Friday, June 26, 2020

Putting it on Paper: How to Transfer your Skills to your Documents.

Although it may not seem like an easy task to articulate your skills onto your resume or cover letter, there are a few very effective ways to translate your skills on your job search documents. Today, we will discuss a few tips on how to create effective statements that highlight your skills and keep you competitive in your job search.
Instead of simply listing duties and responsibilities of an experience on your resume or cover letter, we suggest asking yourself a series of questions to help formulate more impactful statements. These questions include:
  1.          What was the Challenge? What did you do? What tasks were you involved in?
  2.      What Action did you take? What steps did you take to complete a task or challenge?
  3.       What was the Result?  What was the outcome(s) of the completed challenge/task?

Putting these questions into a statement form is what we call CAR statements or Achievement Statements. These are key to creating a standout resume and cover letter. We recommend that your statements start with the result, using past tense action vers, to create the most impact with employers. Here are a few good examples:

  • Provided front line service to customers ensuring all questions and inquiries were handled in a timely manner
  •  Created a positive work environment by communicating with stakeholders in an effective manner and resolving conflicts independently
  • Increased company sales by 10% by providing a high level of customer service skills and demonstrating extensive knowledge of merchandise to clients
  •  Initiated and launched a campus-wide campaign for the Niagara Food Bank, collecting and delivering 2000 pounds of non-perishable goods to local families
Another tip for translating is to emphasize skills that are sought after by employers. These skills demonstrate the ability of employees to stay in and progress in the workplace. Examples include:

  •       Positive attitude
  •       Communication skills
  •       Teamwork/collaboration
  •       Strong work ethic
  •         Interpersonal/relationship-building
  •       Adaptability
Using these skills in action:

  •        Increased team morale by maintaining a positive attitude while transitioning to a work-from-home environment
  •        Created an online HR database within a tight deadline by maintaining a strong work ethic and utilizing detailed organizational skills
  •        Ensured volunteers had a positive experience throughout the event by using key relationship building and inter-personal skills
We hope that you find these tips as helpful as they have been to us. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns you may have in reference to articulating your skills and experiences on your job search documents.  We would be happy to assist you in your efforts to stand out in your job search!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mental Health and Tips on How to Work from Home.

Mental Health is a very important topic that affects many but is often overlooked. Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness, but it is a state of existence. It is being able to cope with the needs of life everyday, in terms of how we relate to stress and others which is generally reflected in our choices. As a result, here are some listed resources that Brock University has to offer to help those coping with mental illness and find the support they need.

Personal Counselling (Morneau Shepell for Brock University): 1-833-276-2533
Student Health Services: 905-688-5550 x3243
Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183

Due to COVID-19, there have also been many changes such as working or schooling from home. This sometimes proposes a challenge, as there may be ample of distractions that keep one from staying organized and on track. One can counteract that by creating a positive working environment that cultivates growth. This can be done by starting your day off with a positive mindset and taking time for yourself throughout the day. Even though we might get bombarded with the many tasks at hand, it is also important to focus on the present and doing things one at a time. This can be achieved when one tries to be optimistic as it allows us to see new opportunities for growth throughout the day, which helps us learn from different situations.

So, how can students create positive work and study spaces in the home environment? One important aspect is resource management. This is a process of learning to maximize one’s resources efficiently to aid in the success of your project or task. Listed below are some tips that Career Education at Brock University has come up with to make the daily tasks a bit easier when working from home.

1. Routine is Key
Having a routine can help us to cultivate daily habits and prioritization. Even though, it will take time to get used to, by establishing a routine you can organize your time well to complete the tasks at hand. In addition, in a working environment a routine also lets your associates know your availability.

2. Avoid Distractions
Avoiding distractions is important because it allows for clear thoughts when completing tasks. One tip is to sometimes break away from work to let your mind rest, so that when it is time to approach the task again, your mind is refreshed.

3. Preparation
Preparing for your day can ease the anxiety or stress from working from home, as it allows you to manage any problems that might occur. Preparing for a workday also makes you ready for any request that come in and has a positive effect on your overall lifestyle.

4. Check-ins
By having a check-in with yourself and your colleagues it gives you the opportunity to stay on track with your goals because you can clarify any concerns that you may have to keep you on path.

5. Choosing Dedicated Workspaces
Dedicated workspaces allow you to separate your work habits from your leisurely habits. This helps to create structure throughout the day. This is also related to avoiding distractions, because you can distance yourself from disturbances, to increase productivity.

6. Set Daily Goals
Daily goal setting is important because it provides you with an outlook of how your day will be like. This helps you focus your time and resources to complete a project, while motivating you in the long run.

7. Update your documents/LinkedIn profile
While working from home, it is also important to update your documents to get rid of outdated information and thus making your form of written communication effective. Document revision also aids in keeping other aspects of your life up to date such as your connections with others, on LinkedIn. To get a head start, you can have both your cover letter and resume reviewed by a career assistant, by submitting it through our Brock career email at 

8. Research Online Resources.
It is imperative to stay proactive and seek out resources if you need help while working from home because it develops a growth mindset. 

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