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National Volunteer Week (April 18 – 24, 2021)

By Murray Gross. As a job seeker, during the COVID -19 pandemic, looking for work can be overwhelming.  Consequently, you may feel that volunteering while job searching is not a viable option. You may feel that your time is better spent actually looking for work…. tailoring your resume and cover letter, conducting informational interviews over […]

Guide to Effective Cover Letters

By Wendy Coleman. In the article “5 Secrets to Making Your Cover Letter Stand Out” recently published on www.themuse.com, author Megan Broussard provides “five guidelines for writing a cover letter … … … to catch the employer’s eye.” She notes there are several ways “cover letters can stand out in a bad way” and identifies the […]

The Lasting Impact of the YWCA Services

By Haley Ramphal, Employment & Learning Centre. Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day and the YWCA received an incredibly generous donation from Bonnie Gitzel and her family. Upon reading Bonnie’s story, it was clear just how much of an impact the programs and services offered here at the YWCA Saskatoon leave on those who […]

What Is Work Culture?

By Robert Francos. When deciding where to apply for jobs, most people look for an atmosphere that affirms their goals and values through a healthy work culture. Every workplace has a unique culture that forms over time through the interactions of the people who work there. Work culture can influence individuals and vice versa, so […]

A Little Something to Lift Your Spirits

By Wendy Coleman. Completing a thorough job search is hard work!  It takes time and requires exploratory and research skills to learn about companies and find relevant job postings, communication and interpersonal skills to connect with networks and employers, and intellectual energy to target your job search documents to apply for the role you want.  […]

Showcase Your Top Transferable Job Skills

By Wendy Coleman A recent article from Indeed.com suggests “there are many qualities universally desired by employers regardless of their field”. The qualities are transferable skills. Development of these “skills is important as they can transfer from one industry to another”.  These “apply to any industry or experience level to help you know what to […]

Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt): Part 2

Temporary, Freelance, and Contract Work Will Be on the Rise   By Robert Francos “During an uncertain economy, firms often rely more on temporary or project professionals,” de la Cruz says. “They may feel cautious about hiring, but at the same time they don’t want to be understaffed and have work that must get done.” That […]

Getting Comfortable Online During Lockdown

By Haley Ramphal, Employment & Learning Centre. Technology, though it has been around for several decades, has become a vital aspect of daily life due to the conditions brought on by the pandemic. This has resulted in even the most hesitant individuals learning and adapting to virtual platforms during these unprecedented times. Working from home, […]

Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt)

By Robert Francos This last year was…extremely unordinary. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the way we work and what our job searches look like. And while we’re starting to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, there are still a lot of variables that could affect the economy. So it […]

Developing Your Own Superpower

By Wendy Coleman An article in the Careering Magazine (by CERIC) speaks about the power of mindfulness for post-secondary students. The article identified personal factors currently experienced by students and offered suggestions to help.  Experience supporting job seekers in Saskatchewan afforded a broader view of how those factors and approaches, like mindfulness to build personal […]