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IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM ACAC
Face-to-Face Services have been suspended until further notice. Our staff continues to be available for one-on-one guidance through drop-ins and appointments. Stay safe, stay healthy and be well. You can do this!
 
Zoom into the ACAC Virtual Front Desk Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for quick academic and career related questions.
 
PLEASE NOTE: When entering the Zoom session, you will be placed in a “Waiting Room” in the order arrival. Students will be admitted one at a time. Please have your student ID number ready. Using a webcam is completely optional.
 
Virtual Drop-in Advising is available Monday through Friday. Click HERE to request a Virtual Drop-in.
 
You can also contact the office by voicemail at 707-826-3341 or email at acac@humboldt.edu. Both are managed Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Click here for a quick video about how we can support you remotely with your academic and career needs. Check out additional video content at our ACAC YouTube channel

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The following resources were compiled to help students obtain part-time, local, face-to-face, remote, volunteer, and work-from-home opportunities. There are also tips about remote interviewing, working remotely, other money matters, and self care to help you be successful in these difficult and unprecedented times. 

Onward California

OnwardCA is a one stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes comprehensive information on life essentials, training and job search by county.

Job Search Resources                                    

Part Time Jobs/Local Face to Face Jobs:

The following are part time,  face-to-face job ideas for students, both in Humboldt and in other places:

  • Contact Tracing (high demand opportunity due to COVID-19). Here is one of many sites set up for hiring: https://www.contrace.org/contact-tracing-jobs
  • Grocery stores may be hiring temporary employees
  • Third-party food delivery services (UberEats, DoorDash, InstaCart, etc) DoorDash is hiring in Humboldt
  • Medical scribe companies, such as Helix Scribe Solutions or ScribeAmerica.
  • Tutoring opportunities - since schools are closed, many families seek tutors. Check with neighbors, advertise on personal social media, or join your neighborhood on the Nextdoor app to search for opportunities. Talk to your Career Advisor about strategies for doing this online.
  • Delivery services and online distributors (i.e. FedEx, UPS, Amazon, USPS)

Online Job Searching 

Under normal circumstances, networking leads to more than 70% of hiring as only about 30% of jobs are actually advertised. However, mandatory social distancing necessitates increased online job posting and hiring.  Networking (phone calls, emails, LinkedIN, Zoom, Facebook-very carefully, informational interviews, and virtual networking events and fairs are still important. Focus on creating strong, thoughtful cover letters, resumes, portfolios and samples of your work as in many cases, these documents will now have to do some of your networking for you.

Tips for Job Searching

Handshake

A 24/7 job and internship database that includes on-campus and off-campus, work-study, part-time, full-time, temporary, summer, internship and career positions. It is connected to campuses across the country, so you may find jobs local to where you currently are.

How to get a job on Handshake 

 

How to Find a Local Part-time Job

  • Smart Business Center - Humboldt County: A fairly thorough listing of local employment opportunities, including COVID-19 specific opportunities
  • Local newspaper listings: During this time, and if newspapers are in operation, they will get direct job listings for companies and organizations urgently hiring to meet demand during the COVID-19 response.
  • Craigslist: A go-to place for local hiring, especially the nonprofit sector. Be careful for scams.
  • LinkedIn: Very active job board, networking capabilities, allows you to create a profile.
  • State Job Banks: Every state is required to provide a job board for their employers and job seekers - this page has links to all of them. 
  • Curated job search resources put together by our ACAC advisors: https://acac.humboldt.edu/students/search-industry 
 

Virtual Internships

Numerous opportunities for remote internships, both paid and unpaid.

Remote internship search engines

Tips, advice and information on virtual internships

Alternatives to internships

 

Volunteer and Paid Opportunties Specific to COVID-19

Feeling compeled to help? Looking for opportunities to get involved and build your resume at the same time? From food banks to blood banks, here are some websites that are offering Covid-19 specific volunteer opportunities.

 

Interviews

Resources and best practices to help you prepare for interviews that are not in a traditional in-person interview. There are three different interview formats: virtual/online, phone and digital. 

Virtual/Online Interviews 

Prepare for interviews that are real time, using video and audio on your computer or cell phone. 

Phone Interviews

Prepare for interviews over the phone, with no video. 

Digital Interviews

Prepare for interviews via email or other format that allows for a digital reply.  Employers provide questions and answers are then recorded. 

 

Working Remotely

Advice and tools on how to be successful when working remotely.  

Other Money Matters

These resources include information on financial assistance and other money matters to help students manage their personal finances.

Student Adversity Emergency Grant

Unemployment, Disability and Paid Leave Insurance Benefits

Loans and Payment Extensions

  • Federal and State tax filing deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020
  • Emergency loans are available through HSU Student Financial Services.  Guidelines can be found here.  Visit their website for more information on how to contact them.
  • Call your creditors, mortgage lenders, utility companies, etc., if your income has been impacted by the Coronavirus. They may be able to offer support including deferring payments, or waiving  fees including late, interest, overdraft, non-sufficient funds, monthly maintenance, etc.

HSU Refunds

  • Housing & Dining
    • Prorated refunds of housing fees, dining fees and parking fees for students who leave residence life are available.  
    • Refunds for Housing and Dining fees occur once a student completes the check out process. 
    • If you are on a payment plan, the Housing Cashier will contact you to discuss how this may impact your Housing and Dining accounts.  
      • Refunds may impact your financial aid. Please review your student account on your Student Center or check with the Financial Aid office to see how these transactions may impact you.  Please give staff in Housing, Student Financial Services and Financial Aid 1-2 weeks to process and review your account.
  • Parking: Refunds for all student spring parking permits will be automatically processed through your student account.
  • Child Care:The new California Childcare Portal has been created to help families working in essential fields 
 

Self Care

Self-care is incredibly important. During this stressful time, it is essential that you make yourself a priority.  The following are some tips to help you:

  • Tips:
    • Try to get into a routine that includes showering, getting dressed, making your bed, spending time on class work, meals, and exercise.
    • Incorporate breaks into your routine. Get up and take a walk, stretch, have a reward snack for accomplishing something.
    • Give yourself a break and remember it is an incredibly stressful time and you are doing amazing! 
    • Watch funny videos, limit your news intake, and take advantage of the many free virtual resources such as museums, concerts, fun classes, hobbies, etc.
  • Support and health and wellbeing services are available through HSU. Students who would like to talk with a counselor can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707.826.3236 anytime.
  •  Student Health and Wellbeing Services remains open, and has set up a receiving space out front. 
  • Oh SNAP! Food pantry services continue and HSU will purchase additional food if necessary.
 

Online Learning Resources

This website lists some of the online programs you can use to help with online learning challenges, such as voice to text.

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students

University Business: Free Higher Ed Resources During the Covid-19 Pandemic - Many online learning resources, coping strategies and everything in between.

 

Relief Funds for Workers in California

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund–Cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. 

USBG National Charity Foundation – Bartenders, or the spouse or child of a bartender who have experienced an emergency hardship. Applications are reviewed the week of the 15th of each month (exceptions may be made during times of natural disaster or other crisis events)

Another Round, Another Rally Emergency Assistance – $500 relief grants.  Workers in the hospitality industry, dishwasher, bartender, server, busser, chef, cook, sommelier, manager, host, concierge, cleaning staff, or barback may apply for funds.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund – The Coronavirus Care Fund will provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners. If you are a domestic worker, text RELIEF to 97779 to get updates from NDWA, and find out when the Coronavirus Care Fund applications are ready. 

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – Emergency assistance for those employed by restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier

 

Testing for COVID-19 and Healthcare Access

Everyone, regardless of immigration status, is eligible for testing and treatment of communicable diseases, including coronavirus. COVID-19 testing and treatment is not considered a negative factor in the public charge analysis. See USCIS’ statement here.

COVID-19 testing is entirely free for anyone, regardless of health care coverage status or immigration status.

If you are enrolled in a health plan, it is important that you and your family get the care you need! If you are not insured and need medical care, you have other options:

·         See if you qualify for Medi-Cal (California’s public health insurance program) or a subsidized plan on Covered California.

·         Medi-Cal re-eligibility determinations have been waived through June 17.

·         Look for a public hospital or community health clinic near you with free or low-cost health care services (you can search this website for a center near you).

·         To learn more about your health care coverage options, look here.

For more information on your legal health rights, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information by the Health Consumer Alliance, Protect Your Health by the Protecting Immigrant Families, and Access to Health Care for Immigrants by National Immigration Law Center.

 

Cash and Food Assistance (Food Banks, CalWORKS and CalFRESH)

·  See if you or your children qualify for CalWORKS, a cash assistance program with other services, or CalFresh, food and nutrition services, so that you can get supplemental assistance during this time. Unfortunately, most undocumented immigrants, TPS recipients, and DACA recipients generally are not eligible for CalFresh or CalWORKS, but there are exceptions.

· Even if you don't qualify due to your immigration status, your children may qualify if they are US citizens or have lawful status. These benefits could help your family during this time; You do not have to provide your immigration status if you are undocumented and are applying for these benefits for your children or family member.

· Only the person seeking benefits must provide their citizenship or immigration status. If you are applying on behalf of an eligible family member, such as your child, you only need to share the information for that family member. If you are undocumented and apply for a family member, you should not provide any information about your immigration status. Instead, you can say, "I am not applying for health insurance for myself."

Unemployment Insurance

- For a complete guide to workers' rights and replacement earnings, visit this guide.

· If your employer has reduced your hours or stopped operations due to coronavirus, you may be able to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. You may also be eligible for UI payments if your child’s school or daycare is closed and you have to miss work to care for them.

· To be eligible for UI, you must 1) have had work authorization during the time you earned the wages used to establish your claim and 2) still have work authorization each week in which you are claiming benefits. California allows DACA recipients with unexpired work permits to apply for UI benefits if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

·  California has waived the usual one-week unpaid waiting period for people missing work due to coronavirus. You can collect UI payments for the first week you are out of work.

Paid Sick Leave

· If your employer provides paid sick leave, and you cannot work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, you can use your accrued paid sick leave to continue being paid for the time you miss work. You may also be eligible for Disability Insurance (see below).

· Your employer should provide you with the number of paid sick days you have accrued.

· Citizenship and immigration status does not affect eligibility for paid sick leave.

California State Disability Insurance (SDI)

·  If you cannot work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, you may be able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

· Citizenship and immigration status does not affect eligibility for DI.

· California has waived the usual one-week unpaid waiting period for people missing work due to coronavirus. You can collect DI payments for the first week you are out of work.

California State Paid Family Leave (PFL)

· If you cannot work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, you may be able to file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

·  Citizenship and immigration status does not affect eligibility for PFL.

·  PFL does not have a waiting period for benefits.

·  If eligible, you can receive PFL payments for up to 6 weeks.

Workers' Compensation

·   If you are unable to do your usual job because you contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits such as temporary disability payments or medical treatment.

·  Citizenship and immigration status does not affect eligibility for workers’ compensation.

Protection for Tenants

In California, a landlord may not force a tenant to leave the rental unit without written notices and a court order. A three-day notice simply starts a process that may well take over a month to finish. Do not believe a landlord who is threatening immediate action.