Photography by Nelson Simoneau
Whether you are a recent grad, unemployed or are looking to switch careers, hunting for a new job can be daunting. Ease your career-related stress with these expert tips on landing the job of your dreams.
Career advice: How to turn your internship into a job
Maeghan Smulders made headlines when she embarked on a speed-interning adventure after graduating from Mount Royal University. The 25-year-old Calgary native spent 112 days at 10 different companies, where she tried everything from PR to fashion to advertising, and received a whopping 18 job offers. Here are Smulders’ top tips on turning an internship into a career.
1. Speak up
“Managers respect interns who contribute to solving problems and are serious about their work. The intern who sits at the table is more likely to get a job over the one who sits in the back row.”
2. Step out of your comfort zone
“Commit yourself to constant improvement, and don’t be afraid to try new things.”
3. Make friends
“Connections are so important. Make an effort to build relationships and maintain them as you grow in your career.”
Career advice: How to ace the interview
When faced with the common "Do you have any questions for me?" inquiry during an interview by a potential employer, always have a simple question prepared.
Career advice: How to make an impression
When an unnamed college student applied for a job on Wall Street, his frank cover letter went viral. “The truth is, I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a nearperfect GPA and will work hard for you,” he wrote. “I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry and will work for next to nothing. I just want to be around professionals in the industry.” According to Forbes, the student received an interview at nearly every bank on Wall Street—turns out honesty actually is the best policy.
Find out what to wear to your job interview on the next page…
For a corporate job: Twill blazer, J.Crew ($198, jcrew.com); faux-leather pumps, Call It Spring ($45, callitspring.com); crepe skirt, Moschino Cheap & Chic ($395, at Net-a-Porter.com)
For a creative job: “Drift” plated-brass necklace, Lulu Frost ($430, lulufrost.com); “Pailinie” silk dress, By Malene Birger ($530, bymalenebirger.com); faux-suede pumps, RW&CO ($80, rw-co.com)
Career advice: How to look the part
Not sure what to wear for that big interview? No problem. We asked Toronto-based stylist Sansyrae St. Martin to create two can’t-miss outfits that will be sure to impress prospective employers. “For corporate interviews, a full suit is no longer necessary, but you can’t go wrong with a classic blazer. Pair it with a pencil skirt, a crisp blouse and classic pumps,” says St. Martin. For a job in the creative field, there’s more room for experimentation. “It’s important to show your taste level and personality. Opt for a pop of colour—and don’t be afraid to experiment with accessories.”
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