December 2016

Employer on-Campus: Public Service Commission of Canada

December 22, 2016 • Written by

The Public Service Commission of Canada invites students interested in gaining work experience within the federal government to an information session!


Every year across Canada, students and graduates are hired through recruitment programs administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada. One such program is the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).  It provides students with a wealth of opportunity and valuable work experience related to their field of study.

If you are a returning student, a student in an office administration related program, an Indigenous student, or a student with a disability interested in learning more about FSWEP and our other recruitment programs, please attend the information session.

Stay connected with us!
Twitter: @jobs_gc

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Black Lecture Theatre
Notre Dame Campus
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at:

Limited space available so sign up early!


Employer on-Campus: RBC Information Session and Time4U Sessions

December 22, 2016 • Written by

RBC Campus Recruitment
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Join us to learn about how you can create a resume and application that stands out, how to build your personal brand on social media and learn about exciting career options at RBC!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Room E308
Notre Dame Campus
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at:
Deadline for registration: January 13, 2017

Time4U Sessions

Throughout the year students’ #1 request is an individual meeting with a member of our RBC team. You want time to discuss the questions that are important to you. We’re listening!

RBC Time4U is an opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with a member of the RBC Campus Recruitment Team to discuss whatever is on your mind; from resumes to cover letters, personal brand to online profiles, RBC program and career information and everything in between.

The RBC team is on campus to assist you in making one of the biggest decisions of your life – the next step in your career! Space is limited and sign up will be on a first come, first served basis.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Room D102, Notre Dame Campus between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Register online at:*
*Click on the RBC Time4U Sessions link located in the announcements section

Deadline for registration: January 13, 2017
Limited spots available – sign up early!


Preparing for the RRC Career Fair 2017

December 22, 2016 • Written by

You keep hearing about the RRC 2017 Career Fair happening on January 25th and 26th and everyone says you should attend. But what are you supposed to do at a career fair?

Attend a Career Fair: Strategies and Tips Information Session to find out how to prepare for and what to expect at career fairs. 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.

Notre Dame Campus Sessions

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, White Lecture Theatre
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, White Lecture Theatre

Exchange District Campus Sessions

Monday, January 16, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, P107, CGA Manitoba Room
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, P107, CGA Manitoba Room

Register for one of the sessions at


Employer on-Campus: Bokhaut CPA Inc.

December 22, 2016 • Written by
Bokhaut Chartered Professional Accountant Inc. invites all Business Administration accounting students to an information session on employment opportunities.

For more information, visit: Bokhaut Chartered Professional Accountant Inc.

Notre Dame Campus

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
bokhaut-logoRoom E308
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm


Exchange District Campus

Thursday, January 12, 2017
P107 – CGA Manitoba Room
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Refreshments provided

Register online at
If you have difficulty registering, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966.

Deadline for registration: January 5, 2017
Limited seating available – sign up early!



Building community at Red River College. Start one-on-one

December 19, 2016 • Written by
Mentor partners Prathamesh and Barrett after a bike ride around the city and taking a rest at the Red River Floodway.

Mentor partners Prathamesh and Barrett after a bike ride around the city and taking a rest at the Red River Floodway.

Communities grow stronger when people do a variety of simple things together that give them chances to connect with others, build trust and get involved in doing things together. Volunteering with the Intercultural Mentorship Program offers opportunities to students and staff to engage with others outside the classroom, on your free time, in a positive and fun way that encourages reflection and dialogue and enhances interpersonal and communication skills.

Sarthak is a Technology Management student who came to Canada from India in August 2016 and wanted to make more friends and get to know the new environment from the perspective of a local person. His mentor partner Kateryn is a Business Admin student who lived in Canada all her life. Growing up with a lot of people from the same culture, she joined the Intercultural Mentorship Program to see how other cultures are different and similar and learn about someone else’s background.

They met on campus for coffee and conversation, at Stella’s for lunch, visited the Forks and went for a walk at Assiniboine Park together and discussed lots of topics that are relevant to them and that allowed them to appreciate each other’s perspectives. One of the conversations Kathryn fondly remembers is about school: “The way I, a local partner, look at school is just so much different from the way Sarthak looks at things. He is a little older than me and went to university in India, so his experience is a lot different than mine. It was interesting to discuss the differences in both the teaching ways and our mental learning habits.” Sarthak also enjoyed exploring his partner’s culture, the differences in perspectives and how those differences are related to culture: “The important point is even though we are different we share same human values which I came across during my conversation with my cultural partner on varying topics.”

106 students and staff at Red River College have successfully completed the Intercultural Mentorship Program in the Fall Term. Lots of insightful intercultural conversation was generated on topics such as personal interests and hobbies, education and student life, settlement experiences, politics, communication styles, LGBTT* culture in different cultures etc. Partners explored Winnipeg together, tried out new traditional foods, visited the Human Rights Museum, attended Jets’ community practice, concerts at Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the corn maze, Halloween or Christmas related activities, fishing, biking and many other activities that helped create a bond, as well as enhanced participants’ interpersonal, intercultural communication and leadership skills.

Who doesn’t like living and learning in a community that is welcoming and inclusive? Seeking opportunities to positively engage with others is a wonderful way to start building community! Sign up to be a Mentor in the Intercultural Mentorship Program! Applications for the Winter term accepted until January 18, 2017. Visit to read or and to apply!



Professional Perspective: Creating eye-catching resumes

December 19, 2016 • Written by

Welcome back to Professional Perspective where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment related topics!


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd., is back to answer today’s question. Zain’s professional perspective comes from an accumulation of his personal experience as an international student and his professional work experience within various industries, and now as a Human Resource Manager.

Today’s question is:

As a human resources professional, what do you look for in a resume?


Zain’s Professional Perspective

A resume has about 10 seconds to get the recruiter’s attention. If there is nothing that stands out or at catches my attention, I move onto the next one. Here are 4 general things that I look for in a resume:

1. Education – training and certifications

The education an applicant lists provides me with an idea of what kind of person the candidate is – their knowledge, skills, learning attributes, vision and commitment to the field.

2. Experience – employment, internships and volunteering

I look for work related experiences – including both the duration and the organization. Duration denotes commitment and efficiency while the organization shows ambition and capability to handle jobs for different organizations and their products and services.

3. Responsibilities – detailed description

To understand how your experiences have prepared you for the job you are applying for now, I need you to make the connections for me. Your explanation will also tell me whether you are enthused about your previous jobs or otherwise.

4. Format – uniformity and professionalism

Use a good font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Arial or Georgia) and easy to read layout. Black and white is ideal. Adding colour isn’t bad, but the print quality shouldn’t compromise the uniformity or professionalism of your document.

And when it comes to resumes, I have my own pet peeves. As a final tip, don’t get caught having a resume with these:

  • Information written in pen
  • Coffee stains or other marks
  • Improper grammar
  • Photos and overly creative designs
  • Incorrect information and inflated titles
  • Third-person writing
  • Long resumes
  • Out-dated personal information 

For additional tips on how to develop your resume, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources.

Everybody is unique – book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204-632-3966 or for personalized supports!pp-banner

30 things to stop doing to yourself

December 16, 2016 • Written by

I came across this blog when I was feeling a fair bit of turbulence in my life. I personally was doing great. Everything was in line, I was working at my best, and being my best self which warrants recognition as that’s something I have failed to do in my past, and can image others feeling something similar in their lives. Read More →

Feeling at Home for the Holidays – Season’s Greetings from the Student Refugee Program

December 15, 2016 • Written by

SRP students, Wasim Alkabani and Yves Ngendahimana, baking Holiday treats for the Red River College Local Committee (WUSC).

A little bit of snow has not stopped Applied Accounting student, Wasim Alkabani, from settling into his new Canadian life at Red River College. Wasim arrived in August 2016 from Lebanon to study at the College. He arrived with a sponsorship award through the College’s Student Refugee Program and WUSC (World University Services of Canada). Each year the College oversees the selection and sponsorship of one refugee student.

Since his arrival in the fall, Wasim is overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude for the support and friendship offered to him by the College’s local committee, his instructors, classmates and community members. Whether it’s technical support, learning to ride the bus, getting geared up for winter or learning how to bake, the student group has been supporting Wasim every step of the way while he adjusts to life in Manitoba. According to Alkabani, “the committee has taken great initiative to make sure I have all I need and I am surrounded by good people. This has made me feel very at home. This experience has been very exciting for me. I really appreciate the diversity on campus and meeting people from around the world in my classes. I like that I have access to many student supports. This has made my transition much more comfortable and I have learned a lot during my short time here.”

Although the support is strong, there are always challenging moments when you become a new resident in Canada. For Wasim, being far away from family can be difficult. However, there is no shortage of keeping in touch. “I am always talking to my family. I make video calls to my family in the evening from my room in residence. I send lots of pictures of the new things I am trying, the Exchange District Campus and the places I visit in the city.”

For Alkabani, the Applied Accounting program has kept him busy with studies and projects. As a former Finance and Administration Coordinator for the British Council in Syria, he finds his program to be a great tool for developing his current skill set and broadening his knowledge. According to Wasim, “group work is a new concept for me. I like the hands-on learning and many resources available for me to use. Having access to computers and a library really help me out. I love that I can study anywhere at anytime I like.”

Wasim has formed a friendship with former SRP student and RRC grad, Yves Ngendahimana. Yves arrived through the Student Refugee Program in August 2015 from Malawi and has been a mentor to Wasim since his arrival. Having now moved into industry, it’s a treat to come back to campus. “I really miss my community at the College. I miss seeing everyone every day. Wasim is very lucky to be at Red River College “says Ngendahimana. Yves, who is currently employed with Scotiabank, intends to continue studies in the College’s Business Administration program in 2017. “It will feel so good to be back. RRC is like home.”

The two plan to travel to Montreal in January to participate in the WUSC International Forum. The gathering will be a reunification of WUSC sponsored students from around the country. With a focus on international development, the conference will aim to inform students and their local committees on current development issues, and the role post-secondary can play by engaging in WUSC membership and global citizenship programming.

In Alkabani’s own words, “I would like to thank everyone who is part of my journey. I wish everyone at RRC a great Holiday Season and look forward to returning to my program in the winter term.”

Learn more about WUSC’s Student Refugee Program, or make a donation to RRC’s  Student Refugee Program Award.

To join RRC’s local SRP Committee, contact Lauren Konrad at 204.631.3345.

New Space New Ideas!

December 12, 2016 • Written by

Hey Students! We need your opinion!

Come January the Health & Dental office will be moving, and we are starting to gather ideas of what the space should be turned into. We want to hear what YOU want! Send us your thoughts!

Current space layout:
• approx. 15 ft x 12 ft
• 1 door on the side
• Front walk-up window grate

(Located on mall level at corner E and F)

Send us your thoughts through our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email Calvary @ and be entered to win some prizes!




Some ideas that have already come through are:

  • Break out room
  • Safe Space room
  • New Mother’s room (for breastfeeding)



Any other questions stop by our offices:

Notre Dame Campus: CM20 (across from the Ox) 204-632-2375

Exchange Campus: P110 in the Roblin Centre 204-949-8475



It’s beginning to look a lot like… prime networking time!

December 12, 2016 • Written by
A great time to connect with your job prospects is during the holidays.

If your goal is to get a job in the New Year, take advantage of the various holiday networking events to connect with people in your current network and from your target industry, Student Employment Services encourages you to use your holiday break wisely. Definitely take the time to get some of the much needed rest and relaxation you need, but also use the holidays to network, gather information and prepare your self-marketing tools!

Apart from tapping into existing network, you can check out local listing through sector council and association websites, Eventbrite and Meetup for upcoming events related to your goals and interests.

For more information on how to be on the employers’ A-list this holiday season, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or to book an appointment with an Employment Advisor.

Student Employment Services wishes you all the best this holiday season and in the New Year!