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Interview Question Round-Up # 1
This month on our Facebook page, we asked you a couple of simulated interview questions and received some great responses. I decided to reflect on some of your answers, plus give some pointers for those of you who may not have known what to say.
FSWEP worked for me. It can for you too!
It’s time for some full disclosure: who am I and how did I get here?
What Budget 2013 can mean for you!
The Government of Canada’s 2013 Budget was released on March 21st and, as the youth.gc.ca blogger, I decided I owed it to my readers to pick out some of the highlights that are relevant to young Canadians planning their careers, learning new skills and finding jobs. So here goes:
Staying on your references' good side
Most, if not all, jobs you ever apply to will require references. Your references could be your golden ticket to a job. That being said, it’s important to take into consideration who your references are and, more importantly, remember your reference etiquette.
How to make job fairs work for you
So how can you make job fairs work for you? Well, there’s two ways to look at a job fair.
Job hunting on the go!
While getting ready for work today, I checked my personal email and found a ton of junk mail. What’s worse is that it’ sall junk mail I subscribed to during various moments of weakness while shopping. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone sent something useful like job postings to our inbox instead of body cream promotions?
The crème de la crème of networking opportunities
Want to take your job search to the next level? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little insider secret. When I say “insider,” I mean that in the sense that I’ve done this before and it’s worked out wonderfully for me. It can work for you!
Just how 'entry-level' are entry-level jobs?
Does this look familiar?
Making the most of your summer!
While you may have been stressing over midterms or projects in February or planning a getaway for winter break, many community employers were submitting applications for the 2013 Canada Summer Jobs campaign.
Students and their taxes
When I wrote that title, I thought to myself, “Really? I’m actually going to talk about taxes?” This may not seem like the most interesting topic to read about, but rest assured that if you are a student, you will want to read this post.
What to expect from a career in the trades
A few weeks back I wrote about why you should consider a career in the trades. We even put together a video on the topic. I would like to use this blog post to restate many of the benefits of pursuing a career in the trades, but also to clear up some very common misconceptions about working in the trades and what you can expect, as well as help you prepare for an interview.
Résumé screening: Rob's guide to beating the system
No calls yet? Could you have sworn that your last job application felt like “the one”? Sometimes when you’re on the hunt for a job, every job posting can feel like it could very well be the one you’ve been waiting for. If your phone isn’t ringing, it could be that your application never made it past the gatekeeper.
Interview question: What are your weaknesses?
One of our readers commented on a post and discussed a tough question that they were asked in an interview. What a great topic for a blog post, I thought!
10 ways to be proud of your résumé
If you’re in the midst of a job hunt, you might find that the very thought of writing your résumé sends you recoiling into darkness. Going to the dentist or watching paint dry sometimes seem to be more desirable options than re-writing your résumé for the umpteenth time. I’ve been there. I get it.
Starting a new job: 4 ways to keep the slate clean
A new job is both exhilarating and scary. It’s a chance to start over—a clean slate with a brand new group of people. And who doesn’t need a clean slate once in a while?
Don't doubt yourself!
I heard this term in university once called “imposter syndrome.” It basically refers to our own professional self-doubt. We begin to attribute our success or accomplishments to luck and happenstance, rather than to our skills and abilities.
The 4 myths of career planning
As I’ve mentioned before, I love to set goals and plan. Planning my career has been something I’ve been consciously doing since the seventh grade, back when I had “famous actor” ambitions. In hindsight, I had fallen victim to a very linear way of thinking about my career plan—thinking it was all going to mystically fall into place. To help you avoid similar disappointments, I’ve listed my top 4 missteps.
A lesson in interview etiquette
Did you get the interview? Awesome – that’s great news.
A Career in Retail
My friend Johnson works in retail management.
An Exciting Farewell
I’m a student and a young worker. Most of my friends are either students or young workers, or both. I know what it’s like looking for a job, and I know how hard that can be for a young person.
New Year, New Goals
Whenever a new year approaches, I like to do a lot of self-reflection about what I accomplished in the last year. For me, I graduated University, landed a full-time job, and started volunteering at an organization that is close to my heart. I also joined the gym and have started reading leisurely. I see my friends more often and I’m eating a lot healthier than I was when I was in school.
My Co-op Interviews
Being a co-op student is stressful. The personal learning experiences work placements are well worth the struggle, but those long-term goals seem far away when trying to manage everything in your life plus multiple job interviews, all at once.
Learning is ongoing
My roommate, Richard, and I graduated from university this past year. While I quietly vowed to take a long break from academia, Richard realized that in order to achieve his goals, he should continue finding ways to fine-tune his skills and make himself more marketable. He enrolled in a part-time graphic design course at a local college hoping that it will help him land a job in the publishing industry.
How spreadsheets changed my Life
During my first year of high school, I took an introductory computer course. I think it was called “Computers for Business” or something of the sorts. I thought it would be simple; I obviously already knew how to use computers. But as it turned out, that class gave me some incredibly useful knowledge.
A little help from my friends
I’ve had a couple of jobs in my life and I’m sure I could rhyme off a lot of things that I think you should do to be successful in a job interview, but I decided to do something different for this post.
When you’re writing your résumé, it might be challenging to promote yourself and your skills.
Seasonal employment: holiday edition
As you may know, “seasonal employment” is temporary employment that helps satisfy a short-term need for extra labour or employees. Seasonal positions often occur at busy times for certain industries, like harvest season for fruit orchards or the winter sports season for ski hills.
Sometimes it pays to know
I never have cash on me. I always pay with a card. I even pay the $1.76 for my morning coffee with the shop’s rewards card.
Why privacy matters
A couple of blog posts back, Corrin told you all about the importance of taking the time to Google Yourself in order to manage your online presence, but I want to take it one step further and talk about protecting your privacy online.
Why you should consider choosing a trade (and why I didn't)
In high school, I remember trying to switch out of a Grade 12 advanced law class. I was willing to take anything else, really, but it turned out the only other option was auto shop. I stayed in the law class.
Search engine smarts for academic research
How do you find information online? If you’re looking for something in particular, typically you would type key words into a search engine and see what comes up. However, when in school, you’ll often be asked to do online research to support your academic writing. This can be tricky, especially if you haven’t searched online for academic sources before.
If I were to make a guess, I would say that I use Google six to eight times every day—on days that I have access to a computer, anyway. Search engines have changed the way we access information, connecting people with facts all over the world, and delivering what we need almost instantaneously.
Break into the hidden job market
So you’ve scanned online job boards, combed through the newspaper want ads, and maybe even written a few dozen versions of your résumé and cover letter. It’s a good start, but it’s just the beginning of your job hunt.
When I was in school and writing essays, nothing stressed me out more than making sure I was citing my information properly. I’d insert source references whenever I felt I was using someone else’s words, ideas, photos, or concepts. It always made for a very long bibliography but, in my opinion, it was worth the extra work.
Question 1: What can I expect during mid-term season?
Shopping for a School
If you’ve just started your final year of high school, you’ll probably be spending most of this year deciding which school to choose for your post-secondary education. To help you out, I thought I’d explain how I made my decision. Hopefully, it will make the idea of post-secondary education a little less overwhelming!
Do you have the skills for the job you want?
Did you know that 4 out of every 10 Canadians do not have the essential skills they need to fully participate in today’s workforce?
When you first start post-secondary school, you may find yourself inundated with information on how to maintain "balance" in your new academic life.
Careers: Planning Ahead
We all know the reason for continuing your education after high school is to learn more. The end goal of all this learning is to make you skilled and knowledgeable in a certain subject area, so you can work, and continue to learn, in that specific field.
The time void
I graduated from university with a sense of relief, determined to start my career and make things happen. However, after working for a couple of months, I started to feel as if I had too much disposable time on my hands.
New clothes, gadgets, and toys - oh my!
One day, I went to a store and saw this amazing light grey sports coat on sale (40% off). I thought to myself: “$75 for a jacket this nice? How can I not buy it?” It may surprise you, but it’s still hanging in my closet months later, wrinkled from being crammed up against the rest of the stuff in my closet I never wear. I didn’t really need it.
For many students, summer is all about full-time work. It’s the season for working hard, having fun, and saving money for the school year. As September approaches, many students decide to look for a part-time job. If you’re one of those students thinking about working part-time during school, here are some tips to help you plan for your job hunt.
Keeping track of student loans
If you’re in your last year of high school, you may be thinking about going to college or university. It’s a solid choice, but you’ll need to do some planning to make sure you’re well prepared—especially when it comes to money.
Moving on and moving out
Moving out of your parents’ home for the first time is an important milestone in your life, and renting a place of your own is really exciting. It can seem intimidating, but do not fear! I have some advice to help guide you through the process.
Goodbye and good luck
The time has come for me to bid farewell as blogger for youth.gc.ca. An amazing job opportunity came up within my field that I just couldn’t turn down, so this will be my final blog post. Along with announcing my departure, I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce Rob and Corrin, some great bloggers with fresh insight on what it’s really like being a student and entering the work force. Be sure to check out Corrin’s first post on bursaries and scholarships and Rob’s on budgeting your pay cheque. I’m leaving the blog in some very capable hands, and I can’t wait to read what they have to share next.
Every dollar counts
It’s not easy to keep track of how much money you spend. Buying a morning coffee or a bagel may seem like a small routine purchase—but day after day, expenses like that can really add up. A great way to keep track of your money is to make a budget and then stick to it.
Paying for school, without student loans
The cost of post-secondary education is no secret—it’s expensive. For those of you heading off to university or college in the fall, finding a way to pay for it all may be a hot topic around your house. Besides working hard at your summer job or getting a student loan, there are other options available that may help you out.
Volunteering your way to your goals
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Interviews come in many forms
If I landed an interview, my initial assumption would be to prepare for a one-on-one interview at the employer’s office. However, the reality is that many employers are straying from the norm and conducting interviews in some unconventional ways. Here are just a few that you should be aware of...
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