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At Cambrian at Hanson, we not only want to prepare our students with the professional knowledge to be successful in their career field, but we also want to provide our students with the skills to find meaningful and relevant employment. Some of these skills in finding employment include resume writing, cover letter writing, interview, networking, and follow-up letter writing skills. As a result, we offer career preparation services to students in their final semester to help develop these skills according to Canadian business norms and expectations.
At our Hanson campuses, we will be offering workshops to our students on resume writing and cover letter writing in addition to workshops on interview preparation and networking. The resume and cover letter writing workshop will focus on topics such as the general outline of a resume, information to include in a resume, resume formatting, and cover letter formatting. The interview preparation and networking workshop will focus on preparing applicants for interviews by teaching interview tips and strategies and will focus on ways to use networking to find employment.
In addition to our workshops each semester, we will also offer resume and cover letter consulting services by appointment. At these consulting sessions, after students have written a draft of their resume and cover letter, the Career Centre can offer advice on formatting and help edit the documents. To help all of Hanson’s students, instead of just those in their final semester, the HOTS account will have resources on resume and cover letter writing including resume and cover letter samples.
At Cambrian at Hanson one of our goals is to prepare our students to attain meaningful and relevant employment after graduation. In order to help with this goal, Cambrian at Hanson holds several career fairs each year where we invite employers from the community to speak to our students about positions in their organizations, strategies students can take to find employment, and what skills, abilities, and knowledge employers look for in the hiring process. Importantly, the employer presentations allow students to better understand the labour market of certain industries, more successfully create strategies for finding employment, and allow students to network with potential employers. Face to face interaction with employers is much more productive then searching companies and applying online via emails.
Students receive valuable interviews and job search experience from seasoned professionals. Importantly, this provides the students with the opportunity to promote themselves to potential employers and allows students to develop a network of contacts. In the past, some of the presenters have included Mercer Canada, the Human Resources Professional Association, Easy Employment Inc., Cash Shop, and the Knights Table food bank. Furthermore, Cambrian at Hanson encourages students to attend off-campus career fairs which will be announced to students because these fairs are an excellent way to supplement the benefits derived from on-campus career fairs.
Career fairs are a great way to interact with prospective employers, attain information about certain organizations, acquire a better understanding of industries, and boost one’s competitiveness when searching for meaningful employment. The following is a list of some tips to be more successful at career fairs.
Tips for career fair success:
Greet the employer with manners and a firm handshake; always maintain eye contact.
Dress professional as if you were attending an interview.
Be able to promote yourself in a short period of time while being concise.
Plan ahead. Develop questions to ask and do a little research about the companies attending the career fair; showing interest in a company instead of just showing interest in a job position is beneficial.
Bring multiple copies of your resume. Also have an appointment book in the case where interviews can be scheduled.
Tips for what not to do at career fairs:
Avoid negative words such as can’t and won’t.
Do not just leave your resume on tables because it may not get read. Instead, market yourself by interacting with the employer. If there is a big lineup, patiently wait your turn or move on to other companies and save time while considering returning to the employer after a period of time.
Do not exaggerate your abilities where you get into a job you are not able to do. Present yourself and your abilities in a convincing manner.
Do not ask questions about salary.
Do not jump into a conversation an employer is having with another student.
Do not be shy, convey confidence when you speak. Recruiters attend these job fairs because they want to meet qualified candidates.
Do not schedule appointments for interviews you do not plan to attend. You could be taking away interview opportunities from other students who are intentional about attending the interview.