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  • Career Services Blog: February 2012
    it with confidence and know its okay to do so You may consider coming into the Career Service Resource Centre to take a self assessment which will highlight your skills and interests and what area is best suitable for you We all have different talents areas of specialization and interests and through a self assessment you may find a job in which you never knew possible and then backtrack to find what kind of education is required I would also encourage you to visit your academic advisor Share your concerns ask questions and hopefully through some research and conversation you will know which path is best suited for you Remember you are in charge of your own life Change is never easy You fight to hold on You fight to let go It s up to you which battle you will choose Best of luck Hillary Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 45 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags academic path Brock University career advising career exploration career planning Career Services following your passion Hillary MacDonald Tuesday February 14 2012 My Day Job vs My Passion It seems there is always a pendulum swinging between making and pursuing your passion when deciding on your future career path For students who are pursuing post secondary education many say that one of the hopeful outcomes of their education is to work toward a higher pay scale But what happened to following your dreams To doing what you love and the pay cheque will follow Sometimes it s a little hard to materialize these notions when the pressure of achieving a decent paying job is on everyone s minds To this I say why not have the best of both worlds It is not uncommon for people to work full time at an unrelated job and pursue their passion on the side The benefit to this is that your salary may be at a higher level so you can afford the kind of lifestyle you want However as humans we naturally have many passions and it is quite possible to not only have a job you love but have equally as important hobbies or activities on the side This is why it is beneficial to engage in self assessments early in your academic life to match your personal skills and interests to a future career you might enjoy You might not need to make the sacrifice of giving up your true passion in life for a full time career meshing the two can be done If you need help at any point in your career planning process stop by the Career Resource Centre or check out website Good luck and remember to follow your passion Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 4 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career planning career resources Career Services following your passion starting

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  • Career Services Blog: January 2012
    the applications that come in for the open position which usually entails going over both resumes and cover letters provided by the applicants Stop by Career Services to go over any portion of your application and make sure all of your documents are free of spelling and grammar mistakes this is seen as extremely unprofessional However it is important to note that many employers are now using various social networking tools such as LinkedIn as part of the applicant screening process the quality of your online profile can play a huge role in determining whether you move on to the next stage of the hiring process Make sure your profile is professional and highlights all of your valuable and relevant experience If you get a call for an interview congrats This is the next stage of the process Interviews may come in many forms including group interviews panel interviews individual interviews and even Skype phone interviews depending on the location of the job Make sure you Prepare for your Interview properly by doing your research and anticipating the kinds of questions they might ask you This stage will usually either be followed by another interview or the decision making process by the employers Give the employers some time in order to make their decision 1 2 weeks and follow up if necessary Always provide a Thank You note The hiring process may seem daunting to those of us who are the prospective employees and not the employers but the most important thing is to be prepared and confident in your skills and abilities Stop by Career Services for more resources tips Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career resources Career Services hiring process interview Lia Mancuso preparation Tuesday January 10 2012 Challenging the Generation Y Stereotypes for Finding a Job When you think about the stereotypes that exist about our generation do you think they are fair Do you think there even are any When it comes to employment it is clear that a rift is forming between Generation X those born 1965 1979 and Generation Y those born 1980 1994 Recruiters are noticing differences in the working styles of those groups and in order to get a job it might be a good idea to recognize the stereotypes people think about you As a member of Generation Y I know I have different values and working style than older generations Obviously those born in the 60s and 70s are seen to be more dedicated to their work and those my age are seen to be lazy and spoilt It isn t really fair but when technology has been so pervasive in the time we have been alive it can be easy to see why older people perceive us as unmotivated When it comes to working Gen X take directions and get work done as Gen Y are all about asking

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  • Career Services Blog: December 2011
    networking purposes 6 Facebook Profile Use your privacy settings Facebook even updated the interface to make it easier for you Keep your status updates professional using lyrics to describe how sad your life is is unnecessary 7 Tweets Is your twitter account focused on specific topics or are you tweeting people about how much you drank last night and responding to every possible trend If your account isn t protected then your tweets had better follow your personal brand 8 Wardrobe Your wardrobe makes a lasting impression A classmate of mine always wore a skate hat wanted it to be part of his brand image Once you make a decision like that you have to stick with it If he showed up in a suit one day it would seem out of character for his brand Chose a wardrobe that suits you and your personality 9 Email Address sexychicka69 yahoo com will probably not receive an email after she drops off her resume If you haven t already switched to Google do it now yourname gmail com will look a lot more professional and it s more efficient than Hotmail too By branding yourself you are attaching your name to a specific area of expertise To make your brand last you need to walk talk and breathe it Create a brand manual to assist you in keeping to your brand The manual should describe in detail what your brand is why it was created future goals and standards Take a look at Brock University s Brand Toolkit for reference Begin creating your personal brand over the holidays so the next time you tell someone your name they ll know exactly what it means Samantha Extra Reading 10 Ways Personal Branding can Save you from getting Fired Posted by Samïna at 11 30 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags brand Brock University business card career advising Career Services personal brand portfolio production professional development Samantha Del Duca self image Tuesday December 13 2011 Large Company vs Not for Profit Who do you want to work for Deciding on the type of company you want to work for after graduation is usually not a question many people ask Usually students have an idea if what industry they would like to be a part of but haven t considered the advantages or disadvantages of working for a corporate versus non profit organization There are many differences and it is something that you have to think about as it corresponds with your working style greatly Non Profit Advantages Obviously working for a non profit is extremely rewarding The misconception still exists however that those who dedicate their lives to working non profit work more hours for less money This simply isn t true There are so many skills to learn and growth within organizations by taking this path As non profits get more sophisticated in how they do their business they are looking for anyone to utilize their skills to change the lives of others Disadvantages Working for a non profit means you have to work miracles with very limited resources Usually there are no concrete ways to measure just how much of an impact you are making The ability to raise money is extremely important so every penny spent has to be planned and accounted for This leads to many working in this field to burn out early in their careers Large Corporations Advantages Working at a large corporation means you get to meet a lot of new people who are of all ages and stages in their career More people stay at large companies because they have security and enjoy the work they do Many large corporations also offer perks such as trips and gym memberships to their employees who have worked there for a few years Disadvantages Job descriptions are often set in stone and there may not be a lot of room to move around once you get your foot in the door Promotions can only go so high and many people dislike the routine of the standard 9 a m 5 p m job Many new grads do not get the opportunity to work in a position where they make decisions so all work must be approved by someone else which can be frustrating and time consuming Thinking about this information now can save you making a costly mistake in the future Choosing what kind of environment suits your work style should be high on your priority list and is a great question to ask an employer on an interview So what will it be non profit or large corporation You decide Rachel Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services fulltime work Large Company Not for profit Thursday December 8 2011 Tips for Introverts on Networking So you re a little shy Maybe you like to keep to yourself sometimes You re an introvert and that s okay Your skills and accomplishments are just as important as everyone else s It also means that you as a student or potential job seeker need to learn the ropes of networking Never fear Career Services is here As an introvert myself I ve learned that successful networking is beneficial to both my personal and professional goals I ve learned to be more confident and clear when explaining my past experiences and have also learned to take more initiative in setting up a networking experience It s amazing how the more you practice the more comfortable you are in speaking to and or meeting with professionals Here are a couple tips for my introverted friends out there Remember those things called Information Interviews They re a great way to network one on one with professionals who are in your current position of interest These are less intimidating situations that can allow

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  • Career Services Blog: November 2011
    to go abroad can be a daunting task but there are a ton of resources available both online and in the Career Resource Centre that can help you get started Be sure to take advantage of International Services on campus too they know the ins and outs of student exchanges and other opportunities So what are you waiting for Start planning your time abroad today Happy Travelling Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Going Global intern abroad International Education Week Lia Mancuso study abroad volunteer abroad work abroad Monday November 14 2011 The Brock MBA for Non Business Students What do you want to do after graduation Do you want to compliment your undergrad major or go in a whole new direction Think about doing an MBA The Master of Business Administration is a highly flexible degree that is perfect advancing your career even if you don t have work experience Learn more about the Brock MBA during a Lunch Learn with Andrea Johnson from the Faculty of Business at Brock University on November 24 2011 She ll be providing an overview of what the MBA is and how it can help you jumpstart your career The event will be hosted in Sankey Chambers from 11 30am 12 30pm Free lunch is included Make sure to register on CareerZone by Friday November 18th at noon at careerzone brocku ca to secure your spot Don t miss out on this great opportunity Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 30 PM 7 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University business career event Lia Mancuso MBA post grad Friday November 11 2011 International Education Week Next week is International Education Week November 14 18 2011 Please update yourself on all the different activities that will be happening around campus and opportunities available for you In the Career Resource Centre we will have three specific days focusing on Working Abroad Volunteering Interning Abroad and Studying Abroad Jack McIsaac is also travelling around the world Come visit the Resource Centre to find out where he is and for a chance to win a 100 gift card to the Brock Campus Store You can also view the photo reflection from the trip Med Plus Trip took to Peru Theses events will be happening ALL WEEK We also have a Going Global Workshop that is happening from 1 2pm in Sanky Chambers To register for this workshop please visit Career Zone at http careerzone brocku ca Other events that will be happening throughout campus and for more information please visit THIS website http www brocku ca international education week We hope you will join us in celebrating International Education Hillary Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 34 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services Events Hillary MacDonald international International Education Week Jack McIsaac study abroad work abroad Tuesday November 8 2011 Today s the Day Career and Post Grad Expo Friends Today is the day we ve all been waiting for CAREER AND POST GRADUATE EXPO 2011 Tables are ready exhibitors are in the midst of registering and setting up and doors will open soon There are approximately 120 exhibitors showcasing employment organziations non profit organizations and educational institutions There is something for everyone If you have yet to register it s not too late and can be done from Career Zone We look forward to seeing you at some point today Even if you aren t a graduating student we encourage you to come by and take a peek Its never to late to start planning your future See you soon Hillary Special for you today a homemade poem brought to you by one of our CA s Rosemary and myself Career Expo is Today In Ian Beddis Gym hip hip hooray So come on out from ten to two Don t forget to wear dress shoes Bring your resume and look your best To increase your chance of leaving the nest It s one life one future one event Which will prove to be time well spent Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career event Career Expo Career Services Hillary MacDonald Friday November 4 2011 Dress Code at Career Expo To make the best first impression to an employer dressing appropriately should be a no brainer You should be surprised however at how many people don t make the effort to look their best Sam and I made a video on What Not To Wear for job interviews this summer which would be a good first place to start if you aren t too sure what you should be wearing with examples from our wonderful models Stephen and Sonya For our Career Post Graduate Expo event it is encouraged that attendees dress business casual A popular question that many people ask is what business casual dress actually consists of Obviously there are differences between male and female business casual which I will attempt to explain I wouldn t leave you to work it out on your own J For females dress pants or a knee length skirt should be worn Jeans are definitely not appropriate or anything too baggy or skin tight for that matter A top or shirt which is not low cut would be fine and a jacket or cardigan would be optional For shoes low heels that are closed at the heels that are closed at the toes should be worn and keeping jewelry to the minimum keeps your look classy and professional For males suits are always the best way to go Ties should be worn but again jackets would be optional Shirts should be long sleeved

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  • Career Services Blog: October 2011
    United Way Thursday October 27 2011 Balancing the University Life As students we want to make the most of our University days attending lectures and seminars completing work and assignments on time cheering on the Brock Badger sports teams and volunteering throughout the community On top of all that a part time job going home to celebrate a family birthday spending time with new friends participating in intramurals meeting with Ta s and Professors and planning career paths Oh and don t forget all the distractions that keep you from doing all that like keeping up to date on the latest Facebook layout or trying to beat your friend at Call of Duty Watching the newest episode of Modern Family or cheering on the Leafs all while Tweeting about what your not doing but need to do Plus the little things we do that eat at our time like dishes laundry cooking cleaning taking out garbage waiting for the bus being angry and the bus charging your iPhone waiting on RIM calling for cabs running for cabs standing in line at Timmies searching for a computer on campus And this is just what I can think of the list is endless So how can one make the most of our University days while still creating a balance between school and life This is where Career Services Mentorship Plus comes in handy This is a program specifically designed to help balance your life As a first year mentee you will have a senior student mentor in second year you will be in a peer group and upper year students can either be a mentor to first years or be a mentee to a mentor from the community Its a great program that will help to assist you as you try creating a balance For more information on Mentorship Plus please read a previous blog found here OR by visiting our Career Website at www brocku ca career services Until then all the best as you balance the University Life Hillary Posted by Career Services Blog at 8 19 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services Hillary MacDonald Mentorship Plus university Tuesday October 25 2011 Graduation now what Another graduation ceremony has come and gone at Brock University another group of graduates finally received their degree this past weekend at Brock s Fall Convocation But possessing a fancy piece of paper and being done school at an undergraduate level seems to beg the following question Now what To all those students graduated or not Career Services is here to help you answer that question Graduating can lead to many different paths directly entering the work force pursuing graduate school an internship or a post graduate diploma program as a few examples Career Services can help you with the career planning process and assist you in determining what the next stage in your life could be Remember that Experience Plus

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  • Career Services Blog: September 2011
    Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Career Services Career Zone job search new grads resume writing Samantha Del Duca Friday September 16 2011 Saying Goodbye It s a gloomy day at Career Services as our Social Media Marketing Assistant Samantha is leaving us She started working in Career Services as a Career Assistant in 2009 and has worked up the ranks while completing her Visual Arts Interactive Arts and Science degree After graduating in June 2011 and working at Career Services over the summer it will be sad to see her go Before my departure I interviewed her on her next career steps What did you enjoy most about working in Career Services The past two years at Career Services has been the best overall experience Brock University has had to offer me hands down Although training threw some curve balls at me I was able to develop professionally and became the career guru amongst my group of friends I m thankful for the time I ve been given here and the various opportunities I ve been involved with Aside from the invaluable information I ve gained I ve also created some great memories with amazing people If you could give new Brock students one piece of advice what would it be Explore your options and always have a back up plan So many students are unaware of the opportunities available to them Whether it involves work clubs or sports get involved at Brock and within your community to get the most of everything In reference to career options always have a back up plan I ve seen students so confused after their rejection from Med school or whatever have a plan for any situation and save yourself the tears Where do you see yourself in 5 years Professionally speaking I d like to have developed a specialization for myself in a respectable business that allows me to utilize a variety of creative and analytic skills on a daily basis I can t pin point exactly where in the world I ll be as much as I love St Catharines I m still up for exploring I ve grown a keen interest in marketing and advertising during my last few years at Brock The fact I watch more commercials than tv shows could have something to do with it What would your dream job be I can t say I have one specific dream job but it would definitely involve a mix of meticulous design work getting my hands dirty and solving situations with creative thinking As much as I dream of story boarding the next Adidas soccer commercial in a foreign country I d be very proud to hold a position with a company organization that really makes a difference in the world But let s be realistic right now my dream job would include a salary health benefits and vacation time haha What is your favourite movie It s tough to pick when you re practically a movie addict but I think one that I ll never tire from is Toy Story Disney definitely brought a real sense of magic to the series and the fact it grew up with me makes it so much better And yes my Toy Story beach towel lego alien keychain and Woody Buzz wall clock are priceless I will never forget working with Sam as a Career Assistant She was always so helpful to students and extremely approachable She also brought the best Italian snacks to our weekly meetings Her skills designing material are second to none and she has always been so creative when it comes to promotions and visual art Wherever Sam ends up next the organization will be lucky to have her From all of us at Career Services we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Make sure to keep in touch Rachel Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 30 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services Samantha Del Duca Thursday September 15 2011 Relationships at Work When I was in high school I worked as a cashier at a grocery store I vividly remember part of my training where we talked about relationships in the workplace Whatever anyone says to you no matter how much you like someone do NOT touch anyone else It will come back to haunt you the trainer said Funny I remember her saying it but I still managed to have a relationship with one of the bag boys What a mistake that was Personal relationships in the workplace can be hit or miss Obviously with more people working longer hours it is not uncommon for love to blossom between colleagues When you work closely with people you get to see them for who they really are and if that is in an appealing light Cupid could come calling and make things quite complicated Some workplaces prohibit workplace relationships and I can completely see why having been in a few First of all becoming cozy with a colleague can be a conflict of interest especially if one of you has more authority over the other or has anything to do with giving performance ratings promotions arranging salaries or approving reports If the relationship goes sour it can be quite upsetting and awkward for all parties involved Not disclosing a relationship with a coworker can get you fired so if you do decide to start something make sure you make it as public as possible Also if the relationship doesn t work out harassment cases are possible No one wants to be the employee that has to leave a company to get away from an ex It is always a good idea to check with HR about your company s policies regarding workplace relationships and whether it is worth risking your job asking out that special someone As for me the workplace relationships that I had foolishly participated in never lasted The last thing you want to see at work when you are meant to be professional is the guy or girl you have been arguing with for the last week about something ridiculous And if you do end things seeing your ex everyday does not make things any easier So my advice would be to take the advice given to me many years ago Don t touch anyone at work It more than likely won t work out and will save you a lot of heartache Trust me I ve been there Rachel Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 30 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags behavior at work career advising Career Services dating coworkers etiquette professional development Rachel Mills relationships self image Wednesday September 14 2011 VolunteerFEST Are you looking for ways to get involved with your community and network through volunteer opportunities VolunteerFEST is the perfect event for you Student Life Community Experience invites Brock University students staff and faculty to attend this free annual event on September 16 th 2011 between 10am 3pm in Jubilee Courtyard Meet dozens of community agencies looking for volunteers and make a difference in your community Stop by the Career Services booth to find out all the amazing things we have to offer you Sam Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 40 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services employer showcase Experience Plus networking volunteer Tuesday September 13 2011 Shop For Jobs 2011 The day has finally arrived It s time to Shop for Jobs Retail employers are looking to hire students for the academic term Visit us at the Shop for Jobs booth at the Pen Centre entrance infront of Green Earth and Coles to enter for a chance to win a 100 certificate to the mall and ask questions to make your pre interview butterflies go away Keep in mind employers are probably hiring students to cover shifts throughout the holidays as well Boxing Day is a busy time at the Pen Good Luck today Sam Nick Sam and Rachel at the Shop for Jobs booth Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 49 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services part time job Shop For Jobs Monday September 12 2011 Following Up with Employers What do you do after you ve handed out all your resumes Are you being a couch potato and waiting for someone to call You can t stop being proactive just yet It s time to prove just how interested you are By calling or emailing the employer to follow up on their hiring process it shows you are eager If the job posting specifically says only selected applicants will be notified or no phone calls then do not contact them Otherwise it s best to wait 2 weeks before following up Have questions prepared and perhaps introduce the idea you are interested in an interview opportunity If you ve already been to an interview be sure to thank the employer for their time and consideration You can read more on Thank You Etiquettes on our previous blog post For the sake of Shop for Jobs you ll have already met with the employer and possibly had an on the spot interview If you re curious it s ok to ask when they plan to begin hiring Good Luck Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 30 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career event Career Services etiquette follow up hiring process interview preparation Samantha Del Duca thank you Friday September 9 2011 Declining a Job Offer Last week you had no job and you were twiddling your thumbs watching reruns of Friends just waiting for the phone to ring and now you ve received multiple offers you poor thing what are you to do SITUATION 1 You ve accepted a job from the first employer you heard from because you were worried you wouldn t be receiving any other calls But now you heard from another employer who you d much prefer working for what do you do Hopefully you haven t started training because that would be a waste of your employer s time and resources Phone immediately after hearing from employer 2 and explain your situation Always speak in a positive manner you don t want to burn bridges You don t have to say exactly why you are choosing another employer Saying the other job is a better fit with your current career goals is better than comparing salaries Don t forget to thank them for their courtesy you never know maybe you ll be seeing them soon SITUATION 2 You have your eye on a specific employer but they haven t called yet In the meantime you ve received other job offers what do you tell them If you re dedicated to holding out for the big prize thank them for their offer but you d like some time to consider your options Employers don t expect to be your only choice Respect their schedule and respond within the week with your final decision It s rare but some employers may request you to also provide a written letter of your decline for their human resource offices to consider in future job postings This usually only occurs within Situation 1 if you filled out paper work and started working already Remember the key to declining a job offer is to be respectful and tell them as soon as possible so they can make alternative plans Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 42 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services fulltime work job search new grads part time job Samantha Del Duca verbal response Thursday September 8 2011 Living Away From Home Living away from home for the first time is kind of like going on vacation It s expensive you get lost but call it an adventure you party until you or your wallet burn out and your meals consist of questionable food If this is the first time you re away from home there s no reason to be scared if the rest of us made it so will you I asked a few students what they thought was the toughest part about living away from home was and this is what they came up with When in doubt Google it Don t know how to do laundry Need to save money Awkwardly trying to settle in The internet knows all Don t spend all your time hiding and moping around in your dorm though Get out and meet people September is prime time for making friends on campus Everyone is in the same boat as you so why not be the brave one and say hello organize a get together with everyone on your floor or adventure the city and find the hot spots Getting a job on or off campus will expand your friendships and get you more involved leaving you with less time to be homesick Yes there will be plenty to adapt to Between roommates cafeteria food professors that either mumble or have a foreign accent you ll get through it because you ll have met hundreds of other students who ve had just as many awkward moments as you do A few things about St Catharines The weather is different at the top of the escarpment than from below Buy fresh food at the farmer s market It s set up downtown every Tuesday Thursday and Saturday The transit isn t very reliable the one day you absolutely need to be on time the bus will go right past your stop It s close to everything 1 hour to Toronto or Buffalo And the rest you ll just have to figure out for yourselves Get comfy you re gonna be here for a while Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 30 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services highschool grad Jack McIsaac living away from home Mentorship Plus Samantha Del Duca students study abroad Wednesday September 7 2011 What is Shop for Jobs School is officially underway Yay Starting a new term is always so exciting When I was a student here at Brock there was nothing that got me into the school spirit than coming to campus meeting up with friends lining up for hours to get my bus pass and buying super expensive textbooks Talking about expensive textbooks many students struggle with their finances while at university A great way to lift some of the burden is to get a part time job while completing your studies To help students find work Career Services is once again holding its annual Shop For Jobs event at The Pen Centre in St Catharines If you are looking for a job in food services retail or customer service this event is for you We have over 15 stores at The Pen Centre who are setting up tables outside of their stores on Tuesday September 13 th from 12 p m 6 p m eager to interview Brock students for available positions All you have to do is visit the information table where Sam and I will check you in bring your resume and any questions you may have wear your business casual clothes and go wow some employers We strongly encourage you to visit the Resource Centre this week to get your resume reviewed by a Career Assistant before attending the event We want all attendees to be successful in finding work and this is just one way to ensure that employers take you seriously Another would be practising your interview skills on Interview Stream so no questions leaves you stumped Quick tips and a cool Prezi about the event can be found on the Career Services website Good luck everyone Rachel Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 45 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career event Career Services interview interview preparation job search part time job Rachel Mills resume writing Shop For Jobs students Tuesday September 6 2011 OWeek at Brock Welcome to Brock University Get used to calling this campus home because trust me you ll be here as long as you re not sleeping and sometimes even then O Week is prime time for you to venture the campus meet your roommates find your classes and get free stuff If you ve already been at Brock for a while welcome back It s our duty to pass on our words of wisdom to freshmen regarding Frosh week BUSU plans a jam packed schedule every year to get students acquainted with Brock The first day today starts up with the Vendor Fair This is where you can scope out tons of Brock clubs and services and fill your bag with stuff Visit our booth for a chance to win a television and get more information on Shop for Jobs The rest of the week can get pretty messy between concerts barbeques dances bonfires etc Have a great week You know where we ll be if you have any questions about work and your degree Samantha Sonya Molly Stephen setting up the booth this morning Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 49 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services Shop For Jobs Friday September 2 2011 Moving On Today is a sad

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  • Career Services Blog: August 2011
    something new to the workforce and has a promising rate of development Career trends are important to keep up with and it s proven to be very beneficial during one s job search process especially in today s economy Resources that our Career Assistants rely on for trends and labour market information are listed below We keep a hard copy record of the current previous and future career outlooks which you re also welcome to flip through in the Resource Centre Canada s Top 100 Niagara Workforce Board Fast Company Working in Canada Ontario Labour Market Information Human Resources Skills Development Canada Remember Trends and Labour Market information are two different things Trend n Jobs that are currently popular or progressing with a promising outlook Labour Market n Job positions that are in high demand by employers and desirable by workers thus creating competition between applicants So while you re deciding what to do with your degree remember to think outside the box and consider opportunities that may not exist for another 5 years By being aware of future outlooks in the job market you will be better prepared for your ultimate job search Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 1 01 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising career exploration career planning career resources Career Services hidden job market job search job trends labor market Samantha Del Duca unemployed Thursday August 18 2011 Career Zone The Job Board has been updated Career Services in association with the BCDO and Brock Co op offices have been working to update the job board now called Career Zone with Orbis Career The system can be accessed through this link and you must sign in with your Brock ID This ensures that the postings are secure and exclusive to the Brock community The system will recognize your student account and provide the most relevant job postings to you So if you are a part time student are not eligible for Experience Works positions they will not show up on your screen If you are a co op or business student additional postings provided by the BCDO and Co op offices will also be visible to you CareerZone is customized for you so you don t have to sift through irrelevant postings Another cool feature in CareerZone is a calendar of our events throughout the year which will include workshop schedules and employer showcases Quick Tip Once you log on with your student ID you will be navigated to your dashboard To search for work click Job Postings and the most recent submissions will be on the home screen To do an advanced search from here click Search Job Postings You can save your searches for quick access later as well as your resumes It s pretty easy Note to Alumni We re here to help you transition from the academic world into your career CareerZone is available to you in the same manner as current students minus the co op opportunities So keep your eyes open for employer showcases and job fair events on the calendar too Note to Employers If you are interested in posting a position on CareerZone you must complete a one time registration form in order to post Once you have received a username and password you may post as many positions as you d like Note to Faculty Staff If you d like to post any positions to the job board please complete your account registration and use the username password provided to log in Once you have an account you can post as many positions as you d like get access to our workshops and online resources Note to Community Members Once you have registered you may post jobs for babysitters tutors yard workers etc to be listed under our Casual Job Board Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 58 AM 4 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career event career resources Career Services Career Zone job posting board job search on campus job part time job Samantha Del Duca students workshop Wednesday August 17 2011 Resume Reviews Could you review my resume Sure Let s have a seat I m just going to make some notes and I ll explain it all after In the meantime why don t you take a look at these handouts Ok so you have a great start but there s a few suggestions I d like to make And then it s like you finally see colour hear the music and walk on water beside a unicorn Building your resume is like an art I can say that because I ve seen a lot written many and slightly gasped at a few We Career Assistants have developed a series of resume guidelines and samples according to specific career paths and general employment which are all available in the Career Resource Centre Believe it or not your resume should be tailored to your desired career Business medical and art resumes are separate worlds apart we can teach you the difference between the resume you have now and the one you could have you just have to drop in and ask We have plenty of guidelines samples and worksheets to help you develop an amazing resume It does take quite a bit of effort but it s totally worth it And don t forget a resume is never complete there s always updates and edits to be made so you ll have plenty of practice and be a pro in no time Drop in for a free review of your resume cover letter curriculum vitae or portfolio It generally only takes 10 minutes so there s no excuse not to And if you re really dedicated to learning we are always thrilled to provide career advice to those who ask It s a student to student service no need to be nervous September is approaching Have your resumes handy because there s plenty of positions ready to be filled Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 27 PM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University career advising career resources Career Services cover letter curriculum vitae references resume writing Samantha Del Duca workshop Tuesday August 16 2011 The Wall People often awkwardly prop themselves infront of this magazine rack and stare at the wall with a look of confusion or maybe hope as if the magazine with the perfect article is going to jump into their hands Don t be afraid of the magazine wall just grab a bunch of them please its free Career Services magazines cover topics for everyone finding entry level jobs career trends grad school teaching work abroad jobs in business technology arts and so much more My favourite magazine is Fuel Inc It s a Canadian magazine that comes out once a year and relates today s careers to the jobs of our favourite television characters Let s face it TV is where many of our when I grow up I want to be a moments rooted from This magazine s approach has a fresh way of providing valuable information In fact the magazine was so cool we re all out I m excited to see the new edition this Fall Get your copy while it s hot these magazines are only mailedto high schools colleges and universities I ve read every magazine on that wall and I can honestly say it s good stuff When I was considering post grad I read the grad school planning guide and it answered a lot of questions which made my decision very easy A past co worker was obsessed with the SWAP magazines and she s actually going to work in Ireland soon In addition to magazines we receive mail from organizations employers and post grad schools and we squeeze them in when we can So next time you re walking by the Resource Centre know it s ok to stop and have a look Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 20 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career resources Career Services Samantha Del Duca Monday August 15 2011 Major Opportunities Ohhhh you re an art major So what re you gonna do with that It was people s automatic reflex similar to word vomit every time I answered the infamous introduction question what do you go to school for Everyone seemed to thrive off the deer in headlights look and delayed answer I dunno I just like art but never really expected me to one day reply with well I m designing a video game animating 3D shorts and sometimes I draw naked people but the labour market looks promising in advertising I always had a general idea of what my degree could do for me but I had never really researched the opportunities available to me until I was introduced to my DEG My DEG informed me of all the latest career opportunities for people with my degree and more skills I develop as a student of this degree business employer directories job search resources professional associations and where to find further education and internship opportunities My DEG provided me with a wealth of information I just had to decide what to do with it next I admit I used my DEG to rule out options but when it came to a close tie I took the information I had to Career Cruising for yet another interest assessment and took advantage of the whole thing You might be thinking who is this DEG and where can I get my hands on them Don t worry there s plenty to go around Career Services has a DEG for everyone in any major at Brock University They re actually lined up against the wall waiting for you to pick them off and take them home Reasons you should take a DEG home with you for more than one night You are Not sure what jobs you can get with your degree Switching majors Looking for resources to find a job or further education Proving to your parents that your degree is just as good as theirs A DEG is like the swiss army knife to your career path it will help you explore what your degree has to offer so when someone asks what are you gonna do with that you can say lots of things Find your DEG online or in the Career Resource Centre and realize the potential of your degree the DEG wall at Career Services DEG n 1 abbreviation for Degree Exploration Guide 2 A career resource document created by Career Services and academic advisors at Brock University to provide students with examples of career opportunities and skills developed according to their major Samantha Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Canadian Career Cruising career exploration career planning Degree Exploration Guides job search Samantha Del Duca students Friday August 12 2011 Experience Works With September approaching so quickly you might have thought about applying to some of the on campus jobs listed on our Career Services Job Posting Board Working on campus is a great opportunity with perks like flexible hours a convenient location and competitive wages they are an attractive option for students looking for work But what if you see this thing at the top of a job posting This indicates that you need to be eligible for the Experience Works program to apply to specific jobs Experience Works enables students to build their transferable job skills by providing funding to faculty and staff to hire students for on campus positions To be approved for this program you must complete a Student Profile and your eligibility will be determined by the Student Awards Financial Aid office You will receive an email letting you know if your profile has been approved or not usually within 1 2 weeks depending how busy the office is If you re approved you will obtain a valid Experience Works Approval email that you can attach with your application to Experience Works jobs Don t forget You are required to re apply for Experience Works each term For information on how to be approved for Experience Works visit the Student Awards Financial Aid Work Study site To find Experience Works positions visit the Career Services site Lia M Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 6 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University Career Services job search on campus job part time job students Thursday August 11 2011 Experience Plus Track your achievements Your resume can emphasize more than your work experiences Experience Plus helps to track your involvement at Brock University and showcases your achievements on an official transcript This transcript is perfect for your portfolio and bringing to interviews Your Experience Plus transcript can document your academic awards jobs on campus workshops attended volunteer hours transferable skills and more Log onto your Brock Portal and create review your information to make sure it is up to date Once your data is submitted our Experience Plus Assistant will verify your information and track it on your transcript it s simple And best of all you can request this official Brock University transcript at any time during your academic career at Brock University It s better to update your transcript on a regular basis so you don t forget all the great achievements you ve completed 2007 Sample Experience Plus Transcript Click on the image for a larger view Follow these steps to access your Experience Plus Account Log onto my brocku ca Click Applicant and Student Self Serve Click Student Self Serve Menu Click Career Services Experience Plus StudentData To request a copy of your transcript click ExpTranscript So what are you waiting for Access your Experience Plus Account today and get tracking Sr Career Assistant Lia M Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 59 PM 6 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University Career Services Experience Plus interview preparation Plus Programs portfolio production professional development resume writing Wednesday August 10 2011 Personalized Workshops Order a Workshop Career Services recognizes the individual and diverse needs of Brock students That s why we offer our workshops by request in order to work around your busy schedule Here s how it works Find a group of 5 to 10 people interested in one or more of the topics listed in the workshop menu below Decide on date and time options that are convenient for your group Send an email to khammond brocku ca with your request Career Services will confirm a date time and facilitator for your workshop Please provide at least 1 week notice per request Workshops are subject to staff availability Customized requests are welcome For more information and to order a workshop contact Kara Hammond Resource Coordinator and Faculty Liaison 905 688 5550 ext 5268 khammond brocku ca Workshop Menu Time Commitment Accomplishment Based Resume Writing 1 5 hours Career Planning 2 hours Customizing Cover Letters 1 hour Interview Strategies and Practice 1 5 hours Job Search Strategies 2 hours Portfolio Production 1 5 hours Summer Job Search 1 hour Workshop descriptions available at brocku ca career services students alumni workshops Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 43 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to 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shadow Med Plus helps their students prepare for further education in medicine and realize their career goals For more information about Med Plus visit our website Samantha Posted by Samïna at 1 00 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services further education Med Plus mentee networking Plus Programs professional development students workshop Monday August 8 2011 Mentorship Plus The Mentorship Plus program caters to every Brock student even alumni No matter what year or program you re in Mentorship Plus can benefit you The program is broken into levels to suit you depending on your year of study The levels of Mentorship are further explained on the site During my time at Brock I was involved with 2 of the 4 levels I was a senior mentor and also a career mentee As a senior mentor I was able to warn my mentee a 1 st year student about all the things I screwed up on in my first year like parking fines library 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    for a flight home Time off Assuming you are teaching abroad to see the world and the country you are staying in you will probably want time to travel Ask about holidays and how much time you get off Just because you are a teacher doesn t mean you get summers off Benefits it is VERY important that you have a health plan where you are teaching If the company you work for will not offer you health benefits and they should make SURE you sign up for a plan in Canada Sometimes the benefits that come with your school may not be all inclusive it may not be a bad idea to sign up for a travel insurance plan back in Canada even if you are offered one abroad They are often not that expensive and we know of several instances where people have had to rely on their back home coverage in big accidents Some companies also help you find a place to live pay for your flights or cover other expenses Make sure to ask what kind of benefits you will receive More teaching abroad topics by Shane continued here Posted by Samïna at 12 20 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Canadian career advising Career Services entry level job further education hidden job market international job search new grads teaching unemployed work abroad Teaching Abroad Shane s World Part 2 This is the continuation of Shane s advice on teaching abroad from here What country should I choose Korea and the UK are probably the most popular choices at least for qualified teachers but that doesn t necessarily make them the best or only choices There are so many options so it can really pay off to think about what you are looking for and pick your ideal place Many countries in the world need English teachers and only require TESOL Thailand Brazil Mexico Italy Japan China Czech Republic It is important to think about what you want to get out of the experience we were looking for a totally new cultural perspective but that kind of culture shock may not be for everyone Do research into what it is like living there from a Western perspective This can be helpful for example you might not be able to find the same amenities as home For instance in Thailand deodorant is different so you might want to pack some Also visit a travel nurse if possible at least three months in advance they can tell you a lot and will make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations TESOL TEFL course If you are already a qualified teacher you probably won t need to take this course to get a job It can be a helpful course though if you need some pointers on how to properly teach the English language Trust me the English language is harder to teach than you would think If you are not a qualified teacher I highly recommend taking this course as many individuals you will be competing for jobs with will have the qualification You can either take the course before you leave or at your destination Both options are good but if you are looking to make some connections and meet new friends it is a great idea to take the course in the area you will be teaching Further Tips Class size some schools think it is acceptable to have one teacher for 50 kindergarten students if this isn t something that seems acceptable to you you should ask about class size Resumes resumes can change substantially between countries Try to find out what a resume looks like where you are applying For example we were surprised to find that a photo is standard on a resume here Daves ESL café Ajarn com have frequently updated job boards Many recruiting companies or English teaching companies have been reviewed online it is worth searching the company you will be working for to see if it has reviews Some companies seem great on the face of things but treat their teachers really poorly I want to give a big thank you to Shane for taking the time to provide advice from first hand experience Hopefully you can digest this information and be able to make more affective decisions I know a lot of students and friends who have graduated from the Niagara region and expect to find a teaching job within 5 years The truth is there aren t any secure positions available and supply teaching is limited due to seniority By teaching abroad you can get the experience you require to move ahead when you arrive home it also gives you some wild stories I know Shane is having a blast Good luck Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 12 19 PM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application career advising Career Services entry level job further education hidden job market international job search new grads professional development Samantha Del Duca teaching work abroad Thursday July 21 2011 Anywhere But Here Work Abroad Many graduating students find that they aren t quite sure what to do once they get their degree It is a challenging decision one that can make or break the start of your career It would have been common place years ago to take a year off to travel abroad and the trend is now starting to gain popularity again as many alumni are realizing the opportunities available to them overseas It s not for everyone but if you like to travel immerse yourself in new cultures meet new people and make money at the same time working abroad might be right for you There are tons of websites offering work exchanges and internships to Canadian students to places like Korea Australia the UK and the US to name a few You are wrong in assuming that working abroad only involves teaching English It is easy to find international positions that incorporate many of the degrees offered at BrockU Companies around the globe are looking for new talent and if you are willing to travel and have the qualifications it would serve you well to bring your Canadian work ethic to their attention Just like international students that come to Canada to study working abroad means that you are now the foreigner and have to fill out a lot of paperwork Things to consider would be documents you need to work in another country Visa s change depending on where you are traveling The Going Global website mentioned this week is a great resource for finding out what you need in order to work in the country of your choice Housing is always a costly experience you have to factor in before getting a job as most companies will not include this in their offer Career Services is jam packed with information regarding work abroad We have so many resources I can t mention them all First of all I would pick up a copy of Verge Magazine which we have on our magazine wall in the Resource Centre It is full of job postings and interesting articles about other s experiences overseas The Career Services website also has a slew of websites and job boards giving you all the information you could ever need before making this life changing decision The International Student Services department at Brock can also help you with any questions you might have Happy job hunting Rachel Mills Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 16 PM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University Canadian career advising Career Services entry level job Going Global hidden job market international job search new grads Rachel Mills teaching work abroad Wednesday July 20 2011 Going Global Yes the thought of going abroad can be exciting but once you sit down and think about how you ought to prepare yourself it can be very overwhelming You ll have to arrange work permits passport documents insurance coverage and on top of that condense your packing list let s face it you don t really need five pairs of shoes Career Services has created an account with Going Global to help you prepare with the latter By signing in with your Brock ID you have a world of information available at your fingertips The country guides are broken up into categories Job Search Resources find government internship and other job positions with agencies Resume CV Guidelines other countries have their own expectations of resumes for example China requires photo identification Work Permits Visas depending on your situation holiday vs work vs student you can find the document that s right for you Interview Advice learn the differences between Canadian and International interview expectations Top Companies Industry Employment Trends focuses on popular job categories within the country Cultural Advice embrace a new culture Financial Considerations your main costs will consider housing food and transportation Business Networking Groups Embassy Listings handy in case you run into a bit of trouble knock on wood This is a great tool to begin your research and decide where s best for you to travel in consideration with your goals There is an extensive employer directory and they ve also created USA Canadian city guides I encourage you jump with excitement throughout your planning process but strongly advise to remember the little things Being on your own in a new territory is thrilling but anything can happen Look out for yourself be aware of your surroundings and always have a back up plan for situations ie stolen passport lost luggage getting sick etc At the same time no matter how prepared you are it doesn t mean it will stop things from happening but it will assist in overcoming those situations In a nutshell have fun and be smart Another website I d recommend to help decide where to go Lonely Planet Leaving on a jet plane don t know when I ll be back again Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 11 47 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services curriculum vitae Going Global hidden job market international job search new grads resume writing Samantha Del Duca teaching work abroad Tuesday July 19 2011 International Students in Canada Welcome to Canada At Brock during the 2010 2011 school year we had 1 265 international students on campus That s a lot Can you imagine traveling to another country to go to school Thousands of hungry young minds take the trip every year and many decide that Canada is the place to be Living and studying abroad can be very costly which is why many international students decide to work during the school year If you are considering working in Canada there are a few things you need to remember depending on where you would like to work Campus jobs are the easiest to apply to as you do not need a work permit Not only do you get to make some money but working where you study can help in the transition to your new school assisting in finding your way around and meeting new people If you are looking for work off campus you must first receive an off campus work permit To be eligible to apply you must already have been in Canada for 6 months be a full time student and in good academic standing An off campus work permit allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during each semester and up to 40 hours during scheduled holidays such as Christmas and spring break To apply for an off campus work permit you can go to www cic gc ca english study work asp and download the application or apply online at the same address If for any reason you discontinue your studies or are no longer in good academic standing you MUST return your work permit You don t want to mess with Immigration Canada Finally once all that is complete make sure to stop into the Career Resource Centre to Canadian ize your resume This will give you a better chance of getting that all important first interview and showcase all of your wonderful international experience Career Services is open to you for all of your work related questions If you have any specific questions ask the international experts over in International Services Rachel Mills Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 30 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University Canadian Career Services international job search Rachel Mills resume writing work abroad Monday July 18 2011 Pack Your Bags For those of you who are itching for a change of scenery want to indulge in new cultures gain new skills and find adventure outside the corporate world it may be time to consider going abroad Going abroad will not only provide amazing photographs and memories to last a lifetime the experience will introduce new skills cultures and basic things liiiiike responsibility Also having international experience can help in your ultimate job search once you return to home if you return home There s an entire world for you to discover and you re just sitting here at your computer staring at your tropical screensaver Decide why you want to go abroad and what you d expect from it There are generally 3 types of people culture seekers partiers and shopaholics Cruise the Greek islands dance till dawn in Barcelona and eat your heart out in Italy or be an archeologist and do excavations in Peru help with animal conservation in Thailand and get your hands dirty building homes in Jamaica There s something for everyone out there Yes you can do all of these things at home but where s the culture Where s the adventure By working volunteering interning or just plain travelling abroad you are providing to a community and receiving a wealth of experience unlike any other at home So if you ve caught the travel bug whether it s within your province country or abroad get on board and be proactive This week the blog will discuss things to consider before your trip and provide resources to help you get there Hasta la vista Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 12 37 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services entry level job Going Global hidden job market international job search networking Samantha Del Duca work abroad Saturday July 16 2011 The Question You Fear Most Greener9595 I d suggest doing some research on the expected salary prior to the interview If you have a general idea of the salary given to similar positions in the same city you re one step ahead The Canada Salary Calculator can provide information based on job categories in your province or postal code area Penelope Trunk s blog discusses how to avoid proposing the salary before your employer This is a good strategy because you don t want to shoot too high or low If you are stuck and need to respond you could answer something along the lines of I ve been told a position of this stature would generally offer between this way you are restating your advice rather than providing a definite answer Also saying something like I believe the salary of your previous employee in this position would be fair could open up a negotiating conversation Thanks for the response Chris And thank you to the students asking on Jack s facebook Good luck Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 1 57 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services entry level job facebook interview Jack McIsaac job search new grads professional development Samantha Del Duca starting salary twitter Friday July 15 2011 Thank You A thank you note goes a long way in keeping you fresh in the mind of the interviewer especially if you have just had the best interview you have ever had It is a great way to show that you are genuinely interested in the position and have reflected on what has been said It can even increase your chances of getting a job offer Now who doesn t want that First of all you should decide if you are hand writing or emailing Hand written notes add a touch of thought and personalization that emails sometimes lack On white paper or something with a minimalistic design your note should be short clear addressed specifically to the person you were speaking with and preferably hand delivered to them or their secretary the next day What you say should always be genuine and show that you have been interested in the interview process By using phrases like Upon reflection and Listening to the points you made can help show you have been paying attention and allows you to tie your skills to the position you are applying for Finally make sure that you leave your details for how and when you can be contacted Instead of having to pull out your resume again this simple reminder will save the employer time and help them make the crucial decision to hire you When you are networking or going to job interviews the thank you note is a key tool in ensuring that you stand out from the rest of the crowd If you would like more information on how to write a thank you note stop into the Resource Centre and speak with a Career Assistant on how to craft a great personalized thank you Alternatively Monster has a nice template you can look at to get you started here Rachel Mills Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services etiquette interview professional development Rachel Mills Thursday July 14 2011 Do You have any Questions for Us At the end of an interview the employer will ask if you have any questions for them They re not just trying to be nice they actually expect you to have prepared for this This is especially when they can tell if you ve done research on the position department or company The more knowledgable you are about the position the more specific questions you can ask How bout them Yankees could be an entertaining icebreaker but here s a few suggestions to follow up on after the sports and weather talk What exactly would my day to day responsibilities be It is essential that you clearly understand your role and the tasks that you would be expected to undertake It s easy to make assumptions and get the wrong impression from the job posting so don t be afraid to dive in and ask specific questions What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years What types of people seem to excel here What are the opportunities for training and career advancement These questions serve two purposes They help you to understand where the job might lead and what skills you might acquire They also signal your ambition to advance and that you re setting goals for yourself If you research ahead and mention you ve heard of a specific project and are curious how it ll play out or if your position will obtain a role in the project you ll appear to be dedicated and well informed How do you feel that I measure up to your requirements for this position Ballsy question indeed If you can muster up the courage for this one you ll receive quick feedback and won t go home pacing If they say you re a good fit you can ask if there are any reasons you may not be offered the position If they say you re lacking a key skill or attribute you can politely point out some relevant experience or strength that you may have previously left out What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first 3 6 months You are showing the employer that you are ready to jump into whatever projects are lined up or have been left behind by your predecessor This demonstrates your interest in the position itself and also shows a personal desire to contribute to the company s success By understanding the challenges ahead of time you are able to dive in and create a successful plan of action instead of belly flopping Never ask a question that can simply be answered with a yes or no Consider it like a first date you re going nowhere with a flat conversation And if the employer skips this part of the interview speak up and ask if they wouldn t mind if you had a few questions for them Be creative be enticing be analytical be you Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 12 06 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services entry level job interview Interview Stream new grads Samantha Del Duca Wednesday July 13 2011 New Grad n00b to Experienced Professional As a new graduate it s unlikely you have all the experience required to step into a career with 110 confidence The skills and experiences you have from previous employment internships volunteering or class can help you The only thing you need to do is recognize what skills you ve obtained that are transferable into your field of work I ll let you in on a little secret by tweaking your resume not lying and using key words to target an employer your chances of beating your competition are automatically raised When you are applying to a large company or online in general your application is put through a large database and saved on file for about 3 6 months During that time period HR can use search words to find the perfect candidate s application in just one click The more key words your resume uses the better chance you have of being found in the database Even if it doesn t go through a database employers recognize certain words while skimming your resume better than others I m not telling you to use the same word 10 times in your application Read the job posting note the requirements that you qualify for and then use a variety of key words within your application It s that simple For example by working in customer service you can break it up into various skills such as oral written communication time management active listening critical thinking attention to detail etc Use these transferable skills within your accomplishment statements or cover letter and you ll sound like a pro in no time Now when they ask in the interview why you d be an asset to their company you have a handful of quality skills to offer For more help with writing your application and brainstorming transferable skills view your Degree Exploration Guide on our website or visit us in the Resource Centre for a hard copy D E Gs are our 1 resource provided to students because they re so handy Evaluating Ideas Theories and Evidence Samantha Del Duca Posted by Samïna at 11 30 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University career advising Career Services cover letter entry level job interview job search new grads resume writing Samantha Del Duca unemployed Tuesday July 12 2011 The Hot Seat 5 Commonly Asked Questions Well I have a pet hedgehog and 3 brothers I like swimming and just hanging out with my friends when I can Confused So is the employer listening to your ridiculous answer to your first interview question tell me about yourself You think I m joking I ve heard answers like this before and had to keep a straight face So save yourself and your interviewer the awkward moment and prepare yourself before going to an interview The Career Resource Centre holds valuable information to help you prepare for your interview But for those of you scrambling at the last minute I will be your savior for the next 5 minutes You re welcome Let s review the top 5 questions and how you can go about answering them Tell me about yourself Ah the famous icebreaker to an interview The key is to be concise Being a chatty patty can ward off the interviewer but being too short is bland Keep your answer professional and focus on your experience work attributes and skills If they want to know more they ll ask What is your greatest strength and weakness It s the most obvious question to ask yet so many people are surprised by it Provide 3 examples each Instead of trying to toot your own horn discuss the positive feedback you ve received from past employers coworkers who ve commended your skills at working under pressure balancing priorities and getting the job done The only wrong answer for a weakness would be time management working with others or difficulty taking direction Always provide an answer to how you are overcoming these weaknesses P S it s cheesy to use weaknesses that also act as strengths like I work too hard I care too much And sometimes I can be too invested in my job Michael Scott How would you fit into the position company Or What can you do for us The million dollar question If you ve done your research on the company and read the job posting you ll be able to highlight parts of your resume to explain why you re the perfect fit How would your previous employer describe you Emphasize your skills They don t need to know you re friendly they can already tell if you are or not Tell me about a time when you faced a conflict and how you solved it Choose a situation you have actually dealt with yourself The employer wants to know how you approach problems and determine if you are creative in resolving difficult situations Do not say you ve never been involved in a conflict pick something even if it involved school or a sport etc Not so hard now is it For more assistance with interview questions use Interview Stream It s a great new tool that you can access on our website Our Resource Centre has a variety of books which go into great detail on various aspects of the interview process If you re confused about a specific question such as salary expectations Google can provide quick answers or ask here for a personable chat Practice makes perfect Samantha Del Duca Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 27 PM 4 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University career advising Career Services entry level job interview Interview Stream job search new grads professional development Samantha Del Duca unemployed workshop Monday July 11 2011 Dress to Impress This week I m going to break down the interview process Keep in mind there s hundreds of extra tid bits to consider within the topic so don t be shy and ask questions What better way to start than picking out your snazzy outfit for the interview This way you can go on multiple shopping trips between reading my posts In this vlog Rachel and I point out the basic do s and don ts of dressing for an interview So before you step out the door to make your way to the interview do a quick check for the following Ladies Pretend you re going to church no bare shoulders and no knees If you re unsure about your skirt or top go with the standard dress pants blouse Polish off your outfit with a blazer or cardigan Don t overpower your outfit with rainbow nail polish facial piercings bedazzled jewelry or dark makeup you want the employer to see you not your accessories Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in with confidence Gents Wear black socks with a dark outfit shoes No ankle socks never white socks A long sleeve dress shirt matching tie are key You re not Dwight Schrute that means no short sleeve shirts Except for your white undershirt of course Wear your suit jacket to the interview If it s too hot you can remove it once inside No jewelry unless it s a wedding band or metal watch If you re well prepared for the interview there s no reason to be nervous which means you shouldn t be sweating buckets Just in case don t forget to wear deodorant As for perfume please don t smell like the factory it will overpower your appearance Lastly c o l o u r s make a statement Depending on what field you re in you can get away with wearing certain colours For example business people will most likely stay within the neutral zone whereas artists are encouraged to wear colours and patterns Read about the impressions these colours make and take some tips from the pros Happy shopping Don t forget to cut the tags off Samantha Del Duca Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 30 PM 17 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags brand Brock University Career Services etiquette interview professional development Rachel Mills Samantha Del Duca self image YouTube Friday July 8 2011 Who s Creeping Your Facebook The results are in The most popular answer to our survey concerning your most addictive social media tool was Facebook Surprise surprise Regardless of the social media you prefer to use there are rules and regulations that have to be followed especially if you are building your online reputation Facebook is no exception Unfortunately some people just don t understand the permanent nature of the internet Being careless on Facebook can cost you your job and you do not want to be that person It is no secret that employers use Facebook to research applicants for positions Vanessa Holmes the Communication and Talent Coordinator for Innomar Strategies says Facebook is no longer just a means of keeping in touch If an employer wants to research you the first site they will probably go to is Facebook So if you have an account it is vitally important that your profile is professional and not full of content that would make your grandmother blush Ensure that you are proactive in removing any questionable pictures or comments made not only by you but your friends as well When commenting on others profiles keep it positive Facebook is not a forum for ranting or spreading gossip If you don t have something positive to say don t say anything at all Your brand should show that you are engaged in your surroundings No one wants to be friends with Debbie Downer Use your privacy settings If you feel your profile is a little too personal start from scratch and make a professional account that is visible to everyone Vanessa says If you are cognoscente of your behavior and take the time to control your privacy it shows that you care about how the world perceives you and securing your identity Facebook is also a great tool for finding old connections People don t like creepers but if you genuinely know someone who could help you find a job why not reconnect Search for networking events to attend and keep on top of companies posting positions through the site P S Did you know that Jack McIsaac has Facebook I can t think of a better first friend to have on your new professional page Jack regularly updates with career information events on campus and job postings from our board You can also read more about Facebook on Vanessa s blog Facebook Etiquette 101 It s definitely something to like Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 9 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Brock University career advising Career Services facebook Jack McIsaac job search online presence Rachel Mills self image social media Thursday July 7 2011 How Loud is Your Tweet Welcome to Generation Y where the early bird still gets the worm or tweeters get the latest gossip news and deals Let s face it our world is kickin it into high gear and we re not slowing down any time soon Twitter delivers the press hot and fresh by the second in a painless 140 characters or less Days of the tin can and string are over folks It s time to join the 21 st century or be left behind A lot of people are staying faithful to Facebook because they don t understand Twitter I finally made the shift in March and I love it It takes about a week to get into but once you follow friends celebs companies etc and they follow back you re set Just like any presence online you should maintain a professional image I would even encourage you to set a theme to your tweets to attract specific people to you For example if you are looking for a job involving sports add athletic associations clubs athletes etc to stay in the loop and have your name noticed in the world of sports Your twitter username is important because it will be used any time someone wants to mention you or retweet one of your many interesting posts If you use your real name be professional Don t taint your name by tweeting personal matters or being insensitive about world issues Remember once something is online it s there for good Even if you delete it who knows how many people already saw it and re posted elsewhere Practicing social media etiquette will not only make you a professional avatar it will also reflect on your personal presence Know that you can be as involved in Twitter as you like Add photos videos your current GPS location and hashtag trends on your tweets The more swag your tweets have the more likely it is for them to show up in searches and be viewed by others If you ve only made a Twitter account to keep up with celebs and gossip I d suggest you make your profile private protect your tweets Once that option is checked your future tweets will not be available to the general public If you re still snuggled in your little egg hatch already and tweet your heart out Check out this guidebook if the thought of Twitter has birdies and stars circling your head AND we have this cool book in the Resource Centre Why I like it 1 Covers the basics of Twitter 2 Networking and your brand 3 Job search with Twitter 15 minutes a day Follow JackMcIsaac for updates on events job postings cool articles and more D P S a social media tip Tweet after 5pm or during lunch hour to have the most views riseandshine Samantha Del Duca Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 00 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags brand Brock University career advising facebook Jack McIsaac job search networking online presence Samantha Del Duca self image social media twitter Wednesday July

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