Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Storytelling: Going beyond the résumé in an interview

Ever heard the saying ‘read between the lines’? This phrase is definitely something to think about, especially in regard to storytelling. Being able to story tell is a great way to engage your listener – a potential employer in an interview – and share an understanding of the intricate parts of your professional past, rather than just telling them word for word what you put on your résumé. Articulating all the experiences you have gathered from previous work or volunteer positions is a key element to consider when preparing for an interview.

Storytelling can help you go beyond your résumé. Here are a few ways how it can work for you in an interview:

Storytelling conveys enthusiasm and emotions that separate you from just another résumé. Many interviewers go through a number of résumés and cover letters but what makes you stand out from the crowd of applicants is how you communicate your experience. Instead of simply talking about experiences, try to think about the “Why” – e.g. why did you pursue this experience and why did it stand out to you?

  1. A great story is more than just a summary and it’s important to remember that connecting with a potential employer doesn’t have to be scripted. Bringing in authenticity by sharing relevant experiences and stories that are exciting to you shows the employer your interests, strengths, and values.
  2. Telling your story shows how you are impact-driven. Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end, and there’s always a problem that needs solving. Putting into your own words how you have grown in your career, achieved goals, or developed new skills show that you have assessed what you have learned in your past experience and know what you bring to the table.

Developing a dialogue with your interviewers allows them to see much more than just your past experience and can lead to emotional connections being made. Everyone has a story to tell and using it in the right context can work wonders. Next time you apply for jobs, prepare for an interview, or get ready to network, don’t hesitate to share more about yourself.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Fall Volunteer Fair

Due to the current situation, this fall’s Volunteer Fair will be postponed until January 2021. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while also supporting our local organizations and charities. Details about the Winter Volunteer Fair will be available on our website in November.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Diving into Career Exploration

How do you plan for a career in a fast-paced, ever-changing and complex world? Participants at the first ever Career-a-thon dove straight into this question at the day-long career-planning “crash course” on Saturday, March 7.

Guided by a team of career advisors, students reflected on their interests, values and skills, considering how these aspects might contribute to their career goals and aspirations. Independent activities and group discussion facilitated their own career exploration with peers throughout the day.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Employee Career Advising Program offers new drop-in appointments

When it comes to your career, sometimes all you need is just-in-time, bite-sized advice. This month, Employee Career Advisor and Learning Specialist, Sue Fraser, is offering 30-minute drop-in appointments as part of the Employee Career Advising Program to support University of Waterloo employees with urgent résumé review or interview preparation.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Coronavirus update

See the University of Waterloo's Coronavirus update website for the latest information. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Graduate student and postdoc drop-ins cancelled on Wednesday, January 15

Graduate student and postdoc drop-ins are cancelled on Wednesday, January 15 in honour of the victims of the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752, including Waterloo PhD students Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan and Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani, as well as alumnus Mojgan Daneshmand, her husband Pedram Moussavi, a former postdoctoral fellow, and their children.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Centre for Career Action Modified Hours in December

Check the drop-in schedule before you arrive! This month, the Centre for Career Action drop-in schedule is modified to accommodate professional development for staff. If you are planning on attending a drop-in, check the hours first to avoid disappointment: 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Further education drop-ins cancelled

All further education drop-ins are cancelled this week, November 18-21.

See Further Education and CareerHub for online support.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Career Advancement for Women


What is holding women back from reaching their definition of career success? 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Exploring diverse careers in academia

An experiential job shadow program for PhD students

Applications are now open for Exploring Diverse Careers in Academia, an experiential job shadow program for PhD students. This unique program offers PhD students the opportunity to learn about alternative-academic careers on campus through shadowing staff members who hold advanced degrees.

Here's what past participants had to say about their job shadow experience:

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