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Employer Off-Campus: SkipTheDishes Headquarters tour

February 15, 2018 • Written by

SkipTheDishes invites all Business and Information Technology students to a tour of the SkipTheDishes Headquarters

Join us to learn more about the wide range of opportunities with SkipTheDishes. Experience the open work space, listen to success stories from current employees and meet with our hiring managers to learn about potential part-time, full-time and Co-op opportunities.

 www.skipthedishes.com/jobs

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2pm – 3pm – 136 Market Ave.
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4pm – 5pm – 136 Market Ave.

 
Registration is required and sign up will be on a first come, first served basis. Register online at: https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses

RRC students winning at 2018 Directions Conference until the end!

February 14, 2018 • Written by

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

If you attended the 2018 Directions Conference, we hope you learned a lot from the speakers and that you were able to connect with the business delegates from the industry you are interested in. Don’t forget to follow up with your new connections!

Read more on Professional Perspective as Cathy Lund, Director – Staffing Solutions at Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), one of the industry representatives who attended the Roundtable Networking Event, answers the question:

As a Human Resource Professional who recruits Indigenous students and graduates, what advice do you have for students so they stand out at career events?


Thank you to all of the attendees who completed the event survey at the end of the conference!

And congratulations to Daniele Velloso, winner of the pair of tickets to see the Winnipeg Jets, and to Chelsea Tetrault, winner of the pair of tickets to Celebrations Dinner Theatre! Both prizes were generously donated by Canad Inns Polo Park.

Daniele Velloso, winner of Winnipeg Jets tickets.

Chelsea Tetrault, winner of Celebrations tickets.

 


Student Employment Services offers a wide range of employment services, including assistance with networking, job search, cover letters, resumes and interviews, and hosting employer on-campus events. For additional information, contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca or 204.632.2463.

Professional Perspective: Stand out at career events

February 13, 2018 • Written by
Welcome back to Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

If you attended the 2018 Directions Conference on February 8, 2018, we are sure you met a lot of wonderful industry professionals. Read on to refresh your mind on what to do to make the most out of future career events. Make sure you don’t let those leads turn cold!


Today we have Cathy Lund, Director – Staffing Solutions at Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. (CAHRD) to share networking tips from the other side of the table! Cathy’s professional perspective comes from an amazing career in human resource and leadership roles.

Cathy participated in the 2018 Directions Conference as one of the 70 business delegates during the Roundtable Networking Event. You can expect to see more of her at RRC’s Employer on-Campus events!

Today’s question:

As a Human Resource Professional who recruits Indigenous students and graduates, what advice do you have for students so they stand out at career events?

Cathy’s Professional Perspective

Our Staffing Solutions team at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development attends career events of all kinds in Winnipeg to recruit Indigenous students and graduates. We get involved, firstly, to consider CAHRD as a career option at graduation and also to promote to Indigenous students the great career supports offered by CAHRD professionals who work with people one-on-one!

At any career event, we can meet up to 100 people a day. Here are a few tips from us – the people on the other side of the table – on how to make a great impression!

  1. Know about us. Do your research before you meet me or my organization! LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and other websites are great places to learn about the people you are planning to introduce yourself to. If you really want to impress me, know our vision and familiarize yourself with our product or service. I have witnessed employers making a decision to hire from the first impression at a career event.
  2. Show interest. Meeting a student at more than one event and learning that they deliberately came to meet me AGAIN is impressive.
  3. Ask questions. We can always tell when someone is genuinely curious about the agency and career options by the questions they ask. We hear “Are you hiring?” hundreds of times during one day. Be curious and original.
  4. Be memorable. Dress the part and use it to your advantage when reconnecting with us. “I was the person in the green dress…” or “…with the green tie…” – you see what I mean?
  5. Relax. We are all there for the same reason – to get to know each other and create opportunities. I am looking for YOU.
  6. Follow up. Send us a personalized message on LinkedIn within a few days.

Networking is an opportunity for you to tell people who you are, what is unique about you and why you are passionate about their industry. Networking happens everywhere – at events, with your co-workers, fellow students, social media, parties and on the bus. Every person is another opportunity to learn more about them and tell your story!


The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) offers employment services, support services, and education & training opportunities, including staffing solutions that assist Indigenous students and graduates find meaningful employment in their occupation of choice.

For more information, visit cahrd.org.

Connect with Cathy on LinkedIn and benefit from her wealth of knowledge and industry insight!


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

RBC Campus Recruitment presents: Time4U Sessions

February 1, 2018 • Written by

Student Employment Services Employer On-CampusTime4U sessions

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, February 14, 2018, Room P208 – Exchange District Campus.

Registration is required and sign up will be on a first come, first served basis.

Register online at: https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses

*Click on the RBC Time4U Sessions link located in the announcements section

If you have difficulty registering, have accessibility questions or accommodation requests, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or jobcentre@rrc.ca.

 

Employer On-Campus: Career options at RBC (summer and full-time)

February 1, 2018 • Written by

Student Employment Services Employer On-Campus

RBC invites all Business students interested in a career in banking to an information session to learn about:

  • Creating a cover letter and resume that stands out
  • Tips that will help you ace the job interview
  • Career options at RBC (summer and full time positions)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
P107 – CGA Manitoba Room, EDC
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Register online at: https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses 

If you have difficulty registering, have accessibility questions or accommodation requests, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or jobcentre@rrc.ca.

Here’s another Directions Conference 2018 early bird prize winner!

January 31, 2018 • Written by

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

Check out the Professional Perspective posts below for tips on how to make the most out of networking events like the Directions Conference:

Part 1 – How to prepare for networking events
Part 2 – What to do at networking events
Part 3 – Following up with your networking event connections

Congratulations to Early Bird, Courtney McGraw, winner of the $150 Polo Park gift card!

We are not done giving away prizes! Tune in next week for the announcement of the winner of the $50 Tavern gift card plus 2 tickets to see a Moose game or a Celebrations Dinner Theatre show prize package.

To register for the event, click here: 2018 Directions Conference
Deadline for registration: February 2, 2018


Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


Student Employment Services offers a wide range of employment services, including assistance with networking, job search, cover letters, resumes and interviews, and hosting employer on-campus events. For additional information, contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca or 204.632.2463.

 

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 3

January 31, 2018 • Written by
Welcome to Part 3 of the Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. 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.

If you missed parts one and two of Zain’s posts, you can read them here:

Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1
Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 2

Read on for part three of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do after connecting with industry professionals at networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

Industry professionals meet hundreds of people on a regular basis so help them remember you by following up with them after connecting at a networking event. Timing is everything – you might only have 24 to 48 hours to build a concrete relationship out of a meet & greet interaction.

Keep these pointers in mind when reaching out to your newly formed connections:

  • Review your notes. Refer to the notes that you took when preparing to follow up with the industry experts. Research the terminologies, the company and industry trends further if you have to. Find out ways how you can provide value, and determine when you are going to be available to get involved.
  • Touch base using the contact information they provided. Whether it is an email or a quick phone call, express your appreciation of their time and the value you got out of the conversation. Offer your time and skills towards something you could assist with based on what you found out through your research.
  • Connect with them on social media. Invest time and effort in developing and beefing up your social media accounts with a specific career boosting purpose in mind. You can use LinkedIn to connect with your contacts, learn more about what they are interested in, and form meaningful connections off of their connections. Keep in mind, this is not just about having the most connections. LinkedIn can be your platform for demonstrating your knowledge and drive, which can attract the attention of the industry you want to be a part of.

It may take time to hear back from your new connections – allow them the time. If you want to follow up on your initial follow up, be strategic. Cite upcoming events, projects, or opportunities that might be related to their company or the industry. We want to amaze these industry professionals, not annoy them.

Some of your connections may not pan out, and that is okay. Don’t feel that the time and effort was wasted on the connections that do not lead to opportunities. As the saying goes, “a broken clock is right twice a day.” Maybe something will come of it later on.

Keep practicing and network away! Good luck!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Why register for the 2018 Directions Conference?

January 24, 2018 • Written by

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

Chatting with the business delegates at the 2018 Directions Conference will provide Red River College students insight to their career journey, important skills that students need to meet career objectives, and opportunities that exist within a field or industry. Check out the video below to hear from the industry experts and students who took part in the previous conference.

And congratulations to Early Bird, Kingsley Franklin, winner of the $50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets!

The winner of the $150 Polo Park gift card will be announced next week. In the meantime, register by Friday, January 26th to qualify for the $50 Tavern gift card plus 2 tickets to see a Moose game or a Celebrations Dinner Theatre show prize package.

To register for the event, click here: 2018 Directions Conference
Deadline for registration: February 2, 2018

You can apply for a bursary for the fees to the Directions Conference. Fill out this Applications for Awards form and Directions Application form, and take them to Student Services by January 26, 2018. For more information, visit DirectionsConference.ca.


Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


Student Employment Services offers a wide range of employment services, including assistance with networking, job search, cover letters, resumes and interviews, and hosting employer on-campus events. For additional information, contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca or 204.632.2463.

 

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 2

January 19, 2018 • Written by
Welcome to Part 2 of the Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. 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.

Last week, Zain talked about how to prepare for networking events. If you missed it, you can read it here:

Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1

Read on for part two of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do during networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

Let’s pretend that today is the day. It is time to attend the event. Got the chills? What do you do? Where do you sit? What do you say? I know exactly how you feel! I, too, was a student and I went through the same thoughts and experience. Let’s talk about what will help you ace the networking event.

You have done the prep work, you have done your homework. You are halfway there. Now all you have to do is use the tools you have prepared to make meaningful connections at the event. Consider these pointers:

  • Walk in like you are ready to win the day. Have a welcoming posture and show that you are happy to be there. Avoid crossing your arms whether during a conversation with anyone in the room or while in between conversations. You want to come off as a friendly person who will fit well with any team, rather than shy, grumpy or even rude. Understanding that this might be one of your first networking experiences, it could take a few moments to warm up for the event. Start talking to people. Strike a conversation with your colleagues, the registration staff, and the event ambassadors so when it is time to talk to the industry representatives, you can be sure that your mind, tongue and ears are in sync!
  • Prioritize your connections. Networking events are golden opportunities that can help boost your career. However, there might be hundreds of industry experts present at the event, and you with limited time to talk to all of them. Value your time and approach first the individuals who have a direct link to the career path you are exploring.
  • Introduce yourself. Start with a smile and use that elevator pitch you have been practicing. Introduce yourself to a friend, if needed, to get more comfortable with your pitch. Keep it short and smooth, and be ready to respond to follow up questions that they might have. You can also introduce someone you just met to others. It is a great way to keep the conversation moving from one person to another, and it also can help you better remember the people you meet.
  • Show interest. Once the introductions are out of the way, find opportunities during the conversation to ask the questions you have prepared. Show respect by taking turns with others who might be present in the conversation. And most importantly, listen as they respond. Take notes is a good idea, but do so without being distracted by your writing.
  • Seal the deal. Grab their business cards, jot their email address down, connect with them on LinkedIn – these are your tools to keep in touch with the industry experts you meet. Don’t let your leads go cold and continue building and nurturing your professional relationship with them.

As an industry professional, I can tell apart students who are prepared from those who are not. Hopefully, these pointers help you feel more comfortable at any networking event.

And last but definitely not the least, don’t forget your instructors are highly qualified industry experts. Heed their advice – I can relate my career experiences to all of my instructors’ teachings.

On that note, I will leave you with this quote that I was taught: You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Stay tuned for the next post on what to do after the networking event!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1

January 11, 2018 • Written by
Welcome to a Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. 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.

Read on for part one of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do to prepare for networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

I was honoured and privileged to be an industry representative at the Directions Conference last year – where students would meet industry professionals from all walks of the business and service world, including my area of expertise in human resources.

It was a great event! I enjoyed giving tips on how to ace an interview, and some students left a remarkable first impression in asking questions about the industry AND how to be successful in one. All the potential that filled the room showed how well instructors trained Red River College students for the real world.

Connecting with the students at the Directions Conference is an experience I will not forget, and I look forward to participating in this event again this year. Networking events, as I mentioned in the blog post Professional Perspective: What you know vs. who you know, has its benefits in the long run. For this reason, I highly recommend the Directions Conference to anyone who is exploring different careers, as well as those who may already be well connected in their chosen career paths.

And to assist you in making the most out of networking events, today I am covering a few things to help you prepare for this learning experience. As a Human Resource professional, I have experience in a variety of sectors and industries, and I would recommend the following practices to impress career leaders at networking events:

Network with a purpose

Ask yourself, why are you attending this event? What do you hope to achieve from it? Is it to meet a specific future employer or just to get to know people? Whatever it is, you need to identify your purpose as it will help you shape your mindset about the event.

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Research the career leaders and organizations attending the event. You do not need to remember the whole guest list, but identify the key attendees with whom you should build professional relationships with. You might not have enough time to meet everyone, so plan your day accordingly.

Prepare your questions

Industry professionals appreciate the opportunity to share their expertise with those who ask great questions. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, right? With the information about the career leaders and the companies you obtained from your research, you may ask questions to further understand their role, the company’s goals, what a typical day looks like, and why they picked the careers they are in.

When you ask these questions, I am about 110% positive that the industry professionals will ask you questions in return. They would want to know about you too, so be prepared for their questions as well. Here’s how you ace that interaction:

  • Create an elevator pitch. This is roughly 20 to 30 seconds long self introduction, which could include the program you are taking, the reason you picked that program, and your goals and aspirations. This will give each industry expert an idea whether you are on the right track and what form of guidance you might need moving forward.
  • Take notes. You might be meeting with a variety of professionals, so your notes will help you keep track of who said what during the event. You can then use this information when you are following up with them, or maybe interviewing for a position with their company. You could be sitting with your future employer!
  • Have a business card ready. This will help you stand out and make a lasting impression – in addition to being prepared because you read this post!

Show up

Networking events may or may not come with employment opportunities. But for the sake of making a good impression, picture you could land your dream job at the event. How do you want the industry professionals to perceive you?

Personal hygiene and being well groomed is always complimented. Easy going colours are mostly preferred, light/dark blue, grey, black, white – not shocking pink, neon green, or rainbow coloured pants. Try to match the aura of the workplace to blend in with the rest of the work team.

Arrive early and stay calm – networking events may get you all nervous. You don’t want to ruin your chances with a potential employer, but hey, the industry professionals recognize that you are a student and want to learn, so try to relax. Enjoy the day. Do not rush. Do not be pushy. Slow and steady wins the race!

I believe these are a few best practices for getting ready for a networking event. Once you have all of these down to a tee, networking will be a walk in the park for you.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to behave at a networking event!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

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