| summer 2011 | careers. education. ideas. all of it.
What happens if you dont find
a job for months and months
after youve graduated? Is
it your resume? Is it your
interviewing skills? Is it your
lack of experience? Do you
need to go back to school
to take a more practical
program? It certainly doesnt
help that the longer you are
unemployed, the harder it
becomes to get employed.
We tell you how to manage
yourself during this time, and
where to go for help.
Triumphs and TragediesA day in the life of a police officer
evoluTion of The Claims adjusTerSpot the fraud, save everyone money&
BUSINESS DEGREES IN:
Accounting e-Business Marketing Fashion Management Human Resources Management International Business Tourism Management
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3 Canon 7 College Pro 11 The Home Depot 11 GP Car and Home 15 Match Marketing Group 15 The Iron Ore Company 15 Investors Group 24 Ottawa Police Service 24 The Dominion 27 RBC Insurance
stuff to buy
yay! more school
Hey. Did you know that these companies have lots of entry level positions? Visit their websites to see a full list of positions available.
IFC Humber, The Business School (Undergrad) 9 Centennial College 27 Humber, School of Social and Community Services 27 Hult International Business School 29 Seneca College 29 Toronto Institute of Pharmaceuticals 30 Humber, School of Media Studies and Information Technology 30 Queens University 31 Brock University 31 Canadas Automotive School of Business, Georgian College 31 Centennial College 31 Conestoga College 31 Fanshawe College 31 Ithaca College 31 Queens University 31 Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry 31 Sheridan College 31 Trent University OBC Algonquin College
6 Insurance Institute of Canada 21 Insurance Institute of Canada
5 Rogers Wireless IBC Excel
Global youth unemployment has hovered at historic highs since the economic collapse of 2008,
and jobless rates among 20-somethings are stuck firm at twice those of older demographics.
That's some dark stuff, especially when you consider the disturbing and very real links
between depression and joblessness. Heres how to get off the couch, and stay positive.
8interviewsmarts Erin Marsden from Enterprise
Rent-a-Car helps us out with a
real tough interview question.
10careercupid Tips for avoiding a square peg,
12softskills Perception is reality, and those awkward first
few days at work can have your
co-workers thinking youre a
weirdo (When really you are the
coolest cat ever!).
14startup Mike Wahl, co-owner of Definitions Wellness
Safety Services, talks about health,
oil rigs, and old Scottish sayings.
4Success Story James Carney of Investors Group assures us that
a rocky start does not have to de-
fine your future success. Brought
to you by Rogers Wireless.
6From our blogs Your eat, sleep, survive guide
30Edu-ma-cation Go Planet! Degrees in Sustain-
abilty pick up where the Captain
and team left off.
32JobLife The Art and Science of Taking a Vacation.
22Triumphs and Tragedies A day in the life of a police officer
in one of Canadas busiest and
largest police forces.
25The Rule of Law Crown counsels are our front-line de-
fence against criminal and civil
threats to our society. Inside this
underappreciated, but highly im-
28Evolution of The Claims Adjuster The ongoing learning and specialized detec-
tive work of an insurance claims
get the job
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noteNot everyone starts a career the day after graduation. In fact, it usually takes a several months for the majority of new grads to find jobs several, long, frustrating, suck-filled months. Unless, of course, you are one of the lucky few who studied something that is in high demand; one of those pro-grams that literally guarantees you a career. (Arts grads, this editor's note is mandatory reading. (Also, congratulations on making it into your career centre. Better late than never.))
The real kick-in-the-teeth about being unemployed after graduation is the fact that since, well, ever, weve been told that having a degree is the proverbial key to the lock on our dream career. As Dana Bryce tells us in this months feature story, That sucks. Nothing stings worse than the feeling youve been lied to your whole life. But wait: it gets worse. The longer you are unemployed, the more unemployable you become. As the weeks and months slowly stack up, it will become increasingly difficult to re-write your cover let-ter, attach your resume, and compose a passionate email. Wait till month ten when a very special type of existential de-spair moves in, and you begin re-examining your life and the choices you made, like how you almost took Math but opted instead to read poetry for four years. Plus, many of the job search strategies that are advertised as the sure-way to em-ployment heaven dont easily apply. How can you network at industry events when you arent actually working in the industry? And if you do get into a networking event, what do you say when someone asks Where do you work?
Our feature story answers many of those questions, and will hopefully provide you with some markers for navigating
through any long-term period of unemployment. One of the most helpful points it makes is the importance of keeping your friends and family close to your chest, something that cannot be stressed enough. Its also important to be a good friend, especially if you are the one that lands the job first.
This can be difficult. Youll be starting a new job, which means a new schedule and new friends. Your unemployed friends may be working different hours than you, say evenings and weekends, or perhaps not working at all. Your new, shiny life will want to drag you away from your rusted, old school life, and this can put a strain on friendships. Your friend wont be able to go out as frequently as you; they wont be able to af-ford those dinners and drinks and movies and weekend trips to NYC. You will have to work harder to make time for them. You will have to be sensitive of the fact that you have a great job and they do not. Youre going to have to curb vocalizing your new job enthusiasm too, uh, enthusiastically. This is so awesome! I got this wicked assignment today that, if it goes over well, could have me promoted within a year! Tell it to your mom, not your unemployed friend. Even if your friend isnt the type to be hurt by this, do it out of respect. However, be sure to share inside information if they are trying to get into the same industry as you, and, if you can help them get a foot in the door, do it. Why wouldnt you? Help them with their re-sume and cover letter, go with them to career fairs, send them job postings basically, be a good a friend.
As always, best of luck, and stay positive.
P.S. Ross, Glen and Thom: thanks.
our favourite quote this month:
"Asked to picture themselves at work, working, almost everyone hesitates. And if you don't know either, well, it's time to get out there and find out."
From Packing Up the Pity Party, (page 16)
publisher Nathan Laurie
associate publisher Mark Laurie
editor Jason Rhyno
graphic designer Sonya van Heyningen
web editor Simone Castello
contributors Christine Fader, Ross
Harrhy, Erin Marsden, Emily
Minthorn, Allison Mitchell,
Kevin Nelson, Jeff Sebanc
editorial intern Andrew Williams
national account managers Sarah-Lyn Amaral,
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