January 2014

Looking for a job? Here are some RRC Job Search Resources

January 27, 2014 • Written by

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With the 2014 RRC Career Fair about to get underway and with our Winter Convocation occurring next week, we thought it was a good time to point out some great RRC job search resources.

RRC Student Employment Services

This has to be your first stop in your job search! Student Employment Services provides a full range of employment services and supports targeted at RRC students, recent graduates, and employers.  If you are not aware of what RRC Student Employment Services can do for you, then you should definitely get familiar!

Check out the web page: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/

Student Employment Services posts employment opportunities exclusively for Red River College students and alumni on jobcentral.rrc.ca. To register as an RRC student on Job Central log on to jobcentral.rrc.ca and follow the instructions.

RRC’s Student Employment Services also provides a link between businesses and their future employees found in the College’s student body through job postings and job alerts, on-campus presentations and recruitment initiatives.

Would you like to know more about these opportunities? Student Employment Services has offices at both the Notre Dame Campus and also at the Exchange District Campus. (Look here: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/)

RRC Career Fair: 29-30 Jan 14

CAREER-FAIR-PSTER_web-696x1024Presented by the RRC Students’ Association, the Career Fair is not to be missed!  This year it is being held at the Notre Dame Campus on 29-30 January from 9am-2pm.

Some helpful tips for the career fair: Bring your resume, ask lots of questions, look presentable and take your time.

Also, you should be aware that there are different employers on each day, so you might want to attend both days.  Just check out the list of employers to map out your plan: http://rrcsa.ca/career-fair-2014/

Library Resources

We have many great resources in our collection, including online videos.

We have many great resources in our collection, including this video series available online!

The Red River College Library maintains many “Job Search” resources in our collection.

A particularly useful group of items may be the videos in the “Complete Job Search System” series.  These are available to current RRC students both on DVD and via streaming video.

Check out the list of titles below.

Complete Job Search System Video Series:

Evaluating different careers
On Demand:  http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111213

Finding a job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111216

Interviewing for a Job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111220

Right Job for your personality
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=110076

Succeeding on the job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111222

Other Online Resources

The Library web site maintains a selection of “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning” resources in a category on our online resources page: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Online-Resources.aspx

Just scroll down to “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning”.

Good Luck!

The RRC Library would like to wish good luck to all of our current and future graduates.  We know that your dream job is just around the corner!

National Non-Smoking Week – 19-25 January 2014

January 16, 2014 • Written by
RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

RRC Library has many smoking-cessation related items in its collection, including many self-help books. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Mid-January is the perfect time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already let them slip, don’t worry too much as it is never too late to begin a life altering change to any bad habit. If one of your resolutions is to quit smoking, this is a good time to start as National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is January 19 to January 25.

National Non-Smoking Week is a yearly event in Canada. Since 1977, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada and the number of Canadians that smoke on occasion has dropped to 17%. As well, the rate of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower at 14%.

Despite this achievement, tobacco use continues to be the most important cause of premature death in Canada. It is a leading cause of preventable lung disease, including lung cancer, and is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for more than 37,000 premature deaths every year in Canada.

Not to mention… smoking is a very expensive habit. Are you a millionaire? Maybe not… then why not quit today?

“Weedless Wednesday” is on 22 Jan 2014

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed “Weedless Wednesday”.

Quitting smoking may be easier said than done, right? A great suggestion is to take advantage of “Weedless Wednesday” to kickstart the process of quitting smoking.

Top Tips for Quitting Smoking

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According to the Canadian Centre for Tobacco Control (CCTC) some of the top tips for quitting smoking include:

  • writing a “break-up letter” to tobacco
  • keeping track of when and why you smoke each cigarette
  • making it public, by declaring your intentions to your family and friends
  • using the 4-D method when you feel a craving for a cigarette:
    1. take deep breaths,
    2. drink water,
    3. distract yourself, and
    4. delaying. (Realize that the craving will pass)
  • managing stress in ways other than with cigarettes
  • rewarding yourself
  • reminding yourself of all the good that you’re doing by quitting

Reference: http://www.alive.com/posts/view/219/let_national_non-smoking_week_help_you_quit_smoking

The Library has Smoking Cessation Resources

allen-carr's-easyway-to-stop-smoking-msuqmh8tRRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking.

Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

Online Resources

Are we ready for the next pandemic?

January 14, 2014 • Written by

Unlike the seasonal flu virus, “the pandemic influenza virus can cause severe complications, such as pneumonia and death in people who were otherwise healthy. For unknown reasons, influenza pandemics generally occur three to four times a century” (source: Public Health Agency of Canada). In fact, pandemics of various kinds have killed more people than all wars combined. Now… are we ready for the next one?

Videos from RRC Library

With the H1N1 business in the news lately, perhaps you want to delve further into the subject. Check out the videos below to learn about pandemics and get a glimpse of what a modern scenario would look like.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Juxtaposing a 21st-century scenario against the 1885 smallpox epidemic in Montreal, Outbreak features interviews with leading experts to trace the possible trajectory of a modern plague.

(2010, 86 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer Flu

Discusses the 1918 flu pandemic, its deadly consequences and the possibility that a similar strain could occur today.

(2004, 60 min.)

 

 

 

 

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black Dawn: the Next Pandemic

Features leading epidemiologists, doctors and emergency planners who envisage the impact of avian flu spreading around the world. The scenario is a fictional account, but based on scientific fact and actual research and pandemic preparedness efforts.

(2006, 52 min.)

 

 

 

If you have any questions or want to find related media on the subject, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.

RRC Library Acquires New Video Series: Economics USA

January 6, 2014 • Written by

Economics USA: 21st Century Edition

This new video series on micro- and macroeconomics recently arrived at Red River College Library. Each of the 28 titles spans 30 minutes and focuses on a specific aspect of economics. Viewers are offered a discussion, historical background, commentary and analysis, along with input from experts in the field. The award-winning series comes “highly recommended” in a review by Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian at Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania.

Below is a snapshot of one title from the series called “Federal Deficits: Can We Live with Them?” Both Video on Demand and DVD formats are available.

Snapshot of “Federal Deficits” from Economics USA Series…

During World War II, America's national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.During World War II, America’s national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.


In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.

In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.


Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.

Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.


After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing... but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing… but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.


How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.

How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.


Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?

Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?


Conclusion: The Situation is Urgent and Unsolved

America’s deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved. Every year, the USA uses a good part of their annual budget just to pay the interest on the debt, but they also keep accumulating debt. In 2011, the Treasury Department asked congress to increase the nation’s debt ceiling to over 14.3 trillion dollars. Can the USA continue on this course? Absolutely not. Are deficits always bad? No, they are not.

Explore further…

If you have any questions, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.