Although it’s usually not expected or required for applicants to include a reference list in an application, including short references on the resumé can add value to your work and volunteer experiences.
It is easy to think “I want to be graphic designer” or “I want to be a lawyer” without considering whether or not you’d like to sit staring at a computer all day or whether you can handle a consistently stressful work environment.
As an arts student, I’ve learned many valuable thinking, analytical and writings skills that will be important for any career path I choose. I also know that putting my knowledge of romantic poetry on my resumé probably won’t impress a potential employer.
Building a career in journalism doesn’t happen overnight. April Robinson, a young reporter at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, offers up some of her own experiences and advice for aspiring young journalists.
Choosing a career direction may be one of the most important decisions you make while in university. Take advantage of the staff and resources your school’s career centre offers, after all, you do want your career to last longer than your latest cell phone purchase, right?
Although some employers may not take the time to read cover letters – “a lot say they don’t read them at all” – recent grads should always include a cover letter, unless otherwise specified, says Stacey Campbell, a career consultant at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Once you start working or volunteering, maintain a list of all of your achievements in a notebook or Word document. Include as many details as possible in your notes, including the date and answers to questions like How much? or How many?