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10 Things COVID Has Taught Me

Friday, November 27, 2020 - Ashley Schotsman

As the first full online semester comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the challenges faced and the lessons learned while living as a student during the pandemic! 

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Informational Interview with PhD Candidate, Madison Wright

Friday, November 20, 2020 - Jinal Manek

This interview with Madison Wright discusses how Wright got into their PhD program in the Molecular and Cellular Biology department, and provides advice for anyone else who may be interested. 

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Ways to get Involved during COVID

Friday, November 13, 2020 - Jinal Manek & Luann Mule

There are still many ways you can get the experiences you want, despite the pandemic. Read this blog for tips and insights on how you can get great hands-on experiences both on and off-campus this year! 

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Interview with Professor Elizabeth Mandeville

Friday, November 6, 2020 - Linda Nong

Learn about Professor Elizabeth Mandeville's research in the Integrative Biology department at the University of Guelph, possible career paths for someone interested in computational biology research, and tips for students interested in academia.

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Online Learning: At Home Routine

Friday, October 30, 2020 - Jewel Lindemann

The shift to online learning has been an interesting one. This blog features some tips on how to optimize your social-distance learning!

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The Fulfilling Positions in the Educational System

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Luann Mule

Interested in a position within the educational system that has many opportunities for growth? Then this is the blog for you!

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Everything you need to know about the retail industry

Friday, April 2, 2020 - Sofia Colley Aquino

Gain knowledge of the retail industry and find out what a typical career path in this field is.

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The Power of SALES

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Nathan Pacheco

Learn more about New Relic, a company that specializes in developing cloud-based software that helps companies track the performances of their services and more on what it is like to work there.

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A True Helping Profession: Personal Support Worker to Disability Services Co-ordinator

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Selena Armstrong

Discover the truly amazing things a Support Worker does on a daily basis!

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The Ins and Outs of Working in Public Service

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Sofia Colley Aquino

Want to discover all that comes with working in Public Service?

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Informational Interviews Part 3

Friday, February 28, 2020 - Shehroze Saharan 

Gain more perspective on what it is like to be a University of Guelph student! 

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Keeping it All in Check: Youth Justice Programs Coordinator

Friday, February 21, 2020 - Selena Armstrong

Want to gain more insight about the day-to-day life of a Youth Justice Programs Coordinator?

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Informational Interviews Part 2

Friday, February 14, 2020 - Luann Mule

Do you have struggles with time-management, procrastination, group work, writer’s block, prepping for presentations, creating posters or goal setting?

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Informational Interviews

Friday, February 7, 2020 - Sidra Mohammed 

At the Heart of the Workplace: Hearing from a Human Resources Manager.

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Saving the World One Day at a Time: Planning Cost & Control Technician’s

Friday, January 31, 2020 - Selena Armstrong 

Learn more about how a Planning Cost & Control Technician saves the world one day at a time!

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A Student's Perspective: Searching for that Perfect Career - Part 2

Monday, December 2, 2019 – Jewel Lindemann

There are hundreds of job possibilities out there!

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A Student's Perspective: Searching for that Perfect Career

Monday, November 25, 2019 – Luann Mule

Are you struggling with what your future career should be? Wondering if your chosen career is right for you? Not sure what job positions you can get with your degree? Or just want a plan B?

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Why Work Values Matter

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – Emily Mahadeo

Why are work values so important anyway?

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CV vs. Resume

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Tasnin Zakaria

Although the words “CV” and “resume” are often used interchangeably, there are significant differences between the two.

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Networking on the Job

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Sidra Mohammed

If you are a student reading this, chances are you’ve either previously held a work or volunteer position, or are currently seeking one. While a lot of preparation is needed to enter the workforce, it does not end there. Your job or volunteer term is an excellent time to continue learning, growing and eventually building your network. This is what is known as networking on the job. It’s when you build connections, become exposed to unique experiences, and learn from others, while you are employed.

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Why Should You Be Honest in Employment Interviews

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Deniz Sutas

Stories of applicants being dishonest in job interviews can be common. They may not always have the sufficient confidence in themselves or their skills, so they resort to making up stories about their qualities as an applicant. However, lying about your professional life and qualities might not be the best idea and could impact your interview performance and ratings.

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End of an Interview: How to Tackle "Do You Have Any Questions for Us?"

Monday, April 8 - Piraveena C

“An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you.”

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The Importance of Networking

Monday, April 1 - Emily M

First of All, What Is Networking?

By definition, networking is “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions”. In the job world, it is a way of getting yourself out there and finding opportunities in a non-traditional way. A lot of jobs aren’t actually posted anywhere instead they are found through word of mouth.

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Returning to School as a Mature Student

Monday, March 25 - Bailey Cripps

So you’re due to graduate from your undergraduate program soon but not sure quite what to do. You could continue your career as an academic, or you could decide that it is time to start gaining some practical experience and join the workforce. Whichever you choose, future education is always possible. Presented below are some challenges you should be aware of, and resources to inform your search for potential future academic endeavours.

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What's Next: Life After University 

Monday, March 4, 2019 - Daniella M.

After spending anywhere from 3 to 5 years studying at the undergraduate level, the thought of transitioning into a world where our days are not spent travelling to and from classes or sitting in the library cramming for midterms, can range from daunting to exhilarating. As you enjoy your cherished final months of your final semester, you may be left wondering, “what’s next?”

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Job Success: What To Do Once You Start The Job

Monday, February 25th - Austin Coulter

“In most jobs, it takes anywhere from three to six months to feel like you know what you're doing, and in some especially complicated jobs, even longer. Don't panic if you still feel in over your head by your third week, or like you'll never fit into this new workplace culture.”

When searching for a job, we often concern ourselves with having the perfect resume, rehearsing answer to common interview questions, and endlessly trying to improve upon these skills. Theoretically, the job you're searching for will lead to a future career in whatever field you studied in uinversity. So, you've done the work, gone through the rigorous screening process, and have the position. Now what should you expect?

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5 Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Monday, February 11th - Parneet Kaur

“A resume will seldom get you a job offer. A resume will often lose you a job offer.” - Robert Half

Your resume is your first opportunity to show a company that you are a perfect fit for the job, but it can be your last chance too. Common resume mistakes can lead to your elimination from the first round of application process of your dream job.

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A Job in the Nuclear Field as a Woman

Monday, February 4th - Sofia Colley Aquino

Today I had the lovely opportunity to interview one of our Career Service Advisors at the Experiential Learning Hub at the University of Guelph (she’s the person who know the Ins and Outs of everything to do with job searching, in other words, the person you want to talk to). I learned a lot of great things about what I can do to better prepare myself for interviews and how to approach certain questions. If you want to get the job of your dreams, be sure to read this interview! 

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Everything You Need to Know about Interviews with Kate Cooper

Monday, January 28 - Shehroze Saharan

Today I had the lovely opportunity to interview one of our Career Service Advisors at the Experiential Learning Hub at the University of Guelph (she’s the person who know the Ins and Outs of everything to do with job searching, in other words, the person you want to talk to). I learned a lot of great things about what I can do to better prepare myself for interviews and how to approach certain questions. If you want to get the job of your dreams, be sure to read this interview!

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3 Tips for International Students for Job Searches

Monday, November 19th - Kia-Marie P.

1.    Apply for your Co-op Work Permit Early

For the University of Guelph, you are not allowed to access the co-op job search board until you submit the permit to the office. However, this must be done as early as possible due to processing times for these permits varying depending on the volume of applications and how completed the submitted application is as additional documents needed can slow the approval of your permit therefore delaying your co-op job search

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3 Tips to Securing Your First Co-op Job

Thursday, November 8th - Maneet S. 

Co-op is an exciting opportunity! You have the ability to start the job search process before graduation and gaining job-specific experience sets you up with skills and connections which will allow you to succeed in the future. The first job search however, does seem daunting. You’re learning how to tailor each resume and cover letter to each specific job posting while you apply, and the coop market is quite competitive. You may not even have experience in your field of study yet and are not sure how well your current experiences will be received by recruiters. It can be a stressful time and it can get overwhelming at times, but the three following tips are sure to help you succeed.

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10 Study Tips for the Fall/Winter

Friday, November 2nd - Sofia A

The fall time has arrived and with the winter semester peaking just around the corner, we can say goodbye to hot summer days. With the incoming cold winds, rainy and shorter days, motivation for studying and going to class can definitely diminish. Here are ten tips, skills and techniques to stay motivated during these upcoming wintry months.

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Reducing Interview Anxiety 

Wednesday, October 24th - Deniz S

As a job candidate we may prepare for our job interviews in the best way, learn more about specific interview details, practice possible questions, and overall improve our test familiarity to improve our interview performance (Feiler, & Powell, 2016b). In the end there is a factor that we might not be able to improve with practice as much as our answers, and that can happen unexpectedly at any minute: interview anxiety. 

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How to really tell about yourself: The interview "rabbit hole" question

Wednesday, October 17th - Anemmeabasi B

There are certain interview questions that you can always expect to be asked, no matter the job you are applying for. One of these questions is the standard “tell us about yourself” question. This is a question that most people fumble with and often miss to answer correctly. A common misinterpretation of this question includes vaguely going into personal life history, which is not what the interviewer is looking for. What the interviewer(s) are looking for is how you would be the best fit for the company. What makes you the ideal candidate for this position? Why should they hire you?


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3 Tips to Make a Lasting Impression in the Workplace

Thursday, October 11th - Selena A

Networking! Try to introduce yourself to everyone in the workplace and make an effort to learn their names and positions. These are the people who will be working alongside you and collaborating with you each day. If you see them only occasionally, you will have an idea of who they are and will be able to maintain a connection with them just by saying “Hello”, as you pass by each other, or discuss what you are each working on. By making meaningful and genuine connections with your coworkers, you will successfully establish a network of people who could act as mentors, provide you with a reference letter in the future, or even help you advance throughout your career path.

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Resume Upkeep: 4 Strategies

Friday September 28th - Ellie Y

Having a good resume is important.  It’s crucial to getting the job you want – the career you dream of!  All of our educational certifications, occupational experiences and volunteerism is recorded within a few short pages, with bullet points to help sum up skills and accomplishments.  At its’ heart, the resume is a very personal document; it is different and unique for every single individual, and it contains a personal history of a professional life.  It is therefore, very, very important that you treat your resume well and have good resume upkeep!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!  

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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.

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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.

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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. Click here to read more.

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.

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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. Click here to read more.

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. Click here to read more.

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! Click here to read more.

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. Click here to read more.