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  • Career Services Blog: June 2015
    setting tips check out another great blog post here 5 Know Yourself It s the classic scenario you are in an interview and they ask you to Describe yourself in 5 words or Tell us your biggest strength or biggest weakness Even though we spend all day with ourselves these questions are sometimes the most difficult to answer This is why knowing yourself inside and out is beneficial Write down some strengths and weaknesses or words you feel encompass your own personal brand in order to get to know yourself better This will not only help with goal setting and networking but will also make interviews not only easier but much more successful 6 Know Your Resources If you need help it s important to know where to get it For example as Brock Alumni new graduates will have access to extensive career resources both in the Career Resource Centre here at Brock and on line through Careerzone and the Online Resource Centre From career document reviews to workshops to job search help and interview practice and even graduate school information we ve got you covered on all fronts Be sure to check out Grad LINK via Linkedin and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too Utilize the resources you have available to you to succeed Again a big congratulations to ALL graduates Hopefully these must knows will help you not only get to know yourself better but also make the transition from university to work seamless successful Scarlet Stark Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 32 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career resource centre facebook future success GradLINK graduate Scarlet Stark tips twitter Monday June 15 2015 Alternative Paths for New Grads Convocation week has just ended here at Brock which means it s time for a blog about alternatives after graduation For most the expectation is that they will slide into a career right away and start working full time For others this expectation may not be attainable or ideal If working full time right after you graduate isn t your plan there are many alternate routes that can be taken Here are 4 different paths to take after graduation that don t involve working full time but are guaranteed to give you some practical knowledge while still being a fun learning experience 1 Go Abroad Why not skip out before that cold Canada winter comes and head overseas With so many different work internship and volunteer opportunities your time abroad can be more than just a fun vacation but can double as a way to gain professional experience while becoming more culturally knowledgeable Going Global accessible through Careerzone for Brock students alumni has thousands of opportunities overseas ranging from work to internships to volunteering in a vast number of countries from the US to Italy and even Finland They even provide detailed city guides so you ll know all the logistics like the cost of living visa and embassy information and how to fit in with the local culture Other sites like Go Abroad also offer valuable resources and information on working interning or volunteering abroad 2 Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to dip your foot in the pool without fully committing yourself so to speak For example if working with kids has always been fun for you but your not sure if you want a career in that field spending a few hours a week volunteering might help you realize if this is the right path for you Along with being able to try new things volunteering allows you to network with other professionals gives you extra experience to add to your resume and is extremely rewarding especially when the volunteer opportunity is something you are passionate about Directories like 211 Ontario offer endless information about foundations and organizations who regularly take volunteers so the opportunities are truly endless Also if there is a specific place you would like to volunteer a quick google search should give you the information to find out about volunteering there and what it would entail 3 Intern Another great way to gain some practical experience that doesn t require a major commitment is through internship opportunities Much like volunteering many internships do not require the same amount of time or commitment that a full time job would but will allow you to get a feel for the industry and whether or not it s something you wish to pursue further Internships are also a great way for entry level grads to break into the field CareerEdge is a great program which offers paid internships to students looking for their big chance to shine Even the Ontario government offers a paid internship program 4 Part Time Jobs If the thought of going right from graduation to full time work is daunting why not start with working part time This will allow you to gain experience and make money all the while allowing you time to explore other opportunities simultaneously Maybe you ll work 20 hours a week and volunteer for 10 hours Or maybe you ll see that the part time job you took isn t for you and take on another to explore different industries Whatever it is you decide part time work opportunities are plentiful and are a great way to get your feet wet Be sure to utilize advanced search options on websites like Careerzone Indeed Monster and Eluta to name a few which will allow you to narrow down these part time opportunities with ease So don t feel like you are limited if working full time after graduation isn t the right path for you As you can see other opportunities are available and are just a few clicks away Scarlet Stark Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 23 AM 20 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to

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  • Career Services Blog: May 2015
    to getting directly involved this is the only way you will truly know whether or not the work involved is something you are passionate about and want to pursue seriously Think of it like a try out you don t know if you made the team yet but you are learning about the team and the game itself by just being apart of the try out This step will be crucial in making that final career decision You truly don t know if something is for you until you try it out for yourself so seek out the best opportunity for you to do so and get the most out of it as you can in order to make an educated and informed decision about your career path I hope these steps help you navigate your way to making a final career decision that works for you And remember As long as you have clearly defined goals and are utilizing steps to reach them no difficult decision is ever too much to handle Check out our past blog on goal setting here if you d like more information on how to define and meet your goals successfully Scarlet Stark Career Assistant Psychology Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 34 AM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career decisions career exploration career goals career tryouts decision making goal setting LinkedIn Scarlet Stark smart goals Tuesday May 12 2015 It s Time to Get Researching Whether you ve figured out your career goals through self assessments or all on your own the next step in the career planning process is research Researching the career you hope to obtain one day is one of the most important steps in career planning Not only do you gain more information about the direction you are heading in but you also gain valuable knowledge about different aspects of the career you are pursuing and how to break into the industry You may be asking yourself Where do I look for this type of information or How do I know where to begin my research It s a lot simpler than many think Once you have established the career you want to pursue the first step is to check the qualifications related to the specific position you desire and determine whether you meet them A great way to find out what you need to work in certain industries is browsing through job boards By doing this you will learn valuable information such as Average Pay Wage Typical Duties Responsibilities Education Training Requirements Experience Requirements Availability Is the career in demand right now Are opportunities scarce Many general job search sites will have this information for you Here are a few examples to start your research https careerzone brocku ca home htm for Brock students Alumni http www wowjobs ca http www eluta ca http www glassdoor ca index htm Once you have figured out what is

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  • Career Services Blog: April 2015
    our CA s had working for Career Services Becky White Lead Career Assistant Tourism and Environment I do not know where I would be without this job I say that almost daily I have worked here for three years and every year I am lucky enough to work with the most wonderful people in the most unique environment I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my Career Services experience over the past three years especially all of the CA s who have moved on before me and have helped to show me the way Thank you for teaching me accepting me and telling me that my love obsession with cats is totally normal A special thank you to Kara for teaching me so much about life in the professional world and life in general In the ice show we didn t say goodbye we said see you down the road so see you down the road Wajeeh Alvi Career Assistant Computer Science Being a part of the Career Services team has been a great experience for me It has always been a passion of mine to help others and this role has helped me do so with respect to career development Being at the forefront of providing help to students and alumni is very rewarding and even more so when they come back with their success stories I can say that this job has by far been the most impactful job that I ve done I also had the amazing opportunity to work with such wonderful people who ve helped me grow as a person and our time together is the thing I ll miss the most I want to thank Kara Renaud for bringing me on board her team and equipping me with the skills which I ll be able to apply in more than just the workplace I wish everyone at Career Services good luck in their endeavors and to meet challenges head on All the best Simon Drum Graduate Career Assistant Simon is MA Candidate for Applied Health Sciences at Brock University specializing in sport psychology As a Graduate Career Assistant at the Brock Career Resource Centre Simon assisted Brock students and alumni with career information and resources to support students and alumni with their career planning and job search goals As an international graduate student from Australia Simon particularly worked with assisting graduate and international students prepare for the next stage of their career whether that be in Canada or internationally Simon not only enjoyed the experience he gained from the position to assist in his career plans as a sport psychology consultant he also enjoyed working with such a great team who all just simply enjoy helping people Monika Parsons Graduate Career Assistant MA Child and Youth It has been a wonderful year at Career Services I have had an opportunity to work with some incredibly talented and inspirational people Thank you to the wonderful CS team who work tirelessly

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  • Career Services Blog: March 2015
    profile Your photo should be professional and not with friends or of anything without YOU in it According to LinkedIn professional profile photos are 7 times more likely to be found in searches Your Summary Keep it professional Speak to your goals qualifications and your experiences and use key words skills relevant to your industry to help others find you Your Experiences Avoid copying and pasting your resume or job descriptions but try to summarize each position using key words and relevant skills If possible upload examples of your work projects you ve been working on to further showcase your experiences and achievements Stay relevant by updating your profile on a regular basis with your professional activities Doing so will keep you on people s radars and update potential employers on your most recent career advancements and achievements Those with complete profiles are 40x more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn so it is well worth spending 5 minutes to update your profile Connecting with People on LinkedIn You ve created a profile and have finished updating it now it s time to network and connect with people When sending other users invitations to join their network never send the standard LinkedIn request If you ve met before mention a few details about where and when you met Additionally be sure to mention why you want to connect whether it be for career advice or they work in an industry company that you are interested in Stop by the Career Resource Centre for all your LinkedIn questions and for more resources on how you can make the best LinkedIn profile possible Mike Pratas Political Science Major Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags LinkedIn Mike Pratas networking Friday March 13 2015 Business Cards Benefits of Using Them Business cards are great they allow you to connect with people and give you the opportunity to leave a lasting impression through your personal brand summarized on your card along with your contact information Meeting new people and making new connections is a vital component of both career search and career growth quite often acquirement of a job and advancement in a career comes down to who you know not what you know Basic human error as always complicates this People make mistakes get caught up in the moment and forget names people and conversations A business card serves as a reminder of who you are what your brand is and your contact information A person s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language Dale Carnegie What I mean by personal brand is the style design and purpose of your business card Sure you could have a plain as day business card with just your name and contact information on a white background but often it is the style and design of the business card that outlines the purpose of it It reflects your own or your company s values and differentiates yourself or your company from others Is it visually appealing Is it simple yet elegant Or is it cluttered with information Do you include a picture of yourself on it or a quote that summarizes your personal brand Or is it a standard business card that all employees at your company use Is it too professional or not professional enough This is a great example of a very unique card it looks like Google Here are some benefits of using business cards Helps new connections remember you Grows your network business Reflects your personal brand Reflects your company values Differentiates you from the competition Conveys contact info Opportunity to demonstrate your creativity Shows professionalism and legitimacy Enter business card raffles at restaurants And so much more There are plenty of benefits to having a business card even if you do not have a job yet As a student or someone looking for work a business card is a way to make connections to help new connections remember you and to demonstrate professionalism and legitimacy for yourself As someone with a job a business card is a way to help you advance in your career much in the same way that someone without a job would use them Business cards are not just for business either a teacher could find use of a business card as well They are very applicable to nearly every profession They are also very cheap to make It is economical even on a student budget to use websites such as vistaprint ca to order a few hundred business cards with plenty of options for design Many universities offer these services to students including Brock With so many benefits it is worth considering getting some business cards to help promote yourself and protect yourself from human error Anthony Mancuso Honours Bachelor of Sport Management Year 3 Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 09 AM 17 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2015 Anthony Mancuso benefits of business cards business card business cards career advancement job search networking personal brand vistaprint Thursday March 5 2015 Being Social Media Savvy Your online presence in relation to today s job market can have a critical impact how people perceive you Social media has become a part of a lot of things we do in life We share some of our most important events share photos of our lives and lastly use it as a form of communication to people all around the world Whether you currently use your social media platforms to your career advantage or not you certainly have a presence If you are looking to make the most out of your Twitter LinkedIn Facebook and other social media pages you have come to the right article It feels amazing to be confident online with the content and information you

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  • Career Services Blog: February 2015
    Skype interview Friday February 13 2015 Winter Reading Week Hours 2015 With reading week finally here next week it might be a good time to jump start your summer job search Did you know that we are open during reading week Drop by to have your resume and cover letter reviewed get help looking for summer jobs or help with anything else career related Graduating and unsure of your next steps We can help narrow it down Our hours of operations are as follows Monday Family Day closed Tuesday Presidents Day closed Wednesday open 9 4 30 Thursday open 9 4 30 Friday open 9 4 30 We hope everyone has a great reading week see you next week Anthony Mancuso Honours Bachelor of Sport Management Year 3 Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 8 55 AM 4 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Anthony Mancuso Hours of operation job search Reading Week Reading week 2015 summer jobs Thursday February 12 2015 Interview Prep With summer jobs being posted and resumes being sent out students are starting to think about how they will prepare for an interview Interviews are an important step in the hiring process they can make or break your chances of landing that job We have a lot of resources at the Career Resource Centre to help students prepare and be successful Some of these include our Interview Handout our Interview Techniques Binder our Mock Interview service and print resources such as Interview Magic Job Interview Phrase Book and Knock em Dead Job Interviews As a student you can take full advantage of these resources by coming in to see us at the Career Resource Centre One of our newest and most exciting resources we have to offer to students looking for interview help is Interview Stream Interview Stream is a web based video practice tool that records you while answering up to 10 questions It allows you to practice verbal and non verbal communication skills and evaluates you on how well you did Interview Stream has over 7000 interview questions that you can choose from or set it to random to be totally surprised As a student you can access Interview Stream through CareerZone by going to Student Log In Career Services Online Resource Centre Interviews Interview Stream Preparing for a job interview will ease your nerves and make it easier to show them your best Know exactly what the position is and a little bit about the company and the services they offer In addition to this know yourself Know what your goals are and know why you are applying for this position Ensure you know the time place date and dress code for your interview so you are prepared and well on time We hope to see you at the Career Resource Centre if you have an upcoming interview Alysha Lynn Kooter Senior Career Assistant 3rd Year Intermediate Senior Concurrent Education Visual Art

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  • Career Services Blog: January 2015
    is so important Having a work appropriate online presence can be created through linkedin twitter involvement in online industry related forums or groups many can be found on linkedin Have you googled yourself What comes up Many employers will google you and check you out online Take control of your image and make it as wonderful as you are Contract Work Temporary work contracts may be available to both undergraduate and graduated students Keep in mind it may not be your dream job right off the bat but its a foot in the door and any experience is good experience Short contracts are excellent for networking and creating relationships with people in your field If it went well you will have gotten some experience and hopefully a glowing positive reference letter that will help you gain more experience in the future On Campus Involvement Involving yourself in the many different on campus activities can give you experience in a vast variety of different situations Some of the ones that come to mind for me are politics event management administration project management volunteer coordination and the list goes on On campus involvement allows you to grow as an individual and improve upon your leadership skills If you start early you may be able to work your way up the ladder and take on a leadership role in your later years of school These higher positions speak volumes about your personality dedication and transferable skills and shows you are able to act as an ambassador an important trait for any business Summer Part Time Positions Summer time is a great time to get a job and start racking up your experience Starting with jobs that give you a wide variety of transferable skills and building from there is an excellent way to boost your level of experience You learn how to work with different people in different situations It doesn t have to be your dream job just yet but if you can find a picture perfect summer position that s even better Come on in to Career Services if you would like any advice on how to get involved on campus or find a volunteer or job opportunity that suits your career related goals We would love to help you Becky W 4th Year BA Tourism and Environment Lead Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 46 PM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags makeitpossible 2015 Becky White blogging career decisions experience ExperienceBU fulltime work online presence part time job volunteer Tuesday January 20 2015 Goal Setting in the New Year Getting back into the school setting after a relaxing holiday can be overwhelming All of a sudden you have assignments to prepare for and final marks to think about It is so easy to fall behind but setting the right achievable goals can lead you to a successful term First you want to decide what your goals are Here

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  • Career Services Blog: December 2014
    education path you will need in order to obtain that job in the future In general One is not necessarily better than the other It all depends on you and your life goals College level post graduate certificates give you practical skills for a particular job or small sector of jobs These certificates compliment your undergraduate degree and prepare you for the workforce Typically 8 months 1 year Offered in a variety of subjects More focused practical and economical Can serve as a bridge to a masters program Masters PhD programs vary and are based around research teaching and writing If you are not passionate about those big three things perhaps a masters PhD program is not the best fit for your interests Typically 1 2 years of full time course work Offered in a variety of subjects Broad career fields Upfront costs are typically much higher than graduate certificates Necessary for certain careers Professor Doctor etc In the job market today it is becoming more common to need a masters degree to obtain senior management positions or a college instructor position To teach in a university setting a PhD is almost always required Researching your chosen career path along with taking an honest look at the job market demands should help you decide which avenue is right for you If you need help deciding on which way to go please come in to see us We have college program information and plenty of MA and PhD information and preparatory books We would be happy to show you around CareerCruising and help you identify the relevant education needed for your chosen career path Becky White Lead Career Assistant 4th Year BA Tourism and Environment Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 55 AM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to

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  • Career Services Blog: November 2014
    volunteer opportunities being posted for Brock students and Alumni to access year round There are both local and abroad opportunities being offered all the time We also have a resource that offers a list of websites available to look at more volunteer opportunities This resource can be found on careerzone on our online resource section as well as in our resource centre Brock also offers Volunteer Plus a program designated to reward those who spend an ample amount of time volunteering during the year Be sure to track all of your volunteer experience on Experience Plus to qualify There are 3 levels Bronze 30 40 hours Silver 41 75 hours Golf 76 hours All volunteer experiences can be recorded on your Experience Plus transcript It may seem like a lot to volunteer for 76 hours but over the course of an entire year it is actually very minimal Volunteer hours for Volunteer Plus are tracked from September 1st August 31st so you have all year including the summer to get involved Written by Tyler Harris Career Assistant 3rd Year Psychology Major Co written and Facilitated by Anthony Mancuso Senior Career Assistant 3rd Year Sport Management Major Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 26 PM 12 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Anthony Mancuso Brock University career advising careerzone getting involved job search resume writing Tyler Harris volunteer volunteer abroad Friday November 14 2014 Follow Ups and Thank you Notes So you have done your research and found a job you think would be a great fit for you You carefully edited your resume and wrote a killer coverletter and were invited for an interview which you aced So now what do you do The next step in the interview process is about following up with your interviewer When It is important to thank the interviewer s within 24 hours of meeting What do I say Send separate notes to everyone involved in your interview to thank them for their time the opportunity to be considered and also lets you reaffirm your enthusiasm for the position Don t be afraid to restate your relevant skills and why you would be a great fit for the position Did you forget to mention something during the interview You may add it in your follow up just make sure it is concise Restating your relevant skills could also be used to demonstrate your understanding of the company s needs and challenges Length An effective thank you note is short sweet and to the point Aim for around 6 10 sentences You don t want them to lose interest in your message How Thank you notes can be physical notes or follow up e mails Make sure you proofread your e mails before you send them You don t want to tarnish the great first impression you made with typos Be sure of their names and how to correctly spell them Thank you notes and follow ups can boost your chance of getting a job A survey by AccountTemps 2013 found that 76 of Canadian executives polled said that sending a thank you note demonstrates initiative and courtesy The act of simply thanking someone for their time and the opportunity to be considered for the position can set you apart from other applicants If you would like more information or you would like to see some sample follow ups please feel free to stop by the Career Resource Centre and check out our Interview Techniques Binder or chat with a Career Assistant We are always happy to help you Mon Fri 9 4 30 Becky White Lead career Assistant 4th Year Tourism and Environment Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 05 PM 6 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Becky White Brock University career pathways career planning Dream Job follow up interview interview preparation job search labor market online job search thank you work Tuesday November 11 2014 Degree exploration don t forget the bigger picture During the middle of the semester I always catch myself thinking What am I doing all this work for After writing midterms and finishing assignments the stress can cause you to doubt what you ve been working for A lot of students have been coming in asking about what they can do with their degree simply because they need encouragement to get them through the rest of the semester As much as it can become hard to keep pushing through assignments and exams at this point it is important to know that you are doing all of this work for a reason You are becoming educated in a field that holds opportunity for the rest of your life The skills you learn not only from your textbooks but also from you balancing your work are crucial to your success in your future career You will be able to take on bigger jobs and more stress if you handle it day by day like you have been doing throughout school Through every discipline you can find opportunity Your drive persistence and effort is what will get you that job Those are the things you learn without realizing when you are working through midterm or exam season We learn to get through harder and harder exams that produce higher stress levels as we approach graduation As we accomplish every term we actively are creating a more innovative individual As we work through our degree we not only learn the things we need to know about our field but we learn things that apply to the bigger picture or the working world as a whole Teamwork communication conflict resolution etc are all the things we learn in every discipline that are connected to real jobs out there These are the things that can make a successful future So as you are thinking about your degree and the stress of that next assignment remember that

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