Employability Skills

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Creating goals is the initial step in determining what you need to accomplish to get a job in your chosen career. Initially, it will take some personal introspection. You will need to consider what motivates you. Some find career opportunity to be important. In this case, the ability for promotion and progression is significant. Job security also plays a factor. What does the future hold for a career? Could, for example, advances in technology make it obsolete or even factors such as an aging population open or close opportunities for you. As well things such as passion or your personal version of meaningful work will always play a role in your career goals. Finally, potential earnings will mold the lifestyle you create with your profession. Next comes research into potential careers. It will allow you to know things like the necessary grades, schooling, or work experience you need to pursue a job. Additionally, speaking to people in your potential field of work will provide valuable insight. You will be able to thoroughly map out what you need to accomplish. Knowledge and research are valuable to developing the skills necessary to attain a personally satisfactory career. It remains likely your ideal career will trend in new directions, but with proper research and personal development, it is easier to stay motivated and adapt while attaining your goals.

Resume

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From knowing what your goals are, the next step to being one step closer to that goal is to create a resume. A resume could be the deciding factor that makes or breaks your chances of getting that interview or job. So how can you make that perfect resume that will get you an interview every time? First, start with a cover letter indicating how excited you are about the position that you are applying for and state the multiple reasons why you are qualified by using previous work and volunteer experience that you’ve had. Make sure that you are giving examples of said experiences that you have mentioned. End your cover letter by thanking the hiring committee for their consideration and how excited you are about the position. Once you have created your cover letter, the next step is to create your resume. The format is pretty simple; on the paper, you will have your name, address/ contact information, qualifications, work experience, schooling, volunteer work/ certifications, and your references. Your name should always be in a bigger font to the rest of your resume and preferably centered in the middle of the page so that it stands out. Then, as for your qualifications, work experience, schooling, and certifications, it should be listed in chronological order from the most recent to the oldest. Also, write under your job/ schooling about a summary of what you did, in point form, that makes your previous work experience valid for the job that you are applying for. Then finally, your references, you should have a minimum of three people that could be from previous work placements or from your school. Make sure that on your reference list that you have their name, address (where they work/ from school, etc.) and a phone number or a way to contact the individual. Just keep in mind that your resume should be short at approximately one to two pages at the most so keep it short and sweet and to the point. With all of this information, you are now ready to apply for any job and look forward to that interview.

How to prepare: The interview

The first step for your interview is to plan everything out, rehearse the questions you assume may be asked. Be sure you find a way to answer them differently than everyone else to stand out. Also, Make sure you show up to the interview early to show to the employers that you are punctual. Make sure you have a copy of

The second step is to make sure you have a copy of your resume, you’re references and a cover letter, as well as a notepad and writing utensils for you to make notes for yourself during the interview for follow-up questions that you might want to ask the employer.

The next step is how you interact in the interview, make sure to be polite, introduce yourself to everyone that will be interviewing you. Give a firm handshake, keep good eye contact with the hiring committee, speak confidently and show that YOU are the one for the job.

Finally, the last step is the conclusion. Reflect on the way you think you did during the interview, what you could have done better, what you did well and so on. After the interview, send an email to the hiring committee to show that you have persistence and dedication to what you apply yourself too. Thank them for the time they gave you, and confirm that you are grateful for the opportunity.

External Links

Works Cited

F., (2017, April 03). How To Make A Resume 101 (Examples Included). Retrieved April 13, 2017, from https://theinterviewguys.com/how-to-make-a-resume-101/#

Grant, H. (2013, April 8). The Key to Choosing the Right Career. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2013/04/the-key-to-choosing-the-right

How do I prepare for an interview? (2017, April 04). Retrieved April 16, 2017, from https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=208

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Personal Branding

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Social Media

In this age of modern technology, almost anything can be found utilizing a simple internet search. Most notably your social media accounts. The ability to curate a professional web presence is a valuable skill whereas being reckless with a public profile can be a detriment to your future job prospects. Employers want to look beyond a resume and an online presence can add depth and exemplify the unique qualities that make you stand out from a pile of applications. According to Jacquelyn Smith (2013), “job seekers shouldn’t just focus on hiding or removing inappropriate content; they should work on building strong social networks and creating online profiles that do a really good job of representing their skills and experience”. Your social media presence is more than just you the individual, it is also the people you know and the relationships you have formed. Your use of social media is a valuable component to developing your personal brand.

In Person

The way you present yourself is essential. “Dress for success” or “dress for the job you want” is a good reminder of the value of a professional appearance. Being well groomed ensures prospective employers see you in a positive light as well it provides you with an added confidence knowing your outward appearance is in check. Additionally, being polite, appropriate, and a clear communicator is beneficial to your interactions. Be kind, be courteous, and mind your manners. Similarly, stick to suitable conversation topics and know your audience. There is no need to shoot yourself in the foot with inappropriate remarks. Parents around the world have told their kids to a) stand up straight b) speak up and c) say thank you. There is no reason these habits should be skipped especially in the workplace. Every person you meet is an opportunity to leave a positive memory or further develop your social network. First impressions are real, and it is beneficial to your own image if they are positive and lasting as well.https://image.slidesharecdn.com/themastershavespoken-141113034707-conversion-gate01/95/the-masters-have-spoken-13-inspirational-personal-branding-quotes-2-638.jpg?cb=1415853314

Skills

Your skills are the qualifications necessary to your future position as well as the distinct skills that define you. Your education and certifications are key. It is important to highlight what skills or accomplishments set you apart. Your academic skills and abilities in communication, critical thinking, interpersonal or personal are all important and extend beyond work in the classroom or job experience. You have lived an entire life outside your academic and work career and it deserves to be showcased. The goals you have set and achieved help to fill in the blanks of your character and personal brand. For example, your ability to communicate in sports as a coach, or overcome language barriers in travel portrays not only aptitude but grit. The ability to challenge yourself or battle through adversity is a skill that is tough to display with only academic history. Life is an opportunity to add to your personal brand and you deserve to learn, network, and broadcast what make you valuable.

Works Cited:

Dugan, D. (n.d.). Sell Yourself: 14 Steps to Creating a Powerful Personal Brand. Retrieved March 15, 2017, from http://www.salary.com/sell%2Dyourself%2D14%2Dsteps%2Dto%2Dcreating%2Da%2Dpowerful%2Dpersonal%2Dbrand/slide/5/

Smith, Jacquelyn. “How Social Media Can Help (Or Hurt) You In Your Job Search.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

External Sources

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250924

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/04/08/personal-branding-is-a-leadership-requirement-not-a-self-promotion-campaign/&refURL=https://www.google.ca/&referrer=https://www.google.ca/

http://irc.queensu.ca/articles/what-does-professionalism-mean-hr-professionals

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Personal Branding

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Social Media

In this age of modern technology, almost anything can be found utilizing a simple internet search. Most notably your social media accounts. The ability to curate a professional web presence is a valuable skill whereas being reckless with a public profile can be a detriment to your future job prospects. Employers want to look beyond a resume and an online presence can add depth and exemplify the unique qualities that make you stand out from a pile of applications. According to Jacquelyn Smith (2013), “job seekers shouldn’t just focus on hiding or removing inappropriate content; they should work on building strong social networks and creating online profiles that do a really good job of representing their skills and experience”. Your social media presence is more than just you the individual, it is also the people you know and the relationships you have formed. Your use of social media is a valuable component to developing your personal brand.

In Person

The way you present yourself is essential. “Dress for success” or “dress for the job you want” is a good reminder of the value of a professional appearance. Being well groomed ensures prospective employers see you in a positive light as well it provides you with an added confidence knowing your outward appearance is in check. Additionally, being polite, appropriate, and a clear communicator is beneficial to your interactions. Be kind, be courteous, and mind your manners. Similarly, stick to suitable conversation topics and know your audience. There is no need to shoot yourself in the foot with inappropriate remarks. Parents around the world have told their kids to a) stand up straight b) speak up and c) say thank you. There is no reason these habits should be skipped especially in the workplace. Every person you meet is an opportunity to leave a positive memory or further develop your social network. First impressions are real, and it is beneficial to your own image if they are positive and lasting as well.https://image.slidesharecdn.com/themastershavespoken-141113034707-conversion-gate01/95/the-masters-have-spoken-13-inspirational-personal-branding-quotes-2-638.jpg?cb=1415853314

Skills

Your skills are the qualifications necessary to your future position as well as the distinct skills that define you. Your education and certifications are key. It is important to highlight what skills or accomplishments set you apart. Your academic skills and abilities in communication, critical thinking, interpersonal or personal are all important and extend beyond work in the classroom or job experience. You have lived an entire life outside your academic

and work career and it deserves to be showcased. The goals you have set and achieved help to fill in the blanks of your character and personal brand. For example, your ability to communicate in sports as a coach, or overcome language barriers in travel portrays not only aptitude but grit. The ability to challenge yourself or battle through adversity is a skill that is tough to display with only academic history. Life is an opportunity to add to your personal brand and you deserve to learn, network, and broadcast what make you valuable.

 

 

Works Cited:

Dugan, D. (n.d.). Sell Yourself: 14 Steps to Creating a Powerful Personal Brand. Retrieved March 15, 2017, from http://www.salary.com/sell%2Dyourself%2D14%2Dsteps%2Dto%2Dcreating%2Da%2Dpowerful%2Dpersonal%2Dbrand/slide/5/

Smith, Jacquelyn. “How Social Media Can Help (Or Hurt) You In Your Job Search.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

External Sources

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250924

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/04/08/personal-branding-is-a-leadership-requirement-not-a-self-promotion-campaign/&refURL=https://www.google.ca/&referrer=https://www.google.ca/

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Studying

Environment

Let’s start from the beginning. You have just started your very first college program, and are confused on how studying will go for you. First things first, it is time to choose where you want to study for the next years of your education…whether it’s at the library or a

cropped-photo-1430165558479-de3cf8cf1478.jpegcertain room….whatever it is the idea is that every time you have a studying session scheduled your brain is automatically put into a mindset where you are ready to focus.

Make sure you choose an environment that does not make you feel tired, or lose track of what task you are truly supposed to complete. Have some water to keep hydrated, a comfortable seat(not too comfortable) and the supplies you’re going to need to study. (Writing supplies, books, calculator etc.)

 


Organization

Once you’ve found the perfect space to study, it’s now time to keep it organized so that you have everything that you need to study. Organization is very important to studying because it can save you time Image result for organized deskfrom looking for certain papers to actually studying for your tests. Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to keep your study area organized and efficient.

 

First, organize all of your papers into the subjects that you are taking and put them into a clearly labeled binder or folder. That way they are all conveniently in the same place when you have to study for an upcoming test.  Second, for all of your pens, and pencils; use a stationary organizer to keep everything in a convenient space and easily accessible for when you need it. Finally, a really good organization tip is to use a weekly/ monthly planner so that you can plan when to study for your tests and other assignments that are due that week so it can fit into your schedule.

Distractions 

Distractions are your enemy and they can destroy the most well-inteiPhone retina displayntioned study session. Imagine your work space. It is quiet, inspiring, secluded, and in order. Your notes are prepared and tools are at the ready. A perfect scenario for a successful round of studying. Yet something is deterring your good intentions. Concentration is mandatory and your personal life is being disruptive. If this is the case, it is important to prioritize and take care of any private issues or inconveniences before your study session begins. Resolving personal distractions will leave you with a clear head to focus effectively.

A cell phone is the constant accessory to your daily life and is also the perfect distraction. According to Bill Thornton (2014), “the ‘mere presence’ of a cell phone may be sufficiently distracting to produce diminished attention and deficits in task performance, especially for tasks with greater attentional and cognitive demands”. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid your cell phone. Turn it off and remove it from the room. Studying should always be a cell phone free space.

External Links

For other information about studying, here are some other external links to help you.

 

References

Hudson, P. (2013, March 20). [Photograph]. Flickr.

N/A, (. C. (2017). Getting Organised for Study. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from                                  https://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/organise-study.html     

[Photograph]. (2012, June 2). Pixels.com.                                         

S.,(2016, November 05). How to Create and Organize Your Study Space. Retrieved February              10, 2017, from http://studentstoolbox.com/organize-study-space/

Thornton, B. (2014). The mere presence of a cell phone may be distracting [Abstract].                        Social Psychology, 45, 479-488.