Summer Job Hunting

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Summer is fast approaching!  What is your plan for the summer?

Are you looking for a summer job?  Not sure where to start in the process of job hunting?

Check out this link for a list of sites with jobs in different industries depending on your career interest.

Just remember even if you do not find a summer job that is directly linked to your career interest, you can still gain valuable transferrable skills that will help you land your dream job in the future!

summer-job-hunting-0812Come on by the Student Life Centre to get your resume and cover letter polished with a Career Peer during drop in hours (Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00pm or Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm) before you apply.

Book an appointment at the Hive for a mock interview to practice your interview skills as you do not know when you may get called for a real interview!

 

Community Involvement

We tend to focus just on having good grades throughout university but when it comes time for the jobs, internships or masters programs – we find ourselves with a lack of experience. The key is to find the right balance between the two rather than focusing on one thing.

Getting involved in school, work or community is essential for professional development. Either having a job or volunteering will teach many valuable skills. Sometimes, we limit ourselves to positions related to our degree. But there are many transferable skills that can be learnt from all positions. For example, if one works at Forever 21 but would like to become a registered dietician; they would be developing strong communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The experience would not be a waste but rather be an asset. It’s important to keep an open-mind and learn from every experience.

Additionally, it allows you to expand your network. Many job or volunteer opportunities can arise depending on who you know. So don’t limit yourself! Get involved at Brescia, Western or in the London community! Try something new!

If you are looking to get involved at Brescia, look no further because the Student Life Center is looking for:
1. Career Peers – providing one-on-one resume, cover letter and LinkedIn critiques. Along with facilitating professional development workshops and mock interviews for Brescia students. Now offered as a Work study position if qualified.
2. Professional Mentoring Program – getting connected with a mentor in any discipline who is a Brescia alumna or community member. Matches are not based on career goals alone – entire application is considered. Great program to prepare you for your future aspirations and transitioning into the work place.

Applications for both positions are due for March 13, 2016
http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/student-life/leadership-involvement/opportunities/

** Additionally, Brescia’s student council, SHEA and Fresh are recruit members for the 2016-2017 school year!! Submit your applications today!

Multiple Mini Interviews

What is a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

How do I prepare for it?

What should I expect?

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) consist of structured interview stations in which questions will be asked to test one’s problem solving ability, ethical sensitivity, empathy, teamwork and communication skills.  It typically consists of 6-8 stations in which each station will focus on one of the mentioned aspects through different interview techniques, such as scenario based questions, debate, ethics based questions or role playing.  The candidate will need to rotate through the different stations in the interview process.

Questions may be posted at the door, where the candidate gets 2 minutes to read/ prep for the question.  Once the bell sounds, the candidate enters and gets 8 minutes to answer the question before moving on to the next station.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Understand the goal:   You should aim to answer the questions in a manner that demonstrates that you are capable of being an excellent student and thereafter, an outstanding professional (e.g., physician, veterinarian, nurse, etc.). Make a list of the attributes that you believe are essential for success, such as integrity and the ability to think critically. Practice integrating these key attributes into your answers.
  2. Work on time management:  Many students experience difficulty with pacing and effectively answering the question in the allotted time. Remember that once the bell has sounded, the interview must end immediately even if the candidate is not finished. Therefore, proper pacing is essential. Practice 7 to 8 minute presentations in advance of your interview to get comfortable with timing. Ensure that you wear a watch that clearly displays the time (e.g. a digital watch) on the interview day, since you cannot rely on a clock being present in each interview room. Appropriately managing your time will give you the opportunity to end the interview in an organized and effective manner.
  3. Listen carefully: During the MMI, the interviewer will often provide prompts designed to direct you. Listen carefully to the cues provided so you can take advantage of any new information that may be introduced. The prompts may guide you to the specific issues that are the focus of each rotation.

Keep in mind that the interviewers do not necessarily have a right answer that they are look for.  Instead, they are evaluating the candidate’s thought process and ability to think on her feet.

Check out this link for some sample practice problems to help you get more comfortable with MMIs!

Student Life Centre is offering mock interviews to help you prepare and practice.  Even if your upcoming interview is a MMI, mock interviews can help you overcome nervousness and the career peers give you feedback after to help you improve. 

Book one now at the Hive as limited spaces are available! 

 

Preparing for interviews

Do you have an interview coming up?  How prepared do you feel about it?  Not sure how to express all your ideas to answer scenario questions?

How would you answer this question, “Have you ever lead a team before?” in an interview?

One way to approach the question is organizing your ideas using the STARR method.  Interview-2

STARR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result, Relate.

You could have answered “yes” or “no” and move quickly onto the next question, but that does not tell the interviewers anything about your leadership skills.

Let’s build a STARR story answer.

(Situation) “Yes; a relevant example being at my last company, where I was initially a software developer in a team of 6 developing a new finance module for our core accounting product.”

(Task) “The project was critical as launch dates had been set with a lot of sales and marketing investment riding on the product being ready. However, the project was behind schedule, when our team leader unfortunately became ill, and had to leave the position.”

(Action) “I had been a sports team captain at school, where I loved the challenge and responsibility of leadership. So I volunteered to stand in, and by using my technical analysis skills, I spotted a few small mistakes made in the initial coding that were causing the sporadic errors and slowing us down. I led the team to work out the kinks and resolved the problems.”

(Result) “At the end, the software was delivered on time with a better than target fault tolerance. The project was seen as a great success by the company and I was officially promoted to the team leader afterward.”

(Relate) “I am sure I can utilize my leadership skills gained from that experience and apply it to this position as a manager and lead the team to great successes in your company.”

Want some more tips on interview preparation? Eager to try it out and practice in person?  Student Life Centre is now offering mock interviews on Mondays and Thursdays.  Drop by the Hive or the Student Life Centre to book one. Hurry as spots are filling up fast!

 

What is an elevator pitch?

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An elevator pitch is a short 30-60 second summary used to quickly and simply define yourself. It’s a perfect gateway to start conversation when meeting someone new. It’s a great tool to invest time on! Common uses are: ‘tell you about yourself’ in an interview, introducing yourself at a career fair or while networking to create a positive lasting impression.

There are three main elements to the elevator pitch. Firstly, introduce yourself – name, degree, school, related experience, skill or qualifications. Secondly, be aware about the person whom you choice to talk to. Touch on a common denominator topic, acknowledge their work to show you’ve done your research or simply express your interest in their profession/company. Lastly, express what you are looking for and how you have a competitive advantage. If you don’t know the individual, you can say ‘how can my skills be beneficial to you or your company?’ Remain confident, professional and enthusiastic when networking! Remember to be original and do not be afraid to be yourself!

This term, there are amazing opportunities at Western that allow you to sharpen your elevator pitch!

  1. On Jan 28th, Brescia’s Student Life Center is hosting it’s 4th annual Career Symposium from 6 – 9:30 pm. It is a free event for all Brescia students and recent grads. Become familiar with the panels profiles and the event breakdown. For more information and registration: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/brescias-4th-annual-career-symposium-tickets-19411892493
  2. On March 2nd, the London Economic Development Corporation is holding a Student 2 Business Networking event from 3-8 pm at the London Convention Center. With a fee of $10, they are providing a guest speaker: Bobby Umar, workshops, transportation, food and beverage ticket and coat/boot check. To learn more, check out their website: http://www.ledc.com/s2b

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What’s your Career Story?

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With the whole year ahead, the New Years is a time for new beginnings and a great opportunity to assess and make future plans. For your career this might mean new goals and priorities, a new job or just growing in your current role. Wherever you are in your career it is important to understand and appreciate your career story.

Your career story is a way of telling your journey and experiences through the world of work. It could include jobs you’ve had, volunteer positions or special awards and recognition. Having a good grasp of your career story makes it easier to plan for the future and find direction to create the successful and fulfilling professional life you have always wanted. Putting thought into your career story gives depth to your experience and will give you confidence to shine in job interviews as well as when establishing yourself in your profession.

Start the New Year fresh and start filling those pages of your career story.

The student life center has great workshops to help create Your Brescia Experience. This and your Co-curricular Record are great ways to build your career story!story quotation

Stressed out?

Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by final exams?   Do you wake up each morning from a terrible sleep?  Are you suffering from pounding headaches? Suffering from mood swings and feeling irritable all the time? nail-biting

Those are all signs of stress.  Keep reading to get more tips on managing your stress.

 

  1. Shift your perspective
    Do you see a glass as half full or as half empty? Adopting a more positive mental attitude has been shown to be an effective way to deal with stress and give you more resilience in coping with stress.  Check out this link on ways to adopt a more positive attitude.
  2.  Form a positive support network 
    You are not the only one who is stressed! Talking about it with your peers help! Talking with friends or your support network has a way of dispelling the tension associated with stress and can boost your problem solving skills
  3. Practice relaxation techniques
    Look up videos of Laughter Yoga and try doing that either on your own or with some friends. Just remember you don’t need specific reasons to laugh and laughing does not only improve your mood emotionally but also reduce stress hormones like cortisol in the body.  laughing yoga

5 Tips to Stop Stress and Rock Your Exams

Exams are almost here and you’re probably feeling the stress starting to build. To help you get through your exams here are 5 quick and easy tips to help you stress and set you up for exam success.

1.Manage Stress 

Take time for yourself and try positive self-talk to boost your confidence. If you can believe you can you will! Remind yourself that exams will be over eventually and that you can do it! Also try meditating or doing other mind-body practices like yoga to give your brain a break and reduce your stress.

 

2. Eat Well

 

Getting the proper nutrition is important for fueling your body and your brain. Make sure to eat a well balanced diet, a good breakfast, and healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and your mind alert.

 

3. Stay Hydrated 

Dehydration can make you feel irritated, tired and even more stressed. Always have a bottle of water close by when studying and during exams. Take little sips throughout the day, especially if you are feeling thirsty.

 

4. Sleep Enough 

It can be challenging to get enough sleep when exam stress builds up. Sleep is very important for both learning and memory. Sleep helps with memory consolidation and the strengthening of neural connections. When you are sleep deprived you will have trouble focussing. When you are rested you will be able to focus better and get more done in less time. Try to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep to feel well rested and ready to rock your exams!

5. Stay Active

Taking study breaks to be active is one of the best ways to boost your energy, motivation and self-confidence. When you get your body moving you are improving blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain which will help you think clearer and study better. Even taking a quick 10 minute break for a brisk walk or run or doing a mini circuit of a few different exercises one after the other (e.g. squats, jumping jacks, push-ups etc.).

Website for Student Jobs

 

 

Looking for a job but overwhelmed with the market? Try Jobpostings.ca!

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Job engines like Indeed, Workopolis and Monster are great places to search but lack student opportunities. Jobpostings was made specifically for students looking for jobs, co-ops and internships. The website has postings by companies such as Rogers, Service Ontario, Loblaws, SunLife Insurance, Cineplex, CCAC, RBC, BMO and TD Bank.

Initially, Jobpostings was launched as a magazine in post-secondary campuses that was a huge success nationwide. Providing career advice, exclusive interviews and job leads for students, it was a hit. As the market changed, they developed a website! 16 years in the business, today Jobpostings is able to help 500,000 students per year to find jobs!!

Start your job search today!!

Additional tips on resume writing for Masters/ internship applicants

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For all of those who are applying to DC internships/ Masters programs, we understand the how much stress you may be experiencing…

 

 

So to make resume writing a little bit easier, here are some tips we want to highlight. resume_writing

  1. Follow guidelines of the particular program to which you are applying (i.e. length, margins, fonts)
  2. Double check if the program wants chronological resume only or if they are fine with functional format as well
  3. If you have only  partially completed a prior degree, be clear on the resume how many years you completed
  4. specify the number of hours for volunteering and the timelines (3hrs per week during March – Aug or the total hours in a time frame)
  5. Separate paid work from volunteering and clarifying skills you have acquired
  6. Remember names of supervisors and their designation (i.e. RD) or advisors for volunteer experiences
  7. Separate out work study experience.  If you have been a work study student, you must specify this
  8. Add the geographic location of your volunteer experience or job.
  9. You may not be allowed to use titles such as research assistant or clinical nutrition assistant.  Remember to double check with your research advisor and add the name of the research advisor
  10. Do not use titles such as “RD in training”, “Health promoter”, “Nutrition educator”, “Nutrition consultant”.  At most, a student would have a title such as “Health promotion student”
  11. Put “Education” at the top of your resume.  Make sure you have the correct date of your past or expected graduation.  Include your academic awards and honors
  12. If you participated in a project as part of a team, you must state that (i.e. “as part of a team”.  Do not misrepresent yourself and your level of responsibility for a project
  13. Ensure you have included food service experiences
  14. If you know another language, be sure to include it
  15. if you have been volunteering at a location, don’t list the location multiple times if you have completed more than 1 project there

If you want a second opinion on your resume from a Career Peer, considering dropping by at one of the drop in hours (Monday 11:00-1:00pm, Tuesday 2:00-400pm or Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm) at the student life centre.