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Career Services Informer

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Archive for January 8th, 2008

Kickstart your career and job search plans in 2008!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

rocket_girl2.jpgA strategic resume and cover letter distinguishes you from the competition as they would be well planned out and well researched.  A resume and cover letter should effectively represent you and your background specifically tailored to meet the potential employers’ needs. Your goal is to creatively highlight your specific qualifications, experience, skills and personal attributes you have to offer the reader.  Learn more by attending….

Kickstart your semester on Thursday, January 17th with the Resume & Cover Letter session at 10:30 – 12:00 noon; and/or Getting Started on your Work Search at 12:30 – 2:00 pm. 

PRE-REGISTRATION is mandatory!  Register online @ www.sfu.ca/career
Refreshments will be served.

How many typos in a resume does it take?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

……for executives surveyed* to decide NOT to consider a job candidate for a position with their company? 

typing-hands.jpg  1 Typo:  47 %

  2 Typos:  37 %

  3 Typos:  7 %

  4 or more typos:  6 %

  Don’t Know or No Answer:  3 %

* Survey developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in placing highly skilled administrative professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. 

Referenced by QuintZine www.quintcareers.com

What to do with a degree in……???

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

medallions.jpg  You are about to graduate and the trustworthy and very reliable career advisors direct you to the lovely “What Can I Do With a Degree In…?” handout. You take it home, start to look up your area of study and you find NOTHING of interest.

All the jobs are unappealing and lets face the facts does anyone really want to resort to managing a Fast Food Restaurant after completing 4 or more years of post secondary education??? I THINK NOT!! So what do you do? Well there are a few on campus and on-line resources to resort to. One option is to take a personality or assessment test. These ask you various different personality, activity and hobby type questions and then match your personality to a career type or two. (more…)