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Job Searching for the Class of 2012
With the Canadian economy stalling andthe unemployment rate in New Brunswick growing to 10.1%, graduates this year need allthe help they can get i they want to nd a jobin the province.It’s important to stand out in a tough jobmarket. Human resources consultant andormer Mount Allison proessor PierreBattah says that there are skills job huntersneed to demonstrate in order to attract hiringmanagers. Most important is demonstratinga strong work ethic. “Grads will impress aprospective supervisor with a commitment togetting the job done right, with the necessary attention to detail and the perseverance tosee an assignment through to completion with enthusiasm and a genuine concern orquality work,” Battah says. He also stressedthat sot skills were important, specically noting negotiation skills, time management,proessionalism and group cooperation skillsas being the most valuable abilities to have intoday’s competitive job market.In addition to traditional skills, Battahstressed that graduates need to be mindulo their behaviour online as well as oine. While noting that employers in Canada aregenerally not as aggressive in doing socialmedia background checks as elsewhere,Battah nevertheless noted that managing youronline identity is now vital.“Remember that diligent employers check reerences by telephone and also veriy prospective employee's online presence. Isuggest that photos on social media sites beedited to ensurethey are appropriate or viewing by prospective employers who may be negatively infuenced (rightly or wrongly) by photosdepicting a party liestyle,” says Battah.Mt. A’s Career Counsellor Scott Yorkeagrees, adding that graduates should rampup their privacy settings on social networks.“Facebook can be very useul in promoting thereasons why you and your social-sel should behired; take the time to ensure it is not a reasonto toss your application in the trash.” osome, these warnings may seem like an over-reaction, but in a recent study by UK businesspsychology rm OPP, 56 percent o employerssaid that they were likely to check out thesocial media presence o potential employees,and the trend towards increasing social mediachecks shows no sign o slowing.Battah explains that employers in AtlanticCanada or the most part are not currently very active in using social media to recruit,but those that are use Linkedin. He namesthree main takeaways that job searchers needto include: direct contact with employers,scouring job postings, and expanding one’snetwork in person and online “LinkedInis a great network-expander but must beaccompanied by ‘eet on the street’ networkingas well.” Yorke also believes in the utility o LinkedInor proessional networking. LinkedIn hasbeen called “Facebook or Adults” and is asocial media website that serves not only as your virtual resume but also allows users todirectly connect with potential employers.
Employers access public accounts. Are there things you wouldn’t want him to fnd?
Yorke explains the value o the concept o the site, “For those students who have lackedon the networking ront throughout theirundergrad, or even or those who are very wellconnected, LinkedIn will not only expand your connections across a diverse group o organizations and locations, but will alsogive you the opportunity to be noticed by HR proessionals who may be looking or a speciccandidate with your experiences.” Tere are many dierent eatures to the website that can help new grads in their jobsearch. Once connected to ellow graduates,proessors, and ormer employers, you canrequest recommendations that will be viewableby others on the site. You can then inorm yourconnections that you are looking or work ina specic area. As well, through a centralizedproessional prole, potential employers willbe more likely to see that listing above thanany possible negative content (photos o thatlast party) o you.“Tere are many other benets to buildinga diverse LinkedIn prole,” Yorke says, “andI encourage all students to create one upongraduation (i not beore).”
Above: More photos of the Stop Harper protests
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com/theargosy shortly.Below: Greg Sharp,participating in theStrasbourg exchange,shows some love for theleaning Tower of Pisa.Above: KelleyHumphries performs atthe Conduct Becoming2012 CD release party