Friday, April 26, 2019

Skillin' it


Think your student job is unrelated to your career goals? Think again. We're here to help you in your journey of identifying important skills so you can leverage them when applying to jobs in the future. 

There was once a young man who attended school by day and then rushed to scoop ice-cream at Baskin Robbins to earn a living. He studied and worked to live the life he dreamed of. This might be an accurate description of almost every student who’s working that minimum wage job to pay the bills. This ice-cream scooper worked hard to become the first African American president that America had ever seen. Yes, the boy is Barack Obama.
To you who's reading this, you’re not alone in this journey! A positive attitude goes a long way in your career path.



Student jobs can be demanding. Take some time to think about how the skills you’re learning while working at the local Boston Pizza gets you one step closer to your dream job or career.
You gave a complimentary appetizer to an unhappy customer? You’re learning to problem solve and take leadership in a situation that may get out of hand. In such a situation, you’re gaining unparalleled interpersonal skills that will serve as a stepping stone to achieve your career goals.




You’re flipping burgers at McDonalds while your friends have gone for a summer beach day? While hanging out with friends can be fun, you’re learning to prioritize tasks that let you enjoy the off days a tad bit more. A strong work ethic takes you one step closer to your dream job!




The jobs you work at as a student will provide you with many skills that you can carry into your future career. Behind every task you do there is also a skill you have used or developed. Don’t undermine or undervalue the work you do. The fact that you are able to balance a job with school work and other commitments is a huge accomplishment! Communication and teamwork go hand in hand with development and success!

Once in a while, have a THINK DAY - envision yourself 5 years from now and pick something to do that your future self will thank you for! Studies have proven that the skills highlighted in this article are some of the key competencies that companies are looking for in prospective employees. It’s never too late or too early to begin working on your dreams! 

Don’t know where to start? Drop by CareerZone and one of our career assistants will be happy to help you in identifying and articulating your skills! We are open all summer, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm or visit our website careerzone.brocku.ca.



Monday, March 18, 2019

Interview DOs and DON'Ts

Hey Badgers! We know that students are looking for summer jobs and getting an interview is part of the process. Interviews can be nerve-wracking but we want to help remove some of those nerves by giving you some dos and don'ts when in an interview. 

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DO research the company. Interviewers might ask you company-related questions and it is a bad look to know nothing about the place you are hoping to work at. Questions most likely will not be super specific but make sure to know what their values, mission statement and goals are.

DON’T answer questions with generic answers. Make your answers specific to your qualifications and experiences and try to connect them to the requirements of the position.

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DO practice for your interview. Prepare yourself for weird, unusual questions and watch yourself in the mirror to see if you fidget, say “um” or like a lot, etc. Try InterviewStream, a website that allows you to record yourself answering interview questions so you can look back and analyze how you did: https://brocku.interviewstream.com/
DON’T interrupt the person or people interviewing you. Even if you think you know what they are going to say, it is polite to let them finish their sentence.

DO dress professionally. Ensure that your clothing is clean and proper and avoid wearing ‘extreme’ clothing or casual garments.
DON’T be late. You should be at least ten minutes early to any interview but if you are going to be late because of uncontrollable circumstances, make sure to call and let your potential employer know.

DO ask questions at the end of the interview. This is a good place to show that you did research on the company or prepared for the interview.

DON’T use slang or jargon in your answers. Speak professionally to present your best self.

DO answer questions fully. Yes or no questions should be followed up with proper reasoning and explanation. Using examples from prior experiences always helps.

DON’T brag. Talk about your accomplishments and why you would be a good candidate for the position but do so humbly. 

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If you have an interview coming up and you'd like to do a mock interview, book an appointment with our Career Consultant Kristen Wall on careerzone.brocku.ca or through email at kwall2@brocku.ca. There are also interview resources available on careerzone.brocku.ca under 'Resources'. CareerZone is open Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM (Tuesdays until 6:30PM), drop in and talk to a Career Assistant about any job-related questions!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

InterviewStream Mock Interview Madness Contest

Hey Badgers!!

It is that time of year again, CareerZone is running our Mock Interview Madness contest.

The Mock Interview Madness contest runs from March 1st 2019 - March 31st 2019 with schools across North America.  The rules are simple, each school must get the highest amount of student participants.

What can you do? 

Participation takes only a few minutes!!!

You just need to log into the InterviewStream site through careerzone.brocku.ca answer the one Mock Interview Madness question "Tell me about yourself."


CONTEST PRIZES

By simply answering this one Mock Interview Madness question you will be entered to win a $50.00 gift card.  In addition you will be helping the Brock CareerZone team with winning the ultimate grand prize, a $500.00 Amazon gift card!

Importance of InterviewStream


Are you attending an upcoming interview or are you looking to improve your interview skills and etiquette, the InterviewStream application can help!

InterviewStream is an Interview tool, which uses webcam recording.  This application which is accessible through the careerzone.brocku.ca website assists students with making an excellent first impression and setting one up for a successful interview.  This tool provides feedback and tips of non-behaviour and communication missteps.  PLUS gives students the opportunity to seek feedback from the CareerZone staff if you choose or from others -- friends, family, faculty.  This application is also a great resource for self reflection. 

Check out the InterviewStream application & enter into the Mock Interview Madness competition.  If you have any questions in regards of this contest or Interview preparation please stop by the CareerZone resource centre.