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Cover letter writing tips for students and recent graduates

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What is a cover letter?


A cover letter is an introduction that accompanies your Resume. This is the first part of the application that an employer will read. It gives you a chance to introduce yourself, express your interest in the job, and explain why you're the best candidate for the position. Typically a cover letter is no longer than one page long.


Do I need a cover letter?


Yes, most of the time you'll need to write a cover letter for each job application. Only some Employers such as BC Public Service might not require a cover letter and in that case, they would always mention that in the job description. For most jobs, it is always good to write one just in case. Doing so will give you the chance to practice and perfect your writing style, as well as demonstrate to the employer that you’re proactive and professional.


How do I write a cover letter?


Contact details


Start at the top of the page with your first and last name, address, phone number, and email address. It's also common (usually for more experienced students, near the end of their degree) to include a LinkedIn address, if you have one - just make sure it’s up to date if you do choose to include it.

Seth Rogen

1 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC

Seth.Rogen@gmail.com

www.linkedin.com/in/sethrogen1111

How should you start a cover letter?


When writing your cover letter for a Student Job Search application, it's likely that you won't know the details of the employer. Instead, you can write "Dear Hiring Manager" or "To whom it may concern". As per research, these were the two most preferred greetings when the contact person is unknown.

If you do know the details of the Hiring Manager you’re writing to, it’s best to use their full name and job title.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Or

Dear Michael Cera,

First paragraph


The first paragraph should address why you’re writing (to apply for the job), and immediately offer a few of your core strengths or skills that are relevant to the job.
I'm writing to apply for the [Job title] position, as advertised on [where you found the job]. As a [1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc., your field of study/degree] student, I would bring my knowledge of [example skill one], [example skill two] and [example skill three] to this role.


Second paragraph


The second paragraph should be all about what you bring to the table. It is best to highlight key strengths from your resume, but don't just copy and paste it. Remember, a cover letter is less about stating your experience, and more about expressing who you are as an individual and why you’re the right candidate for this job.


Tip: You can use bullet points to draw the recruiter’s eye to your achievements.


I'm currently studying [Field of study] at [ABC University/College]. I am particularly interested in this role because of my experience [state relevant experience or achievements], which is a skill I would love to develop further. I hold a [Any certifications/licenses you have] and can be flexible with my schedule.
My other skills include:
1. Example: [ proficient in MS Office]
2. [Other relevant skill:2]
3. [Other relevant: 3]
4. [[Other relevant:4] and so on.

Depending on the job you might also want to include your availability so the employer knows that you will be available for the job

Third paragraph

The third paragraph should summarise what you would bring to the position and also suggest the next steps to be in contact.
With my background in [example of education/experience], as well as my interest in [relevant interests], - I believe I would be an asset to the team at [company name].

I have included my resume for your review. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you need any additional information. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


How should I finish my cover letter?


Finish your letter formally with a [Sincerely, Warm Regards, etc.]".

[Sincerely],

Seth Rogen

 

Follow these steps to become a Project Coordinator in Canada

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What does an Operations Coordinator do?


An Operations Coordinator deals with processes and strategies of different departments of a company that helps to make sure the day-to-day operations of the business run smoothly. Their job duties include organizing strategies to deal with contracts, inventory, personnel as well as the budget of the financial year. They need to deal with people as well as departments on a regular basis to keep the daily operations running without any issues.

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What are the types of skills needed to be a successful Project Coordinator?

The most important skills required to be a Project Coordinator are:


-Time Management
-Communication
-Good understanding of day-to-day operations of the company
-Six Sigma
-Accounting

What can help individuals to be successful Operations Coordinators?


-Certifications


Getting certifications would not only be helpful for professionals to learn important skills but also be helpful in getting better job opportunities. The one certification which would really make you stand out is the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Certification. 

Becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®: The CAPM Certification is offered by Project Management Institute(PMI) and is recognized worldwide. There are two prerequisites to be eligible to apply:

1. Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) and

2. 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam.

For more information about getting a CAPM visit https://www.pmi.org/certifications/certified-associate-capm

The following certifications could also be very helpful to make you stand out to employers:


1. Operations Management Certification by Wharton Online (Coursera)
2. Management Development Program (Wharton University of Pennsylvania)
3. Operations Management by IIMB (edX)
4. Operations Management Courses (edX)

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-Concept Campus Team

This might be the secret to go from no one in your company, to the leader everyone admires

 

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Being able to make a good impression at work is vital for the professional success of an individual. Not everyone is able to stand out at their jobs and it may result in a lack of motivation which can eventually result in a lack of performance. However, there are certain skills that can be helpful for any employee to get the promotion they aspire to get, following are the skills

 

1) Being fully attentive


The level of attention you give to your colleague or your team members says a lot about you. People have a habit of multitasking while talking to other people or during meetings, which is not a good sign. Research has shown that barely anyone can multitask and paying attention to something else while someone is talking indicates that they are not important enough to grab your full attention. Making this small change by being attentive can prove to be very helpful.

2) Keeping your commitments


Throughout your career, you will get many opportunities to make commitments but this is also an opportunity to make a good impression. Always make sure you think twice before making any commitments, as once you do, it would be very important that you fulfill them. Making excuses for missing deadlines once you have agreed to them might work in the short term but it would not be beneficial in the long term.

3) Developing deep relationships


It is highly unlikely that people will spend their entire professional career at one company. However, for whatever period they spend at an organization, their colleagues are the people that would be around them for most of the day. They would work on different projects together, to achieve the same goals and may help each other out whenever needed. A healthy working relationship with colleagues is needed to have good morale within the team. It would always help if the relationship developed is deep and not strictly related to the professional barter system that generally gets developed within teams. Going above and beyond to look out for team members and developing good relationships could help you in your career. Especially when you are promoted in the future, your team members would like to be led by you as they would know that you have their best interests in mind.

4) Focus on being a team player rather than being a star performer


Employees that focus on working towards the goals of the team tend to get more success as compared to employees that want to leave others behind. Miracles occur when a number of people try to achieve a particular goal, and hence, it is important to replace the ‘I'm with ‘we’ in the workplace.

5) Make mistakes but don’t repeat them


Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they are new. It is important to understand that mistakes are inevitable but it is possible to learn from the mistakes. Making the same mistakes over and over is not a good sign, and so, noting down the mistakes and trying not to repeat them is the key. And yes, make continuous learning your daily routine.


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-Concept Campus Team

 

Need a job at Amazon, here are some tips from the CEO of Amazon that can help you.

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The all things store as we know it - is always hiring, and as it becomes the great giant of all times, it needs more and more people to run its businesses/operations.


Considering the number of jobs posted by Amazon and its subsidiaries, it’s undeniable for us at Concept Campus to overlook the interview expectations.

This blog has some tips from the boss of bosses, Andy Jassy - CEO of Amazon. He gives insights on what kind of qualities their recruiters are looking for in an applicant. If you are looking for a job, Amazon is going to hire more than 55,000 tech employees and 125,000 fulfillment center employees in the near future.

With Amazon claiming to be ‘the most customer-centric company on the planet’, the question has to be asked, what qualities are needed to get a job at Amazon?

Here are some tips from Andy Jassy himself, they may sound simple, but don’t overlook them:

1) Be yourself at any level of Amazon interview.


This sounds like obvious advice but it is one of the great aspects of any interview. Candidates like to present a version of themselves that is not always accurate in an interview, and when they get hired, they struggle to maintain that version. Faking some qualities to get the job might help the candidate in the short run but it has many negative impacts in the long term on both the employee and the company. Just be honest, and stick to righteousness.

2) Attempt to answer all the questions.


Another obvious tip is to attempt every question asked. Sometimes you might not have the right answer, but it’s a skill, and the way you handle, makes the impression. Also don’t focus too much on your past accomplishments but use them to relate to the role you are being offered. Additionally, try to answer from a perspective of what the recruiter is expecting.

3) Be customer-centric. (Customer is not only king but God at Amazon)


For a business that emphasizes so much on customers, candidates should engrave this in their minds. Being creative and providing services that can improve the customer experience is not only required but expected, proposed, and lived in Amazon’s culture. Amazon always appreciates innovative ideas, even when they do not make sense at first. Skills like humility, being open to learn and innovate would prove to be very helpful as well.

4) Capitalize on Open-ended questions. (Why Amazon?)


Open-ended questions are open ideas that lead to out-of-the-box thinking. A typical Yes/No is a decision-making question where else making a case and pointing its benefits, forces you to think in the future and engages ideas that showcase your knowledge and intelligence.

5) Be missionary rather than being mercenary. (9-5 job at Amazon- or- Career at Amazon?)


While Amazon is one of the largest organizations, its primary focus is not on making money, it believes in providing the best value for money. Hence, people who are focused on working towards a mission, growth, and doing good are appreciated. Candidates that want to get something at the expense of ethics would never make it at Amazon.

In a nutshell. focus on service, have a serving attitude, and willingness to learn and grow along the same line.

Interviewing at SAP/Salesforce/Oracle? ….read this first!

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(Actual questions asked at SAP. (With Michael's answers that got him hired).

 

[Use Case for Business development/Customer success/sales and mid-management roles]

 

Imagine a candidate walking out after his interview and sharing with you actual questions, would that be helpful? Well, let me, even more, sweeten the deal, how about he got hired and shared his answers as well?

Well, here are some real questions and answers submitted by real candidates who cleared interviews at big corporations mentioned above. This is a post in a series of posts to follow, so gear up and get ready ... maybe not, just chill and read through.
Bear in mind, these are not questions from any random internet website, nor are they from a random recruiter who thinks these are possible questions at such organizations. These are actual questions that are asked at SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, and other big boys tech giants.

Questionnaire:

Question 1

How would you summarize [Company] in two sentences? We are not looking for what [Company] stands for, or simply what we sell. Try to define [Company] as a brand/ story. What does [Company] do?


Sample Answer: [Company] is a solutions company helping businesses of all sizes attain their objectives by means of software products & services. Simply, [Company] is your business efficiency partner.

Question 2


In the world of B2B (software) sales, what is your understanding of a typical customer buying cycle?


Sample Answer: My understanding of a purchase cycle is the different stages a customer goes through until he makes a final decision. While different software solutions can have different cycles, here's what it might generally look like:


• Identifying and defining a problem,
• Considering potential solutions,
• Communication with internal team for a shortlisted solution,
• Making a purchase(One time or ongoing renewal).

Question 3

What excites you most about potentially working with [Company]? What does the ideal career path look like for you in the next 3 years?


Sample Answer: To be among the smartest people working for an organization that has a long history full of success stories. What excites me even more, is to be a part of an organization whose customers produce 8% of the world’s pet food,16% of the world’s athletic footwear, and 4% of the world's ice cream. Bottom-line: [Company] runs a good portion of the world economy and that excites me.
My goal would be to grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d enjoy assuming more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.

Question 4

With your current accomplishments and work experience, what are the top three transferable skills that you would bring to [Company]?


Sample Answer: The top three skills would be:
1) Communication skills. (Previous experience with American Express - Written, verbal, In-person, and over the phone)
2) Sales. (Selling various financial products and Consulting small businesses to optimize marketing).
3) Teamwork. (To learn from the best, ask for feedback and accomplishing shared companywide objectives)

Question 5

You are the owner of an audio-visual store and you receive a complaint email from an unhappy customer. How would you respond? Please write a response to the following email that you would send as a reply to the customer.

Sample Answer:


Dear [Name],

I am so sorry to hear that your experience with the recent speaker purchase has not met your expectations.
Customer satisfaction is our top priority, and I am happy to help you out.

The speaker you purchased is under warranty and we will make sure it's fixed ASAP or we would go further and send you a replacement.

In your box there is a return label, simply follow instructions as instructed here[Link] and sent it back.

Additionally, here's a $25 coupon code [Code: ABCD25 ]to be spent in our store online, anytime on your future purchase.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions, concerns, or comments, or if we may be of assistance at any point in the future.

Best,
Michael
Owner, Beep Audio- Visual store.

 

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Which are the Universities with the best Graduate Employment Rates in Canada?

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Canada is among one of the top-ranked countries in the world in terms of education. There are many world-class universities that provide great employment opportunities post-graduation. This is crucial as the cost of graduating from these colleges has been increasing at an exponential rate. On average, the cost of graduating from a well-known Canadian University may range from $12,000 to over $35,000. The fees are even higher for international students, who pay on an average twice the fees as compared to domestic students.

Whether you are an international or domestic student, it seems logical to target Universities with top Graduate Employment rates - as it increases your chances of landing a job right after graduation.

Okay, drumroll, please...

Here are the top three Canadian universities in terms of Graduate Employment rate in Canada :


1) University of Toronto


University of Toronto currently ranks 18th in the World University Rankings (2021) and has consistently managed to improve its ranking over the years. For over a decade, UoT has managed to maintain a graduate employment rate of 80%. The university takes pride in devoting enough attention towards each student by having one staff member per 20 students. With a 59:41 student ratio of female to male, over 700 undergraduate programs, and with an alumni group of almost 650,000 students, University of Toronto can be considered as your next education destination.

2) McGill University


McGill University follows the lead of the University of Toronto, it’s also ranked as second in Canada in terms of Graduate Employment rate. The university is also well known among students for its quality education and supportive culture. On average, graduates from McGill University make more than $65,000 with some graduates making up to $118,000 right out of College.

3) University of British Columbia


UBC is a great choice for programs that require research. Several thesis-based Masters's programs as well as Ph.D. programs offered by UBC are well known all over the globe. With over $672.7 million invested in research funding for 9,941 projects, UBC has proved to be the research hub of Canada. A graduate from UBC is well poised to be hired by his/her peers from other universities and making much more than the average salary in that field. With 8 alumni winning the Nobel prize, 3 alumni serving as the Prime Minister of Canada, and over 65 Olympic medal winners, the university has a great history of contributing towards a better Canada.

In nutshell, each university has its own unique offering, whether it’s courses they offer, trusted name, or employability rates post-graduation. Pick what suits you depending on your unique needs. You might also consider approaching their admissions counselor pre-admission to learn more about their programs and support.


While these Universities focus on providing education, we at Concept Campus want to focus on employability post-graduation. We would like to invite you to check out our curated list of jobs on www.conceptcampus.ca We are confident you would benefit from it.

We have also dropped links below for each institution:

  1. University of Toronto:
    https://www.utoronto.ca/
  2. McGill University:
    https://www.mcgill.ca/
  3. University of British Columbia:
    https://www.ubc.ca/

Blog Credit: Aarshveek Mehta

 

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