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Career Services Informer

…brought to you by SFU Career Services

Archive for April, 2008

We want your opinion!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This is an invitation for any current undergraduate student or recent graduates to participate in the ‘From Learning to Work’ Survey.

The purpose of the study is to explore the student attitudes towards their careers and employer recruitment effectiveness. Goals of the study include: gaining an in-depth, real-time understanding of university and college students’ views of employers, career opportunities, and the future of work; determining what drives students’ career decisions and employer selection; analyzing differing perspectives, influences, and expectations undergraduate students.

The main benefit for undertaking this research is that SFU will learn more about undergraduate students’ views of employers, career opportunities, associated concerns thus enabling more effect programming to be delivered by the Work Integrated Learning unit (within Student Services).

Click here to proceed:


A Summer Job that leaves time for the Beach with the BC Academic Health Council

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


POSITION TITLE:  Administrative Coordinator

TERM POSITION:  Part Time, Temporary Commencing June 2, 2008
   Position Ends September 12, 2008

SALARY:  The successful applicant will be appointed at a level commensurate with his or her experience and qualifications

HOURS: 15-23 hours per week/ 2-3 days.
Working days are somewhat flexible.


Under the direction of the Knowledge Broker and Business Manager, the Admin Coordinator supports a variety of projects and working groups and requires excellent administrative, communications, project coordination and some facilitation skills; a high level of attention to detail.

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Internationalizes the Canadian Workforce

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Attention international students!!!  Your transition from school to the Canadian workplace just got a little easier and a lot more flexible.

On Monday, April 21 the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced significant changes to Canada’s policies surrounding work permits for international students. For the teams in Career Services and SFU International, this is really big news. Work permits still must be applied for and secured within 90 days of graduation; however, they will now be extended for three years and students do not have to have a job offer on the table in order to receive permission to work legally in Canada. Furthermore, a more flexible approach will be applied to the employment opportunities themselves, as graduates will not be required to immediately find a job that is directly related to their field of study.

“The Government of Canada wants more foreign students to choose Canada and we want to help them succeed,” said Minister Finley. “Open and longer work permits provide international students with more opportunities for Canadian work experience and skill development. This will, in turn, help make Canada a destination of choice, and help us keep international students already studying in Canada.”

But, for international students at SFU, what does this really mean? Check out some of these numbers. Currently, there is approximately a 600 000 person backlog of applications to live, study and work in Canada. When it comes to immigration in general, changes need to be made, especially since several experts are suggesting that, by 2012, immigrants will account for all net growth of the Canadian economy. And last year Canada broke records for accepting temporary and permanent residents into the country. This most recent change will undoubtedly create a myriad of possibilities for SFU’s international student population, but students should also be aware of the existing limitations in the country’s immigration policies, even in spite of these groundbreaking changes.

Are you an international student at SFU? Check out the Canadian Work Search Readiness Series and stop by during the International Ice Cream Social this summer to learn more about your employment future in Canada!

Interested in more information, drop by Career Services in MBC 0300 or SFU International in MBC 1200 or visit their websites at www.sfu.ca/careerservices or www.sfu.ca/international



The “green” collar job boom: Environmental sector growing 60% faster than economy

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize a revolution when you are right in the middle of it. Our world – the economy, our jobs and home lives – change bit by bit every day. Less frequently, civilization-changing events occur, often sparked by new technology.

The automobile transformed North America and the rest of the developed world. Technological advances from WWII (computers, jet airplanes, atomic power and the atom bomb) made the Dirty Thirties seem like a distant memory. The Internet has revolutionized how we communicate.

Just like the rise of the Internet begat a communications-related technology boom, we are now in the midst of a sudden transformation of society. Soaring financial and environmental costs are forcing us to rethink how we create food and energy and deal with the waste products of modern life.

Welcome to the cleantech revolution.

“A lot of people think it is going to be bigger than high tech was,” said Rick Sutin, co-chair of the cleantech practice of law firm Ogilvy Renault. “It’s a huge area. It is wind power and solar, but it is also about recycling and waste management, water treatment, sewage treatment.”

How heavily this cleantech revolution impacts the employment market remains to be seen. What is clear currently, however, is an inability to attract and retain enough qualified people in the cleantech sector is currently braking growth, said Sutin.

“Absolutely. Skilled labour overall is a problem and these are new industries.” The need is not just for scientists working on creating cost-effective biofuels and wind turbine technicians, but specialized installers are required for industrial and residential solar and geothermal power systems. Large companies are also creating new positions or whole new departments to deal with environment issues. Because it is potentially so large, you could broaden cleantech to include new building standards and systems, logistics networks and agricultural practices. That makes getting a handle on the size of this emerging industry difficult. (more…)

You’ve already made it your life…Why not make it your living?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Gamers Wanted! 

Test games for a well known distributor at their state-of-the-art facility in Burnaby, BC.  Qualified applicants must…

* Possess strong written and verbal skills
* Play a variety of games with an analytical eye
* Be 18 years of age or older
* Be Authorized to work in Canada

Sound Good? Thought So.

Contact Volt Technical Resources at email: gametesters@volt.com  or phone: (866) 456-4593.

Get paid to play today!

Love the theatre?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Volunteer at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival

June 4 – 14, 2008, Vancouver, BC

Become part of our energetic volunteer team and connect with other theatre lovers at this exciting national celebration of contemporary Canadian theatre.  Volunteers get entry to shows, special events, and a T-shirt!

Now recruiting for…

driver hosts, ushers, office/adm, hosts, dispatch, hospitality, front of house, bar servers, food servers, box office, set-up/strike, team captains

Click Apply NOW or visit their website:  www.magneticnorthfestical.ca

OR, Email: volunteer@magneticnorthfestival.ca  Call: 604-638-7489

** Interviews & Orientation will be held on TUES APR 29th and THUR MAY 8th **

Seeking other volunteer opportunities & resources?  Would you like to learn more about the benefits of volunteering?  Need to prepare your resume package to apply for a volunteer position?   Check out SFU Volunteer Services and SFU Career Services.


Great news for students and graduates…BC economy forecasted strongest growth since 1985!

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

The economic analysts at the Credit Union Central of BC, project the BC economy will experience its strongest five year growth since 1985 between the years of 2008 and 2012.  The ‘BC Economic Forecast 2008-2012′ report projected that BC economy will grow by 3.6% through 2012, which is up from 3.4% growth from the past five years.  It claims that the economy will experience moderate growth in 2008 and 2009 and will then spike to 4.4% growth in 2010, 3.1% growth in 2011 and 4.6% growth in 2012.

Condensed from the BC Labour Market Report, January 2008

Who needs the other side? The grass is looking greener right here!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Does the grass look a little bit greener to you lately?  Noticing the birds singing more, and the flowers starting to bloom?  You may think this is due to the spring season, but really it’s the planet looking as best it can for its upcoming celebration: Earth Day.

On Tuesday, April 22 the world will celebrate this great planet that we live on, and while once we were concerned with littering and whaling, our concerns are now expanding to carbon emissions, warming climates and the ripple effect of all ecological systems.  But this special day is a time to bring out the positive side of change in world.  There are many community events happening around the Lower Mainland in the next week to celebrate everything great about the planet, and provide you with simple tips to help keep it great.

On Saturday April 19 (11:00am-3:00pm) Bear Creek Park in Surrey is Party Central, with face painting, local markets and education booths set up for the whole family.  Plus all those who attend will walk away with a free seedling to plant in their own gardens.  The following week, on Saturday April 26 (11:00am – 5:00pm) Jericho Park will be rocking the town with Earth-friendly celebrations.  For more information about these events and others visit the Metro Vancouver Events Calendar.

Remember that honouring the Earth can be done on more than just one day a year, and doesn’t have to be restricted to your personal life.  There are many things you can do to make your workplace or study techniques greener:

  • Think before you print and try to reduce unnecessary printing.
  • Set your default printer settings to double sided, and toner save or draft quality; that way you won’t have to change the function every time you go to print and you’ll be helping the planet without even thinking about it.
  • Look for 100% recycled paper products and other office/school supplies containing recycled material.  They’ll be hard to spot because they look and work just like the made-all-new products, so be sure to read the label.
  • Can’t live without your caffeine fix?  Be sure to bring a reusable mug, it helps the environment, and usually provides you with an extra discount off your beverage.
  • Utilize the sunlight, rather than turning on lights, and replace all incandescent light bulbs with more eco-friendly versions.

Sounds too simple doesn’t it?  It can be that easy, and it really does make a difference.  For more ideas check out what SFU is doing at SFU Sustainability.  Or check out the EPIC conference going on April 18-20.

If you’re interested in more ways to reduce your footprint on the planet, or want to work for companies who are striving to make big changes in reducing theirs, be sure to check out the Career Services’ website the week of June 2-6 for Green Careers Week, featuring company and career profiles, fresh job search sites and other great resources for greening your career.  Don’t miss it!!

Got more green ideas or want to share how you’re going to celebrate Earth Day?  Add your comments by clicking the comment link and log in using your SFU student id.

A brand you world

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Jason Alba, author of ‘I’m on LinkedIn ~ Now What???’ and founder of the career management website JibberJobber.com, gives 5 tips in creating a solid online brand!

1.  Blog 3 Times A Week:

If you haven’t already established an online presence, Alba suggests the best way to show up on search engines and claim a significant amount of the first page of results is to have alot of content that’s comes up associated to your name.  For example, get noticed and distinguish yourself from the other jobseekers by posting 3 times a week within your field, industry or profession.

2. Get Accounts on Google-Friendly Sites:

Create profiles on websites such as LinkedIn.com, Jobster.com and Emurse.com. Your profile should be: customized to a specific field or industry(like your resume), search-engine friendly, include plenty of targeted keywords to hook the interest of a hiring manager that is reading the post or searching the profile site.

3. Comment on Relevant Blogs:

Build some kind of name recognition by posting comments on a popular blog within your career, educational or passion area (ie. a business student majoring in finance, could comment on well-known finance blogs)

4.  Keep it Clean:

Alba reminds people that their name is attached to these posts and online writing is difficult to “erase” and to avoid strong language or profanities, discriminatory comments, excessive whining and ultimately anything overally negative.

5. Substantiate Yourself:

In your online posts demonstrate you have experience or expertise on the topic your are writing about by providing evidence to sustantiate that claim.  (ie. A computing science student pursuing a Webdesigner or Game Developer career within the hightech industry, may link to their personal website and online resume and portfolio)

This blog post was condensed from the ‘Brand You’ article written by Simon Payn in the jobpostings March, 2008 edition.  If you would like to read the entire article and/or other career-related titles, pick up your own copy at SFU Career Services, MBC 0300 ~ Burnaby Campus!

Be a front-runner in the science industry

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Get involved and network with your industry and like-minded individuals all for a good cause!

PMC – Sierra 9th Annual 5k

Science Fair Fun Run
Sunday, May 25, 2008 @ 9 am

Set the Pace in the Knowledge Race

Participants get FREE Admission to TELUS World of Science on race day!

For details and sponsorship organizations visit:  www.sciencefairs.ca


Getting into Tourism

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Tourism is now British Columbia’s largest industry.  Are you interested in employment opportunities in the booming Tourism Industry?
As part of Youth Week, the One Stop Career Shop is putting on a great panel presentation with tourism professionals.

Tuesday, May 6 2008


Speak with Professionals in the Tourism Industy: Move on up!  Go 2 Hostelling International, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Boutique Hotels
Aside from professionals, there will also be pizza, beverages and door prizes too!

Call to register, 604-988-3766.  Space is limited

YWCA  One Stop Career Shop is located at:
15 Chesterfield Place, Suite A
North Vancouver, BC

Looking to learn and have fun?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Semiahmoo House Society, a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock, exists to provide quality services and support to people with disabilities and their families in the community. They are looking for a Recreation/Day Program Assistant and Activity Worker for their Summer Programs. 

  • Are you looking to have fun, learn and earn all at the same time? 
  • Do you have a lot of energy and like working with children? Then why not try the experience of working at a fully integrated daycare and learn about how a non profit organization operates!

If you are interested in working this summer, please submit your resume and cover letter by June 15, 2008 to Michele Jones via: 

International Internships – The Experience of a Lifetime With Coady

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Since 1997, the Coady International Institute’s Youth In Partnership Program has given recent Canadian university graduates experience working with development organizations in their area of expertise, to help them increase their understanding of development issues and participate in their roles as global citizens. The program is also aimed at providing experience that will improve participants’ employment opportunities when they return from their internship.
The interns work for six-months with one of the Coady International Institute’s partners in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Interns who go to Rwanda and Botswana are placed with Xtending Hope partner NGOs whose work focuses on issues related to HIV and AIDS. This year, 6 of 14 internships will be in these two countries.


Looking for a flexible & independent job opportunity?

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Cleoo’s Vancouver branch is looking for a part-time flexible and forward thinking team member ASAP.  You will work between 5 – 10 hours per week; additional hours are available if you desire.

Job Description:
Working for Cleoo you will enjoy being the manager of your respective region. Once you have gone through our online Sales Coaching course, you will be in charge of finding new partners for cleoo.ca

Skills Required:
If you are fresh, well-spoken and motivated and have a flare for sales then you are the perfect team member for us. If in addition you like the idea of helping small businesses and enjoying out on great remuneration, you are the perfect fit for Cleoo!

Application Procedure:
If you are interested in our Canadian – Swiss company, please send us a short motivation letter with your resume to cleoo@cleoo.com or contact us for further information at 604 630 1730.

We look forward to welcoming you in our young, dynamic and smart team!

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SFU’s Inaugural Spring Education Fair – Education Beyond Borders

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Interested in working abroad? Looking for opportunities to travel and work? Check out SFU’s Spring Education Fair for information about teaching overseas. From Seoul to Bangkok to London, Career Services has your options covered.

This tremendous opportunity is open to ALL students (all faculties!) at Simon Fraser University. Over a dozen international teaching organizations (profiled at www.sfu.ca/career/edufair) are looking forward to promoting their industry to as many prospective employees as possible.  An online edition is available at:  http://www.sfu.ca/career/edufair/online.html

Please spread the word and stop by to win fabulous prizes on Saturday, April 12 from 1:00-4:30pm.

Career Services staffers have been liaising with our exhibitors for weeks, and they are very excited to meet SFU’s students; furthermore, many of these prospective employers will be traveling from around the world just to attend the fair. Rachelle Luxford, from ITN Mark, is leaving London, England tomorrow morning and Dr. Robert J. Wilson, from BCISB, is flying from Thailand tomorrow in order to represent their respective institutions at the Spring Education Fair. Representatives are also traveling from exotic locales such as Toronto and Ottawa (although this might actually be about escaping the weather) to meet our students!
And here are some of the details:

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2008

TIME: 1:00-4:30pm

LOCATION: SFU Burnaby Campus – MPX Gymnasium – Education Building

EMPLOYERS: Follow this link to learn more about the organizations attending the Spring Education Fair – http://www.sfu.ca/career/edufair/online.html

We look forward to seeing you at this event…and many more to come!

Your creativity could make you $2,500 richer!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

photos.jpgDo you have an education or career goal and a plan to achieve it?   Xap and Bridges want to know!

Not only could you enhance your portfolio with a video that demonstrates your skills and ambitions — but you could also win up to $2,500!

  • Just make a video depicting one of the following topics:
    Planning for high school
    Planning for post-secondary
    Preparing for a career transition

Videos will be judge on creativity, originality and relevance fitting with the theme.

Mark Your Calendar: Contest closes April 30th, 2008.

For further details and more visit www.bridges.com/video

Behavioral Interventionist for ABA program needed in Central Burnaby

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

We are looking for a fun and energetic behavioral interventionist who loves working with toddlers and would like to make a difference in the life of a child.


  • Must be 19 years old, warm and caring, creative, reliable, work well within a team
  • Have a current criminal record check
  • Willing to commit at least for one year
  • Experienced in ECE, child psychology, and/or special education is an asset, but not necessary as training will be provided
  • Working hours are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for 2 hours per shift.  There will be one or two additional team meetings each month.
  • Our behavioral consultant is Anna Matchneva from I Step Ahead Services. 

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to gain, and/or further develop their skills as an interventionist.  Pay is based on experience and is negotiable.
Please email your qualifications to jetty.kurniawan@gmail.com or contact us at 604-451-9565.

Wondering Where to start your Work Search?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

imagefetch.jpgIf you are searching for that summer job, or are looking for longer term work but aren’t really sure where to start, SFU Career Services wants to help you!

Employers looking to recruit students via online job postings are encouraged to post with workopolisCampus.com.  You will need to register as a new user to see all of the jobs for SFU students, but registration is free and only takes a minute or two!  Another great online source is right here on the CSI Blog (look under “Where’s the Work” heading).  Back on the main page of the Career Services Website there is a new link to Hot Jobs, which lists feature employers and employment opportunities.

The untapped Job Postings Binder is a not-so-secret job source that is located in the Career Services Student Resource Lounge at the Burnaby Campus.  This binder is a job hunters dream!  You can browse through a variety of the most up to date opportunities (that are NOT posted on workopolisCampus) ranging from Project Analyst with the Ministry of Public Safety, to multiple positions within the United Nations.  There are restaurant jobs, summer camp positions, tutoring opportunities, administrative and international managerial positions just waiting for you to apply.  The binder gets updated on a weekly basis, so there’s always a new opportunity to check out.

While you’re in the office you can pick up resources on other online posting sites, or arrange to see one of our advisors one-on-one to go over individual work search strategies.  And Career Services doesn’t close between semesters so we’ll be here for you once all your finals are out of the way.  No matter what you’re looking for, Career Services can assist you along the way. Happy Hunting!

Earn up to…$25 per hour!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

cactus-club-cafe-logo.pngCactus Club is now hiring for it’s new location in South Burnaby.  Apply on site at 7320 Market Crossing (Marine Drive @ Byrne Road) or on-line at cactusclubcafe.com/careers

Neat Uniforms – Job Fair for Students

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008


Neat Uniforms is looking for Customer Service Reps for their school uniform store.  If you are a team player, who is committed to excellent customer service and looking for a great summer job, we want to hear from you!

The fair will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008


Neat Uniforms:
1050 Boundary Road
Burnaby, BC
V5K 4T3

Come prepared with your resume for an on-site interview, or if you prefer forward your resume to resumes@neatuniforms.ca.