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The job package

It’s time for the first big assignment in RCM 300: the job package! As you prepare, make sure to find a job that is well suited to what you are currently studying in your discipline. Even if you don’t have a lot of on-the-job experience, try to target your experience and knowledge to what the employer is looking for.

A good place to start looking for job ads is on the Student Employment and Career Centre website (their Facebook page is also full of tips and funny articles about the job application process).  Often employers will post ads on the SECC site that they won’t list anywhere else.  Also on the SECC site you’ll find help with your cover letters and resumes.

A couple other links to consider as you work on this assignment:

Past posts on the job package:

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As you finish your job packages, remember:

Found on the Facebook page for the U of S University Learning Centre.

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Acing the Job Interview

As we’re finishing our course unit on job packages, here are some links to consider in regards to job interviews:

  • In an 2006 article by Feedstuffs: The Weekly Newspaper for Agribusiness, 339 agricultural employers were asked about their willingness to pay higher starting salaries for recent college grads who possessed certain attributes. For applicants who possessed “excellent interviewing skills,” their starting salary was $3000 more than those whose “interviewing skills need improvement.”  Applicants who possessed “excellent communication skills” had higher starting salaries of $8900. [PDF article found here]
  • From the Student Employment and Career Centre, here’s their Interview Guide.

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How to write a job-winning résumé

You’ve written a great cover letter, now onto writing a captivating résumé!  Here are some helpful links that will supplement the reading materials in the textbook:

  • 6 Words that Make your Resume Suck — I know, unfortunate word-choice in the title of the article, but there’s some good advice here on how to make your résumé stand out.
  • and here’s The Student Employment Career Centre’s Resume Guide. You may want to play with their Resume Builder — just be careful that you take the time to personalize your résumé so you don’t fall into the template trap!

If you would like to drop by my office sometime to show me a draft of your job package, feel free to come see me! I’m happy to offer advice on how your information is shaping up.

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Writing a cover letter

Here are some additional websites that will offer you some additional tips when it comes to writing a cover letter:

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