The DSB Job Search Challenge – a student’s perspective!

April 7, 2014

CPD asked two of its current work study students to share their experiences with last year’s DSB Job Search Challenge.

Joseph: I decided to participate in the job search challenge because I wanted to kick start my professional career by doing something other than serving tables or picking flowers for the summer. My resume was in drastic need of an overhaul but I didn’t really realize that until I attended my first resume writing workshop at CPD. For instance, I was including information from high school and ending my resume with “references available upon request”, both of which are a resume faux-pas. I quickly found out that a professional business resume is certainly not what they teach you in high school! Beyond improving my resume, I was also able to practice the art of cover letter writing (and believe me, it is definitely an art form) and gain a better understanding of the interview process. Participating in the job search challenge introduced me to the variety of services CPD offers, while also helping me make new friends and professional connections. After interacting with CPD over the course of the job search challenge I felt confident in my ability to present my strengths both on paper and in person.

Joe - DSB Challenge2Joseph Heim is a 4th year Commerce student currently working as Project Assistant at CPD in Burlington. He is majoring in Supply Chain and International Business, minoring in Japanese, and recently got back from a four month exchange in Nagoya, Japan.


Samantha: I joined the job search challenge as a fun way to stay motivated during the job search process (which, let’s face it, I was going to do anyways)! I was introduced to workshops I didn’t know CPD offered (such as the self-assessment workshop) and I even made a new friend. Who knew Joe and I would end up working as Project Assistants for the department together! Among other things, I learned how to write a concise, position-specific cover letter, and how to analyze a job posting to determine the skills they are looking for in a candidate. I attended networking events and career fairs to learn about career paths and opportunities. As a result, I gained a lot of self-confidence and began to feel more comfortable speaking with others in networking situations. In the end, not only did I get a summer job at Air Canada, I also completed a few challenges and earned a stack of personalized DeGroote business cards and padfolio too!

Sam - DSB Challenge 2Samantha is a Commerce, Level IV student focusing in marketing and looking to work internationally. She’s a captain on the McMaster Dragon Boat team and loves to exercise, travel and eat good food!


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