If you want a remarkable career, don’t be cool

Justin Timberlake

In the December 2013 issue of GQ, Justin Timberlake had the following to say about being cool:

“Being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad… I’ve made a career out of doing things that I should not be doing. I wasn’t cool about it.”

This is somewhat of an ironic statement since Timberlake is one of the coolest people in music. He’s so cool, in fact, that he recently won a handful of American Music Awards and was nominated for seven Grammy Awards for next year’s ceremonies.

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HOW TO: Use social media to land your next gig

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More than a year ago, I wrote a post on the AIESEC SFU blog on how to leverage social media in your job search. Since writing that blog post, I’ve discovered a few more ways that students and recent grads can use tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn to find their next gig.

With the current competitive job market, students and recent grads are always looking for ways to gain an advantage. And although more and more young and higher-educated Canadians are now turning to social media to land employment, I think that most aren’t using these tools to their full potential yet.

Finding a job using social media — not just for the marketing folks!

A common misconception about social media is that it’s only for the marketing/digital arts/communication types.  Regardless of your industry, there are things you can do in social media that will give you a competitive edge.

Not convinced? Consider the following:

Also, a survey conducted by Jobvite indicates that an overwhelming majority of employers (73%) plan on using social media in some capacity to support their recruitment efforts.

Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed plans to use LinkedIn at one point. These numbers suggest that having a presence in social media can pay dividends with your job search!

Just like many tools, social media offers many possibilities when it comes to your job search.  On a high level, there are two ways you can use social media to land your next gig: (1) creating your online personal brand and (2) using the tools to find job leads.

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My YouTube debut…. sort of


I recently graduated from the Vancouver Board of Trade‘s Leaders of Tomorrow program. The mentorship program allowed me to meet many professionals from Vancouver, get mentored by the legendary Dennis Pang, and learn from awesome professional development events. I wanted to give back, so I agreed to participate in the recap video.

The video is below, and you can see, I’m clearly not made for videos. Perhaps the camera man (who was great, by the way) just didn’t capture my best angles, or perhaps I just needed more sleep, but clearly this isn’t my best. Or perhaps I’m really just not made for the video, I don’t know. Oh, well. At least I delivered my parts — most of them after several (painful) takes. Yay for not making the bloopers!

In all seriousness though, huge props to everyone who make YouTube vids and who bravely appear on camera. I didn’t find it an easy task. Bonus point for everyone who edits videos. Y’all are amazing!

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How to: Use Google Plus for your job search

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Photo: SFU Our Learning Community

Earlier today, an article I wrote for the SFU Our Learning Community was published. We didn’t really plan the timing of the article, but it’s a nice coincidence that the article was published on the same day that Google+ went public.

Google+ is still in its infancy, but in the article, I suggested three tips for job seekers:

  • Improve your online presence by completing your profile and turning on search visibility.
  • Establish your credibility by finding new content using Sparks and by sharing thoughtful insights regarding your industry.
  • Use Google+ features such as Hangouts and the +1 button to create meaningful relationships.

To view the complete article, please visit the SFU OLC website.

September Vancouver events for the un- and underemployed

Vancouver September events for job hunters - job fairs and networking events

It’s a little hard to believe that September is here. In two months, it will Halloween and  before you know it, the year is over!

Contrary to popular belief, September is actually an awesome month. Sure, it gets darker earlier and it starts to get cold, but at least things start to pick up in September! That’s a good thing if you’re looking for a gig!

So far, I’ve secured a part-time position for fall. I didn’t really envision having a part-time gig (full-time obviously would have been ideal), but I like the company and it’s a challenging and a fun role in PR and marketing, so I’m rolling with the punches here.

My main goal is to get a second part-time gig to supplement my earnings.  I’m planning on checking out some job fairs and networking events.  September has a lot of them coming up. Here’s the best ones I found:

Freelance Camp, September 10

If you’re underemployed like me, freelancing might be a good option to fill out your  free time. Now on its second year, Freelance Camp is an unconference “for independent workers to connect, share knowledge, and become better freelancers”. Possible topics include time management, intellectual property, and setting up a consultancy.

More info: http://www.thenetworkhub.ca/freelancecamp/

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