Why Every Student Should Complete a SWOT Analysis

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A What? A SWOT, more typically known as:

S: Strengths

W: Weaknesses

O: Opportunities

T: Threats

Yes, although it might resemble the typical primary school Mother’s day card framework (M is for Mother, O is for … etc.) it is very different! A SWOT analysis might be the answer you’ve been looking for during your ups and downs during the ever-changing and often stressful school year. As students and employees, we all require tools in order to do our jobs efficiently. A SWOT Analysis is a great tool…and the best part is, all you need is a little of your time to invest. Not only is it a great tool, but it is also an extremely useful technique and method for students and workers to understand our strengths and weaknesses on a more profound level, to properly target the opportunities that may open up to us and to combat the threats that may be obstructing our path to success.

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What to include in your e-resume?

google-homepage-ecards-someecardsContent is key – as online gurus would say. And let me tell you, they would be absolutely right!

The objective is to tell a potential employer more about you. Your e-resume needs to reflect how you process your area of expertise in your head, and how you can express it into words. For some candidates it is quiet of difficult to get to this point, but for others it’s just a matter of finding keywords to get a better position in the organic search.

You do not need to be a techy guy (or gal!), you only need clear, targeted words.

First, your professional image needs to be reflected in your pages layout. You can play a bit with creativity and intelligence. This is entirely up to you.

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Broadcast your resume!

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The number of hiring managers who use search engines to find the most qualified people in the market place have increased exponentially.  

As mentioned before, Internet is the fastest way to find the right candidate for the right position without having to deal with opening or closing hours or even location. Head hunters use the Internet just like you would: with keywords. These are based on work experience, schools, skills and also your social life.

If you really want to be found, you need to broadcast your resume like any other organization would advertise its product to get customers: via your own website.

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What? The Semester’s Over?!

Tracey Regimbal

February was the time you were looking into summer jobs, but it was too early to apply. March was when you had no time to apply. April is when you finish school and have no idea what to do.

 
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Jobs, Resumés, and the Importance of Now

Linnea Osterberg

Now that we have readjusted to class and all the work that entails, it is time to start thinking about the summer. You can never start searching for a job too early, and some small prep work now will make applying for a job or scholarship later in the term much easier and far less stressful.

Any method that lets you keep track of what jobs you’re applying for and when the applications are due is great. For those of you new to the application process or just severely disorganized, I’ve outlined below the method I use.

It consists of 5 “steps” and functions as a checklist to keep me on track with everything. To get started, I usually create a file on my computer where I keep all the relevant essays,websites, and other information that I need. I’ve found that the extra time I spend in the beginning to get everything organized pays off later when I’m trying to send things in. This method also works for scholarships and graduate school applications.

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Don’t Settle for Less

Vicky Tobianah

Searching for jobs is exhausting. Many people argue that finding a job is a job in of itself. That’s why, after months of looking for a job, it’s hard to see the big picture and remember your larger goals. In this moment, you might find yourself saying “I’ll take any job at this point!” You might even be wishing you applied for a job you weren’t actually interested in. Anything is better than the tiring, insecure, unsettling job search, right?

I’ve had many of those moments these past few weeks. I’ve thought to myself “Why am I doing this? There’s no job out there for me right now.” I’ve questioned my own abilities, my experience and wondered if I’ll ever find a job I love. But today I tried to remember why I am putting in all this effort.

All the stress, job workshops, meetings with advisers, resume edits, cover letter updates are worth the pain because I’m trying to advance my career and find a meaningful job I love. If I settle for a job I don’t love, I won’t give it my all and I’ll end up doing a disservice to myself and my future – I’ll be in a job I don’t truly enjoy with no real desire to improve and show the company how valuable I can be. That’s why, no matter how hard it is, no matter how long the process takes, I hope that I never settle for just any job. I would not want a company to hire me if there was no work for me to be done and similarly, I shouldn’t want to be hired if I’m not interested in the work they do.

At the end of the day, I know that I have done the ‘right things.’ I’ve been focusing on my career throughout university, I’ve reached out to my network of friends and professionals, and I’ve updated my cover letter and resume to the best they can be right now. All that I have left to do is persevere and continue searching and applying until the job that I love comes along. And when it does, I’ll be thankful that I didn’t settle earlier for just any job.

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