January 2018

3 Ways to Stand Out at the Career Fair

January 17, 2018 • Written by

Getting ready for this year’s Career Fair (January 24 & 25, 2018) may seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. A few simple strategies can help open the door to new and exciting career opportunities. Below are some selected resources and tips to help you stand out to potential employers. (Note: log in is required to view electronic resources)

1. Boost Your Resume

Your resume is one of your most important assets, and it is wise to have an up-to-date version on hand. If you are starting from scratch, have a look at Same-day Resume: Write an Effective Resume in an Hour, which explains how to write a simple resume in about an hour (see Chapter 2). For examples of career-based resumes, check out Part 2 of Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers. Also, Knock Em Dead Resumes: A Killer Resume Gets More Job Interviews includes easy-to-follow tips for giving your resume a boost.


2. Practice Promoting Yourself

Be prepared to promote yourself. First impressions have a powerful impact, and are set in “the first 10-30 seconds of meeting someone. Psychologists call this the Primacy Effect, and it is very hard to erase.” (From The Six Laws of Approachability: How to Break Down Barriers and Get People to Like You.) Laura Stack, in Self-promotion and Self-presentation Skills: Marketing Yourself for Success suggests practicing “doing a commercial for yourself. It should be 15-30 seconds, not long, just something that you have down pat for when someone asks you, “So, what do you do?“”


3. Dress for Success

What you wear matters a lot because it is the first thing people see about you, and first impressions are essential to standing out. “And your clothes say a lot about your judgment and level of professionalism—two extremely important criteria.” (From This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want – p. 182).

Video: Learn how to enhance your overall image >> When Presentation Counts: Grooming, Dressing & Body Language


Watch “Career Fair Prep” – Thurs, Jan 18 at 12:00

Strategies and Tips Career Fair Prep – Live Stream: Thursday, January 18 at 12:00 pm. Find out how to prepare for and what to expect at the RRC 2018 Career Fair on January 24 (NDC) and January 25 (EDC). Learn how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of your time, how to approach employers with an introduction that makes a good impression, and how to follow-up after the fair.

Talking Back To The Body: Starter Resources On Body Image

January 16, 2018 • Written by

Between Instagram filters and Photoshop, people have no idea the storm a psyche takes to merely look in a mirror and think hey, I look pretty good today. Girls begin dieting at younger ages, often listing the fear of being fat above the death of a parent. It starts as a passing remark (“You would have a prettier face if you lost weight.”) or hearing more about appearance than accomplishments makes a person think having a more acceptable outside will make a more worthy human being.

The Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative, represents one way to take on the negative voices or to find help dealing with eating disorders. If upcoming group sessions are not your thing, make an appointment to see a counsellor either here or off campus. In between talking about body image issues, get empowered with these resources in *print, digital or video.

*Note: Visit our Information Desk for help refining your search for body image as it relates to men, nursing, LGBT, community services, or another topic.

Books

Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity
BF 697.5 .B63 H47

Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs and Sex
RC 569.5 .B65 .B38 2009 c. 2

Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-related disorders: Collaborative research, Advocacy, and Policy change
RC 552 .E18 P78 2012

When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence
HQ 798 .F75 1997

Body image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children
BF 697.5 .B63 G76 1999

Articles of Interest (Login Required)

Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image23183-187. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002

Body Image’s Effect on Smoking and Drinking. (2017). USA Today Magazine146(2869), 7.

CLARK, N. (2017). Social Media and Body Image: #Fitspiration at Its Worst. American Fitness35(2), 66.

AudioVisual

AV services have a display near the entrance, with a list of titles on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s 2018. Time for a Change!

January 9, 2018 • Written by

Since 2018 has dropped in on us, and is clearly here to stay, many of our patrons have decided to make the new year a time for change.  Check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed tips and resources to help you succeed in making the changes you desire.

Below you will find a few of the resources we have placed in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

 

How to simplify your life : seven practical steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life

“You don’t have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life. When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you. Book jacket.”–BOOK JACKET.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=97689

 

No more mac ‘n’ cheese! : the real-world guide to managing your money for 20-somethings

This book is aimed at young people recently graduated from high school or college, out on their own for the first time. Whether you’re a 20-something wanting to make the most of their financial independence; the parent of a young adult trying to instill some financial responsibility; or a member of a financial institution hoping to encourage the younger generation to start money management now, you’ll find sound advice within these pages.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115917

 

Active living every day

Adding regular physical activity to your week can make a huge difference in your health. Move more and you’ll have more energy, less stress, a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a healthier weight, and better sleep quality. And those are just a few of the benefits. If you’ve decided that you want to lead a more active life, Active Living Every Day, Second Edition, offers you all the tools you need to take the first steps toward success.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115905

 

Kicking butts : quit smoking and take charge of your health

You Can Do It. Each year over a million people stop smoking. You can be one of them. Why Read This Book? If you are worried about the effect of smoking on your health or the health of those around you, you can take action with the help of the experts at the American Cancer Society. We’ll help you outline your quitting plan and show you how to set up the support you may need. We’ll also guide you through living a nonsmoking life in the days after you’ve quit.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86387

 

The case against sugar

With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science which, shaped by a handful of charismatic and misguided individuals, has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar on our health. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry which has lobbied for sugar’s ubiquity – the Sugar Association even today promoting ‘sugar’s goodness’ – and the extent that the industry has corrupted essential scientific research. He delves into the science of sugar, exposes conventional thinking that sugar is ’empty calories’ as a myth, and finds that its addictive pleasures are resulting in worldwide consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect. The Case Against Sugar is a revelatory read, which will fundamentally change the way we eat.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129153

 

Forget this Network! Reconnecting to RRCWireless

January 4, 2018 • Written by

Wireless at RRCThe Red River College Library receives plenty of inquiries about the wireless networks on all our Winnipeg campuses. Our goal is to help all our library patrons, though we always have to be clear that we do not control or manage the wireless networks here at RRC. At the Library we are users, just like you!

Were you forced to change your password? Forget this Network!

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After you change your password, make sure that any of your devices, such as cell phones or tablets, also have your new password in their settings.

Q: How do you do update your wireless password?
A: Forget this network!

Just ask your device to “Forget this Network” and then setup the network fresh.

Lockouts

When you ask your device to “forget this network”, always keep in mind that it was likely trying to actively connect to the wireless with a bad password. This would have caused the college’s wireless system to lock out your device. So, when you reconnect with your username and your new password it may still not connect. It is probably locked out!

Wait 30 minutes after you “Forget this Network” for your locked-out device to be re-allowed to connect to RRCWireless.

Laptops – Mac and PC

If you have a laptop, you may not need to “Forget this Network”.  You can likely just login with your new password when your computer challenges you for credentials.  However, you may still have to wait 30 minutes for your laptop to cease being locked out.  Just put in your new password, and wait for the lock-out period to expire (30 minutes).

Face-to-face Assistance

We offer help at our Library Helpdesks:

  • Notre Dame Campus – Library Computer Lab (8AM to 4PM)
  • Exchange District Campus – Lower Learning Commons (8AM to 4PM)

On-line Help

The Library has a guide with extensive wireless information:
http://rrclibrary.libguides.com/wireless

The Red River College IT Departments has a wirless help page:
http://blogs.rrc.ca/its/help-resources/connect-to-rrc-wireless/