New Year, New Opportunities

This year brings fresh inspiration for renewing your career development goals. To kickstart your career planning for 2019-2020, we’ve summarized some of the best campus resources, search engines, and tools for job searching below:

University of Toronto (UofT) Campus Resources:

  1. Check out UofT’s Career Exploration & Education website. Survey potential paths of interest through the Career Navigator or Career Start search tool. You can also request to receive customized career support for groups of 20 or more UofT students and book career advising appointments.
  2. Are you pursuing a career in academia? The Graduate Dossier Service (GDS) provides its services to UofT doctoral students who are conducting their academic job search. GDS acts as a depository of confidential letters of reference and can also hold transcripts. GDS forwards these documents (upon request) to institutions who are hiring.
  3. UofT offers graduate students many opportunities to gain experience outside their home institution. If you’re interested in developing your professional skills abroad, visit the Centre for International Experience and learn more about exchange opportunities.
  4. The Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network can help you find new volunteer opportunities at UofT. Take a look at Job Shadowing and In The Field Programs too!
  5. Check out UofT’s Mentorship & Peer Programs. UofT hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a digital tool that links UofT students (or recent grads) with alumni over coffee, by phone or online.
  6. Bookmark the LSCDS website for up-to-date information regarding career events, resources and blogs.

Any graduate student at the Faculty of Medicine may book a 30 minute consultation with Dr. Nana Lee to discuss professional and career development. Her book, “Success After Graduate School” is also available to help graduate students navigate career options and can be found at the UofT bookstore.

Search Engines:

  1. Job-Hunt.org provides up-to-date practical how-to job advice from genuine experts to help you have a shorter, safer, and smarter job search. Recently, the Job-Hunt Experts published 101 Top Tips for job searching.
  2. UofT’s Academic Advising and Career Centre offers over 50 tip sheets on a variety of topics, including academic and study skills, careers, employment, and preparing for professional schools.
  3. Here are 10 job search websites to add to your repertoire, including Glassdoor, Indeed, Workopolis and Monster. You can also check out these job search websites based on different industries, lifestyles, and career stages.

Tools for Job Searching:

  1. Networking! Create a LinkedIn profile, use social media, and participate in alumni events!
  2. Download Job Search Apps and tools that can help simplify and organize your job search process.
  3. Update your resume or CV. Career Services at UofT provides resume and cover letter help.
  4. Practice your interview skills! Wisebread.com, a blog that discusses finance and career tips, shares 13 ways to make a good first impression at your next job interview.

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