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A few rules for looking your best.
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Workplace hallways are not catand be sure to follow these simple rules for proper on-the-job attire. walks. So mind your wardrobe,

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Why Start Your Career Now?
A head start never hurt anyone. We look at some good reasons why it’s never too early to hop right onto your career path.

How Your Part-Time Job Will Make You Awesome
A look at how volunteering, extracurriculars, and part-time work can give you an edge when it comes to landing your ideal job.

New age. New resume. Get with the times, and give your resume a facelift.

The Constant Hum of Human Interactions
Despite its bad rep, networking (in real time, not just in the realms of social media) can actually be quite fun.

Cover Letters and How to Make Them Not Suck
Cover letters are probably the worst part of a job application. Here are some helpful tips to make writing them less traumatic.

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Interview Checklist
Sleep? Check. Research? Check. Realizing there’s a stain on your shirt five minutes before your interview? Uh-oh! Should have had an interview checklist. (Luckily we made one just for you!)

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An Apple for the Career Counsellor
In defence of career centres, and why you should already have awesome relationships with the fantastic people who work there.

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Start Your Career now.
by Brandon Miller

One month before gradua-

tion, thousands of panicked

university and college students the great nation of Canada,

will pile into career centres across scrambling for advice, resume

help, and job leads. They will be about three years too late. The concept of career planning is, to many people undertaking

sadly, completely foreign territory undergraduate studies. For these students (and I know because I was one), education takes place in the classroom and the library only, with no attention paid to anything but coursework. Little busy doing JELL-O shots, others

do they know that, while they are are starting careers and getting in the dust.

ahead, leaving stragglers behind


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everyone else is doing it so you should too
“We’re seeing more and more first and second year students [come in for career help],” says Ann Soucy, director of student employment services at the University of New services were in their first year.” Brunswick. “Last year, 16 percent of people who used our Avoiding peer pressure is normally a sign of personal strength, but it could be extremely detrimental in this case. Should you eschew career opportunities in your first couple of years, you run the risk of lagging behind the rest of your class. And when it comes time for graduation and companies are recruiting, the guy with three summer internships summer job was recuperating from university life. in his field is going to be going up against the girl whose only

a professional work setting and expand upon existing skills, depending on the opportunity. Employers like to hire candidates that are well-rounded and passionate.

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tAke your CAreer ChoiCe for A test drive
“The first year, in particular, the student might be in a program because parents encouraged them,” says the University of New Brunswick’s Soucy. “It might be best to do some career exploration and see if they are in the right program.” Soucy time on accounting. After a summer job in her later university

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editor
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gives the example of a business student who focused all of her years, she discovered she actually hated the field. By trying out your intended career early, you’ll ensure that it won’t be too late to refocus your studies and still graduate on time. In addition to recognizing when a career choice or a major

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web editor
Simone Castello scastello@jobpostings.ca

so, whAt does A “CAreer” MeAn, AnywAy?
Starting your career in the first half of your studies is crucial, but that doesn’t mean that people expect you to be a freshman student with a full-time management job at a bank. On top of the obvious internships and part-time or summer jobs, there are a number other ways to gain vital experience and

is a wrong fit, job opportunities allow students to obtain a sense of what’s out there. Three summers of work might turn out completely different results if done in separate sectors. A not-for-profit job is completely different from a corporate job, regardless whether the roles are similar or even identical. And employment at a large international firm is incredibly disparate from work at a small business or a start-up. The more roles and settings a student can try out, the better.

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develop useful skills sets — from getting involved in extra-cursocieties. Career development is all of these things and more.

ricular organizations to volunteering to joining professional “The biggest thing that we see is that students often have some career ideas. And sometimes they are not using the drive those ideas or to develop skills,” says Lynda Peto, an employment advisor at the University of Manitoba. (existing) opportunities while they are in university to test

get your nAMe And fACe out there
Forget about the skills that can be developed and the exploration that can be undertaken. If there’s one reason why every student should start his or her career early, it’s this: networking. The more internships and jobs a person holds, the more people they meet. The more people they meet, the around and the full-time job-hunt starts. more contacts that have to exploit once graduation rolls In some instances, summer gigs, part-time jobs, or internships can lead to opportunities down the line. “We have had students who have worked summers for one employer and when they graduated, the employer hired them,” says Soucy. “It’s certainly an opportunity for the employer to try the student out. And the student to try the employer out.”

While it’s true that senior students are often given preference when it comes to scoring internships or part-time dents in the mix. It’s all about finding the right opportunities, professional jobs, there is space for first and second year stumeeting the right people, and thinking outside of the box. Many summer programs actually require you to be a returning student, so the odds are even occasionally in favour of

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younger students. In any case, there are always ways to connect career interests with employment opportunities if you are creative enough.

“There are some opportunities to be more strategic in what we are looking for,“ says Peto. “If there was a student in education, for example, I’d encourage them to find summer jobs to test drive that idea. Could they focus on their career by working in summer programs with young children?” Peto encourages brainstorming about ways to develop transferable skills that can be highlighted on your resume. A first year engineer, she says, but he can certainly work construction.

set yourself up for suCCess
“When I work with students to help them develop their resume, the difference between someone with no real relevant work experience versus a co-op student [or someone with internships] is huge,” says Peto. “Many don’t think about employment until the very end (of their time in university). They almost let their careers happen to them instead of being in charge of their careers.” The bottom line? The more you do, the better off you will be. And since the clock is ticking, it pays to start early.
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ment. Not only will a volunteer be exposed to many people

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There are more than 110,000 Canadians working in the property & casualty insurance sector. It’s an industry that reflects the face and the values of Canadian society and has a constant need for talented, creative, motivated people.
Are you a people person? Brokers work with clients to create a strategy to protect their assets. Gifted at math? You could thrive as an actuary. Good at listening? As a claims professional, you’ll help people who are coping with an accident, fire or theft. Strategic thinker? You could work as an underwriter and develop the products that keep people protected from unforeseen loss. As your career in insurance progresses, every day can present interesting new opportunities, new challenges, and the flexibility to pursue new goals. To find out more about where you might fit in with your post-secondary education, please visit our Web site at www.career-connections.info. You may be surprised to find that insurance isn’t what you think. It’s a whole lot more.

Gavin Mascarenhas Loss Adjuster

“The best advice is to specialize in law or business-related courses.”

Loss Adjuster
You’re part private investigator and part therapist The loss adjuster is responsible for ensuring that those who have suffered a loss receive the compensation and assistance they are eligible to receive. Whether employed by the insurance company or working as an independent contractor, the loss adjuster investigates the accident, arranges medical treatment if necessary and negotiates the final settlement to restore policy holders to where they were, as closely as possible, before their loss.

Michelle Snowdon Underwriter

Your interests and your experience may add up to a great career in insurance.

“For a greater advantage and the highest placement value, I would recommend courses in law as well as successful completion of a business or insurance program.”

Underwriter
You’re a relationship developer and decision-maker Underwriters accept or reject risk on behalf of insurance companies. They assess the kind of insurance required by organizations as diverse as a shopping mall, a professional sports team, a manufacturer, a city government or a construction company. Underwriters examine every facet of the organization’s operation and its request for insurance, then decide what the insurance company should cover and how much it should charge.

Let’s face it… your resume is old, and kinda sucky. Just get rid of it. Here’s how to make a resume for the new age.

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teAr up your resuMe.
by Amy F.McPherson, Associate Director, VT Career Services career planning guide | 2011-2012 | jobpostings.ca

whAt exACtly is A résuMé, And why do you need one?
A résumé is a marketing tool that you use to introduce experiences, skills and your educational background, achievements to prospective

employers. You need one (and a

good one) because, in many cases, this is the first impression that a potential employer will have of

you, and it is what they will use to determine if they want to invite you for an interview. Whether

you’ve never written a résumé or you’re revising one that you’ve used for years, here are some basic things to keep in mind and tips to help you along the way.

seCtions
You can add others based on your knowledge of

forMAt
Many of us are most familiar with a chronological format résumé (one where you focus on work doing and working back in time). While this may work fine for someone whose work experience has primarily been related to the type of job she Students may prefer to use a more functional experience beginning with what you are currently

the field or industry to which you’re applying, but these sections are essential:

create a separate heading such as “Related Experience” or even give it a specific name (for example, “Working Overseas”) and discuss that experience. tional Experience” for everything else.

number, email, web address (only if it’s a profesmation – no spring break pictures!)

Heading – Your name, address, phone

Then you can have another section called “Addi-

sional website with your résumé and project infor-

 

or other skill sets. Don’t skimp on this! You have more skills than you know. Honors/Activities – This could be a com-

Skills – List computer, laboratory, language

is now seeking, it may not work well for everyone. résumé which allows for a variety of headings

Instead, create a value proposition that commuarticulate what is unique about you, and what you sociated with your industry. Employers love that!

Objective – This doesn’t exist anymore.

nicates your career goals. This statement should will bring to the position. Be sure to use terms as-

bined section or these headings could be listed sep-

arately. Highlight leadership roles. Choose these items carefully and list only college level honor or ing Contest). activities – with rare exceptions (like a Hot Dog Eat-

that relate very specifically to varied experiences, more. Be sure to list the sections on your résumé in order of importance as they support your

including work, projects, research, leadership and

nors, institution, location (city and province) and your expected graduation date. If you have more than one degree, list your current degree first. This experience, and selected courses that relate specifically to the job you’re seeking.

Education – List your degree(s), major, mi-

objective. Keep in mind that although many word processing programs offer résumé templates, these templates may present challenges in letting you present your information the way you’d like to. You can easily build your own template by ing program.

referenCes
Do not include references on your résumé or even the phrase “References Available Upon Request.” You will need to create a separate reference page which will include names and contact information for three or four professional references. Cur-

section can also include your GPA, a study abroad

creating a two-column table in your word process-

to “employment” because some of our best experi-

Experience – I prefer the word “experience”

List your experiences in reverse chronological order backward. If you have a particular experience that

starting with your current or most recent and work you’d like to highlight and it’s not your most recent,

are good choices. If you have a LinkedIn profile (and you should), professional blog or website, googling you anyway! Good luck!

be sure to provide hyperlinks. Employers will be

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ences may not have been ones we were paid for!

rent or former employers and faculty members

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cover letters and how to make them not suck
by Emma Woolley

email addresses need to go down with your Livewas) and never be seen again.

journal account (if you were ever on it — I sure Maybe your email address isn’t as lame as the

examples I’ve included. But when you’re applystraightforward email address shows employers

ing for a job, you’ve got to use your real name. A that you’re professional. If you’re really attached to

Let’s be honest: Cover letters are the worst part

of applying for a job. (Aside from the hours spent

tions when you’ve been scouring job site after job

that old email address, go ahead and keep it. Just don’t use it when applying for jobs.

looking for one, of course.) While writing a resume sibilities and accomplishments — writing a cover

site and skimming posting after posting, your apsidered a good candidate.

is relatively straightforward — listing your responletter requires a little more personality and a lot

plication has to be flawless if you want to be conRead the posting several times. Employers will

Be the right kind of confident.

more skill. And since this is usually the first thing a potential employer reads from you, writing a bad one simply isn’t an option. You’ve got one minute — maybe two — to self-promote enough that you make the “maybe” pile. That’s a lot of pressure.

usually tell you what to write in your subject line, and whether you should write your cover letter in the body of the email or attach it as a file. If it’s an attachment you’ll want to send it in the format requested by the employer, so no Word documents when they’ve asked for PDFs. In the email, write a few lines expressing your interest, explaining where you saw the posting, and what you’ve attached to the email.

For the more humble among us, writing a cover

letter can feel forced or awkward. The super-confident, on the other hand, can brag for 10 pages without feeling the slightest bit self-congratulatory.

The key to a good cover letter is walking the fine line between the two. Instead of listing everything you’ve ever done and been awesome at, highlight

Combine this with the ease and immediacy of ap-

plying online — which makes us a little lazy somemake a good impression. Here’s how to increase your chances.

a few of the skills, traits, and successes that relate to your desired position. By now, hardly anyone cares about the awards you won in high school. (But good on you!) Make your language strong by avoiding the pas-

times — and you need more than stellar writing to

If the employer hasn’t included any information, it’s generally okay to write your cover letter in the body types, Word documents are the most common. of the email and attach your resume. In terms of file Applying to several jobs? Be extra careful. There’s nothing more embarrassing than accidentally sending the wrong cover letter.

Follow instructions.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but applicants frequently overlook information given by employers in job postings. And while it’s easy to miss instruc-

sive voice and never choosing a long word when a short one will do — “use” not “utilize.” Overly comand any employer won’t get past the first few lines. plex or long letters tend to be dry and complicated Use keywords! Many emails and letters are run through databases to find the best candidates. So if a posting requires that you be a “fast learner,” include that in your letter.

Never address your email: “Dear Sirs.” Applying to several jobs? Be extra careful. There’s nothing more embarrassing than accidentally sending the wrong cover letter.

Write this and your email immediately gets

trashed. Your failure is two-fold: You haven’t researched the company you’re applying to, and is male. Even if you use the more innocuous “To Whom it May Concern,” your letter is still saying: “I’m not all that interested in working for you.” Always address your letter (and email) to the name you’ve assumed that the person you’re writing to

Proofread. Proofread. Proofread.

Just about every article ever about cover letters asks you to proofread, but I’m doing it again because it’s important. Even the best of us make erything is so quick and easy on the Internet that it’s tempting to just hit ‘Send’ and be on your way.

mistakes, so proofreading is always necessary. Ev-

of the person receiving them. If you don’t know

who that is, find out. Many businesses direct job

applications to HR representatives via generic email addresses, but it’s not impossible to learn Write or call the company, explain you’re applying for a job, and request the name of who’s in ably don’t really want the position. who handles the screening or hiring process.

Don’t do it. Typos, misspellings, poor grammar, tion deleted after one glance. I know many em-

and other egregoius errors can get your applicaployers who won’t continue reading after one time after that. (As a test, see if you can find the typo in this paragraph – Editor.) If your brain is dulled by hours of writing and job hunting, take a break. Save the email as a draft, leave your computer, and come back to it with fresh eyes. If you’re not skilled in spelling and grammar, have someone else read it for you. As long as you’re not applying on the application deadline (and you’re not, right?) there’s no need to rush.
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typo. So check it again and again. And one more

charge. If you’re not willing to do that, you prob-

Don’t use your firstever email address.

goes by “punkfan978” or “sweetbaby77xo.” These

that most employers won’t hire someone who

our adolescent pseudonyms but the truth is

Look, we all thought we were being clever with

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an apple for the career counsellor
by Emma Jones

w

hen you were asked what you

wanted to be when you grew up, the

explain Newton’s Laws of Motions, or the implica-

astronaut, or cowboy: salary and abilities didn’t

possibilities were endless. Princess,

tions of Habeas Corpus, they can’t tell you who’s offering work experience, or help polish your resume. Aside from pulling apart that essay you just slaved over, teachers are rarely able to act as perof the career counsellor, what can they do for you? sonal advisors. So, turning our attention to the role To make successful career decisions, you need quality information, both about yourself and the industry you’d like to enter. Career workshops, as vide this information. Workshops are often one or two hours in length and will answer any of your like-minded students, and build lifelong skills.

Another buzz word: networking. It may provoke images of suits, power points and canapés, but industry professionals a friendly and meaningful career centres have now made networking with experience. Take York University’s TASTE program,

once enter the equation. But now, as you embark for the coming years becomes even more impor-

upon further education, finding your career path tant. Sure, you’ve figured out the subject you want to study, but for many, the certainty stops there, the career counsellors and their helpful maps. and some navigational assistance is required. Cue A career counsellor (or career practitioner – depending on where you live) can help you explore your chosen industry and find the best fit for you. We all have distinct interests, skills, and personthese attributes. This is where your school’s career square peg/round job role dilemmas. alities, but we sometimes need help in identifying centre can assist by saving you from any future Career counsellors work with all students; from

the objective of which is to provide an opportunity related interests over an informal lunch. Many ca-

for students to talk with alumni about their careerreer centres offer similar schemes, allowing your there-done-that experience.

school’s successful alumni to pass on their beenYou can really think of your career centre as the

offered by almost all career centres, can help pro-

burning questions, help you connect with other For more personal and tailored advice, you can

connecting link between you and employers. Another big calendar event in strengthening this link will be the career fair, where you can meet a variety of employers in an exhibition-like setting. A fantastic opportunity to compare the offerings of your industry’s biggest players and make that all important first impression. If you’re one of the more introverted individuals

also book one-on-one appointments with career optional gift for them. These individual meetings can provide a good opportunity to draft an undergraduate action plan for your coming years, which portantly, work experience.

counsellors, with home-baked cookies being an

undergraduates looking for direction, to postgradthe career centre earlier in your studies can help time to spend on actually achieving them.

uates looking for a wage. That said, making use of you identify your goals sooner, giving you more Now, we know that the start of a new school year brings with it a host of must-do chores. Figure out how to use the microwave, scope out the cheap-

may include extra-curricular activities or, more imToday, work experience really makes all the difference in the open job market, and career counselling can help you identify the right opportunities that are related to your specific career goals. Similarly, career centres can also help arrange job shadowing, which are shorter placements that can give you a sneak peek into the daily grind of your

who dread any kind of meeting or — gasp! — in-

terview, then career counsellors can also assist in honing those people skills. To stop you stumbling over your words, practice interviews with your counsellor can help with gaining confidence, so turing the interviewer in their full naked glory.

that you no longer have to use the old trick of picUltimately, your relationship with your career centre should not be swept aside in the belief that you tion. The potential rapport should be embraced some relationships, they aren’t going to complain your career. won’t need their help until the dawn of graduaImage: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

est drinking holes, furnish your room with bargain

Ikea goods and, of course, occasionally study. The but making time to visit your career centre should be one of your top priorities.

first few months can be more than a little hectic,

dream job. Your career counsellor will always steer

you in the right direction, giving you advice on the best companies to target, their deadlines, and apyour summers decaying in front of the TV, you can use the free time to fill your resume and network. plication tips. Meaning that, rather than spending

and nurtured as soon as possible; and hey, unlike about you taking advantage of them just to boost

School professors are not always your definitive source of information. While they may be able to

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this ain’t no fashion show
why you should dress well for work.
by Brandon Miller

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Put your hand up if you often find yourself stumbling to class in jeans and a t-shirt. And that’s probably on a good day. On college and university campuses, comfort trumps style and casual undoubtedly beats professional. Sweatpants and hoodies are common attire for students, and even lululemon workout pants are allowed — even though they don’t leave much to the imagination. There are no fashion rules on campus because nobody really cares. Perhaps that’s why so many students lose their sartorial way on the path to their first job. Not to worry, we’ve got some tips.

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It’s not just about dressing too casually for a formal workplace, which is a common mistake amongst younger people. There’s also a risk of having your clothes outshine your performance

Women’s Wide Leg Trouser PanTs, men’s skinny BLazer: BoTh gaP

don’T wear jeans To a law firm
Every workplace is differently struccasual, business casual, and full-on have a written rule of dress. In any tured in terms of dress code. There’s business. Often, larger companies will case, your best bet is to ask the hiring Start with high-quality basics (like the classic blazer, or a pair of plain trousers) and build on that base with trendier pieces.

manager what to wear before you arit a point to scope out other em-

rive for your first day. Better yet, make ployees when you are in the office for your interview (and even if the dress formally for the interview). office is casual and cool, you should It’s not just about dressing too casually for a

pAy Attention, there will be A quiz: The GenderneuTral rules
First things first: you want to make sure that your clothes fit. It seems like common sense, but wearing wrongacross Canada. Just because you buy something that is sized clothes is a problem that has infiltrated offices ready-to-wear does not mean that you should eschew into wardrobe rotation. “Lack of fit — either too tight or

formal workplace, which is a common mistake amongst younger people. There’s also a risk of “If you don’t care about how you look, you having your clothes outshine your performance. might show you don’t care about other things either,” says Tess Roman, who co-owns and operates the design boutique Price Roman in Toronto’s Queen West area. “You have to get the feeling of what the company is all about than everyone else.”
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tailoring. Clothes need not come off the rack and directly too loose — is a big mistake,” says Porter. “Spending that little bit extra on tailoring can make a big difference and can make an H&M outfit look like a million bucks.”

before you go in there and start dressing better It’s not that you have to colour within the lines completely, but don’t think that a bejeweled headband is always the way to go, either. “It’s important to have your own look and to differentiate yourself from the sea of black and grey. It shows confidence and individualat FASHION Magazine. “But it’s also very

While you can skimp on trendier pieces, staples should be of a certain quality in order to withstand wear. A patterned shirt might go out of style, but a white basic

never will. “Classics are definitely the best investment, especially for the office,” says Tara Wickwire, director of public relations for GAP Inc. “You can wear them for years to come while looking professional and on-trend.” also the way that you take care of your clothes. Neatly

ity,” says Jordan Porter, fashion market editor important to respect the office dress code and the rest of your colleagues and might result in superiors focusing on your wardrobe as

It isn’t just about the quality of the clothes you buy, but pressed shirts should always be a top priority. A wrinshopping for non-iron shirts. And continue to keep updating your roster of outfits, even the basics. “You may

not go overboard, as that can alienate you from

kled effect can be avoided with a quick pressing or by

opposed to your real worth to the company.” In characters on his tie.

other words, don’t be that guy with the cartoon

already own staples like black pants, a striped shirt, a blazer and khakis,” says Wickwire. “(But) make sure they aren’t overly dated. Classics are renewed regularly with new cuts, fabrics and silhouettes that bring them can be worn year-round. up to date.” Non-seasonal fabrics like lightweight wool

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Some Suiting tipS for the lAdies in the ClAssrooM
“You have to start with foundation piecbrand and trend director for women’s apparel and accessories. “A suit is a must — a great jacket and a three-piece suit. That way you have the option of es,” says Cynthia Florek, Sears Canada’s “Those pops of trend-driven items really will help keep your look youthful,” says FASHION’s Porter. “A super opaque tight (as opposed to nude hose), and a great menswear inspired watch always looks cool and fresh.”

Jessica PrinTed ruffLefronT BLouse, aTTiTude Jay manueL feaTher PrinT scarf: BoTh sears

mixing and matching. And invest in a white shirt

because there’s so much you can do with it.” Flo-

rek suggests sticking to neutral colours when shopping chocolate brown, and less about turquoise and fuchsia.

for your first suit. Think more about black, grey, taupe or When suit shopping, play with silhouette as much as possible. Try slimmer pants or a pencil skirt, for example. Proportion is key, says Florek. “A lot of young people think they
aTTiTude Jay manueL PLaid coaT, BLazer, shorTs, sWeaTer, & ‘rhea’ BooTs, Jessica gLoves: aLL sears

need to lose their identity when they wear a suit,” she says.

“(But) there are a lot of ways to personalize it.” Pair a more things youthful and unique.

classic-looking suit with a trendy blouse underneath to keep
mini faux snakeskin BeLT: gaP Jessica denBy oxford heeL shoes, sears

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Boy Blunders

“A common mistake for those just entering the workforce is dressing too casu-

profeSSional StYle tipS for boys, dudes & even b ro s
Like the ladies, men are going to want to stack their closets with classic looks that can be mixed and

ally,” says Dennis. “For example, graphic tees are never a good look for the corporate office.” Along with graphic tees, you can lock down any Ed Hardy hats and Hanes tank tops. All tank tops, actually. ¶ Porter notes that guys should invest in the help of a tailor. Your suit should not be baggy in the seat. Don’t be scared of a slim fit if you can pull it off, and certainly don’t be frightened about wearing clothes that are actually the right size. ¶ “It’s important to stay true to your personal style in the workplace, but you have to marry that style with how you want to be professionally perceived,” Dennis says. “For someone whose style is very eclectic but who has an office job, they can inject interest into their work wardrobe by adding a great watch, a colourful pocket square, a tie pin or some cuff links to pull a look together.”
ProTocoL siLk PockeT square, sears

A couple of good-quality shirts in varying colours least, every guy should are also a must. At the very purchase a white shirt, a

gauge merino sweater, she will last a long time and always look great.

adds, are classic pieces that
Tommy hiLfiger® WaTch, sears

matched. “Depending on

how formal his office is, it’s a good idea to invest in three great suits: one in black, Dennis, Sears Canada’s navy and grey,” says Nancy brand and trend director

blue shirt, and a stripe. “In order to avoid looking like you’re playing dress up in your dad’s closet, inject a

“Shoes are also a really important purchase,” says FASHION’s Porter. “You want something with a low profile sole, a toe that’s not too pointy and not too round, and can go with anything.”
Chaps wool suit & silk tie, Boulevard CluB shirt, protoCol silk poCket square, all sears

youthful spin through ac-

for menswear. “They can be for more casual occasions.”

cessories like a sporty watch Dennis says. Nice tailored wool trousers or a fine

worn together, or broken up

or a canvas messenger bag,”

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“High heels and too-short skirts are among the biggest mistakes,” says GAP’s Wickwire. “Keep the skirts and
sWag BiB neckLace: Banana rePuBLic

sloan fit Cropped pant: Banana repuBliC

dresses just above or below the knee. three inches high.” At the end of the

And the heels should be no more than day, the goal is to look like you belong in a professional environment.

no plain janes (or johns)
Pump up the personality with tasteful accessories.

Keep the skirts and dresses just above or below the knee. And the heels should be no more than three inches high

And let’s talk about what’s happen-

ing below your ankles and from your elbows down. “Your shoes should be mucked up heels or smudges,” says kept in pristine condition — no scuffs, Porter. “And failing to accessorize, tastea Plain Jane.” Invest in some good shoe

fully of course, can leave you looking like polish and look for sales on staple shoes. pump in a classic pointed-toe shape is a must for all working ladies. Though

According to Porter, a simple low-heeled
Jessica PaisLey saTin scarf: sears

popular on campuses everywhere, flipflops should be avoided in nearly every professional setting.
JessiCa wool felt CloChe, turtleneCk, shawl Collar open Cardigan, & houndstooth penCil skirt, attitude Jay Manuel skinny Bow Belt:all sears fLaT ToTe: gaP

 Are whAt

LaLine cuT-ouT Wedge: Banana rePuBLic

you doing wrong?

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don’T forGeT abouT your hAir And fACe. You know, the moneYmakerS.
“A great haircut can go a long way,” says Porter. “And it’s worthwhile to sit down with a makeup artist of a reputable and pick up some essential products.” Obviously, her advice

makeup line at your local department store to have a lesson is targeted toward women, but that doesn’t mean that guys

For haircuts, keep it nice and trim, and keep the neck and edges clean, not overgrown and squirrelly

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should completely ignore their pores. “A good cleansing ritual and keeping any unibrow or errant hairs at bay are important elements,” she says. “For haircuts, keep it nice and trim, and Nobody wants to be called a squirrel, right?

keep the neck and edges clean, not overgrown and squirrelly.”

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by Warren McFarlane

how To rock iT as a workinG sTudenT

So you don’t have a trust fund, and you’re blowing through your summer savings at an alarming rate. enough cash from your summer job to get you through till April, You thought that you’d put away

but between pub nights, pizza, and prescriptions, it’s becoming clear that life outside the nest is way

more expensive than you thought get a part time job.

it would be. Party’s over: it’s time to

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Your first stop should be your campus Career

Centre, where if you’re lucky and persistent and take advantage of the people there to help you, you might be able to find a work-study position on campus. These jobs are ideal for students and very often geared towards your area of study. Yep, that’s right: you just went from being broke to geteventual career.

ting meaningful on the job experience for your If you can’t find a job on campus, time to cast your net into the malls and restaurants near your school you’ll probably find yourself at the bottom of the or home. Working part time off campus means employment totem pole, with a customer service

job of some description. But even in the worlds of retail and food service, there’s tons of valuable experience to be gleaned. And if you’re strategic in that can apply to your long-term career plans.

where you apply, you could even be gaining skills Studying music? Apply at a record store or to be an

usher or box office cashier at a local concert venue. be the obvious place to start. If you’re into comput-

Getting an English degree? A retail bookstore would ers, try tech support. You get the picture. Even a little bit of relevance will go a long way. If you’re stuck, go see a counsellor at your campus Career Centre –

this kind of stuff is literally their job. Be aware that they’ll suggest positions that are appropriate to your skills and experience. You probably won’t get anything fancy, but no one starts at the top.

activities, and are actually more likely to drop out of school altogether. But as long as you work less likely to adversely effect your marks. Living up to be worth it in the long run. than about 15-20 hours per week, your job isn’t those numbers can be tricky, but the work might Looking around at your classmates, you’ll probably notice that just over half of them work part time while they study. Actually it’s a little over

Think of it this way: you and Rosie down the resi-

dence hall are both applying for the same postgrad dream position. Your prospective boss looks at both your resumes. You both got the same degree, and your marks are about even, but you have This shows that you know, at the very least: how team, how to manage your time wisely, and what But Rosie doesn’t have that. Now who’s laughing? four years’ of work experience under your belt. to show up on time for work, how to work on a it means to take responsibility for your finances. As a student, it’s supposed to be your full-time job to learn. But life in the real world doesn’t always part of being an adult. It’s exactly that kind of maturity that will set you apart to future employers when you start applying for full time jobs. go like it’s supposed to, and understanding that is

Whatever the job, it’s important to make sure all

that hard work isn’t for nothing. As soon as you cash your first pay cheque – no, even sooner – draw what you spend and where, and face the fact that tials a bit if you’re going to have time to work, go to class, do your homework, and maybe even sleep. There are resources on campus that can help you up a budget that you can stick to. Be realistic about you’re going to have to trim down the nonessen-

half – about 60 percent – who balance a job in one hand and their books and essays in the other. Balance is the key term here, and a life skill you’ll you were still in school.

do this budget thing successfully, and your bank

find yourself very happy to have developed while You see, every job teaches you something – even

or credit union is another great place to turn to for financial guidance. There are also budgeting tools Now that the cash is flowing, it can be tempting to overspend. You can always take on an extra shift or two, right? Unfortunately, studies show that students who work more than 20 hours a week do less homework, don’t participate in extracurricular available for free online, and even budgeting apps!

coworkers and customers, how to manage time you’ll really bulk up is in the soft skills department. of soft skills in new grads who have spent their enfor you, working students of the world.

and money, and a few other basic skills. But where And with employers reporting a fundamental lack tire lives in schools, this could be very good news
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the constant hum of human interactions
what NetworkiNg really meaNs
by Naiose Hefferon

“NetworkiNg is oNly for busiNess majors.” “schmooziNg is schleazy.” “i caN talk to people just fiNe”.
If you agree with any of these statements, feel free to go back to hovering over the chips and dip with your +1. Keep pretending to be engrossed Maintain your rapt attention on the cat, the book

this is one instance where you may be warranted down your throat and not the game.

in hating the player stuffing his business card True, “networking” is a highly charged word. To those who do it genuinely and effortlessly, it’s a way of life. But to the vast majority who don’t, to

to work in a flower shop. Would it be manipulative and opportunistic for you to mention that your boss is hiring? Of course not.

Networking is nothing more than the simple and rewarding act of making real connections, of pushing the bounds of your social circle beyond the fiveperson party huddle with a view to expose yourself to different influences, experiences and opportuniing your ideas and accomplishments or selling

in your text-messaging so as to look occupied. collection, the ficus, the view, that “choose life” read a million times.

those who struggle to make conversation with strangers, it’s a filthy, filthy word and an activity in which they would never participate. Negative portrayals have led to the widely held

ties. And real connections are made not by pitchsomeone else on “you: the product” but by holding space and giving someone else a chance to share counterintuitive, non? their thoughts, interests, stories and goals. Sounds Consider for a moment a conversation you may have had with someone in which every statement they utter begins with “I…Me…My…” These unfor-

poster from Trainspotting that you’ve already Let’s face facts. Networking is for 40-year old sales guys, not undergrads, right? Networking is cheesy erwise insincere pursuits. And although it’s got a cocktail parties, multi-level marketing and othpretty bad rep, we might avoid writing off the prac-

belief that “working a room” is about harnessing

your inner opportunist and manipulating people part-time job at a flower shop and your boss is

to achieve selfish goals. But let’s say you have a looking to hire staff for a new location. And you just met someone awesome at a party who is studying botany, has a flare for design and wants

tice completely based solely on its associations as
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tunate interactions can’t help but be one-sided, often causing loss of interest, a sudden need to find a bathroom or take up smoking, followed by a visit to the guacamole station and subsequent fixing of attention to that ficus in the corner. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a conversation wants to know about you and hear what you have to ever will – you can just about hear them purr the minute someone takes an interest in another’s career choices, jeans, hometown.” Hmm but isn’t that kind of manipulative? “I don’t think so. Life is hard. Any given day we’re guaranteed to encounter transit mishaps, banking errors, road rage, incidental douchery, death, even. It feels good to make other people feel good, to remind them of their connecting with the good that is in everyone.” strengths. And at its core, that’s all networking is: Odds are slim that any of the connections you wherein the person you’re speaking with genuinely say is often memorable, will almost always keep you interested, and is more likely to turn into a connecwill expand your network of friends and acquaintion. These honest conversations are the ones that tances and are the ones you want to work to initiate. Dale Carnegie, master connection-maker and best selling author advises that “you can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” And Greg Armishaw, Creative Director at cirQlar Entertainment, agrees. “It doesn’t matter what line of work make in first and second year will become immediate long-term career opportunities. More likely, five or ten years down the road you’ll run into an someone who remembers you fondly and gives nects you to someone else. And you never know… that passing chuckle you shared with some ranto be not so random in the future. So be open to dom soul in the line waiting for coffee could prove the possibilities that lie in forging meaningful automated as our world may attempt to become, you a lead or recommends you for a job or con-

UnderstandablY, YoU maY still feel more comfortable leaving tHe networking to linkedin, so Here are a few basic gUidelines to get YoU started wHen YoU’re off-line.
Introduce yourself – You’re not the only one at the party who doesn’t know everyone and you don’t need above average charisma to talk to people. “Hi” and a smile goes a long way to break the ice and will enable you to direct the conversation. Ask questions – People love hearing their own name and seeing that someone else is interested in them. Asking meaningful and relevant questions can help take a conversation to places it may not have

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otherwise gone. Maintain eye-contact – Naturally, your gaze will move around in conversation but keep bringing it back – it’s key and it gets easier with practice. Avoid empty complements and insincerity – If you can spot a faker a mile away, anyone you’re speaking with will, too. Be real and be nice. Smile and be yourself – And while you’re at it, look for something remarkable in every person you talk to.

you’re in, human beings will always be present awesome. People are fascinating and, more often than not, they want to help you. Showing an interest and being an attentive listener in conver-

people and the connections between them will man interaction and relationships that will forever make the world go ‘round.

never be obsolete. It is the constant hum of hu-

sation will get you further than any business card

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in some capacity. Which is great because they’re

connections – no matter how fleeting. Because as

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THE FUTURE OF LEARNING

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by Alyssa Ouellette

step interview prep
the night before
__prinT exTra copies of your resume
:

After weeks of applying for jobs, you finally got the

call or email asking you to come in for an interview. Once the excitement subsides, and the jumping for joy dies down, panic sets in. What now? Interview prep begins the moment you get off the phone. Trust us — you want to be comfortable and confident when meeting your potential employer. you’ll need to do before your interview.

Here’s a handy checklist to help you organize what

A week before:

thAt dAy

 Research the Company

No matter how much you think you know about a company, conversation about the company with a potential employer

 Bring a Pack of Gum
the interview!

you can always know more. Being able to have an intelligent can only make you look better. Bring your research with you and review it before you go into the interview. Blair McMurment and Promotions at Humber College, compares going someone without getting to know them. chy, director of professional and continuing education, Placein for an interview without doing your research to marrying

Chew on a piece of gum before going

in. That delicious Everything bagel you once your interviewer catches wind of it. Just make sure to spit it out before

had for breakfast may turn against you

Your interviewer may have forYou may even have multiple

gotten to print out your resume. interviewers, so having extra copies on hand will make you look prepared and reliable.

 Bring a Detergent Stick

Crazy drivers are all over the place,

Pick your Wardrobe

especially during rush hour. This means

Decide beforehand what you want to wear so you can ensure view only to realize there’s a ketchup stain on your favourite blazer, it’ll probably put a damper on your mood.

coffees spills are inevitable. If you have a stains and avoid looking like a slob.

that it’s clean and ironed. If you wake up the day of your inter-

__come up wiTh some QuesTions
if you have any questions. Be prepared with two or three

detergent stick on hand, you can get rid of

At the end of an interview, more often than not, you’ll be asked

Dress conservatively. Girls — minis may be fine for the dance floor, but they’re not the best choice for the office. Boys — wear your pants at your waist; no one wants to see your

 Treat Everyone with Respect
out to be the boss.

“Treat everyone you meet in the office

with respect from the janitor to the boss,” says McMurchy. It would look pretty bad if you closed the door in someone’s face

Looney Tunes underwear. “You can never overdress, but you

questions. Curiosity about the research and know your stuff. hear back from them — days, weeks? This way you’ll know when to follow up.

can always under dress,” says McMurchy. He also shares this once you arrive, the jacket can always be removed.

company will show you did your Also, ask them when you should

on your way in and that someone turned

tip for men: Wear a jacket and tie and if you feel over dressed

 Get Directions

 Say Thank You

After your interview, send your inter-

Make sure you know where you’re going. Know your travel time and take traffic into consideration. The last thing you want is to miss your interview because you took a wrong turn. ensure you know where you are going.

viewer a thank you note. It will help you them to remember you.

__Go To bed early
Get your beauty sleep. If your interview is early in the morning, go Shore can wait a day or two. You to bed at a reasonable time. Jersey won’t feel too confident meeting your interviewer with puffy bags under your eyes.

look respectful and polite as well as help If you follow these tips when you go in for “Preparation is key,” explains McMurchy.
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Use a GPS, Google Maps, or even do a “dry run” before hand to

an interview, you should be good to go.

 Compile a Portfolio
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Going in there knowing all there is to know you can be will boost your confidence. We know you can do it. Good luck!

Get together samples of your work to show your potential employer your skills. Use your best pieces — no one cares about your high school essay on Hamlet, sorry.

about a company and being as prepared as

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