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  • Career Services Blog: October 2014
    to the work you would be doing Having a job that disrespects values that you have probably isn t something you re going to enjoy doing for the rest of your life I think its important to consider your values first If you are not exactly sure how your values relate to the career your looking at then no worries there are ways of finding this out Type Focus provides a Values Assessment that anyone can use to determine there most important values within a workplace A couple of examples I got after completing this assessment were that I valued relationships working with people and support having a supportive and encouraging work team There are many more that people may have it all depends on how you answer the questions and what kind of person you are Assessments are fun and an interactive way of learning more about yourself and your future Taking the Values Assessment through Type Focus will get you one step closer to the perfect job for you to pursue Brock University students can access Type Focus through careerzone brocku ca Make sure you log in as a student go to Career Services Online Resource Centre Career Assessments Type Focus Alysha Lynn Kooter Senior Career Assistnat 3rd Year Education and Visual Arts at Brock University Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 07 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Alysha Kooter career advising career goals career planning Career Values Dream Job Goals self assessment Type Focus Friday October 10 2014 Career Cruising Matchmaker Take with a Grain of Salt Career Cruising is a great self assessment tool that provides a list of potential career options for you based on your responses It is a great way to look at a wide range of career choices if you are confused with what to do after you graduate or if you are just curious The Primary assessment available is the career assessment where you answer a minimum of 39 questions about work preferences and the service matches you with careers that line up with your preferences You can access Career Cruising through CareerZone under the Online Resource Centre tab and then by clicking on self assessment Here s the thing some of these matches may be way out there For example I am studying Sport Management and my top 5 matches after answering the first round of questions are as follows 39 Questions Answered 1 Parking Enforcement Officer 2 Martial Arts Instructor 3 Volunteer Manager 4 Waste Management Technician 5 Military Officer Huh It seems I am destined to be a Parking Enforcement Officer or a Martial Arts Instructor not exactly what I had in mind After answering 39 questions it is hard to tell what kind of careers might be right for you or find one that might suit your fancy You have the opportunity to take additional questions after the minimum 39 and I strongly recommend it

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  • Career Services Blog: September 2014
    Demanding fast paced environments are difficult at the best of times and can become even harder to handle when you have so much else on your plate Choose your workplace wisely LOW WAGE All that work for not a lot of money Minimum wage can be a nice supplement for other income sources that you may have but it can be challenging to rack up those bucks on minimum wage Taking all of this in to account think carefully about what is right for you You may be able to balance work and school but you may encounter challenges Only you know best Good luck Badgers Becky White 4th Year Tourism and Environment Hons Lead Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 24 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Becky White part time job school work work Tuesday September 16 2014 How to Contact Us To help start off the 2014 2015 school year we at Career Services felt that showing students the many different ways to contact us and use our resources would be beneficial Everyone likes options have you ever felt like there just weren t enough options Fortunately for you Career Services offers a variety of ways to contact us for any situation Stuck in your room with the flu but really want your resume reviewed Thought of a question to ask about your degree options but you re not at Brock at the time Had a moment of inspiration where you thought about law school but you don t really know much about it Maybe you thought of an exciting career and you want to know how to get there Whatever it may be feel free to come to Career Services for all advice and help on career related matters Here are the ways you can use our services Career Email career brocku ca You can email us at any time for document reviews attach your documents as well as any other questions that you may have relating to Career Services We can respond within 24 hours during office hours so if you can t make it to the resource centre just send us an email Blog comments Right here We are always monitoring our blog and if you have any questions about the material we post here or anything else for that matter feel free to post in the comments down below and we will get right back to you Facebook https www facebook com jack mcisaac We re on Facebook We are always posting useful information on upcoming events that are filled with Volunteer and Job opportunities so Like our mascot JackMcIsaac on Facebook and stay in the loop Twitter Follow us on Twitter JackMcIsaac is always tweeting and re tweeting job opportunities and events Jack is following an incredible amount of employers and job boards and our twitter account is a great way to stay updated Chat http brocku ca career services Did you know that we have a Chat function There is a small box located at the bottom right of the screen where there is a chat function built into our page You can click on that and ask any question that you may have for us While we are online a Senior Career Assistant can respond to your question quickly If we are not online you can still talk to us through the chat just leave us an email to respond to your question with and the career email will get back to you Drop in Then there s the good old fashion Resource Centre located in the Learning Commons here at Brock During our office hours 9 4 30 Monday Friday you can drop in and use our services completely free Come in for resume and cover letter reviews job search strategies job postings degree exploration self assessments career planning anything related to careers is our function and we are always happy to help That s a lot of options Feel free to use them all No matter the situation Career Services is just a moment away ready to help Anthony Mancuso Senior Career Assistant 3rd Year Sport Management Student Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags 2014 2015 Blog career advising career email career resource centre career resources Career Services career services resource centre careerzone contact information facebook live chat twitter Thursday September 11 2014 Upcoming Career Events To mark the beginning of 2014 2015 Career Services has lots of opportunities for students to find employment and to get involved in volunteering around Niagara Two major events that are coming up are the VolunteerFEST held at Brock University and also the Shop For Jobs Fair held at the Pen Centre shopping mall Whether you want to make some extra money while at school or if you just want to volunteer for a little while these events could help you find what you are searching for Participating in experiences such as volunteering or employment not only add to your resume but also help you become a well rounded person that knows how to manage their time efficiently VolunteerFEST is an event for all students looking for opportunities to get involved in the community This event is partnered with Student Life and Community Engagement at Brock along with the Brock University Student Union With a great number of companies and programs attending the event you are bound to find something that interests you VolunteerFEST will be held on Thursday September 11th from 10am 2pm in the Guernsey Marketplace If you are looking to add some experience to your resume come check it out Shop for Jobs Fair is an event held at the Pen Centre shopping mall for students looking for employment close to Brock University Although it is not on campus the Pen Centre is a short drive or bus

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  • Career Services Blog: August 2014
    Share to Pinterest Tags Alysha Kooter back to school books career resources Career Zone job search networking New Resources online job search resource centre training Monday August 11 2014 Balancing Work and School Did you know According to the Canadian University Survey Consortium study 56 per cent of undergraduates in Canada work Serebrin Jacob More students balance school with jobs MACLEANS ca That s a lot of students With school being just around the corner people are beginning to feel their long summer days slip away Soon students will be saying goodbye to their summer jobs and looking forward to going back to university or college Many students obtain a part time job throughout the school year Sometimes things can get overwhelming when trying to balance work and school I have made up a few suggestions to help students manage their time better to reduce stress and increase their productivity 1 Make organization a top priority When dealing with school and work you have a lot of things to consider while making up your schedule Firstly try to organize your timetable and syllabus onto a calendar so then you are aware of class times due dates and the estimated time it will take you to complete your assignments Organization is extremely important for a well balanced university experience It may take a few late nights and early mornings for new students to figure this out but the quicker you do the easier life gets 2 Find a position that s flexible The reason for this is because your employer will need to understand that school is your number one responsibility and their may be times for example during finals when you need a little more extra time hitting the books A lot of on campus positions are great at working around school schedules Also working at companies such as Starbucks or Tim Hortons that hire a lot of people make it easy to switch around shifts 3 Avoid distractions One of the biggest issues today is students being distracted by social media and the internet I know that it is hard to turn of Netflix or ignore that it s throwbackthursday but all of these things take up time in your day that you could be using productively I m not saying to totally boycott your social media and TV show priorities because it is healthy to have some downtime but watching 6 episodes of your favourite show or tweeting 13 times a day isn t exactly using your time effectively 4 Create daily goals Making a list of things you would like to accomplish in the day can certainly help you stay organized and on track Take 10 minutes to organize your thoughts and your day so you don t spend that amount of time in between accomplishments trying to figure out what you were supposed to do next 5 Visit your Career Resource Centre If you are having a hard time developing your resume or cover letter for

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  • Career Services Blog: July 2014
    recent grads to use to connect with professionals in a wide range of fields Ten Thousand Coffees lets you create a profile and then look up different professionals by industry For example Finance Arts Marketing Ad Science etc After finding someone with a desired career of yours you can look at their profile to read a little bit about them and then decide if you want to meet with them for coffee email them or call them Having a conversation with someone who has years of experience can help you pursue your own passions and dreams Along with that you will instantly be networking with people who are developed in their careers The professionals on Ten Thousand Coffees are able to help give you advice on your career job searching what qualifications people are looking for and how you can go about finding opportunity They are giving their time to act as a mentor to the next generation If you re interested in getting more information on the job market a specific industry or just some over all career advise then I recommend you try out this resource It can be a lot of fun browsing through the profiles and thinking about what you would ask them if you had the chance Now you do have the chance so don t be shy We would love to know what you think of it comment below with your thoughts Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 31 PM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart career advising coffee experience information interviews job search mentor networking professional development Wednesday July 9 2014 Resource Review The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success Here at Brock University we try to help students with as much as we possibly can Something that has become a very popular question from our students is how to use LinkedIn effectively for job search and networking Lately we have received some new resources to add to our library that can help answer that question The resource I am going to be focusing on is The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success written by Wayne Breitbarth This is a great how to book on one of the fastest growing social media platforms out there today The reason why it is so popular It helps lead people to networks personal branding and of course careers The world has become increasingly globalized in the last decade that we depend on sites such as LinkedIn and networks to connect us with professionals all around the world Breitbarth explains how LinkedIn can be used as a tool just like a hammer or drill It has a reason and can be used to do a job correctly To obtain success from LinkedIn he lays out a formula to follow Your Unique Experience Your Unique Relationships the Tool LinkedIn The Power Breitbarth also says that along with these 3 components is how you display yourself online Everything from

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  • Career Services Blog: June 2014
    Some popular industries for freelancers are graphic design web development branding and information technology Freelancing is a good way to network and figure out where you would like to find a career You have the unique ability to work at your own pace and only do projects that interest you 3 Go for a paid internship Many people use internships as a way of getting out of their towns and experiencing a new one Internships last anywhere from 6 16 months and they give you a good chance to see if that kind of job is right for you Internships can also be rewarding for building your network The more people you know the more jobs you will be aware of You ve worked hard for the last four years and taking some time to gain real world experience can really be beneficial in the long run Experience culture experience the new borderless world that lies ahead If you aren t going to do it now then when will you Alysha Lynn Kooter Career Graphics and Promotions Assistant 3rd Year Education and Visual Arts Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 23 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Alysha Kooter experience freelance gap year Generation Y Graduation intern abroad internships networking travel Wednesday June 11 2014 Be the competition Connect with Grad LINK Networking is something that is becoming more essential between new grads and employers The hidden job market is where you will find 80 of jobs and the key to finding them is through your network Career Services strives to help you find employment after graduation With convocation just ending last week we know that Brock grads are eager to find jobs The Grad LINK Network on LinkedIn will connect you with Career Services staff employers and your graduating peers Through the LinkedIn Network we share career and employment related information to help you prepare for transition from school to work As part of the Grad LINK Network you will have access to Highlighted job postings Employer recruitment networking sessions Career related articles and information Ready to register 1 Complete the online registration form www brocku ca career services students alumni graduating year gradlink 2 Review the Getting Started Presentation 3 Create your LinkedIn profile if you do not have one already 4 Join the Grad LINK Network group on LinkedIn Have other questions Email gradlink brocku ca Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 50 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Alysha Kooter career find a job GradLINK graduation 2014 hidden job market networking Wednesday June 4 2014 Convocation and Congratulations Dear Brock University grads Here s to you You who made it through 8am classes palm sweating exams extensive assignments and you who read the abundance of textbooks that are probably still piled around your room Now that it s all over you re ready to

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  • Career Services Blog: May 2014
    makes Decision Making one of the hardest steps in the Career Planning Process You will be surprised how much you can accomplish if you take it step by step It may take the longest but it will certainly pay off in the end when you are happy and confident in the position you re in After you have completed Step 1 Self Assessment and Step 2 Research it is time to reflect on your results and try to narrow down your options into achievable goals Firstly review your self assessment and research results to have the best possible understanding of your options After you have done this it s time to set some short term and long term goals for yourself Goals can be set for educational and or employment purposes They help you stay on track and organized so your goals can be met in a timely fashion To do this create a detailed action plan to establish a timeline for reaching your goals List the overall goal you want to achieve for example Find full time employment and then underneath create shorter goals that you can achieve to eventually reach your main goal for example get my resume and cover letter reviewed Once you have the shorter goals that lead to the completion of your main goal you must give yourself an achievable time for each of these goals You cannot do them all in one day Once you have this completed you have a full on action plan to follow Now you re one step closer to completing the Career Planning Process Alysha Lynn Kooter Career Assistant 2nd Year Intermediate Senior Con Ed Visual Art and English Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags action plan Alysha Kooter career decisions career planning decision making Dream Job education employment tips Wednesday May 14 2014 Research Step two Step two of The Career Planning Process is Research After you have finished with Self Assessment from the previous blog post you may have a few career options to look into Conducting research will help you narrow down your decision on what career you want to pursue What and where to research Job Information What does the job look like When searching different career options you need to look at the skills duties qualifications education work hours work conditions etc A good place to start looking for this information is on occupational profiles Profiles can give you an excellent description of career choices individuals have made You could find occupational profiles on LinkedIn Many professionals are using LinkedIn and have descriptions of the career they are involved with Labour Market What is the demand for this job When deciding on a career it is comforting to know the opportunities that lie ahead of you Looking at the job trends in your region and exploring those of other regions can help you again narrow down

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  • Career Services Blog: April 2014
    encouraging students to be productive during their breaks By joining an internship program not only will you gain a real life experience but you will also make yourself known by more people in various industries You may not really appreciate what this can do for you but you have to realize that as you build your career later on you will need connections who will help you find employment Furthermore an internship experience is something you can include in your resume in the future Employers and hiring managers are always impressed by those who bother to become interns during their school breaks 3 Clean up your room or apartment Having a messy room or apartment is not normal for anybody but it can be understandable for students like you who are always preoccupied with school work If however you go back from vacation into a messy and dirty living space this just means that you didn t use your time off school wisely The school break is the perfect time for you care for your things especially your apartment or your room perhaps By doing this you will feel very excited about starting another semester in a pleasant living space 4 Read ahead While your school break is the time for you to relax it won t hurt if you pick up a book to read every once in a while Reading ahead is an effective way of learning in advance what your professors will teach you during the semester If you do this you are actually relieving yourself of so much pressure and burden when the time comes that you have to make a report about the book you have already read By planning your school break schedule you will remain productive and you can avoid wasting precious time This is also an excellent time for you to do some career planning especially if you are nearing your college graduation About the author Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Center provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid career professionals across Canada United States and Europe Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 25 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags break cosmiccoachingcentre internships Jami Coughler organize spring cleaning stay fit stay healthy summer time off Tuesday April 8 2014 Benefits of taking time off Gap Year I am a firm advocate for the gap year I took 8 years between high school and university due to a competitive and then professional figure skating career During this break I traveled worked with the show and learned the answers to those common proverbial questions like who am I what is my purpose what makes me happy what am I good at Prior to getting into the ice show I had the admission papers in my clammy little hands for a 3 year program in sociology at another university gasp another thing I figured out while away is where I wanted to go to school I am SO glad I allowed myself the time to make the right decision My gap year was longer than most other peoples break from education but the overall outcome was the same I returned to school focused and confident in my decision and that has formed the base of my educational success A gap year which doesn t have to be a full year can be taken at any time but make sure that you can return to your program in good standing if you happen to break in the middle of your degree Many people and parents fear that gap years can lead to a long term interruption of educational plans This is not the case Most students return to school within one year with renewed focus and energy The benefits of a gap year vary from person to person and it does not come with a guarantee of an AHA moment that will direct all of your future actions but many times answers come to you before you even ask the questions Time away may only serve the purpose of recharging your batteries or it may mean something more profound like answering those nagging questions or choosing your life path Even if you don t find the answer to all of lifes questions you will return with new stories experiences and friends Some people have such an amazing experience in another country that they decide to establish themselves there instead of coming back for school which is another path you could take Some people choose to travel some choose to work and some choose to pursue hobby like interests It doesn t matter what you do as long as you feel productive and fulfilled Setting goals is a great way to gain some momentum during your break What would you like to learn or accomplish How will you learn accomplish it SMART goals are an excellent tool to guide you to achieving your gap year goals Gap year work and volunteering experiences can be a great boost to your resume There are plenty of gap year associations out there that can connect you to various organizations but in my opinion it is easy to arrange by yourself with a little help from a search engine A word of caution travel and hobbies can be expensive Be careful with your finances during your time away from school You don t want to show up to school with a negative balance in your bank account If you are not sure what you would like to do with your future or if you need some time away from school a gap year may be the answer for you Remember to be realistic with yourself and your finances be informed of due dates application

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  • Career Services Blog: March 2014
    QuickandDirtyTips com about networking etiquette that you might find helpful as well Happy networking Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours 14 BA Sociology Criminology Concentration Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 30 AM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career events Career Services communication etiquette dining etiquette dress etiquette elevator pitch etiquette Events formal dining tips hidden job market Jami Coughler networking professionalism Tuesday March 18 2014 Personal Branding Creating your personal brand Personal branding is a new concept that involves identifying what you can bring to an employer that is specific and individual to you A personal brand is a short statement of your individual mix of skills qualities interests and or emotions that are constant no matter where you go It is a broadcast message about your character and performance A personal brand can be very useful if applied consistently through in person and online communications think e mail signature linkedin work related twitter networking cards The use of a personal brand helps you attract people that are like minded which will benefit you when you enter their work environment It gives you top of mind status credibility and is associated with perceived value More importantly it can help set you apart from other job seekers Let people know who you are and what you can do for them without a 30 second elevator speech Having a living personal brand is all about you Its not about how long you have been building your skills and experiences but how well you have been doing them Here are some questions to help you build your brand How do I make people feel How do people benefit by working with me What are the words I would use to describe my work What do I do or have that makes me stand out from other people Keep your brand statement short and sweet to capture the essence of who you are and what you have to offer Search online for some different examples but keep in mind that everyone does it a little differently If you have any questions you are more than welcome to come in to the Career Resource Centre to talk to any of our Career Assistants Becky W 3rd year Tourism and Environment Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 27 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags makeitpossible Becky White Brock University job search networking personal brand Thursday March 13 2014 Portfolio Development What is a career portfolio A career portfolio is a collection of documents used to help individuals market their skills and experiences to potential employers It is used to give proof to the strengths and abilities that the employer is looking for in potential candidates and it is typically used during a job interview A portfolio is both a product and a process because it helps employers assess your suitability for a particular job and it can continue being developed to highlight your most recent achievements When is a Portfolio used And what is it used for During a job interview to highlight professional skills When applying to graduate schools or professional programs To track professional development and career growth During performance evaluations to provide evidence of your work Why develop a career portfolio Assists you in presenting your skills which gives you an advantage over other job seekers It increases your credibility by providing documentation that backs up your resume Draws parallels from what you have done to what will be desired on the job Who should have one Portfolio Myth Only very experienced senior job seekers should have a career portfolio Portfolio Fact In the interview your job is to support the information that is on your resume the reason you got an interview in the first place Therefore every job seeker has the ability to develop and use their career portfolio in an interview A well prepared Portfolio should Showcase your achievements Document the scope and quality of your experience Show your skills and abilities What do I include in my Portfolio There are many sections that you can choose to include in your portfolio Remember that there is no right or wrong way to develop your portfolio a portfolio is meant to showcase your achievements so highlight skills and experiences that you think are most applicable to the job you are applying for Sections to Consider for your Portfolio Education Experience Community Involvement Professional Development Characteristics Attributes Skills Extra Curricular Activities What to Include Education Section Post Secondary education teaches you the theories methods and practical skills required for a particular field or industry By including academic documents you can demonstrate to potential employers that you have participated in developmental exercises and have received recognition for it 1 You may choose to include the following in your education section Academic certificates diplomas degrees and awards Transcripts Lab reports or term papers Syllabi or course descriptions Licenses On the job training or company training courses Workshops or seminars For Grad Students The education section is important for students who wish to either apply to graduate school or who want to get into research positions By targeting your portfolio to specific schools or programs by including applicable assignments transcripts letters of recommendation from professors or TAs etc you will demonstrate to the hiring committee that you have the necessary experience along with documents to give evidence to your success Should we include anything else here I thought it would be an important section What to Include Experience What kind of experiential documents should you be including in your portfolio According to The Career Portfolio Workbook employers rank personal characteristics as one of the most important features when hiring new applicants This means that along with your transcripts and other academic documents you should consider including letters of recommendation or commendations you have received outside of

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