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The Summer Job Search Continues

summerjobThere’s only a month left of school, and my summer job search continues. I’d been hoping that I would have planned something out for the summer by now, but unfortunately, that is not the case. For the past few months,
I’ve been searching and applying for various jobs. I’m going home for the summer, so my job search vicinity is mainly for jobs in my hometown, which narrows down the possibilities a lot.

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Job Interview Tips & Techniques

intIt is a common fact that whether in your professional or social life, people will judge you within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Harsh, isn’t it? Well, no one ever said you have to please everyone…but when in a job interview, that’s kind of the point. The whole idea of an interview, whether group or individual, is to sell yourself to the best of your ability and attempt to come out on top… so get ready to be a crowd pleaser! Going to an interview is single-handedly one of the most stressful experiences you will have to face throughout your life, but it is inevitable. In realistic terms…you are being judged, by someone who doesn’t know you, every aspect of you – the way you look, act, dress and your bank of knowledge and experience are all put on display for someone to critique. This doesn’t have to be ultra-stressful, so don’t make it be and look at it as a beneficial learning opportunity.

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Plan actions, not results

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I have always been a very results-driven person. I complete tasks with the end goal and result in mind and work towards it. This approach has worked immensely well for me in high school, for short term goals like acing a test, achieving this or that. But now I have realized and personally experienced the downfall to this flawed approach. Before, what motivated me was the result at the end, and so when the end goal was far away I often lost motivation and interest, and when the results are not what I had planned for, I often experienced a wave of negative emotions.  (more…)

Don’t be Discouraged – Take Every Setback as a Learning Opportunity

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After working full time with the same employer for over five years, I felt the impact of austerity in the educational domain this year when for the first time in my career, my contract shrivelled from 100% to 50%. Contract work is not easy due to its unpredictability and inconsistency and evidently, permanency and job stability are what most people in the workforce strive for in the long run. We will all face various setbacks in our personal lives, education and work lives, but I cannot stress enough the importance of learning to take away something positive from these challenges and use them to your advantage instead. I will explain how through my own journey, I learned to look at setbacks as a learning opportunity instead of an obstacle.

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Gearing up for the Summer

jobpicWith an entire week of no class ahead of us, reading week seems like a good opportunity to hunker down and finally figure out what to do with our four months of summer, if we haven’t done so already. There are many different
possibilities: one could travel, or do summer school, or like me and many other students, try to find work. That’s something a lot easier said than done. With so many students looking for jobs, the hunt may seem way too daunting.

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Don’t hesitate to re-apply!

picLast year, I applied to the job of student ambassador for McGill, a position that involves greeting incoming and perspective students at welcome events and sharing various aspects of student life here at McGill. I went to the interview, but did not ending up getting the job. When I got an email in my inbox this year that hirings were happening again, I was indecisive about whether or not to apply again. While on one hand, I felt I would definitely enjoy and benefit from the job, I wondered if maybe I wasn’t what they were looking for, as I had been rejected last year. In the end, I decided to send in my CV and cover-letter, and to my pleasant surprise, I was hired for the 2015 year. During the interview this year, the interviewer actually mentioned that she remembered me from last year, and that I was a strong candidate last year, but was not hired because it was my first year and McGill and she didn’t feel I had experienced McGill enough to act as a student ambassador.

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How to Make the Most of Reading Week

 

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No tropical vacation planned? Not to worry, there is still plenty to be done and distractions are not an option. We all know the usual routine, once we arrive home from that last class at the start of spring break, we take a deep breath in and before we know it, it’s over! Try to take precaution and use everyday carefully to ensure that it doesn’t seem like it’s over before it has even started. Here are a few tips to make the most of your spring break, take a look:

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How to deal with stress

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 11.50.02 AMWe all have to deal with stress! Some of us know how to deal with it but other don’t handle it very well ( especially during exam time). But the sooner you know how to deal with it the better since stress will ALWAYS be part of your life: in your studies, in your job, and of course in your personal life.

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Finding a summer research job

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This time of early February is a great time to begin your search for a summer research job. Although entry level research can be tedious at times (you’re often assigned to do repetitive work), they can also be very enjoyable and a fantastic learning experience while earning money. For me personally, I found that most of the biology knowledge that has stuck with me, has been those learned during my hours in the research lab. Lecture information is often forgotten quickly after the final exam and not consolidated into memory because of the lack of hands-on integration.

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How To Land Your Dream Job (Or Lead You To It)

djLooking for a job? During the last couple of years, on more than one occasion, my classmates mentioned to me their difficulty finding a job upon graduation. A good friend of mine actually just graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia and has been searching for a job for a year now, and has come up dry. Is the job market shrinking or are we not looking in the right places? Students come out of university packed with newfound knowledge, ready to take on the world, but have been coming up empty handed. Before we even start looking for work…or dare I say our dream job, it is important that our focus is properly directed. I have listed three factors that are very important when it comes to eventually landing the job of our dreams:

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