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  • Career Services Blog: June 2013
    getting an internship is that it can result to you getting a job offer In most cases companies end up hiring those who perform outstandingly in their internship programs Volunteering The biggest challenge you are to face as a job seeker is how you can stand out from the rest One option is to volunteer at some nonprofit groups or organizations that can give you relevant experience You may also get involved in some community activities promoted by your own school perhaps Turn to your professors and other industry professionals for advice on how you will stand out Networking Searching for a job can be difficult if you hardly know anyone in the industry you are entering With that said you should make an effort to get to know as many people as you can who can help you establish your career in the field You can do this through proper networking You can increase your connections and network by taking part in webinars conferences trade shows and other events where different professionals from your field gather and meet These people that you will know have the expertise and experience that can guide you in your own job search Travel Many college graduates look forward to a short break following their graduation day If you think you need time to relax and unwind before you engage in the battle of looking for a job you can go for a short trip to a different city or even country You can even use this trip to see if there are opportunities for employment in other places Good career planning means putting yourself in a position where you can choose among several opportunities to build a great career 9 Get to know yourself Getting to know yourself is imperative in finding a career and life path that you will enjoy and love For some this may be traveling abroad and exploring foreign places for others it may be self reflection and or career assessments Whichever way you do it get to know what you want out of life and what makes you happy and fulfilled 10 The last thing you should know as a new graduate is that Your future is bright and your whole life is ahead of you There are so many places people and jobs to explore and the best part of the adventure can be the ride So buckle up and start today because your future and career are waiting Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant Bachelor of Public Health Honours BA Sociology 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services Jami Coughler need to know new grads Tuesday June 18 2013 Work or Travel Which one will you choose The plan after graduation may be very different from person to person Some may be ready to hit the work force while others may want to explore internship opportunities or travel before settling into a full time career Whatever your choice Career Services has some great resources to help you with your plan If you are ready to start looking for work after graduation check out Career Services list of online job boards You can find anything on there from general job search sites to government jobs and even work intern abroad opportunities for the more adventurous folk Working interning or volunteering abroad would be a great way to couple travelling with gaining valuable skills and work experience A great way to merge 2 experiences into one Additionally as an Alumni you have access to CareerZone Brock s internal job board This site includes postings for jobs internships or volunteer experiences You can also refine your search to Niagara specific jobs national or international jobs Make sure to keep an eye on CareerZone because postings can pop up at any time To find more detailed tips about what to do after graduation check out my blog post from June 4 2013 or Jami s blog post from June 6 2013 Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 6 00 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services Career Zone Graduation Nella Paris new grads Tuesday June 11 2013 Live Chat with a Career Assistant TESTING TESTING Today our new Live Chat with a Career Assistant function was launched on our website During our office hours Mon Fri 9am to 4pm you can chat LIVE with one of the Senior Career Assistants working in the Career Services Resource Centre We can answer any and all of your career related questions or concerns Access our chat in the following sections of our website bottom right corner of the screen http brocku ca career services http brocku ca career services students alumni http brocku ca career services contact us We can still be reached for questions concerns via email at career brocku ca or at Ext 5115 if we are not online or if you require more in depth assistance Our Live Chat function will be available all summer long and into the fall semester We hope you find it helpful Hope to chat with you soon Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Honours Sociology 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 08 PM 6 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Assistants career resources Career Services Jami Coughler live chat Grad LINK Worried that once you graduate you will be out of the loop Trying to find another way to view current job opportunities Need additional career related information Grad LINK is the perfect solution to this problem The Grad LINK Network on LinkedIn is a great way to stay connected with Career Services staff employers AND your graduating peers By joining the Grad LINK Network you can view Highlighted job

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  • Career Services Blog: May 2013
    enjoy what you are doing Try not to be too narrow with your career choices and be open to variation you never know what may catch your interest Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career planning decision making Degree Exploration Guides Nella Paris Tuesday May 14 2013 Career Planning Research An important part of the Career Planning process is researching potential careers you are interested in so that you know what direction you are headed and can create a plan of action After completing Self Assessments you may find yourself still wondering if a particular career is right for you this is where your hard work will pay off While the research process might seem daunting it is well worth the effort if you want to find a career that best suits you one you are best suited for and one that you will love doing Here are some tips and resources that can help you in the research process 1 Degree Exploration Guide The Career Services Resource Centre has degree specific guides for each program at Brock On these you will find potential career options information about where to look for jobs specific to your industry professional associations which can be paramount in helping you network job search and find the most current industry standards and information as well as other information relating to your individual program Our Degree Exploration Guides are also available online 2 Explore Career Cruising You can simply search various careers that you want to know more about or you can complete the self assessment which I recommend and then click on the various job titles that Career Cruising generates for you Find info about the job education requirements average salary working conditions as well as related careers Visit Career Cruising through CareerZONE Resources tab or stop by the Resource Centre for help on getting started 3 Know Yourself Career and Self Assessments such as Type Focus are a great way to get to know your interests personality and values Type Focus also allows you to explore occupations set goals and help you prepare for your job search Getting to know yourself is crucial to the career planning process because it helps you narrow down what jobs you would enjoy doing and thrive in 4 Attend Career Events Your faculty may have a Careers Night where individuals come in and tell you about the career path that they followed using their degree In addition Career Services also attends or hosts events on campus throughout the year that can help you gain imperative information about a specific career or company Check the CareerZONE events calender throughout the year or contact your faculty s program coordinator or adviser to learn about upcoming events 5 Ask Questions The more you ask the more you will know It never hurts to

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  • Career Services Blog: April 2013
    a task or assignment it will at least prepare you so you do not fall victim to having procrastinated it and selling yourself short for time 2 No EXCUSES Example I just didn t have time to write the blog I ve been so busy finishing everything I have to do at Career Services before I leave Today is my last day STOP By making excuses you are just giving yourself another reason to procrastinate when you re trying to avoid this in the first place Solution 3 Make to do lists Example I m so glad I made that to do list so I could mark all of the priority items I had to complete before my last day at Career Services GOOD By creating a list of goals to be completed for each shift or even each week it makes it a lot easier to complete your tasks on time If you do not have a time line you might assume you have more time to complete something than you really do and then you might find yourself rushing to complete projects assignments last minute and ultimately do a poor job 4 Not only should you start TODAY but really always give yourself more time than you know you need Example 1 My assignment s due next month I ve got so much time I ll start in like two weeks BAD MOVE By waiting to begin her assignment she is limiting the amount of time she has to brainstorm come up with a good idea and really put together something worthwhile She might be able to finish it on time as long as nothing out of the ordinary comes up to devastate the short timeline but I anticipate a long night of coffee and red bull the night before this is due with no time for editing whatsoever Example 2 My assignment is due in a month I am going to start researching topics now and be done that Friday I will then compile the information I need and create my focus By next Monday I will begin writing spending 1 hour a night doing so I will finish writing by Friday one week before the assignment is officially due GREAT IDEA The second example is much more realistic and beneficial for completing the assignment on time This person set goals for completion made a timeline to accompany these goals and gave herself an extra week in case anything comes up 5 Set SMART GOALS Basically all of the advice I am giving you today comes down to planning ahead Use the forms attached to a previous blog about setting goals such as the Goal Action Form in order to really ensure you re being SMART S pecific M easurable A chievable R realistic T imely I hope these tips help you all I would like to say I use them often especially to do lists Everyone makes mistakes though so don t worry Just do your best But I promise getting your stuff done early and having spare time afterward feels WAY BETTER than having fun now and finishing it later because that assignment sticks in the back of your mind So get it out of the way and enjoy the spring summer friends Best Brittany Sr Career Assistant PS this is my last real blog post I m so sad and going to miss you all Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 13 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags avoiding procrastination Brittany Stewart procrastination stay on track stressed at work tips Wednesday April 24 2013 Introducing Next Year s Sr Career Assistant Team I am very excited to introduce the new Sr Career Assistants for the upcoming 2013 1014 school year Here s what the new Sr CAs love most about working at Career Services I love working at career services because I am constantly learning and putting that information to good use with real world results Becky White Sr Career Assistant 3rd Year Tourism and Environment What I love about working at Career Services is that I get to help students and make their lives a bit easier everyday I also enjoy my co workers company as work is so much more enoyable when you re working with friends Ben Nelles Sr Career Assistant 4rd Year Therapeutic Recreation I enjoy working at Career Services because it is a wealth of knowledge that has provided me with valuable skills necessary to succeed in the working world In addition I enjoy having the opportunity to share this knowledge with fellow students in order to assist them with their personal career journeys Nella Paris Sr Career Assistant 4th Year of Psychology I love working at Career Services because I enjoy helping people figure out what they want to do in the future We have an amazing team and positive friendly atmosphere which makes working here such a great experience Jami Lynn Coughler Sr Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health As the new Lead Career Assistant for the upcoming 2013 2014 school year I am looking forward to continuing to assist students in gaining confidence in their own skills and abilities during their stressful job hunt and when applying to graduate school Ben Nella and Jami will be working 9 4 Monday to Friday during the summer and I will be joining them for full time promotions and graphic work during July and August All of our services will continue to be available to students and alumni in need so stop by and say hi Ashley Paolozzi Lead Career Assistant 4th Year History of Art and Visual Culture Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 50 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi Sr Career Assistants Summer Hours Thursday April 11 2013 Exam Hours and Good Luck So the time is here another semester has come

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  • Career Services Blog: March 2013
    of doing one after the other interchange activities to facilitate creativity and so as not to lose interest 5 Do a time management check make a to do list With so many things going on at work it s important to remind yourself how to keep organized and prioritize tasks effectively Creating a to do list or multiple will help this cause because you can keep track of what you ve done and what you still have to do without the stress of forgetting And oh boy is it ever a nice little therapy session when you can cross completed tasks off 6 Listen to relaxing music If you can do this at work great but if not play it on your trip to and from as well as on lunch More importantly play music without lyrics because that will often create chaos in your brain as you sing along forgetting the important things you have to do when you get to work Classical music relaxes the mind and opens it up to critical thinking and it s a nice way to warm up for your day as well as cool down I hope these tips were useful and that you make the most of your work experiences while staying happy and positive Good luck Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 4 31 PM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart de stress fulltime work part time job personal brand professionalism relationships respect stressed at work summer jobs Workplace Behavior Workplace gossip Monday March 18 2013 Can t Get Enough of Brock Consider Spring and Summer Courses There are many reasons for taking summer courses during the spring and summer terms I m personally taking a language course this spring to take the stress off of learning a new language in the fall winter terms while dealing with the heavy demands of my normal course load Whatever your reason for taking spring and summer courses Brock University offers a wide range of classes from all of our faculties to give students the option of continuing their studies into the summer months Summer courses are a fantastic way to keep busy during the long summer break and to continue stimulating your mind to avoid the difficulty of getting back into school mode in September It s also a good opportunity to work on your context credits and electives or to take a language that would clash with your normal coursework in the fall and winter terms Here are a few important links to look through when considering classes this summer Spring Course Offered Times Offered Summer Courses Offered Times Offered Important Dates Registration for students with 9 0 or more credits register Monday March 25 and students with less then 9 0 credits register Wednesday March 27 So plan your classes ahead of time and be sure to meet with your academic adviser to keep your academic plan up to date Career Services will be open during the summer months weekdays from 9 00 4 00 so be sure to stop by and take a look at our resources and get your resume cover letter reviewed Best of luck Ashley Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 02 AM 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi Spring Summer Courses Summer Hours Thursday March 14 2013 Time to Update Your Transcript It s that time of year again As the end of the Winter term approaches you may want to consider updating your Experience Plus transcript with the many things you ve done and accomplished this school year To access your account go to your portal at my brocku ca and select Applicant Student Self Serve Student Self Serve Menu Career Services ExperiencePlus StudentData Here you will find the different sections of your transcript and have the option of adding in any experiences you haven t yet included These will then be verified by our Experience Plus staff and your transcript will be up to date If you re graduating then now s the time to finalize everything on your transcript before you request for it to be printed Don t miss out on including this official Brock document in your career portfolio or for future job applications Email the Experience Plus staff at expplus brocku ca if you have any questions or concerns regarding your transcript Happy tracking Lia Lead Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Experience Plus Experience Plus Transcript Lia Mancuso Tuesday March 12 2013 Med Plus Applications Planning on a career in health care Want some extra guidance as to what aspect of health care you would like to involve yourself in or want experience in the field you have your heart set on If so then Med Plus is definitely the program for you Whether you are an incoming student or a first year who missed the opportunity when you first came we welcome you to apply If you are in the sciences or health sciences and plan on pursuing a career in health care or medicine this is a great opportunity QUICK FACT 18 of regular students who applied to Med School were accepted while 44 of Med Plus students who applied were accepted It seems that the program greatly increases your chances of getting into med school and likely helps just as much in applications to other professional programs How come The reason for this is because you gain so much experience through the program that by the end of it you are able to articulate exactly what you are looking for and want You will be able to back what you tell the employer about what you know with experiences you have had which prove

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  • Career Services Blog: February 2013
    today for upcoming positions CareerZone will be your best bet to find the most variety of on campus positions available however keep checking BUSU Human Resources and Recreation Services because they do not always post on our job posting board By keeping an eye out everyday you will ensure that you will have enough time after a job has been posted to develop your application package if you need one fill out an experience works profile if they ask for this do this via your my brocku ca develop your tailored resume and cover letter and finally come in so that we can have a look at it and help you to make it the best it can be The good thing is is that reading week is coming up This means you will have some extra time to work on your resume so that it is prepared for that job you want to apply to when it comes available It is difficult to sometimes prioritize finding a job over school so use reading week to your advantage to job search and prepare Or catch up on work unless your going away to which case I say I envy you Moral of the story is keep an eye out now for opportunities for September because you might be too late if try and look for stuff then Have a good reading week Rosemary Senior Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 38 PM 4 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags fall jobs job search on campus jobs Rosemary Tamburini Tuesday February 12 2013 No Fear Phone Interviews In an age where the job market isn t the greatest and opportunities to travel for work are vast more often than ever employers are interviewing candidates via other means than face to face interaction In this blog I will provide you some tips on how to survive the PHONE INTERVIEW 1 Use a landline No matter how much planning you do to ensure you re in a good service zone you can t control dropped calls The last thing you want is to hang up on the interviewer they may not call you back 2 Write EVERYTHING down This goes for what you re going to say to the employer and for what the employer says to you While it s bad interview eitiquette to bring a list of your skills and experience with you to the interview after you ve prepared it one of the benefits to interviewing over the phone is that the employer can t see that So take advantage while preparing your answers for common interview questions write it all down and keep it in front of you right beside a list of your skills strengths weaknesses and a copy of your resume for reference And as I said make good notes about information the employer gives you over the phone Keep pens and paper handy 3 Speak sloooowly It s always a good idea to practice speaking slowly and clearly for any interview but especially on the phone It s one thing when an employer can see you in person because they can at least read your lips but on the phone they are completely reliant on their ability to comprehend you via listening and it s important to do everything you can to ensure you re getting the pertinent information across That means no gum or food by the way Just because they can t see you does not mean they can t hear your chewing in their ear shivers 4 Be as professional as you would irl in real life n00b So I know we ve been touching on the benefits to being physically invisible to the interviewer but just remember that body language translates into verbal language often Sit up straight smile get dressed up Whatever it is you have to do to project that professional image Finally check out Interview Stream a neat resource that films you engaging in a mock interview Great for practice for any sort of interview but especially for things like the phone or skype You can also send your video in to our office for feedback Check it out by visiting CareerZone and clicking on Resources You can also book a mock interview with krenaud brocku ca These are just a few tips but if you wanted some further information or further help on interview prep feel free to drop by to see us at the Career Resource Centre just inside the Learning Commons from 9 4 30pm Monday Friday Good luck Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 45 PM 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart hiring process interview interview preparation interview skills Interview Stream Monday February 11 2013 Summer Job Search in Your PJs Despite what your parents may tell you door to door summer job shopping is a thing of the past If you ve tried this method you will have noticed that most companies will tell you that you need to fill out their online application and that they don t accept resumes in person Though some summer job postings will still be advertised in the newspaper and through Now Hiring signs on the inside of shop windows we recommend consulting the following online job posting boards in order to ensure you have access to a wide variety of job postings General Job Search Sites www indeed com www jobgym com www workopolis com www wowjobs ca www jobcareer ca Check various company websites for more specific job postings ie Walmart Zehrs Work Abroad Sites www goabroad com www swap ca out eng index aspx www workingabroad com On Campus Job careerzone brocku ca busu net get involved jobs brocku ca dining services employment brocku ca recreation services student employment brocku ca student life community experience For a more

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  • Career Services Blog: January 2013
    help you out Hope these tips prove helpful Feel free to stop by the Career Resource Centre between 9am and 4 30pm Monday to Friday to discuss job search strategies or for anything else Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart deadlines hiring process job posting board job search on campus job resume writing showcasing yourself work abroad Thursday January 17 2013 The phone book it s good for more than just ordering pizza I know I know who even uses a phone book anymore Well you could And it may actually help you in your job search You heard me Stay with me here and allow me to explain With technology always advancing online job search tools are becoming more popular than options that may seem a little dated knocking on the front door of an employer s office anyone However this is not always a good thing With the explosion of online job search tools also comes the possibility of laziness in the job seeker Think about it It is quite easy to sit in front of a computer screen and apply to millions of job postings that come up in your Google search without picking up the phone or talking to anyone face to face We ve made job hunting literally faceless and impersonal something that is bound to take its toll on those looking for work I promise that there is still value in making a more personal connection to a potential employer a professional is bound to remember someone who put themselves out there rather than an applicant who just added their resume to the pile on their desk Enter the phonebook Don t underestimate the power of using this tool to aid you in your job search Here are a few ways to use this nifty resource Use it for what it is a community directory Target your job search and find specific companies and organizations you would be interested in applying to Write down their contact info or even create a chart to get your list super organized Use this information to conduct further research look for openings and prepare any application documents you might need Bring back the cold call Here s an idea use all those phone numbers you ve just collected and make some calls Prepare beforehand of course and make sure you are comfortable in letting potential employers know who you are what you are looking for and what you have to offer They may not have any openings at the time but when they do you can bet they just might remember that you made an impression on the phone a short while ago Make an appointment It s also a good idea to see if it is possible to schedule a meeting with a recruiter or hiring manager to discuss opportunities available within the company Meeting with them will give you a good idea of what kind of employee they re seeking You could also set up an information interview to speak with a professional who is in the position you re dreaming of They might have some great advice for you So there you have it ways to use a phone book for your own job search It pays to take advantage of any and all tools that can assist you in finding work including this oldie Good luck with your job search Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 7 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Search Career Services hidden job market job search Lia Mancuso phone book Wednesday January 16 2013 Don t Let Yourself Get Trapped Hi folks It has been a while since my last blog post and I think that that the topic today is an interesting one in that this topic comes up alot I often get questions from students and alumni concerned that they will get bored doing a certain career for a while and that once they get bored that they will be stuck because of their education I am here to tell everyone today that this is not the case at all It is certainly possible to search for jobs outside of your industry and I am here to give you tips on how to do just that So say for example you graduate and work in the industry in which your degree has led This is great and is what most students end up doing You continue to work at this position for a few years and move to a different position within the same industry until 10 years has passed and you feel as though you want more variety but you feel trapped within the industry in which you have worked since graduating This feeling is normal and trust me there is a way out Here is what you should do to start searching into other industries 1 Update your resume If you have been in the same position for a while I would recommend using a combination style resume which highlights your transferable skills If the new job you find is directly related but in a different industry then I would recommend using a chronological resume Both styles and more information about their use can be found at the resource centre 2 Look for positions based on skills as opposed to based on industry or job title For example teachers sometimes think they are stuck working in the school board their whole lives However many independent companies look for teacher candidates to teach training manuals to new staff This is a good example of looking for a job based on what you will need to do and the skills needed as opposed to looking based on the job title industry 3 While it might be difficult I

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  • Career Services Blog: December 2012
    YOUR holiday greeting cards make sure to update everyone on what you ve been up to and encourage people to respond with the same By updating others and finding out what they re doing in return you ll have an opportunity to hear about new fields of interest and also consider where you might fit into someone else s plans right now 3 Social Media Catch up on Facebook Go ahead and reactivate your Facebook account now that exams are over we all know you want to Take the time to see what everyone has been up to in the world of Facebook and Social Media in general Twitter Linkedin Did somebody update their job title Any statuses about new opportunities or work promotions Now s your chance to send out your congratulations and ask your friends acquintances about how they got where they are You never know what kinds of tips you might recieve Who knew lurking could be so productive afterall And in the meantime now is your chance to also update your career documents so they are ready for whatever opportunities might come your way In all seriousness there are lots of people off work right now and very few people looking for employment take this opportunity to be on the top of everybody s list of hires when they get back to work My advice be ready Also feel free to come by the Career Resource Centre to talk to us further about job searching and networking over the holidays We can review your cover letter or resume in just 15 minutes Open 9 4pm this month Monday to Friday until the 21st open again on January 2nd and regular hours beginning January 7th A good reason to get up off the couch P Happy Networking and see you soon Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 54 PM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart Holiday networking social media Jack s Holiday Contest This is just a reminder about Jack s Super Awesome Holiday Contest Don t forget to dress Jack up in anything that represents your family or culture s holiday and send it to csmedia brocku ca for a chance to win a 50 Campus Store Gift Card Things to include in the email name brock email if not emailing from that account phone number you can be reached by Have fun and Happy Holidays Ps Here s my Holiday Jack My family traditions include lots of mistletoe and big kisses from my grandma Looks like she got Jack P Best Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 10 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart Contest Holiday Jack McIsaac Tuesday December 11 2012 Information Interviews The majority of job seekers today use job search sites and social media to find jobs It has

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  • Career Services Blog: November 2012
    can make potential employers remember you over other applicants By flagging exactly what you d like to show them and offering the concrete examples of your experiences in your portfolio it will definitely make you stand out A portfolio increases your credibility by providing documentation that backs up your resume Having tangible evidence that supports your achievements can really validate everything you include on your resume Things like certificates job performance reviews awards or writing samples can all work to provide an employer or educational institution the documentation they need that directly attests to the information you provided in your resume Portfolios are a great networking tool Sometimes it becomes difficult describing an experience to another professional only using your words Your portfolio can provide another person with a more in depth look at your accomplishments which can push that individual to make a professional connection with you based on a better more visual representation of your skills Convinced yet I knew you would be Stop by the Career Resource Centre for information on how to get started on creating your very own portfolio Remember it s only to your benefit Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career resources Lia Mancuso networking portfolio production Wednesday November 21 2012 SMART FINISH 2013 Graduating this school year or next Anticipating further education or entry into the work force Wondering what your next steps after graduation are Well then don t miss out on this year s SMART FINISH 2013 From seminars on further education to building a network using social media in job search and useful strategies for paying back your OSAP this conference has everything you need to finish your degree smart When Saturday January 19th 2013 Time 8 30 4 30pm Cost 20 with lunch provided How to Register Career Zone This event was a huge success last year so make sure to mark it on your calendar Spaces fill up fast so keep an eye on Career Zone for the registration date If you have any questions for how to prepare or what to expect feel free to drop by the Career Resource Centre from 9 4 30pm Monday to Friday and any of the Career Assistants would be happy to help you out See you soon Brittany Sr Career Assistant Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 33 AM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brittany Stewart career event career exploration career planning entry level job following your passion fulltime work further education post grad Smart Finish social media Thursday November 15 2012 Grad School Applications Last year at this time I watched as all of the students who had plans of pursuing post grad programs started to get stressed with all of the application procedures and deadlines which in some cases are different for each school Fast forward to this year and I am in their position while some of the other career assistants in the centre are watching me stress as I did to others last year I however as a career assistant feel that I am pretty knowledgeable about the steps involved in applying to grad school so I started my process early And now I am going to share some of that knowledge with you in hopes that it might relieve some stress if you are in the process of applying and that it might prepare you if you will be applying this or next year Also if you are feeling overwhelmed I want to let you know that you are not alone in that and that this process is a very difficult one for everyone who has to go through it NOTE IF YOU HAVEN T STARTED PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS LET THIS BE YOUR WARNING TO START Seriously though most of the processes are very intricate While all programs require different things here is a list of some important things common to almost all grad applications which you should start considering and preparing 1 Transcripts These can be ordered through your my brocku ca portal and they cost 12 each 2 Letter of Intent Personal Statement If you do not know the difference or want resources on how to write one or both of these ducoments come into the resource centre and we can give you some tips and suggestions 3 Test Scores GMAT GRE MCAT LSAT PCAT DAT SAT most of these tests can be taken year long and multiple times Once you take the test or before you book it make sure to see when the applications for the program are due because you will need to include your test mark in your application 4 CV we have CV guidelines in the centre if you would like help writing one 5 Online Application Component 6 Online Payment 7 References Each program will say what it is they would like from the references It is important that you talk with some professors or professionals which one you use will depend on the program and have them agree to be a reference for you Once they have agreed they will either need to fill out a form online which you have to send them or the program you are applying to will send them a form which they will need to fill out and send to the program It will be your job to stay on top of your references to make sure that they submit your information by the deadline 8 Lastly find out if you are eligible for scholarships Grad funding This isn t a necessary step but it does help to off set the cost of grad school and allows you to focus on your research by giving you enough money so that you don t have to work Some of these applications also require things such as reference

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