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Online job boards are an important part of a job search, yet 65 per cent of jobs are never advertised. Plus, with the countless job posting sites, it is hard to know which ones to use. This webinar builds your understanding of how to effectively job search online while avoiding the pitfalls.

When considering professional options, having a strong mentorship connection might help you decide which path to choose. However, while 37% of students don’t know where to go for a good mentor, those who do have a mentor have a better chance of getting and keeping work in their profession. Furthermore, individuals who choose to have a mentor are five times more likely to get promoted and feel confident about their career. Mentees believe that having a mentor helps them manage their career by gaining new knowledge both before and after they start working. It is crucial to understand how to seek out a mentor, what to expect, and the benefits that come with building and maintaining a healthy relationship with your mentor.  

You have chosen your program of study, so you may think you have completed your career exploration. Nothing could be further from the truth! There may still be career paths to explore and decisions to be made about your future. The first step in any career exploration process is to know yourself. Amundson and Poehnell’s Career Wheel provides a backdrop for exploring 8 dimensions that both influence and are influenced by your career decisions. At the centre, “Career Alternatives” are all the careers that you might be considering. This webinar covers part 1 of “The Wheel”, an examination of internal factors, including Skills, Interests, Values, and Personal Style. It is recommended to complete both parts 1 and 2.

You have chosen your program of study, so you may think you have completed your career exploration. Nothing could be further from the truth! There may still be career paths to explore and decisions to be made about your future. The first step in any career exploration process is to know yourself. Amundson and Poehnell’s Career Wheel provides a backdrop for exploring 8 dimensions that both influence and are influenced by your career decisions. At the centre, “Career Alternatives” are all the careers that you might be considering. This webinar covers part 2 of “The Wheel”, an examination of external factors, including Career Opportunities, Work/Life Experiences, Learning Experiences, and Significant Others.

Employers spend 5 seconds looking at your resume the first time; recruiters care more about cover letters now than before the pandemic; and once you have a tentative job offer, reference checks can make or break whether it materializes. In this webinar, you’ll learn a step-by-step approach to laser target your written promotional materials, using powerful language that maximizes your chances of getting screened in. This includes selecting a resume style that sells you best, writing cover letters that show your personality and job fit, and choosing references who support you and know you best.

On average, it takes 10 job interviews to lead to an offer.  When you have a great interview, feel excited about the possibilities, and imagine yourself in the job – only to discover that they hired someone else – it can be devastating.  It’s important to think about not just your experience as a candidate, but also understand what employers are up against.  In this webinar, we examine why employers ask certain questions.  If you understand their motives, this will help you develop meaningful answers.  You’ll learn about the 3 stages of interviewing, interview formats, and how to handle difficult questions and illegal ones.  Plus, you’ll learn how set up mock interviews to practice and get feedback from a Career Advisor.

We often think of a designer, actor, or other Creative when these words come up –  a designer’s portfolio includes a range of samples of their projects; an actor’s demo reel contains clips of onscreen performances.  In the same way that a designer or an actor would create a folder or link with samples of their best work in order to sell themselves, any job seeker  – whether in a creative field or not – can create a collection of pieces of work relevant to their job target, in an effort to add something distinctive to the overall sales pitch.  This webinar covers a variety of different artifacts that can be included in portfolios and demo reels, plus multiple ways to showcase your samples.

Establishing a strong online presence, using the right social media platforms, and avoiding pitfalls that can hurt your chances are an important parts of job search. 70% of employers check social media profiles, so a poor online presence can disqualify you. Within a job search, it’s crucial to understand how employers might view your content, and how privacy settings should be used. A successful online presence also includes creating and managing your personal brand. Professionally, your personal brand is the image that people see of you. This webinar covers what to pay attention to and how to stand out professionally in your online presence versus what to avoid so you don’t get screened out.

In pursuing a degree or diploma, at Yorkville University or Toronto Film School, you are likely embarking on a new career or seeking to progress in your field. But what can you do about the timeless dilemma of needing experience to get a job, but having very little or none in your chosen profession? No matter your age, you have already lived an interesting life, with many experiences across multiple contexts. These experiences have provided an opportunity to use many of your natural gifts, in addition to cultivating new skills, and all of this has value to employers. However, it can take effort to ensure employers recognize all that you bring, even if your specific experience may be lacking. Creating a resume which focuses on your relevant skills and associated accomplishments, can help employers see how you can help with the problems they need to solve. Learn how to showcase your talents in a targeted way to start getting yourself put into the “yes” pile when applying for work.

Job searching is hard work and doing so during a pandemic creates unique challenges. It is important to learn how employer and job seeker expectations have changed, and how employers have adjusted their recruitment methods, so that you can adapt. One aspect of this is adjusting your mindset – meaning that persistence, patience, openness and flexibility are more important now than ever. Equally important are being creative and resourceful and keeping your “pandemic skills” current. This webinar outlines the particular challenges of job searching during COVID-19, along with strategies to stand out as an applicant while keeping yourself grounded and focused on your goal.

Most people believe that searching for a job online is the best way to find work, however studies show that this has the lowest success rate, and that other strategies focused on building relationships are far more effective. This webinar outlines a variety of ways to use networking to generate job leads, and this includes setting up information interviews. Various approaches to reach out to new contacts are examined, and one of those is conducting cold calls. You’ll also learn about the range of skills that employers are looking for during COVID-19, and how, by using the recommended strategies to cultivate new relationships, you will naturally develop pandemic skills.

Watch “Building Your Career Your Way” Hosted by Erin Hatfield and Dr. Deirdre Pickerell.

This is an unconventional topic which explores and questions the roots of how we are culturally programmed to not take credit for the things we feel proud of, and how this prevents us from reaching our potential. The spectrum of modesty to narcissism will be explained, along with clarifying how a little “healthy narcissism” can help you achieve goals that are important to you, like landing a great job after you graduate.

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