3 steps to help polish your resumé

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

Your resumé is what defines you to an employer. The way you look on paper is something that college students, and high school students, should really pay attention to. Especially if they’re looking to start a new job. Most of you probably have a resumé already, as well as a job. However, it is coming close to summer and you might be looking for a new job, meaning you’ll have to pull out that resumé again. This article includes 3 steps that will help you launch a better resumé, if you’re looking to polish yours up.

Step #1: Customize your resumé to make it relevant to the job you’re applying for.

I remember in high school when I made my first resumé in career class. I didn’t want to change it, and just applied to as many jobs as I could with the same resumé. Now, as I start looking for internships and full-time jobs I can’t really do that anymore. Instead of it taking three minutes to apply, it takes me almost an hour. Why? Because I customize my resumé.

Customizing your resumé gives you a better shot at getting an interview. That is why you should alter your resumé to fit the criteria of the job. Try highlighting your experience and volunteer work that might be relevant to the job. As well, base your resumé on what the job specifically calls for. You can always add to your resumé, but try to make sure it is not too long. I’ve learned in college, and throughout high-school that a good resumé should be one page. Meaning, if you have to cut some unnecessary things out… do it.

Step #2: Research the company.

Recently I have been applying for a lot of jobs. However, some of the ones I have been really interested in I knew nothing about. What I did was look up the company on google. I looked at their goals, opportunities, background information and if they were in the news recently. These factors determined whether or not my resumé needed to be altered a little.

You’ll come across a lot of situations like this when you’re looking for a new job. The best thing to do is conduct a solid research on the company. You can find a lot of things out about their industry that can help you easily apply and become a better candidate for the specified position. During your research you may find values, goals, their mission statement and information on their company. As you look into the most useful and needed skills that are in the job description, you can use your research to highlight the ones you have on your resumé that are similar.

Step #3: Include as much volunteer work, projects and experience as you can.

This is crucial when applying for a job. Employers like to see that a candidate has a lot of experience, and it can often set the bar high if you have not only experience but volunteer work and projects as well. At the bottom of my resumé I state my references, that are available upon request as well as sample projects are available upon request. Just to state I have sample blogs, tweets and social media posts that employers might be intrigued about.

It is always good to have too much, rather than too little. Providing any information about large projects, you have done at your previous jobs, during school or even on your own will give you more to speak about during your interview. Same goes for volunteer work. It shows that you are highly qualified for the job, and already have previous experience. Make sure to focus on the specifics, and what you have accomplished for more impact.

By: Jasmine Marinelli

Library Hacks at Conestoga College

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

Need a quiet place to study? Or somewhere to work on a group project? If you haven’t already, visit the library. The library is an amazing place to finish up work.

The first few months of college I don’t think I stepped into the library once. I assumed it would be books, and tables… nothing different from high-school. But, boy was I wrong. College involves a lot of assignments, group projects and reading. Which require resources that might not necessarily be at your house. And the day I visited the library, was the day I realized that.

If you need to work on an assignment alone, and don’t feel like driving all the way home to finish it, the library has just the place for you. The ‘silent study section’. I use the silent study work area all of the time. It’s clearly super quiet and is meant for people who are trying to get a lot of work done. I really like it because there are plugs at each end of the work space, so I often charge my laptop while working. Sometimes it can get pretty busy during the day, particularly around 10am-1pm. That’s why I normally go after my later classes and stay there until 6pm.

In my program we have a lot of group projects, and you might too. Sometimes my group members and I can’t get together and practice our presentation. The library is a great place to get together with your group and work on a presentation. I use the workrooms or the collaboration rooms to do this. These rooms are all around the library, and you can use them hourly. The way you do this is by searching on Google ‘Conestoga workrooms’, you’ll be sent to a link that shows you the slot times each workroom is open, as well as the description on each room.

Normally I use a collaboration room when I’m working on a presentation because you’re able to use the cables to hook your laptop up to an LCD monitor, which is really cool. There are six chairs in each collaboration room which is also nice because you have a lot of space to work. The workroom includes four chairs and a whiteboard, so you can sketch out ideas. It’s really cool that Conestoga has these rooms, and they’re super beneficial when you do need to be in a group setting.

The library doesn’t just have small tables, they have huge tables that can sit up to eight people as well. So, if you don’t need a fancy collaboration room you can always work on those tables. There are individual seats across each wall of the library, and comfortable chairs. The library has computer stations, along with printers and a photocopier. If you don’t want to print off your stuff via the school printer, you can do it right from your laptop.

The library is a really great place to go and has so many resources that I haven’t mentioned yet. I probably use the library about 4 times a week, and the workrooms once or twice every two weeks. So, if you haven’t checked it out yet… you really should do so!

 

By: Jasmine Marinelli

Affordable Places to Shop During College

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

College comes with lots of positives but it can become expensive. Especially when you have to start paying for books, car insurance, phone bills, tuition as well as basic necessities. However, there are a few stores I know, that have helped me save a lot of money during my first year at Conestoga.

Plato’s Closet I’m a clothes gal, I obsess over clothes and have a huge wardrobe that consists of clothes I hardly wear. That’s a “me” problem, but I’m sure a lot of you like fashion. Going to the mall can be super expensive. Instead of going to the mall now, I occasionally shop at Plato’s Closet.

Plato’s Closet is a barely used clothing store that consists of the styles that are most popular. You can buy brand name jeans, t-shirts, purses, shoes, jewelry, accessories and even perfume and makeup for 50%-70% off! The best thing about Plato’s Closet is that you can sell your clothes to them as well! Plato’s is super affordable and won’t burn a hole in your wallet… unless you let it.

Wal-Mart – Honestly, what store is more affordable than Wal-Mart? I bet you can’t really think of one, because I know I can’t. You can buy anything and everything at Wal-Mart. But I shop for specific things at Wal-Mart. Mostly beauty products, writing utensils, snacks and necessities for my room (hangers, laundry baskets, picture frames). Wal-Mart’s prices are unreal, and you get to price match as well.

Beauty products like makeup, soap, shampoo/conditioner and facial cleansers are far cheaper than if you were to go to other stores. There are sales that go on weekly that can save you a bunch of money. As for writing utensils and school necessities, I buy all of mine here. Pen’s, paper and binders are what I have recently purchased from Wal-Mart, and they did not break my bank account. So, I definitely suggest taking a look around Wal-Mart if you’re someone that enjoys deals.

Dollarama – Dollarama is the most affordable store on this list. A dollar for a pack of six pens… and yes, they do last longer than a few weeks. Just because things are a dollar, doesn’t mean they are terrible quality. I mean, they aren’t the best quality but they do the job well. I probably visit Dollarama once every two weeks. You can’t get more affordable than a dollar to two dollars for items.

At Dollarama normally I get hair elastics, white board markers (for my Conestoga calendar), snacks, containers to hold my makeup brushes, cards, sticky notes, dog treats… really anything! Dollarama has anything you want to buy there for clearly a super cheap price. What’s also pretty cool about Dollarama is that you see items that you don’t even see in a regular department store. If you’re working on a project, or presentation I definitely suggest going to Dollarama. They have all the project tools you might be looking for, as well as coloured cue cards – which I am obsessed with. So, I definitely suggest shopping there if you want to stay within your budget, and shop for affordable school necessities.

There are probably many other stores that are super affordable for students in college. However, these are just one’s that I catch myself at. Especially when my bank account is not where it should be, and I have crazy expenses that have to be paid. Take a look at these stores and tell me what YOU think!

By: Jasmine Marinelli

End of an Era

21037756_732254460318937_880301144_oI genuinely can’t believe that it is already March. This school year has been a lot of work, but has also flown by so fast. It’s hard to think that in two months I will be finally done my college experience and off into the workforce.

When it comes to deciding how you want to enter the workforce after college, there’s a lot of options and I am definitely having a hard time deciding. Do I want to take some time off and travel or try and find a full-time career right after school ends? I always had the plan to go straight into a full-time career after school ends, but now do I want two part-time jobs instead? So many options.

There are a lot of options available to Conestoga students if you feel as though you are unprepared for a full-time career.

  1. Career Centre – the Conestoga Career Centre is open to all students and offers a ton of services to help students attain their dream career – for free!
    • Career Advising
    • Job Search Support
    • Employment & Career Planning Workshops and more
  2. MyCareer – Located on the left side of your MyConestoga home page.
  • Resume Workshops
  • Hundreds of Job Postings – with new ones everyday
  • Job Fairs

I also check Indeed.com every single day. I like to stay updated with all the job postings and definitely recommend it. I would also recommend volunteering in your field of interest to add experience to your resume. It also shows that you care about your community and giving back.

Do you have any tips regarding getting prepared for the workforce and finding jobs? Let me know in the comments!

-Chrissy

How to Prevent Gaining the “Freshman 15”

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College, documenting her 1st year at college

Before we begin, I just wanted to tell you that, a little bit of weight gain is not bad. People consider the Freshman 15 to be a turning point. Just a little bit of stress eating, and having too much fun might cause some weight gain. However, there are many other reasons you could start gaining weight in college. But, we are going to be talking about how to prevent it.

College is really stressful, especially your first year since everything is fairly new. However, your first year is a lot of fun… especially when there are dorm parties on the weekend, and if you’re of age there are bars to go to. It’s really easy to get off track and start ignoring your health. However, there are so many ways to prevent you from gaining the weight.

I am a victim of the Freshman 15, so my advice would be good to listen to haha.

Drink Water. Water is great for you, there is really nothing better. Water boosts your metabolism and cleanses your body of waste. Water is not only good for helping to lose weight, it is also good for many other things, such as: improving skin complexion, reducing acne, preventing cramps, boosting your immune system and relieving fatigue.

The average person should consume at least 8 glasses per day. So, bring a water bottle to school, there are many water stations around the college so you can fill up there. You can actually can get a water bottle at the dollar store that is big enough to contain 8 cups. Water will definitely help prevent weight increase, especially if you drink enough of it every day.

Eat Healthy. This is one of the most important things to do, and will do wonders for reducing the risk of the Freshman 15. Don’t get me wrong a Big Mac is a wonderful dinner, chips and ice cream taste delicious with a 2,000 word essay. But, they are obviously not good for your body. If you make poor eating choices, your body will start to suffer. Stress eating is one of the main weight gain. If eating helps you stop stressing then try changing what you eat into something healthier.

There are lots of great choices in our café, but some might not be the healthiest (Smokes Poutinerie, Pizza Pizza), if you’re looking for something healthy try Subway, or the stir fry station. Unhealthy food tastes good, if it didn’t no one would eat it. But unhealthy food is not good for you, so if you’re worried about the Freshman 15, don’t eat unhealthy.

Leave Some Room for Exercising. Another basic prevention of gaining weight is exercising. There are many ways to exercise and Conestoga gives you lots of options to help do so. The Rec Centre is a great place to exercise. There is a gym upstairs, as well as a track. You can also go to Zumba and fitness classes to help you exercise. If the gym isn’t your thing then go for a walk or a jog outside, maybe even once a day. This will help burn a few calories and help you lose weight. If you start to plan your walks/runs and make it into a routine you will become healthier, and your body will definitely be happy.

The Freshman 15 is not something everyone has to worry about nor is it a bad thing, like I stated. But your health is something that should be monitored. Being healthy is great, and feeling good about yourself is great as well. You don’t need to necessarily take my advice but the Freshman 15 is out there, so let’s prevent him from making you his next target.

By: Jasmine Marinelli

Volunteering at Conestoga

ICSI Shirt Photof you were ever interested in volunteering, Conestoga makes it extremely easy to do since there are so many options and positions. You are able to get recognized for your volunteer positions through the CCR (Co-Curricular Record). The CCR is an official document that recognizes learning/volunteer positions that you have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga! It is a great piece to add to any portfolio or resume to show to employers.

There are so many ways to volunteer at Conestoga and different positions for every interest! Here are some volunteer opportunities that are typically always open:

Student Ambassador – Represent Conestoga at events, student panels and campus tours! Important as they promote the school to prospective students.

Student Panelists – Sit on a panel and tell your story to prospective students. You only have to speak for 5-7 minutes about why you chose Conestoga and your program, the process of applying, highlights and graduation plans!

Event Volunteers – Some events that need volunteers are the College Fairs, and Fall & Spring Open Houses. You will be in charge of greeting and directing guests, giving tours, assisting with set up and help with vendors. These are incredibly important because I know I would have gotten lost when I went to the Open House if it wasn’t for the volunteers.

The CCR (which can be accessed through MyConestoga) has even more opportunities! Make sure to keep updated on all the possible opportunities and consider volunteering at Conestoga!

Chrissy –