Additional Career Resources

A collection of curated career development resources to assist you at all stages of your professional journey. Is there a  category or resource you would like to see here? Contact michele.murphy@ubc.ca with your feedback.

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Interview Strategies

Interview Strategies

The Most Powerful Words to Use During Your Interview

One tactic to drastically improve your interview performance is to include strong adjectives to accurately convey your accomplishments to an employer. Learn more about how to talk about leadership, passion and commitment.

The Five Worst Things You Can Say In A Job Interview

Almost as beneficial as knowing what to say in a job interview is knowing what not to say. This collection of the worst things to say in a job interview will allow you to reflect upon how you present yourself to recruiters in your industry and how you would like to be viewed.

How to Use the STAR Interview Response Technique

Employers use behavioural interview questions to gauge whether job candidates have the skills and experiences required for a position. Preparing and catering responses to such questions according to the Situation, Task, Action and Result (or STAR) technique allows you to reflect on past employment experiences in a constructive manner.

Situational Interviews and Stress Interviews: What to Make of Them and How to Succeed in Them

Whereas behavioural questions focus on past experiences, situational questions focus on hypothetical situations that may occur in the position. Recruiters often use such questions to gauge your problem-solving skills while on the job. Learning more about what these are and how to best prepare for such questions can help you be successful in a job interview!

11 Smart Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

While we may spend most of our time preparing responses to questions we might be asked at an interview, it is equally important to consider questions you may want to ask the employer. Refer to this list to begin thinking about what you would like to know before committing to a new role.

7 Tricks to Ace a Remote Interview

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you see it), not all job interviews are conducted in person. Whether the job you are applying to is in another locality, or the recruiter uses phone interviews to shortlist candidates for an in-person meeting, it is absolutely essential to practice the skill of being interviewed remotely. Read these 7 tips to help you succeed in your next remote interview.

How To Succeed In A Group Interview: All The Key Tips

Group interviews are becoming an increasingly popular method for interviewing potential candidates for a position. Learn more about what to expect at a group interview, and how to prepare appropriately for them.

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Don’t know how to prepare for an upcoming interview? If you are particularly looking for advice on the kinds of questions you may be asked, read these tips on how to answer the 31 most commonly-asked questions at interviews.

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Resumes

Resumes

How to Write Resume Bullets That’ll Make the Hiring Manager Pay Attention

‘Strong bullets will spice up your resume and help ensure that your content actually showcases your strengths, not just the boring tasks that you were assigned. And that’s what’ll help you stand out to hiring managers.’ This is an excerpt of The Muse’s guide on ensuring that your resume bullets are succinct, yet effective, in communicating your accomplishments to potential employers.

10 Words to Delete From Your Resume Now

Its tempting to want to use certain ‘buzzwords’ in your resume to attract the attention of the recruiter. However, if used inappropriately, they can hurt your application. This list of 10 words and phrases to immediately remove from your resume is sure to leave you with some resume-editing homework!

5 Steps For Updating Your Resume

Although top career experts recommend updating one’s resume every six months to a year, we rarely make the time to make these changes. However, in order to ensure that your resume is reflective of the breadth of your experiences, make these five quick “spring cleaning” moves to clean up your resume.

What Not to Include When You’re Writing a Resume

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of knowing which words, dates, personal information, and photographs can hurt (rather than help) your resume. You can find the list of not-to-include items here.

How to Build a Resume in 7 Easy Steps

Whether you are a novice designing your very first resume, or an experienced professional who is looking to make specific revisions, these 7 easy steps are catered your respective resume needs.

Employment Skills Listed by Job

If you’re having trouble synthesizing your past employment experiences in your resume, this list of employment skills will facilitate your process. Whether you are a biomedical engineer or a speech pathologist, you are sure to find what you need here.

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

6 essential resume writing tips to help you create or update a winning resume.

What to Include in a Resume Skills Section

This resource will help you decide what is (and isn’t) appropriate for the skills section of your resume. Learn the difference between hard vs. soft skills, job specific vs. transferable skills, and where to include each of these in your resume.

Resume Proofreading Checklist

Even with an impressive list of accomplishments, failing to proofread your resume can hurt your chances of making a positive impression on the employer. Refer to this resume proofreading checklist to polish your document.

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Career Transitions

Career Transitions

Is a Late-Life Career Change Right for You?

Are you contemplating shifting career trajectories but don’t know this is the right time to go through with the change? Allow this blog post to provide you with important considerations to keep in mind as you navigate a career transition at a later stage of your professional life

5 Questions to Weigh When at a Career Crossroads

At different points in your professional life, you may encounter a new opportunity that would enable you to change your career trajectory. Allow these five questions to accompany your decision-making process when at a “career crossroads.”

Informational Interviews

Feeling stuck in a career but don’t know what other opportunities may be available for you? Informational interviews are a great way to learn more about an industry that you are potentially interested in working for. Read the UBC guide to informational interviews here.

Three Point Turn Podcast – Gloria Eid

Program Manager turned Career Coach, Gloria Eid shares her reflections on her 10 month career pause and what she discovered about facing big career-related changes in this podcast!

How to Write a Resume as a Career Changer

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges when navigating a career transition is knowing how to advertise your skills in a job application. BC Jobs’ advice on how to tailor your resume to be more skill-focused, as opposed to experience-focused, is a useful resource as you learn to market yourself in a new industry. 

How an Employment Agency Can Help You Change Careers

If you are navigating a career change, it is often beneficial to get assistance from professionals at employment agencies. Learn more about the many ways through which an employment agency can help you on your path to a successful career transition.

The Transferable Skills Employers Value the Most

When moving from one professional industry into another, the biggest asset you carry with you are your transferable skills. Take a glance at some of the most valued transferable skills and get inspired to continue building your professional skill set!

9 Career Change Stories That’ll Inspire You to Take the Leap

Sometimes you need a little push to make a career transition that you have been contemplating for a while. Allow these 9 career change stories from the Muse fuel your motivation and inspire you to take a career-related leap!

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Advice for Millennials

Advice for Millennials

College Graduate Resume Example

Refer to this example of a resume by a recent college graduate for direction on how to leverage your strengths and how to strategically include unpaid internships and volunteer work.

7 Salary Negotiation Tips for First-time Jobseekers

Salary negotiation is always daunting, especially the first time around. Follow these seven simple tips to help you stay calm and negotiate a salary and benefits package that appropriately suits your needs.

From One Millennial to Another: Four Tips for Millennial Leaders

Starting out your professional career and not really certain on where you fit in with your colleagues? Leanne Morgan’s reflective blog post on advice for millennials starting out their careers, especially as it pertains to age differences within a company, is an excellent read for those learning to navigate this for the first time in their professional careers.

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship

So, you recently landed an internship. Whether you view this as a great short-term learning opportunity or see yourself working long-term at the company, this list by the Harvard Business Review highlights six ways you can make the most of your internship experience.

Job Interview Questions for College Seniors/Recent Grads

If you have recently graduated and are in the process of finding your first “real job,” chances are that your interview questions will heavily pertain to the degree you just completed. This list of commonly asked questions for newly graduated job-seekers is an excellent resource, as you prepare for your job interview.

Should You Still Apply For a Job If You Don’t Have the Required Experience?

Not sure if you have the experience necessary for a job that interests you? This guide can help you determine whether your lack of experience can be made up for by an ability to learn quickly and the recommendations of strong referrals.

15 Quick Tips for Landing a Job at Graduation

Are you are new to the job market and don’t know where to start building your professional career? Refer to these tips for recent college graduates to help kick start your career in the right direction! From creating your online personal brand, to using your professional networks wisely, this list is sure to leave you with constructive short-term career goals to work on.

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Dress for Success

Dress for Success

What Should Employees Wear to Work?

Learn more about the varying types of dress codes to find the right fit for your industry.

What to Wear to a Casual Job Interview and Work

Knowing the boundaries of a ‘casual’ dress code at an interview or workplace is essential to creating a positive interaction in the work environment. Learn about the varying degrees of appropriate casual attire.

What to Wear When There’s No Dress Code

Even if your place of work has no official dress code, it doesn’t not mean anything goes. Get inspired on what to wear to work when there is no dress code.

Harvard University Pinterest

Follow Harvard University’s Career Services’ Pinterest for tips on dressing professional for men, women and those identifying beyond the binary.

Non-Binary Professional Dress

For gender queer and non-binary individuals, allow Macalester College’s Career Development Centre to inspire your professional wardrobe.

ICU Image Consulting

If you’re in Vancouver and would like a one-on-one meeting to discuss how to align your personal style with your professional goals, book an appointment with the city’s leading Image Consultants. Katherine Lazaruk, owner of ICU Image Consulting, will help you look the part for your next career event.

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Salary Negotiation

Salary Negotiation

4 Times to Negotiate Your Salary (and 3 Times Not To)

Not knowing whether it’s an appropriate time to negotiate your salary can be daunting. Read this piece to help you gauge when the time is right to have that discussion with your employer. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

Research shows that employees who negotiate their salary in a constructive and positive way are perceived more favourable than those who do not demonstrate these negotiation skills. Refer to this step-by-step guide to negotiating a great salary even before the first interview, and again at the time of offer.

How to Master Salary Negotiation

Maximize your odds of having a successful salary negotiation with your employer by learning how to facilitate a discussion regarding what an acceptable salary for your skills and experience should look like.

4 Times to Negotiate Your Salary (and 3 Times Not To)

Not knowing whether it’s an appropriate time to negotiate your salary can be daunting. Read these tips to help you gauge when the time is right to have that discussion with your employer.

15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer

The Harvard Business Reviews rules for negotiating a job offer cover everything from the power of likability to understanding company’s constraints. Make sure you refer to this resource before having that conversation with your new boss.

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Networking

Networking

I’m Networking Like Crazy — But I Still Don’t Have A Job

Do you feel like you are doing your part with networking and not getting the results you expected? Learn more about shifting the focus from the interviewer onto the interviewee to facilitate the process of building strong professional relationships with individuals in your respective industry.

5 Networking Tips for Newcomers to Canada

Although building a strong professional network always requires time and patience, this process can be especially difficult for those who have recently moved into a new city or country. These networking tips are especially catered towards those individuals who are wanting to enter the Canadian job market.

Are You a Toxic Networker?

Is there a thing as too much networking? According to Monster contributor, Joe Issid, yes. Read his opinion piece on “Toxic Networking” and his suggestions for best practices to avoid the risk of alienating members of your professional network.

Networking, LinkedIn Tips, Infographics – 5 Tools For Networking

Are you more of a visual learner? If so, refer to this chart illustration of the 5 most essential networking tips to help you succeed!

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Managing Your Online Brand

Managing Your Online Brand

It’s Time to Get Out of the Fishbowl

The “fishbowl effect” refers to how the actions of leaders are observed and interpreted by their colleagues in the professional world. Whether you are sending out job applications for a new job or leading a company, it is crucial to maintain a professional online presence to get out of the proverbial “fishbowl.”

Build Your Online Presence on LinkedIn

The 21st century brings with it the ability to virtually learn and connect with anyone in the world. Leading career coaches recommend establishing an online brand on social media platform, to help distinguish yourself from others in the same professional industry. Allow this guide to help you establish your brand on LinkedIn, the “professional Facebook” of today.

The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

Already have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to effectively utilize it as a job seeker? These tips will help you be successful in using this social media platform to effectively connect and engage with potential employers in your industry.

Using Social Media to Build Your Career

Whether or not your work is directly reliant upon the use of social media, it is likely that you will still be requiring this platform to advertise yourself and your business to others. Learn more about the best social media practices that can help propel your career to the next level!

The Fatal LinkedIn Mistake 90% Of Job-Seekers Make

For Forbes contributing writer and LinkedIn Influencer Liz Ryan, a “fatal mistake” that a majority of job-seekers make is to branding themselves too broadly. Read her advice on the importance of creating a personalized brand that is specifically catered towards the work that you are interested in doing.

Creative Ways to Get Noticed by Employers on Social Media

Want to learn how to use social media to get noticed by top recruiters and others in your professional industry? This article provides advice on how to do this by making strategic connections online and using different mediums for communicating your message to others.

8 Lessons from Celebrities with Great Personal Brands

Explore the art of personal branding by looking at the ways in which some of the most well-acclaimed celebrities have made, and maintained, a name for themselves. This blog post is a must-read for any new career builders, who are looking to develop a unique brand for themselves and their work.

6 Books You Should Read if You Want to Create a Name for Yourself

Does the thought of creating a personal or professional brand intrigue you? If so, indulge in any (or all, if you’re ambitious!) of these six books to learn more about building credibility in your industry through personal branding.

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Navigating Difficult Conversations

Navigating Difficult Conversation

The Simple Formula for Communicating Hard Messages at Work

Having difficult conversations at work is daunting and if conducted poorly, can negatively impact the work environment. Following this formula for navigating hard conversations at work can help ensure better communication with your colleagues and supervisors, which is extremely conducive a positive and respectful work environment.

How Can I Explain My Mental Health Problem to Co-workers?

Every 1 in 5 individuals in Canada suffers from some type of mental illness, which can severely impact performance at work. Although disclosing a mental health concern to your employer may seem like a daunting task, it can pave the way for appropriate accommodations to ensure that you have a positive and supportive work environment. Mental Health Works, a national social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association, has important tips as you navigate your way to this disclosure.

Coming Out in the Workplace as Transgender

The Human Rights Campaign highlights a variety of potential advantages and disadvantages of coming out as transgender at your place of work. If you identify as transgender and are considering disclosure, these are important considerations to keep in mind before you make the decision about if and when to do this!

How to Handle 3 Types of Difficult Conversations

The Harvard Business Review forum has useful tips on navigating the three types of difficult conversations that occur in the workplace. The trick is to maintain your composure, and always be respectful.

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

It’s easy to get carried away in awkward or difficult conversations. The Harvard Business Review has outlined eight tips to help you keep the conversation from going off the rails.

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