Applying for a job can be intimidating— especially if it’s the first time you’ve ever applied for a job. I remember the first time I had to write a cover letter before I had any work experience, thinking “what on earth do I even write about?!”
Luckily, here at Brock we have an awesome department to help us out: Career Services. One of my favourite resources on campus! They can help out students looking for jobs with every step of the process, from applying to interview skills:
Applying for a Job:
The first step to getting a job is having a solid application. Most applications involve a resume and a cover letter, and these can be hard to write, especially if you don’t have a lot of work experience. Don’t worry- Career Services can help with these!
If you’ve never written a resume or cover letter before, start off by checking out their website here to view resume and cover letter templates. It’s important to have a clear and concise format to make your resume easy to read.
After you’ve got your resume and cover letter started, you can drop in to Career Services to have it reviewed.
Preparing for an Interview:
When preparing for an interview, I used to dread the infamously difficult-to-answer questions like “what are your biggest weaknesses?” and “if you were part of a bicycle which part would you be?”
I found all it took to become more relaxed during interviews was building up confidence by practicing. Career Services can help with this in a couple ways:
Mock interviews: These are with Career Services staff members, and give you the chance to practice common interview questions and get feedback on your responses. Appointments for mock interviews can be booked by calling Career Services at 905-688-5550 extension 3242.
InterviewStream: This one is pretty cool—basically you are recorded answering interview questions, and can then watch it yourself or forward it on to Career Services for feedback. You can even request specific interview questions! Check it out here.
Finally, the information cards in Career Services are incredibly useful—there’s even some with tips on how to dress for an interview.
Finding a Job:
No matter how prepared you are for job applications and interviews, it helps a lot to know what kind of job you want to look for. Whether you’re looking for a summer job or preparing to start your career, Career Services can guide you through different options.
Through CareerZone, students can access three types of career assessment tools. Check it out here for more information.
CareerZone is also a job posting site for Brock students, and lists jobs both on and off campus. Follow the link here to see what’s available now, and check back often because it get updated regularly!
Career Services doesn’t only help with jobs—they can also help with school applications. They have a bookshelf dedicated to 2017 test guides, including books for the LSAT and MCAT. These books can be used by any student within the learning commons, so if you’re preparing for a test it might be helpful to check them out!
Career Services can also help students writing proposals for various programs. If you’re struggling with your graduate school application and could use an extra pair of eyes, stop by and ask. Here’s a list of tips they offer for students attending graduate school admissions interviews as well.
Whether you’re applying for a job, trying to figure out your career path, or preparing for graduate school, Career Services is an excellent resource to make use of. While this list highlights some of the services they offer, there are tons more, so make sure to take a look at their website!
Career Services Website: https://brocku.ca/career-services