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Here’s What You Need To Know About Career Hacks Workshop Week

Written by Samantha Moss

Reserve your spot here if you’d like to skill-up fast in the career department.

Trying to score a decent job is kind of like playing a corporate game of Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? I mean, you need the experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. It’s quite a dilemma! Especially for young people. That’s where we come in.

We all know that the Canadian job market isn’t exactly Gen Z’s saving grace, let alone during a global pandemic. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, employment of youth aged 15 to 24 decreased by -15.4% in March 2020, the fastest drop across all major age groups. And it makes sense. Students are the most likely to hold gig or part-time jobs within the service industry, which took the biggest hit at the start of all this madness.

But, don’t panic. Although recent circumstances may have shaken up the country’s hiring climate, now is a great time to learn all of the tools that can help pave the way for your future success. Plus, if you invest in your career development now, you’ll be better off when things eventually go back to normal!

That’s why we’re hosting Career Hacks Workshop Week!

Keep reading to see which workshops could be most advantageous to your development during these times:

Hamza Khan: Productivity Hacks

Workshop date: Monday, June 22, 2020.

12pm ET  / 9am PT

*Please join the session a few minutes before so you don’t miss any important details. The workshop will be about 30-45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

About Hamza: Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur. He is one of our Managing Directors here at the awesome Student Life Network, Canada’s most comprehensive resource hub dedicated to helping and empowering millions of students across the country. He co-founded both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. Some of you may know him as an instructor at Seneca College and Ryerson University, where he teaches courses on digital marketing and social media. Through his consulting, writing, teaching, and speaking, Hamza empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into action.

Workshop deets: In this dynamic workshop, you will be exposed to proven productivity hacks and best-practices from some of the most successful and productive people on the planet. Ideas are easy, but doing stuff is hard. With the right tools and practices, you’ll be able to consistently turn your ideas into reality.

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Holly Fabiano: Networking & Branding Hacks

Workshop date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

12pm ET  / 9am PT

*Please join the session a few minutes before so you don’t miss any important details. The workshop will be about 30-45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

About Holly: As the Director of Digital Strategy & Products for the SCENE program, Holly sits at the intersection of business and technology, bringing the two together to build new possibilities for program partners and their 10 million members. She is responsible for the delivery of all digital projects as well as the member experience on scene.ca and the SCENE mobile app. Prior to joining the SCENE team, Holly was the Director of Coalition Marketing for the Air Miles Reward Program. Although Holly started her career in traditional marketing working with companies such as the Royal Bank and Amica Senior Living, it was during her time at Air Miles she realized her passion for digital product development and innovation. By combining this passion with her experience in business strategy and marketing she has been able to deliver solutions that both achieve business goals and engage millions of Canadians nationwide. Holly graduated with honors from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Workshop deets: Holly’s Networking & Branding Hacks workshop will teach you about building your own personal brand, how to approach networking, and build meaningful connections. Basically, having a strong professional network doesn’t mean simply following a lot of people on Linkedin. Holly is game to teach up and coming professionals, like you, how to create a web of advocates, and how to maintain mutually beneficial relationships with them throughout your career.

Register here

Stephen Sills: The Student Job Hunter’s Playbook 

Workshop date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

12pm ET  / 9am PT

*Please join the session a few minutes before so you don’t miss any important details. The workshop will be about 30-45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

About Stephen: Sills is the Co-Founder of Student Life Network. That’s all you need to know.

Kidding! He launched Student Life Network (SLN) in 2012, and now splits his time between creating resources for his 1.3 million SLN members and working with top brands like Amazon, Spotify, H&M, McDonald’s, and CIBC to help them connect with Canada’s youth effectively.

Workshop deets: Through his workshop, Sills will teach you how to differentiate yourself from competing candidates to help you land more job opportunities, especially during uncertain times like these. Discussion topics will include how to upgrade a generic resume or online portfolio, and how to create a mass application strategy to drive the response you want.

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Ryan Bolton: Freelancing

Workshop date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

12pm ET  / 9am PT

*Please join the session a few minutes before so you don’t miss any important details. The workshop will be about 30-45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

About Ryan: Oh yes, the elusive professional creative freelancer. Wild and feral, roaming coffee shops wearing oddly colored beanies. They exist, and one of them is Ryan Bolton. He is an award-winning, Toronto-based photographer who likes to break the rules. And make his mom proud. With a deep passion for telling stories, Ryan’s work has taken him around the world working with renowned clients like Apple, Red Bull, Spotify, Gucci, Uber, Intrepid Travel, Lexus, Universal Music, WE Charity, the JUNO Awards and the Red Cross. His work has been published or featured in VICE, CBC, Toronto Life, Forbes magazine, Billboard magazine, and Random House Books.

Workshop deets: In this one-of-a-kind online workshop, you’ll learn how he slowly left his job behind and started freelancing as a photographer full-time. Like, as a job. He’ll give you all tricks that worked for him, how he managed his projects, his clients, his workflow, his bookkeeping, and, at the end of it all, how he still makes it fun. Because, it is still work, but not if you love it, or whatever Grandpa always said.

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Jen Richardson: Remote Interviewing 

Workshop date: Friday, June 26, 2020

12pm ET  / 9am PT

*Please join the session a few minutes before so you don’t miss any important details. The workshop will be about 30-45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

About Jen: Jen Richardson is a Director of Client Services and Recruitment at Boost Agents, where they specialize in Marketing, Creative, Digital, Tech, PR, and Advertising talent. She has worked with clients like Loblaw, Isobar, Leo Burnett, TradeRev, and 500px to name a few. Jen has placed candidates of all levels from mid to VP, as well as volunteering to interview hundreds of new grads for Next Gen Dinner Series. Prior to joining Boost Agents, Jen spent 9 years in Advertising, ending her tenure as an Account Director overseeing the federal government portfolio. She does standup comedy as a hobby, and she’s in the process of launching a new podcast.

Workshop deets: Whether you are prepping for an in-person interview or a Zoom interview during these crazy times, Jen’s got you covered. From tips about how to prepare for your interview, all the way to reminders about putting pants on, Jen will bring her diverse experience of interviewing at all levels as well as an understanding as to what hiring managers are looking for.

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By reserving your spot, you’ll receive updates and reminders about your chosen workshop, as well as additional resources that your workshop’s host may provide in addition to their talk. We will host all workshops through Zoom, and we will email you the links to each workshop following your reservation. Enjoy!

*Opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Student Life Network or their partners.