Employment Resources During COVID-19

COVID Resources

Resources for Employment During COVID-19

Filling for Unemployment Insurance

If you have recently lost employment, have to quarantine/isolate, or your place of employment was forced to close due to COVID-19 access the RI Resources for Unemployment

Employee Health & Safety

During this unprecedented pandemic, your health and safety at work is important. If you feel your employer is not following COVID safety measures, these resources will provide you up-to-date state regulations and resources. 

Workplace Safety

Career Development Center Support

If you are a RIC student currently looking for employment you have free access to our Handshake database, which is monitored by Career Counselors at our center. 

You can also use the free database for job searching provided by the State of Rhode Island. 

Both are user friendly! 

RI DLT: COVID-19 Temporary Worker Program

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) received a Disaster National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund approximately 43,000 hours of temporary labor for local businesses and employers providing essential services during this period of national emergency. Utilization of this program will come at little to no cost to employers. DLT has partnered with Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) to assist in the implementation of this program. Employers interested in utilizing this program to request temporary workers apply here

Back to Work RI

Back to Work RI connects Rhode Islanders with job opportunities in vibrant sectors across the state, and provides the resources and training you need to pursue those opportunities. By partnering directly with businesses, you and other Rhode Islanders can be ready for the roles that companies are looking to fill today--giving our residents, our businesses, and out state an unmistakable advantage coming out of the COVID-1 crisis. 

Job Board

Connecting with a Career Counselor 

On Handshake make an appointment with one of our Career Counselors if you need help navigating any of these resources! We are currently scheduling virtual appointments and are here to help! 

Now, more than ever, there are job scams targeting individuals through email as well as through online media like Instagram, Facebook, and more.  The articles below provide a checklist for you to use to make sure a job posting is legitimate. During this pandemic people may take advantage of the opportunity to scam. Scams include sending a text, emailing, or calling people regarding employment opportunities, stimulus check refunds, vaccine or testing kits and /or making requests for cash and donations. If such an offer sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

Be careful and read the tips provided by 211 on avoiding cyber-crime and if you are unsure, contact a Career Counselor for a second opinion!

Typical Warning Signs of a Job Scam

Cyber Security


Vault gives you access to premiere content and our career library. 

The Vault portal how has a designated coronavirus landing page. This new feature contains updated content to support students during these challenging times. It's a one-stop shop for career research.

Access is through Handshake -- in the Career Resources section. 


Students seeking employment can complete a profile and start networking with numerous job recruiters on this site. 

Virtual Resume Review

Schedule remote resume review with our staff on Handshake or Starfish. 

What resources are available to job seekers with disabilities

State vocational rehabilitation agencies are great resources for job seekers with disabilities. Massachusetts agencies are up and running remotely. Other states likely are as well. To learn more visit: 

  • Guide to Graduating During COVID-19: Guide to help students as they enter the workforce in the age of Covid-19. This guide includes short and long-term action steps 

  • Candor: User submitted data listing which companies are still hiring and which have frozen hiring. 

  • TalentBoard: If you've had your job offer rescinded, you can create a profile, attach your resume and it will be shared with recruiters. 

  • COVINTERN: Get connected with remote internships at top startups and companies. 

Stay Connected & Take Care of You!

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We assist undergraduate students in determining choice of major and career and work with both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates in developing the professional skills that will lead to their success.