Career how-tos

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Photo: Srikar Kovvali

By Jakie Laflamme

Whether you have plenty of career experience, or just a little, searching for a job can be daunting. So many questions come to mind: where should I start? Is my CV ok? What should I wear to the interview? At times, the questions may seem endless. But have no fear: we’ve compiled a list of some of the best resources available to uOttawa students and alumni to help you easily and efficiently prepare for your job search. With just a few clicks, you can access all these possibilities.

Get answers to this burning question.

  • Learn to know yourself

Meet with a career counsellor to take a psychometric assessment, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to discover what kind of person you are.

  • Find work that speaks to you

Here is a rather exhaustive list of various job search engines that list local, national or international jobs– it’s all there!

  • Write a good CV

Once you have a job in mind, you need to land it. Check the model CVs by faculty and drop by the Career Development Centre (UCU 312) to have yours evaluated.

  • Practice your interview skills

Congratulations! You’ve been selected for an interview. Now you need to prepare so you can make a good impression. Check this list of typical interview questions or make an appointment with the Career Development Centre (UCU 312) to set up a mock interview.

While you’re at University, check whether your program is eligible for the CO-OP Program: you could graduate with 16 months of job experience. You could also look into applying for a job through the Work-Study Program so you can work part-time on campus.

Remember to be on the lookout for internship and practicum opportunities in your faculty. Your willingness to find work that suits you best is your number one asset.

Good luck!

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