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  • Career Services Blog: February 2016
    make your chances of getting summer employment higher How to Prepare Preparing for your job search can seem difficult at times Drop by the Career Resource Centre or email us at Career brocku ca for interview tips and job search strategies to help you land a summer job that you enjoy Lydia Collins Career Assistant English Language and Literature Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 17 PM 13 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2016 Brock University careerzone future job search Lydia Collins off campus on campus job online job search preparation preparing to meet with employers social media summer summer jobs Monday February 22 2016 Resume Reviews Why You Should Get One Getting your resume reviewed is crucial in today s competitive job market A second set of eyes never hurts and can also help with figuring out whether or not your resume is appropriate for the job you are applying for However many neglect this step in the resume editing process Why Because many of us don t have the time Job hunting can take hours and writing personalized cover letters and tailoring your resume can be a job within itself Luckily most post secondary institutions including Brock offer review services to make sure your documents are looking good before you start applying to different positions Here are THREE reasons you should utilize resume review services 1 Subjectivity When we as individuals are working on and editing our resumes we often times overlook obvious errors simply because we are being subjective Perhaps we might even avoid being too hard on ourselves since the job market is hard enough sometimes But this subjectivity can lead to missing things which could make or break the strength of an application Spelling errors typos and alignment are the three most common errors made when creating resumes Getting a quick review can help prevent a small mistake from costing you the job of your dreams 2 Content Many of us have the standard categories in our resumes Work Experience Volunteer Experience Education However there are many other categories which can be utilized Getting your resume reviewed may open your eyes to new headings you can utilize to highlight your experiences For example having a Special Skills section is a great way to highlight language and technical skills 3 Opportunities If you are working on your resume right now chances are it is because you are looking for paid or volunteer opportunities By getting your resume reviewed you can not only ensure you are representing your skills and experiences in the best way possible but you can also find out about opportunities through simply visiting a career centre Our Career Assistant team at Brock is super knowledgeable about current and upcoming opportunities and we love helping students find that perfect position that suits their unique needs So what are you waiting for Look up your nearest career resource centre and get your resume reviewed

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  • Career Services Blog: January 2016
    you need any help trying to customize your resume and cover letter just remember these tips If you need a little more guidance or would like someone to edit your documents drop by the career resource centre at Brock University and we can help you portray your best you Anthony Mancuso 4th Year Honours Bachelor of Sport Management Lead Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 29 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Anthony Mancuso career cover letter jobs Master Resume resume tailoring Monday January 18 2016 What Can I Do With My Degree So you want to be a lawyer or the Prime Minister This is often the comment I get from people when I tell them I am a political science major As someone who works in a Career Services department and who has no interest in entering politics or law this is an incredibly frustrating statement For those of us in the social sciences and humanities we and society in general often minimize our job prospects to the handful of well known careers in our respective fields For instance those in psychology may believe that they can only be psychologists Those in history may believe they can only be historians archaeologists or archivists Those in English may believe they are on a path to becoming authors For those like me in political science we often assume our degree will lead to a life of long hours travel and scandal as politicians or as a lawyer We seem too focused on jobs that incorporate the knowledge we gain in our degrees This may be the case for those in other faculties and science math based programs For instance most students in the Faculty of Education want to become teachers while many people in the nursing program have ambitions to become nurses or healthcare providers However for those of us in the social sciences and humanities our job prospects are not as cut and dry and for many of us we have no idea what we want to do after we graduate Adding to this frustration of seeing those in other programs know what they want to do the countless studies and articles written about degree career prospects all show that we as social science and humanities students are doomed to be unemployed after graduation and suffer a lifetime of under employment What is the purpose then of our degree Did we waste all our money and time Short answer NO A popular question we get as Career Assistants in the Resource Centre is what can I do with my degree To this I often ask if they know who Martin Dempsey is Dempsey is a US General and former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reporting to the Secretary of Defence and the US President As one of the highest ranking military officials in the United States Dempsey holds a Master s degree in Literature

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  • Career Services Blog: December 2015
    for productivity Use these opportunities to your advantage to not only show that you are a hard working capable and valuable employee but also to highlight that you have initiative and you are not afraid to use it Following Leading At any new job we must shadow more seasoned employees and ask questions in order to learn more about our position But once comfortable flex those leadership skills Take on a project or ask your superiors for opportunities to take on new tasks or be the leader for a particular initiative Never be afraid to ask for leadership opportunities within your position it shows that you are not afraid of a challenge which is something all employers love to see in their employees If you find out your seasonal position will end soon even after you ve done all that you can to make it permanent keep the below tip in mind It s Not You It s Me Remember that many employers might not have the means to keep you given their budget or number of allowable employees after the holiday season ends But don t take it personally In that case it s not that you weren t a good employee it s simply that they don t have the room for an additional employee This is by no means a reason to burn bridges and is not necessarily a jab against your skill set or abilities Always leave seasonal opportunities on a good note because you really never know when an opportunity within the company might come up again And if you are interested in these opportunities communicate this to your superiors so they can contact you as opportunities become available As always be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with our resources Happy Holidays everyone Scarlet Stark Sr Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 1 24 PM 12 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2015 2016 Brock University career advising Career Services employment job Scarlet Stark Friday December 11 2015 Holiday Hours It s the most wonderful time of year again We hope everyone has a great exam period and enjoys their time at home over the holidays The Career Resource Centre and Career Services will be open over the holidays for students to take advantage of while they aren t as busy as they are during the semester Take advantage and come see us for resume reviews summer job search or any other career questions Our hours are as follows The Career Resource Centre December 1st to 23rd 9 00am 4 30pm December 24th 9 00am 12pm Career Services ST 119 December 1st to 23rd 8 30am 4 30pm December 24th 8 30am 12pm With the exception of Wednesday December 16th Closing at 1 30pm Friday December 18th Closing at 12pm Note Both are CLOSED December 24th 12pm to January 3rd

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  • Career Services Blog: November 2015
    handouts and magazines Sarah Mitchinson Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 48 AM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2015 2016 career decisions Career Services facebook job search Linked In online job search Sarah Mitchinson social media social networking twitter Tuesday November 10 2015 Navigating CareerZONE CareerZONE is a campus resource that provides you with access to a variety of career and job search tools and will help you connect and prepare for the world of work From job postings resume templates and online workshops CareerZONE is a Brock student s one stop shop for everything career related First go to careerzone brocku ca and click the student login tab along the top Your login information is the same as your student portal one less password to remember Once you login you will have access to a variety of resources including 1 Job Postings The CareerZONE job posting board has a variety of domestic and international summer jobs volunteer opportunities on campus jobs internships and full time jobs listed Updated on a regular basis and not customized to any specific program Brock students in all disciplines will find something that interests them on our job board 2 Career Services Events Calendar Throughout the year our department hosts a variety of career and job fairs further education events workshops and employer recruitment events This calendar is being updated as new events are announced so check back often and don t miss out on some amazing opportunities 3 Online Resource Centre Many of our resources in the Career Resource Centre can be found here It is divided into different sections to make it easier for you to navigate the variety of resources available Some sections include Career Job Search This section includes resources on general job search sites and interview tips using LinkedIn and social media for your job search Niagara Region employment and volunteer agencies and a link to the directory of Careers and Employment in Canada among others Career Assessments Links to Career Cruising Typefocus and Talentoday career assessments are listed in this section To find out more about these assessments check out our previous blog posts on Career Cruising and Typefocus Cover Letters Resumes CVs Letters of Intent This section includes everything from checklists templates and examples for all common career documents We even have sample resume s for every program at Brock Interviews Resources include handouts on informational interviews and general interview tips along with a link to Interview Stream an online tool which helps you prepare for an interview by providing feedback and tips on non verbal behavior and communication missteps Further Education All of our Considering Grad School information series handouts are listed in this section including resources on teachers college law school med school and social work Going Abroad Everything you need to know about international internships teaching opportunities exchanges working and volunteering abroad can be found in this section A link

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  • Career Services Blog: October 2015
    of your skills and experiences 3 A self assessment in its own right More of a soft benefit a Master Resume is a self assessment in its own right It puts everything in perspective in terms of what you have done the skills and experiences you have gained and your career pathway of start to present It also better answers the question of what is your personal brand as it allows you to begin to understand exactly what your personal brand is and how to further your brand I d encourage you to read our blog post about personal branding here and the importance of knowing yourself here 4 Identifies gaps in skills and experiences As much as it identifies skills it also identifies gaps in skills and weaknesses a perfect opportunity for you to fill those gaps Knowing exactly what you have done will also tell you what you have not done and you can then address those gaps and better yourself before that big job interview 5 It will help you create a better LinkedIn profile LinkedIn in a lot of ways is like an online portfolio that identifies all of your relevant skills and experiences Having a full in depth knowledge of all your skills and experiences will help you create a better LinkedIn profile You can have better SEO search engine optimization by identifying skills and experiences on your LinkedIn that you may not include on every resume you send out Think of your Master Resume as your LinkedIn profile template Anthony Mancuso 4th Year Honours Bachelor of Sport Management Lead Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 44 AM 7 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Anthony Mancuso Job Application job posting Master Resume resume resume writing Self Assessment skills top 5 Wednesday October 7 2015 Career Cruising the kick start to your career development After working at Career Services for a few years I know how important it is to start your career development with assessment Self exploration and assessment are critical first steps in finding the right career for you Although we have a lot of great self assessment resources for students at Career Services I want to focus today on one of my favourites Career Cruising Career Cruising is an online assessment tool that anyone can use to help them find some direction When a student comes in and says that they don t know which careers they should be considering I know they are still in the assessment stage of career planning There are so many helpful resources that Career Cruising offers within their online site Below I have taken apart the different categories that the Matchmaker Assessment has If you complete the Matchmaker Assessment you will be able to see all of these categories for each career result from the assessment At a Glance This section gives you a brief description of what this job is summarizing all the information

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  • Career Services Blog: September 2015
    information about where you can find different volunteer opportunities We have plenty of resources inside the Centre as well as online at careerzone brocku ca for your benefit We re open from 9 4 30pm every Monday to Friday Kaitlyn Daw English Language and Literature Major Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 4 16 PM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags hidden job market kaitlyn daw networking professional development skill building volunteer volunteerFEST Wednesday September 9 2015 Balancing School and Fun First of all welcome back to all the Badgers returning to Brock and welcome back to school for all students no matter where you may be A challenge that students face in their initial time back to school is balancing social times and their academic life I personal tip that I received for achieving a good balance was from an Academic Advisor from Brock University where you use a schedule of 8hours 8hours 8hours to balance your sleep social and academic times where each of these 3 sections get 8 hours Another helpful tip I received was from the Career Resource Centre at Brock The tip involves creating goal action forms by breaking down each goal by using S M A R T SMART breaks down into Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time and in my experience by using every step of the SMART Goal system you can create good effective goals For example here is a sample of a SMART goal pertaining to creating a resume I want to construct an effective resume by creating all the necessary components of a resume by next Wednesday This goal is specific measurable by completing all the areas of a resume everyone can do a resume so it is achievable most application packages need to have a resume so this goal is realistic and this goal has a time frame by wanting to have it accomplished by next week Go ahead give a SMART goal a try These are some of the tips that we advise and we encourage you come into the centre for a smart goal form and for more tips and we also encourage going to see your academic advisor Have a great one Badgers don t forget to smile Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 06 PM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2015 2016 back to school balance welcome work life balance Tuesday September 1 2015 New CA Team Introductions 2015 It s hard to believe that September is here already But I must admit I m excited for the campus to get busy with new and returning students and staff Training week for the new Career Assistants and the Senior Lead Career Assistants will be run from Monday August 31st until Friday September 4th Because of this the Career Resource Centre will be closed during this time Please e mail career brocku ca

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  • Career Services Blog: August 2015
    done Whether it s an essay a shift at work or a night out with friends scheduling will allow you to do it all How Because you ll know what you need to do when you need to do it and how much time you realistically have to get it done A great way to avoid not biting off more than you can chew is by simply scheduling Most phones have a scheduler and even the option to be alerted when you need to do something what a life saver Plan Planning ahead can also alleviate the stress of juggling life school work and other obligations by allowing yourself time to prepare what you need to in order to get the task done Maybe you need to visit the library before you start that paper or maybe before your friends birthday bash you need to prepare a cake and pick up a gift whatever the task or tasks may be making a plan of attack allows you to break down what you need to do into steps in order to reach your goal Planning and scheduling go hand in hand scheduling allows you to set aside time whereas planning allows you to decide how you will allocate that time you set aside Prioritize Imagine you had a list of things to get done but no timeline or end goal for each task How would you decide what to get done first It would be difficult wouldn t it Prioritizing what s important will help you get tasks completed that need to be allowing you ample time for those tasks with open ended completion dates That paper may be due next week but that night out with your room mates has no due date So why not get all that writing out of the way so you can enjoy a night out with friends afterwards Even though prioritizing sometimes means putting off fun for responsibilities it allows you to get your main priorities in check which will not only make you feel good but will make that fun night out even funner It s as simple as 1 2 3 And remember we at Career Services at Brock are here to support students while they juggle everything If you need to find work or volunteer opportunities need help deciding on a career path or even just want to discuss your different career options schedule some time to come visit us We can help you make a career plan and prioritize what steps to take in order to reach your goals Thanks for reading Scarlet Stark Psychology Major Brock University Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 01 AM 15 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career goals career resource centre Career Services Scarlet Stark schedule stressed at school time management Friday August 7 2015 Faculty Focus Humanities The Faculty of Humanities here at Brock encompasses a vast array of programs which

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  • Career Services Blog: July 2015
    potential employer to see try a simple Google search of you re full name If anything comes up which you wish hadn t the content that relates to you on the web especially via social media may need a cleaning more so than you initially thought Here is an easy three step method to cleaning up your on line image Delete Existing Negative Content Sometimes this step is easier said than done If someone else has posted something damaging about you or of you it may require reaching out to them in order for the content to be removed But remember even if your Twitter Facebook or Linkedin profile is riddled with inappropriate unprofessional content there is always the option to delete the account entirely and start from scratch Although this means you are losing contacts it may be the best way to re brand yourself entirely as well as help you to make wiser decisions about who you decide to network with in the future Create New Content Once all that negative content is gone start filling up you re social media and professional profiles with positive content Whether it be work related school related or even nice weather related maintaining positive content is key in order to successfully re brand yourself and in order to squash all that preexisting negative content As already mentioned you may need to start you re Twitter Facebook or Linkedin profile from scratch but no worries Re branding yourself takes time but will be worth it in the end when recruiters start to call and e mail you with job opportunities Ensure Consistent Maintenance Now that you have re established yourself online be consistent and try and maintain you re newly created online image Ensure that all you re online content is in line with both personal and career related goals and also follow friend or link with fellow professionals in your field or sector Another great tip is to utilize advanced settings and filters so you can control what others can post about you as well as control who can see you re content and who can post content linked to you re name or profile So now that you ve got a squeaky clean online presence you can now confidently share you re Linkedin URL under Contact Info on a resume or add that Twitter handle to you re business card knowing that you re image online is a positive reflection of what you have to offer employers and recruiters If you d like more tips check out Find a Job Through Social Networking Use Linkedin Twitter Facebook Blogs and More to Advance Your Career by Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter a book you can find here at the Resource Centre Thanks for reading Scarlet Stark Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 32 AM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2015 Blog career services resource centre facebook LinkedIn Scarlet Stark self image social media twitter Monday July 13 2015 Consistency The Personal Brand Personal branding is now easier than ever with most people already having a personal brand even if they haven t actively identified it yet Think of your personal brand as your image or the way in which others see you and what you have to offer Outlets like social media help people promote this image but often times inconsistency can occur between the image you are portraying online or on the job and who you actually are as a person With that being said here are three reasons why consistency is beneficial while you are identifying and shaping your own personal brand Confidence If you are consistent with your personal brand you will most likely experience a new found sense of confidence But why Because evaluating your strengths and positive characteristics helps you realize what exactly you have to offer which naturally makes you feel good In doing so you also realize what you don t have to offer which isn t necessarily a bad thing or a confidence crusher It simply means you can now live in accordance with your strengths and build your personal brand to focus on what you can do rather than what you can t Credibility Consistency leads to credibility If you are good at something and do a good job every time others will notice Personal branding and credibility both go hand in hand but never forget that consistency is also key If 4 10 jobs aren t done correctly people will notice If 10 10 jobs are done correctly people will also notice People want to know they can trust your work so delivering your best every time will not only help you shape your own personal brand but will also help you remain consistent with your strengths all the while creating a positive reputation of yourself to your audience and peers Differentiation What makes you different from everyone else This question is difficult to answer without a consistent personal brand If you have no idea what makes you unique as far as strengths and skills you can easily get lost in the crowd The best way to remain consistent with your personal brand while standing out from the crowd is to identify what your audience wants and needs from you and deliver and understand what sets you apart from the competition If you d like to explore more on personal branding check out Personal Branding for Dummies by Susan Chritton which actually inspired this blog post We have a copy of her amazing book here at the Career Resource Centre so pop by to get more tips and information on how to identify and work on your own personal brand If you can t come to the centre but want to read more check out our other blog on personal branding here Thanks for reading Scarlet Stark Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog

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