Peer Connect Blog 2016/2017
Tweet Your Way to the Top: The Do’s & Don’ts of Professional Twitter Usage
Monday February 6th, 2017 - Emma P
If you are not already building a professional online presence, chances are you have heard about the benefits of doing so, such as increased visibility to recruiters. However, LinkedIn is by no means the only suitable site for hosting your professional image on the web. To truly express your unique identity as a young professional, you may want to supplement your LinkedIn profile by claiming a username on the social media best known for its 140-character limit.
That’s right, Twitter can also be used professionally.
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Final Year at University
Monday, February 6, 2017 - Megan B
By the time you have gotten to your final year at university, it seems like the previous years have just flown by. It may be tough thinking that between you and graduation is still mountains of schoolwork and stress of thinking about life after university. You shouldn’t stress though, there is still a lot of time left in your final year to put yourself in good standing for the future. The time to start is now and here are some tips on how to make the most of your final year at university.
1. Get Involved
If you haven’t already gotten involved, it is not too late to get involved in the various extracurricular activities available to you during your university career. Click here to read more
5 Benefits of Relocating for a Co-op Work Term
Monday, January 30, 2017 - Tinya
As a co-op student who just came back from three consecutive work terms where I re-located for my two positions in Ottawa (4 months) and Vancouver (8 months), I have gained some of the most amazing work experiences in places I have never been to before!
I know a lot of students prefer to find a position in Guelph or stay somewhere close to home, so I decided to write about the benefits of taking up a position further away in hopes to influence others on having an open mindset on relocating.
1) Unparalleled career opportunities
There are many more opportunities if you consider looking for career advancements in other places, instead of just always searching within the same city or area. Click here to keep reading
On and Off Campus Events for Students on a Job Search
Monday, January 23 – Emilia H.
Winter semester can be a busy time for many undergraduate students, co-op and non co-op students alike. In addition to the regular course load that students have in the fall, students often face the challenge of locking down summer employment, seeking a full time job or securing employment for their co-op work term. Regardless of your goals, it is important to be aware of the many on and off campus resources that will be offered this semester that may help you land the job that you have been looking for.
1. Life After Graduation Fair – January 31st, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Peter Clark Hall Click here to keep reading
6 Tips for Writing Cover Letters
Monday January, 16th – Emilia H
Cover letters often take quite a bit of time and effort to perfect. Cover letters can be difficult to write, however having a strong cover letter goes a long way for potential employers. Following these 6 tips can help get you started on your cover letter and guide the writing process.
1. Be Sure to Include all of the Formatting Essentials
Like resumes, it is important to be consistent in your formatting. You will need to include your contact information such as your name, address, phone number and your @mail.uoguelph.ca email address, just as it is presented on your resume. Click here to keep reading
5 Tips for Finding the Right Advisor for Grad School
Monday November 28th - Sabrina G
Applying to grad school is a long and complicated process, but the hardest part might be finding an advisor. In undergraduate classes, professors can seem intimidating, but don’t fear! They’re people too (people who are always looking for an enthusiastic potential grad student just like you). Here are a few tips for finding an advisor for grad school.
1. Be Sure You Need a Graduate Degree
Grad school is very popular right now, and it seems like everyone is going. But before you commit to another 2-5 years of university (and tuition!) take a moment to consider why you want to go. Click here to keep reading
5 Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Tuesday November 22nd 2016 - Anna S
Interviews are stressful- no matter what your age, industry or level of experience is. Most people are well aware of the importance of preparing answers for some common interview questions, but that very last question that concludes most sessions- “Do you have any questions for me?” can cause many people difficulty. Preparing some questions for the interviewer beforehand is just as important as preparing your answers for their questions. It shows you have taken the time to research the role and/or company, and that you are genuinely curious about certain aspects of your potential work.
1. What would you consider to be the biggest challenge for someone in this role? Click here to keep reading
5 Things to Avoid Doing on a Resume
Tuesday November 15th 2016 - Amanda C
A resume is an outline of your skills, experiences and accomplishments. Think of it like a first impression; it’s typically the first thing employers see or read before they actually meet you. Therefore, it’s important that you take the time to construct and format your resume in a way that will appeal to the reader and catch their eye! In order to make that first impression a good one, there are a few things that you should probably avoid doing. Here are 5 things that you should be mindful of when constructing your resume…
1. Avoid weird fonts
When it comes to fonts, it’s better to keep it simple. Leave out the fancy cursive fonts and creative word art. Click here to keep reading
6 Tips to Getting Started on Your Co-op Work Term Report
Monday November 3rd 2016 - Emilia H
Co-op work term reports can be a bit overwhelming for co-op students, especially if it is the first work term report that you are writing, but not to worry! Following these 6 steps will help you get on the right track.
1. Start Early!
It can be a little bit hectic learning a new job, especially if your work term is only four months. However, it is important to give yourself enough time to write your work term report, as this can be a rather time consuming project that you are required to compete as part of your work term. Some programs also require that you submit a proposal near the middle of your work term, so at the very least it is important to check out your program requirements early on. Click here to keep reading
5 Tips for Succeeding at a Job Fair
Monday October 31st 2016 - Megan B
Job fairs can be an effective job searching strategy if you’re looking to jumpstart your career upon graduating university or looking for your next co-op/internship position. There are many different types of job and career fairs, all with the primary purpose of providing employers with the opportunity to meet and screen many different potential job candidates at once.
Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the job fair and stand out to employers.
1. Do Your Homework
Many people go to job fairs to look around and explore without any preparation to interview. Researching companies before you attend the fair, specifically the ones you would want to interview with, gives you time to think about questions to ask the employer that will stand out from everyone who asks general questions about the company. Click here to keep reading
5 Tips for a Successful First Day on the Job
Monday October 24th 2016 - Sabrina G
It’s common to be anxious about the first day of a new job. Even if it’s a job you’re really excited about, the thought of walking in for the first time can seem a little daunting. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful first day on the job.
1. Be Early
Plan to be early on the first day in case you get lost finding your new job location or run into unexpected traffic on the way. If you’re working in a building that has offices for a number of different companies, you may have to check in with a front desk or security person before you can get to your workplace. It is better to arrive early and have some wait time than to show up late. Being early also shows enthusiasm. Click here to keep reading
5 Ways Volunteering Improves Your University Experience
Monday October 17th 2016 - Amanda C
Volunteering – it’s something that we have been encouraged to do since the day we stepped foot in high school. It’s something that everyone knows they’re supposed to do...and yet, not everyone does it as often as they should. Volunteering during university, however, is quite possibly one of the best ways to improve yourself as a student and as a young adult. Think about it: if a university student can find a way to balance volunteering a few hours a week on top of classes, essays, group projects, etc., then is there anything they can’t do!?
All jokes aside, here are five honest reasons why volunteering during your time at university is the best thing that you can do for yourself… Click here to keep reading
Making the Most of a Work Term
Monday October 3rd 2016 - Michael B
Being a co-op student is a privilege, and with that privilege comes great opportunities. Each and every work term is an opportunity for students to gain knowledge, hone their skills and develop their professional network. Now, we wouldn’t want any of these opportunities to go to waste, so here are a few ways to make the most of a co-op work term:
1. Stay Focused
For some students, a full work term will be the longest that they have worked in a single (full time) position. That being said, it is important to stay focused and set goals for yourself. What do you want to achieve in those 4 months? Or 8 months? Stay focused on those goals and take steps towards achieving them every chance you get. Click here to keep reading
What is a Contingent Worker?
Monday October 3rd 2016 - Emily G
There are multiple definitions for “contingent workers.” Some people classify regular part-time employees as contingent workers, but for the purpose of this article, contingent workers are full-time, nonpermanent, independent professional workers who actively chose this position for a flexible work schedule. Typically their contract explicitly states a set duration of employment. Contingent workers can be in a range of fields such as information technology (IT), business consulting, and contracting.
Why Seek Out This Lifestyle? Click here to keep reading
9 Quirky Interview Questions and the Logic Behind Them
Monday September 26th 2016 - Anna S
Most of us have heard stories about being asked a question in an interview that seemingly has no relevance for the role you are applying for. However, there is logic behind these odd questions. The most common reasons are to see your problem solving skills/creative thinking in action, to get a better idea of your personality and potential fit within the team, or to see your ability to set priorities/goals and make decisions.
1. What would you do if you had $1 million to launch your best entrepreneurial idea?
5 Strategies for Finding Success in the New School Year
Monday September 19th 2016 - Brianna
Success is often defined as achieving a goal you have set for yourself. However, the quote above reminds us that the road to success is always under construction, meaning there are obstacles we must overcome, and thus it is not an easy road to traverse. Furthermore, our goals and what we define as success changes over time, adding to the so-called road construction. The university years are especially a time when we develop ideas of what it means to be successful ourselves. Here are some strategies that may help you find success this semester, whether you are defining success as achieving school or work related goals.
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