Smooth your path to a rewarding future

Whether a recent graduate or a sage alumnus, working on developing your career is a life-long process. Whatever stage you are currently experiencing, here is a curated list of resources that could help you smooth your path to a rewarding future.

For more information or to request other topics for reflection contact Laurie Williams, Manager, Programs & Services  at laurie_williams@sfu.ca.

Taking control of your career

How to Take Charge of Your Career

In reality there are lots of factors that could combine to make your career take unexpected turns. If you’re looking to take control of your career, taking a proactive stance can make a huge difference in what you do and where you work.

Most Canadians Who Switch Careers Are Happier For It

Changing careers is not a decision taken without a lot of thought and planning. Most people who change their jobs think and plan for up to a year. These stories exhibit careers that relied on transferable skills.

Cut Through Career Uncertainty 

Forecasting tools? Do not let this article put you off. The author outlines practical tools for making decisions about your career.

Job search

Implementing a Job Search Strategy

Job search is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment, underemployment, discontent with a current position, or a desire for a better position.  You will be more successful if you develop an action plan to explore possibilities.

Slow out of the gate, University grads fare better than other Canadians...

Even though it seems like a struggle to find that first job after you graduate, Canadian statistics tell us you are far better off having a university degree when looking for work.

Labour market information

What is labour market information? Do I need it?

Labour market information can help you make a good decision when you are looking for work in a particular area. It can help you find out what industries or fields are growing; where the opportunities exist; who is hiring as well as what qualifications may be needed for a particular position.

Guide to Using Labour Market Information

This Guide from WORKBC offers statistical data on where you may find work, salary scales, and regional demographics, all things that can inform your job search.

The Strategic Side Gig...

By working outside your field, even part time as a volunteer, you can build new connections, add to your skills and knowledge and use different talents all of which can prepare you for future roles.

Resumes & cover letters

How to write a good resume 

A good resume presents who you are; what you have to offer to an employer and how you can add value to their organization. Recruiters take about 30-45 seconds to review your resume so making it concise and convincing is worth the effort.

5 Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional an up-to-date resume will enable you to apply for that job, to which you aspire, as soon as you see the posting. It is wise to review and revise your resume every 6 months.

How to write an amazing cover letter 

Each cover letter you write is to be tailored to the job to which you are applying. From the greeting to your accomplishments to the closing, it should show you have done your research; have personalized your application with relevant accomplishments, and will be proactive by following up. 

Are Cover Letters Still Relevant?

Sometimes you will see a job ad that asks for a cover letter and other times not. It is important to develop a concise and persuasive cover letter even if you don’t include it in your application. Writing a customized cover letter helps you synthesize what you have accomplished and what you can do for any employer and it could help you make the A pile with recruiters.

Job interviews

Job interview tips and preparation 

From matching your qualifications to the job description to deciding what you will wear, the job interview can be intimidating – unless you are prepared. Do the same preparation for telephone interviews, video interviews, or in person meetings. Create a research plan and anticipate the questions you will be asked.

Top 50 Popular Job Interview Questions 

You will be more confident going onto a job interview if you anticipate and practice answers to possible questions. There are different types of questions that can be used so prepare for behavioural, situational and direct questions by writing out your answers and examples of your experience before the interview.  If the job is your “dream job” you might want to enlist friends or a career specialist to prepare you for the interview.

21 Job Interview Tips: How to Make a Great Impression

It is said you only have 30 seconds to make a good impression. Be prepared! Do your homework on the company. Develop questions you have about the job/company. Think of examples to support your answers. Dress for success. Practice, practice, practice!

Your online presence

How to Use Social Media to Build Your Career 

Whether you want to expand your network, establish your “brand” or make new contacts in a business that interests you, social media is a must in today’s world of work. Find some tips, in this article, on how to use social media to your advantage.

7 Benefits of Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network used by professionals to network, locate information about companies, and find job postings. But more importantly, “A whopping 87% of recruiters find LinkedIn to be the most effective when vetting candidates during the hiring process – especially those under 45 (90%)”.

Salary negotiations

Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

Everyone wants to be paid fairly for the skills and experience they bring to work. Preparing for salary discussions before the interview can give you a realistic basis for comparison of industry salary ranges and where the company's compensation fits in.

How to Negotiate Salary: 3 Winning Strategies

Depending on where your salary starts can make a big difference in your overall work earnings. Know the marketplace salary range for the job; explain the value you bring to the organization; don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Navigating in uncertain times

Four Things You Can Do to Manage Stress and Stay Focused

Lieke ten Brummelhuis, an associate professor at the Beedie School of Business, has some solid ideas on how to take care of yourself during these uncertain times.

Industries Trending During COVID-19

“Though the economy has been hit hard by these changes, there are some bright spots. Several [10] critical sectors are surging during the pandemic.”

Tips for the purpose-driven job seeker during COVID-19...

Searching for work in a sustainable industry, or one that has social impact is not always easy. If you follow some of these tips, it may give you an idea of what to pay attention to when looking for work in a non-profit.

What Will Work-Life Balance Look Like After the Pandemic?

Are you tired of working at your dining table? Do you enjoy the flexibility of working from home? Return to work will not be easy. There may be less people, your desk may be relocated, or there may be extended work from home plans for your consideration.