The Enactus National Exposition is here once again, and we're here live! We take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the competitions, and look at what's happening at Enactus' career workshops. We learn about how social media impacts your career, how to rock an interview, and much more.
RBC shares their expertise on social media and the impact it has on young careers today. First, they start with how to build a personal brand online.
Here are their tips:
Plan your presence
Google your own name (almost everyone in the room raised their hands when asked who has done this before)
Give to get
Be proud, but don't brag
Rely on privacy settings
Connect with everyone (quality over quantity is important, it should be a two-sided relationship)
Network too much at work
Forget to be discreet
LinkedIn, as defined by RBC is in an online resumé available to recruiters at all times. Remember to share all your work experience, refrain from posting unprofessional profile photos, write a compelling headline to catch the eyes of recruiters, develop a professional summary and—to get yourself a little closer to the top—strive to be a LinkedIn All-Star.
Enterprise is sharing their insight on everything related to landing that entry-level job: gaining experience, resumé and cover letter how-to's
A resumé, as defined by Enterprise is a personal marketing tool and your one-way trip to employment. Start by planning what you want to share: outline your skills, work experience and, most of all, your extracurricular activities. (Pro-tip: Ensure you can write up at least a short paragraph describing said experience and activities.)
Breaking down the resumé
Contact information should be clear and at the top (use a professional email!)
Avoid using nicknames
Don't add too personal information: religious beliefs, height, weight, etc.
Be concise, but specific. An objective tells potential employers the types of work you want to do at their company.
Include years of graduation/expecting to graduate, in addition to program
Avoid listing your courses
Exclude high school information (Even if you're early on in your post-secondary career, employers won't look at this!)
Also, highlight extracurriculars, awards and honours, and professional skills—these show employers that you're a leader!
If you don't have many past job references, don't fret! You can definitely use coaches, mentors, and professors as your professional references'always remember to ask them if it's okay first!
You don't need to attach your list of references to your resumé. Employers will assume you'll have that handy upon their request.
Make sure your cover letter will share useful information. Explain your interest and passion and why you're fit for the job.
Finally, it's time to apply
Complete the application process to the fullest, so avoid writing: see attached in the body of the email. Before attaching your cover letter and resumé, be sure to proofread, ensure all it all looks neat and appealing, and consult your career centres if you have any further questions.
Telus share their tips to rocking your next job interview.
What's the purpose of the interview?
Candidates are going to interviews to show off their skills, their cultural fit, and learn more about the position. For employers, the purpose of the interview is to find a qualified candidate through skills, personality, and cultural fit. Interviews are like dating; it's a two-way street.
Do's and don'ts
Be respectful, have manners, showcase your personality, bring all the material you'll need for the interview, like your application and any research you've prepared! Don't be late, don't go to an interview tired, and don't bring your child to the interview, (according to TELUS, it's happened).
Four types of interviews
1. Phone interview
2. One on one
3. Group interview
4. Stress Interview (applicable in sales roles, where employers pick apart your answers to see how you respond)
Answering behavioural-based questions
Tell me about a time when you were faced with multiple/competing deadlines?
You'll often be asked a couple behavioural-based questions in your interview. Detail is key! Don't beat around the question, instead think back to a few past scenarios and be a storyteller. In your answer include the situation, who was involved, and what you did to solve it.
Questions to ask the interviewer
Why are you hiring for this position?
What does the growth potential for this role look like?
Who would I report to?
What training/programs will help me grow?
What are the challenges for a person going into this role?
There's so much advancement in the tech world. We all have mobile phones and use them everywhere we go. Robert Half shares their expertise on digital etiquette in the business world.
38 per cent of respondents say it's inappropriate to look at your emails during a business meeting
35 per cent say it's okay if what you're responding to is urgent
30 per cent say it's okay as long as you leave the room.
Mobile device tips
Don't have loud music or ringtones during a meeting
Watch out for TMI—have private conversations in private settings
Lose the cyborg look
Phone and video conferencing tips
Take a trial run
Watch the clock (pay mind to meeting members joining from other time zones)
Get the team ready
Be a strong host
Don't put people on hold
Use mute to avoid interrupting
Use only one account for work
Be mindful of which account you use in your job search
Respond in a timely manner (24–48 hours)
Be clear in your subject line
Keep it short and light
Don't cry wolf
Use Reply all selectively
Proofread before you hit send
Our mobile devices are changing the ways we do our everyday jobs. Avoiding distraction and looking distracted is key.