2017/2018 Peer Connect Blogs

Summer Co-op Bucket List

Friday April 20th - Tara Lalani, RBC Ambassador

As the Summer co-op term commences, there are also several amazing opportunities that awaits us. Although a new job experience can be extremely nerve-wracking, it is important to remember to make the most out of your work term. I completed my first work term at RBC, where I was taught to treat every day like a new learning opportunity. Through my experience with RBC, I learned the importance of networking, asking questions and getting feedback, and always saying YES.


Avoid These 7 Common Resume Mistakes

Monday April 2nd- Bishwo P.

While the best resume may not be enough to get you a job, submitting a bad resume, for sure, will cost you a job. You may be perfect for the job, but just having one silly mistake is enough to put your resume in the rejection pile. Here are the most common mistakes that can happen in any resume.


Thinking About Graduate School - To Go or Not to Go?

Monday March 26th - Bishwo P.

When you are close to completing your undergraduate degree, one question often comes to your mind. Should you go to a graduate school or not? While there is no perfect answer, you should consider few things before making any decision.


Applicant Tracking Systems- What they are and 4 tips on getting your resume past them

Monday March 19th – Anna S.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are special software programs used by HR and recruiters to quickly sort through the piles of applications they receive for a particular position. Usually an ATS will narrow down thousands of candidates into the top ten or so. So how can you make sure that your resume isn’t going to get filtered out?


3 Things you Learn as a Co-op Student at the Co-op Office

Monday March 12th - Rachael

There is a lot of irony in working as a co-op student at the Co-operative Education & Career Services office, but there are a lot of resources that I never knew existed. The best part is; you do NOT have to be in a co-op program to use these resources - they are for everyone!


Practicing Self-Care Throughout the Job Search Process

Monday, March, 5th 2018 – Emilia H

Self-care is a word that we have been hearing a lot lately – but what exactly does it mean and what does it have to do with the job search process? Self-care is identifying what you need on a regular basis and taking active steps to engage in behaviours that will help to manage stress, enhance well-being, and help us be more kind to ourselves and others. So, what does this have to do with the job-search process? Well, seeking out new opportunities such as a new job or pursuing further education can be incredibly stressful. It can be difficult to not base our sense of self-worth on whether or not we are offered a job or a position in graduate school, however it is important for us as students to remember that we need to be kind to ourselves throughout our struggles as we move into new stages of our lives and develop professionally.

There is no one-size-fits all approach to self-care, as different things work for different people, but here are some strategies specific to job-searching that may help you practice self-care.


3 Things Wilbur Learned About Resumes 

Monday February 26 – Ellie Y

Who Is Wilbur?

University of Guelph’s Student Life has a giant paper mache pig, a mascot if you will, that “travels” around to each Peer Team for a week every year!  Wilbur spent the week before winter break with us peer helpers of the Co-operative Education and Career Services.  While here in the Peer Hub, Wilbur took advantage of the opportunity to learn about resumes, and how applying this knowledge can help give him a competitive advantage in the job market.


If You Use These Statements, You Need to Update Your Resume ASAP!

Monday February 12th – Aiyana R.

Since high-school, there have been changes to your typical resume and cover letter(s). There are a few sections that are not required past the grade ten “careers class.” Save space on your resume by deleting the following statements!


Making Your Extracurricular Experience Work for Your Resume 

Monday, February 5th - Anna S.

Most have us have been involved with extracurriculars at some point in our lives. Whether it's a high school sports team, university club, volunteering at an animal shelter or a leisurely hobby, we all have activities outside school and work. We may not think about it too much, but did you know that your extracurriculars involve skills that can be a great addition to your resume? Keep reading to find out how to use your extracurriculars to build an all-star resume!  


I was Accepted into the Psychology Co-op Program – Now What?

Monday, January 29 – Emilia H

If there has been one question that I have received more than any other over the past five years that as a Psychology Co-op student, it has been “You’re in Psych Co-op? I didn’t know that existed, what kinds of opportunities are there?” At first I didn’t exactly know how to answer this, but after years of job searches, work terms and connecting with other Psychology Co-op students, I am confident to say that I can provide a well-formed response that will hopefully help those who were new to the Psychology Co-op program.


5 Tools for Researching Potential Employers 

Monday January 22nd - Anna S

Every employer will tell you how important it is to properly screen candidates, but it seems that many job seekers underestimate the how important it is to screen the companies they are applying for. Just like your employer wants to make sure that you are a good fit for the team/company/role you will be working in, you want to make sure that the company culture and work style fit with you. Here are five resources you can use to research potential employers before accepting a role.


How to survive your first day/month at a new job?

Monday 27th November 2017 – Kia-Marie P.

So, after reading all the previous blogs about how to search for a job and prepare for interviews it is also important to think about what you once you lock down a job. Below are some tips to help you make the most of your first day and leave a good impression.


How to Get Experience in Your Field of Study without Co-op

Monday November 13 – Sabrina G

One of the best things about Co-op is getting experience in your field of study while you’re still in school. You might think that without Co-op, there aren’t that many opportunities to get relevant work experience before you graduate. But it’s not true! There are tons of ways to get experience. Here are just a few of them.


LinkedIn 101: Your Career Profile for Success

Monday, November 6th - Kia-Marie P.

LinkedIn is a business social networking platform that is quickly becoming the go-to for job searching, recruitment and networking platform in this digital age. It is becoming one of the most common ways for Recruitment/ HR personnel to screen candidates and find potential candidates to add to their company’s workforce.


Can I Turn My Co-op Work Term into a Post-Graduation Job?

Monday October 30 – Sabrina G

Does a co-op work term ever turn into a full-time job after graduation? Absolutely! It’s quite common for co-op students to return to a co-op job for another work term, or as a full-time employee after graduation. Getting exposure and contacts in your field prior to graduation is one of the greatest benefits of co-op. If you love your co-op job and want to continue with it after your work term is over, here are a few things to consider. Click here to read more.


4 Strategies to Land Your Resume to the Top by Bailey C.

Monday, October 23rd

In a highly saturated job market, professional recruiters are endlessly looking for ways to cut the stack of applications down to a manageable number. After scouring the deepest corners of career advising websites I have brought together a list of a few tricks to ensure that your resume lands at the top of the stack.


Self Care Before and After an Interview by Hannah G. 

Monday, October 16th 

What is Self Care?

Self care is an important aspect of individual health that is under individual control. Regulatory functions such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy and regularly, exercising, reducing stress, and many more are all under individual control and work to improve self health. In this post, we discuss different ways to ensure self care during the interview process! Click here to read more. 


Tips for Tackling the "Greatest Weakness" Interview Questions by Hannah G 

Monday, October 2nd 

You’re scheduled for an interview for that amazing job you’ve applied for and you don’t want to mess it up. You’re looking at yourself in the mirror practicing responses to the classic interview questions. We get it – we have all been there! We always worry about how we are going to answer some of the more challenging, but ever present interview questions. In this post we are going to tackle the hardest question in the history of interview questions: the “What Is Your Greatest Weakness” question. Here is everything you need to know to answer this question! 


Navigating Grad School Applications by Emilia H

Monday, September 25th

Whether or not you are in your final year here at the University of Guelph or you are in second or third year and just looking ahead, planning for the future can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience. I can certainly relate to those of you who are trying to figure out what the next step is going to be; although I cannot speak to all experiences I would like to share a little bit about what I know about apply to grad schools.