Resources and Tools

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

Cover Letter Guide- Tips and tricks for writing an effective cover letter.

*Cover Letter example included within the document for use as a template

Resume Guide- Tips and tricks for drafting a professionally organized resume.

*Resume example included within the document for use as a template

Additional Resume Formatting Guide- Resume formatting example 

Curriculum Vitae Guide- Outlines the formatting, structure and style of an efficient CV.

*Curriculum Vitae example included within the document for use as a template

Action Verbs for Resumes- Expand your list of action verbs to include within your cover letter and resume.

 

Check out our video webinar series for resume building!

Basic Resume Writing Webinar

Advanced Resume Writing Webinar

 

Job Searching Resources

Job Searching Skills Guide- General tips and tricks to optimize your search for professional employment.

Part-Time Job Searching Guide- Job searching tips and tricks relevant for finding part-time employment.

How To: Land A Part-Time Job- Key tips, tricks and strategies for securing part-time employment.

Companies that Hire Part Time List (Thunder Bay)- Check out this long list of companies that hire for student jobs in the Thunder Bay area.

Check out our video webinar series for job searching!

Part Time Job Searching Webinar

Graduate/Career Job Searching Webinar

Job Searching Advice with Student Panelists

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Interview Resources

Tips to Prepare for an Interview- Tips and tricks for formal interview preparation

How To: Prepare for an Interview- Key tips, tricks and strategies to advance your preparation for a successful interview.

How to use Big Interview- Discover how the ‘Big Interview’ tool can guide you through the interview process in easy interactive steps.

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Networking Resources

How to Network Guide- Maximize your social networking skills and learn how to expand your professional profile.

How To: Network for Success- Key tips, tricks and strategies for optimizing your network's outreach

Attending a Career Fair- Optimize your networking success with tips for event preparation, participation and interaction with hiring employers.

LinkedIn Guide- Tips on how to expand your personal profile and strengthen your connections with employment professionals.

47 Great Questions to Ask at a Networking Event!- Use this list of questions to help guide your networking conversations.

"But I Don't Like Networking!" Click here to watch a short video on how to become a networking superstar! 

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Strong Interest Inventory

To find a career that you're passionate about, you first need to have an understanding of your interests, preferences, and personal styles.

Strong Interest Inventory is the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world. Through using this tool, you will discover more about yourself and what course and career options you're best suited for.

If you are interested, you can view a sample report of a Standard Edition Profile, or an Interpretive Report.

Student pricing

(Including prospective students and recent alumni within one year of graduation)

  • Strong Interest Inventory Standard Profile: $25.00
  • Strong Interest Inventory Interpretive Report: $40.00

External pricing

  • Strong Interest Inventory Standard Profile: $35.00
  • Strong Interest Inventory Interpretive Report: $50.00

*If you are interested in booking a Strong Interest Inventory, please email careerzone.ssc@lakeheadu.ca. Please note- the Strong Interest Inventory is not being offered for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Career Exploration Tools

Service Canada Career Planning Tool

Use this tool to learn about occupations, explore career options for fields of study, assess your skills, and much more!

RBC Future Launch Career Tool

RBC Future Launch is an online resource hub dedicated to youth-focused virtual programming and learning opportunities. Use this tool to gain new skills, grow your network, get work experience, and much more!

What Can I Do With My Degree Tool

Use this website to explore career pathways and options for general arts, general science, business, engineering, and more!

Emsi Skills Tool

Use this tool to optimize your resume, discover your skill set, match your skills with job opportunities, and much more!

WorkSCAPE Northwest

Are you a job seeker in Northwestern in Ontario? Visit WorkSCAPE Northwest! A new digital tool that simplifies the way people look for work. Search jobs by industries, job type, skill level, duration, location, and more. This tool also has job maps, sector maps, talent maps, and a career explorer. 

MySuccess Tool

What is MySuccess?

MySuccess is an online portal that students can access using their Lakehead credentials.

What can I do with MySuccess?

  • View upcoming events, workshops, seminars and volunteer opportunities
  • Search for available on and off campus jobs, upload your resume directly online, save job postings, and track jobs you've applied for
  • Book appointments with the Student Success Centre, Career Zone, and Academic Support Zone
  • Find information related to the EXCEL Leadership Certificate Program
  • Access your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Please visit mysuccess.lakeheadu.ca to access the schedule and ZOOM meeting links for all of the above events. One on one appointments can also be booked there.  

Ready to discover all that MySuccess has to offer you? Take me to the MySuccess Portal!

 Big Interview Tool

Ace your interview and win the job! Big Interview uses proven step by step expert video and written lessons with AI based virtual practice interview tools. With Big Interview you can:

  • Learn about preparing for interview and answering specific interview questions
  • Practice a mock interview
  • Gather instant AI feedback on your interview skills with a specialized action plan
  • Learn about job searching tips and trips
  • Learn about resume tips and tricks
  • Build your resume with their resume builder tool, including industry specific resume templates


To sign up for a free Big Interview account, visit biginterview.com

*Be sure to use your Lakehead email and password for a free account.

Check out our “How to Use Big Interview” resource in the Interview Resources tab.

 Major Maps Program and Career Pathways Tool
 *Stay tuned for more information about these exciting upcoming tools!
 Transferable Skills Exploration

What Are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are skills that can be transferred from one instance to another, whether that be work, school or social life. These skills can be developed and strengthened to attract new employers or different opportunities. These portable skills are acquired through school, internships, hobbies, employment, and volunteer experiences. Transferable skills are valuable in and out of the workplace, including your daily social interactions. 

Understanding these skills is important to understanding your employability. Transferable skills are a way for you to let the employer know that you have skills that fit their workplace. It also shows employers that even if you do not have relevant experience you can still be an asset to the company.

Click here to access our transferable skills guide, including a list/descriptions of common transferable skills and how to articulate them on a resume, cover letter, and interview setting.

Additional Transferable Skills Resources:

Skills You Need Tool- Provides information about transferable skills importance and descriptions of various skills that are beneficial to career development. 

Purdue Owl Transferable Skills Resource- Contains support for students to understand transferable skills and how to use them. 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find part-time employment?

On campus part time employment can be found through the Work Study Program or non work study positions. Non work student positions may include jobs at the library, bookstore, Aramark, The Outpost, etc. These jobs are advertised on the Lakehead University Job Bank or by going in person to speak to the managers of these departments.

Off campus part time employment is often found by visiting businesses in person, such as restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. Bringing a copy of your resume and speaking to the manager in person are recommended. Part time off campus employment can also be searched for on job banks such as Indeed.com

Can I get my resume reviewed?

Yes, the Career Zone offers an abundance of resume services, including resume review appointments. For more information about these services, please visit the “Our Services” section of our website.

Can you advise me on academic matters, such as program or course selection?

The Career Zone is here to help with all career development inquiries! We want to ensure your success as you navigate your academic and employment pathway. If you are looking to speak to someone regarding specific course/program options, please make an appointment with Student Central.

What is Co-operative Education and how do I apply for co-op?

Co-operative Education is an optional work integrated learning experience that is offered by 24 programs at Lakehead University. It allows you to gain work experience in your field before graduation. Click here for more information about the Co-operative Education program. Click here to access the Co-operative Education website.

Can you help me with my graduate school application?

The Career Zone does not provide assistance with applying to graduate schools. Please visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.

Where can I find a job after graduation?

The Career Zone offers many supports and services for job searching after graduation. We are here to help you succeed with landing your dream career! Click here for more information about our job searching services.

Do I need a resume and cover letter when applying for jobs?

Yes, a resume and cover letter are important documents to provide when applying for jobs. The cover letter is your first point of contact with an employer and gives them the first impression of you as a candidate. For more information about our cover letter and resume resources, please visit our “Tools and Resources” section.

Can you help me figure out what jobs I can do with my degree?

Yes, the Career Zone is here to help you navigate your career interests and pathways! We offer an abundance of services and career exploration tools, including advising appointments, networking opportunities, major maps, etc.

I have a job interview coming up? Where can I get help to prepare for this?

The Career Zone offers a variety of interview preparation resources and tools. Our recommended tool is Big Interview which allows you to learn about interview preparation, and practice a mock interview with instant AI feedback. For more information about Big Interview and our interview services, please click here.

Where can I find The Career Zone and it’s services?

The Career Zone is currently located on the Thunder Bay campus beside the study space in the tunnels. The Career Zone is currently closed for the 2020/2021 academic year. All of our services are being offered online virtually! 

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