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​Resources for EMPLOYMENT During COVID-19

We are here to help. Visit this page for resources that may help you with various needs that you may have related to the impacts of COVID. Watch for upcoming programming designed to help you with your job search.


Filing 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, use this link to access RI resources for unemployment.

Employee Health and Safety: During this unprecedented pandemic, your health and safety at work is important.  If you feel your employer is not following COVID safety measures, this link provides up to date state regulations and resources.  Workplace Safety


RIC Career Center: 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 the Center. You can also use the free database provided by the State of Rhode Island.  Both are user friendly! If you do not have an account you can easily register for both in a few minutes! 


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 can apply here.

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 our state an unmistakable advantage coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.

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Connecting with a RIC Career Counselor: On Handshake make an appointment with a Career Counselor if you need help navigating any of these resources! We are currently scheduling virtual appointments and are here to help! Coming soon – virtual drop-in hours! Watch for details.


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 at the following link  Of course, if you are unsure, contact a Career Counselor for a second opinion! 

Typical Warning Signs of a Job Scam


Vault - access to premium content – Career Library

The Vault portal now 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.

LinkedIn - 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 at the Career Center. 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.



L4L community resource link:

RIC Remote Everyday Support

Community Resources Document Coronavirus

RIC COVID Response Page

Health Services

Counseling Center

Page last updated: December 10, 2020