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Know your rights as an employee!

rightsforallworkersSure, discrimination in the workplace in 2013 seems a bit rare and scandalous (newly proposed Charter of Values I am looking at you) , but I can almost guarantee you, you have been a victim of rights violation at a point or another either in a job’s selection process or at the workplace. Whether direct or systematic, pre-employment discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, civil status, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, among others, have tainted the pages of Canadian labour history for decades. In fact, although the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms section on the “prohibition of discriminatory questions in employment application forms or during employment-related interviews” has been around since 1982, there are still illegal discriminatory actions taking place everyday in many Canadian workplaces (like a lot) (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982). And who is the main group affected here? Well, us, students in our “ignorance is bliss” kind of state. So listen up guys and keep reading; know your rights when it comes to recruitment and employment in general. (more…)

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 not to wear: Interview Edition

intervieweditionToday I wanted to do a little spinoff of the popular TLC show: “What not to wear” (^Check out my mad photoshop skills guys!) The thing is, after working as a Recruitment Consultant at one of the, so called, “Big 5” consulting companies, you can be unpleasantly surprised by what a person decides to wear for an interview. Don’t take me wrong, most people do an okay job just by using common sense, but there is always the person who decides to wear sunglasses for an interview (Real story, I kid you not). So, in this post I wanted to give you some tips not only to get by, but to positively stand out in an interview, first impression-wise, even under our constricting student budget.  (more…)

Get Published!

Writing is the ultimate form of intellectual self expression. Whereas debate and discussion carry considerable likelihood for error, it is well understood that a written piece of scholarship should be free from technical errors of all kinds. (more…)

Clothes that Give You Confidence

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”
— Yves Saint Laurent
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
— Marilyn Monroe
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
— Coco Chanel
Both men and women can gain confidence from dressing well.  Thus, it is important to pay attention to what one wears to work and to interviews.  I have selected a few photos to give you some inspiration for what to wear.  (more…)

Résumé and Interview Tips from the Boss

Seven years ago, I applied for my first job, got an interview, and was fortunate enough that the interviewer/my boss later got together with me and we reflected on my resume and interview performance.  The tips she gave me – be like Elle Woods and use the 5 point method – were exceptionally helpful for me later on as I applied for other jobs.  I would like to share them with you! (more…)

The Art of Email

At first glance, writing an email is a simple procedure. A poignant subject line, a brief introduction and a clearly stated objective are not hard to come by. However, upon closer examination it should become evident that drafting an email – especially as a young person – should not be taken lightly. (more…)

Addressing an Audience: Some Thoughts on Public Speaking

I have had the fortune to have grown up enjoying public speaking. I first learned this during my elementary school years,  when I was often eager to read aloud from Shiloh during 3rd grade English. I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to stand up for a presentation, and subsequently have resolved myself from a young age to practice this crucial skill. Though papers and examinations can often take precedent over presentations in university, I’ve recently been required to provide several presentations to several different audiences.  In the past few weeks, I’ve made short introductions at work meetings and held lengthy discussions pertaining to the creation of a political organization, all pushing me to recall some basic skills which have guided me through presentations from the very beginning. (more…)

Work Clothes Can Still be Fashionable – Fall 2012 Trends

It is essential to dress well for an interview.  It is also important to look good on a day to day basis.  Some say, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  If your potential employer or your current boss can visualize you in the particular position, it increases your chances of getting hired or getting promoted.  I’ll start off by going over general attire tips for work, and then I will discuss how you can incorporate the latest fashion into your work clothes. (more…)

Best and Worst Interview Moments

Have you ever opened your mouth and then thought, “Did I just say that?  I’m an idiot.”  I hope those moments don’t occur too often for you.  With any luck, reading my humiliating responses will give you an indication of what not to say during an interview.  I will also share some ingenious responses that I’ve used in order to provide some positive examples and to make myself feel a little bit better after revealing the embarrassing stories.

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