – 5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8am – 4:30pm (Fridays). Some may be in the office, some may be working remotely, depending on the day. The best way to get in touch is by emailing [email protected]. You are also welcome to call and leave a message at 206-221-5054, however, please note voicemail responses may be delayed.

How has the hybrid model impacted campus recruiting?

COVID-19 has impacted employers and the UW in a variety of ways. While each company and industry has been impacted differently, recruiting and engagement activities are continuing for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is being achieved through various virtual formats, including virtual fairs, networking events, and student programming. Foster Career Services will continue to host their own recruiting events and provide opportunities for employers to engage virtually. To find out about upcoming opportunities, please contact [email protected] to sign up for our employer communications. For Fall 2021, the only in-person engagement opportunities for employers include on-campus interviews and employer-led events (see below for more details). Whatever path your company takes, the Foster Career Center is here to help you navigate this hybrid environment.

Do you have suggestions on how to continue to engage with Foster students virtually?

We still suggest offering Interviews, Office Hours, and Events (info sessions, Q&A, company tours, etc), just virtually. See below for more information on these suggestions and check out these resources: Tips for Hosting Virtual Events from Handshake and Hosting Virtual Interviews at Foster.

  • Virtual Interviews, option 1: Candidates are selected from and scheduled via the Handshake platform. If you would like to utilize the Handshake platform to set up your virtual interview schedule, request a Preselect interview schedule and Alisha ([email protected]) will reach out to finalize all details. For a smooth transition into a virtual format, we recommend sending log-in or phone call instructions to your selected candidates. Once your interviews are complete, we ask that you send through the status of your appointments (who you “met” with, which needed to be rescheduled, and if there were any no shows).
  • Virtual Interviews, option 2: Employers coordinate all interview selections and scheduling. If you are hosting – and coordinating – your own virtual interviews, please consider sharing your interview details with us (date of interview, position(s) applied for, name/email of who you interviewed). We can create a “room only” interview schedule for you in Handshake and “check in” these students for future reference. This data would be valuable for our career center to track interview activity for our own records.
  • Office Hours: If you would like to utilize the Handshake platform to advertise and schedule 1:1 office hours with students, you can do so! “Request an Interview” from your home page and select “Open” as the format. Please email [email protected] for next steps, as this process has a specific set of instructions.
  • Virtual Event Ideas: There are multiple types of virtual events that companies can host in order to engage with students. Handshake offers the ability to post ‘virtual events’, which is the best method for ensuring students are aware of your event. The following are a few suggestions:
    1. Host a virtual info session to discuss opportunities and provide time for Q&A
    2. Host virtual coffee chats (not 1:1)
    3. Host a virtual company tour
    4. Host a webinar to support student development of soft or technical skills

How do I request a virtual event?

Log into your Handshake account and select “Request an Event” at the top of your home page. Be sure to select “Virtual: My company is hosting this event virtually”, as pictured below. Best practice is to include your company name in the title and, in the description, who your event is targeted to (ex: all Foster students, marketing majors, juniors, etc), especially since students are not able to filter virtual events by specific career center in this format. See this Submitting Virtual Events at Foster guide for additional best practices and instructions

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Which platforms do you suggest we use to connect with students for virtual interviews and events?

You are welcome to use your company’s preferred system, however if you are looking for outside resources, please note all UW students have access to Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet with their UW email address.

We are considering a virtual internship program. Do you have any resources to help us with this process?

The central UW Career & Internship Center has created a one-pager on “Developing Remote Internships” here, and posted a webinar recording on “How to Be an Awesome Intern Manager” here.

Handshake has an Employer Resource page for going digital here and a helpful Holistic Guide to Recruiting From Home PDF.

Check out this Forbes.com article from Garrett Lord, Co-founder and CEO of Handshake for a good read on how to adjust your recruiting strategy in the coming months: Your Revised Early Talent Hiring Playbook For 2020 And Beyond.

What if I want to come to campus to host an in-person event or interviews?

Employers are still welcome to come to campus for events or on-campus interviews if you so choose and can do so safely. If you are planning on engaging with us on campus, please be aware of the following:
Please take note of any current UW masking policies that may be in place. For example, as of August 2021, UW now requires face coverings indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Events will be restricted to room capacity only (no additional standing room) and interviews will be allowed only with the caveat that you will accommodate any student who requests a virtual appointment without repercussion.

Interviews will be set up in our larger (and sanitized) interview spaces and additional cleaning supplies will be provided.

Events:

Log into your Handshake account and select “Create an Event” at the top of your home page. Be sure to select “On-campus” or “Off-Campus” (ex: at a local restaurant or at your offices) on the form. Select “Foster Career Center” if your event is targeted towards business students. Best practice is to include your company name in the title and, in the description, who your event is targeted to (ex: all Foster students, marketing majors, juniors, etc). Events will be reviewed and, if approved, a room number will be assigned and a confirmation email with more details will be sent.

Please note, Foster will only take into consideration in-person events that are hosted Mon – Thurs 12:30pm – 1:20pm or after 5:20pm. To inquire about hosting your event outside of those days/times, email [email protected] so we can check availability.

On-Campus Interviews:

Log into your Handshake account and select “Request an Interview” at the top of your home page. Be sure to select “Foster Career Center” if your job posting(s) is/are targeted towards business students. Best practice is to include a description that explains what the format will be (ex: “Candidates will meet with one interviewer for 45 minutes” or “Candidates will meet back-to-back with two recruiters for 30 minutes with each.”) Interviews will be reviewed and, if approved, a confirmation email with more details will be sent. In this email you will be able to review your deadlines and day-of schedule and work with our team to make any changes you’d like.

How do I get even more details if I have other Handshake questions?

Foster Career Services has created an in-depth guide for you! Handshake also has a robust Employer Help Center at your disposal.