2018/2019 Peer Connect Blogs

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.

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?”

 

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?

 

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.

 

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! 

 

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!

 

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.

 

3 Tips to Securing Your First Co-op Job

Thursday, November 8th - Maneet S. 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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?

 

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.

 

 

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!