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How do I tailor my resumé to a specific job?

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 1, 2022 - 1:03pm

One of the questions I get asked frequently is how to best tailor a resumé to a specific job to increase the chances of getting called for an interview.

Think of the job posting as the employer’s “wish list.” With that in mind, don't be afraid to apply if you don’t fulfill the entire wish list. If you feel confident that the job is a fit, you are motivated to do the job and feel that you have the skills to get the work done, apply! 

In the resumé, your objective is to show the employer all the ways that you meet their needs. The employer wants to know three things:

Exploring allyship and personalizing Truth and Reconciliation

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on September 28, 2022 - 9:57am

Allyship is a key aspect of both truth and reconciliation. Defining oneself as an ally means supportive association with another person or group. For Canada to move closer to real truth and reconciliation, allies are required to support, share, bear witness and hold members of their own communities to account. Asking people about their journeys, listening to those stories and sharing them helps grow understanding and increases the number of allies around us. As storytellers for VIU, we have found ourselves reflecting on our roles as allies and how we can be better.

Enhancing belonging through stories: Talela Manson

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on September 27, 2022 - 3:09pm

Talela Manson, from Snuneymuxw First Nation, has had VIU on their radar ever since they were little. Their grandfather, VIU Elder-in-residence Gary Manson, often took them to campus with him and they attended VIU’s Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem: Building a Foundation for our Youth summer camp when they were in Grade 9.

Addressing the violence in Iran

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on September 27, 2022 - 1:33pm

As the violent crackdowns on civilian protestors continue in Iran, our thoughts and hearts are with our Iranian community members as well as those with family or deep connections to Iran. We recognize that this is a time of deep anxiety, fear and distress and encourage any community members impacted by the violence in Iran to seek support. VIU’s Counselling team can be reached at 250.740.6416 and 24-7 crisis services are listed here:

What is consent?

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on September 20, 2022 - 4:54pm

Content warning: this article deals with the topic of sexual consent. We have included a list of supports at the bottom of this article. 

Consent Awareness Week is September 19 to 23. This week is an opportunity to reflect, champion and celebrate consent as a cornerstone of all relationships, not just intimate ones. To acknowledge this important week, VIU’s Thrive team has some information to share. Read on to learn more about what consent means and myths about consent, as well as facts and resources.

VIU Student Pulse: September 14, 2022

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on September 14, 2022 - 10:13am

BC Premier John Horgan has announced that Monday, September 19 will be a national holiday for all public-sector employers, public schools and public post-secondary institutions to mark the Queen's funeral. That means VIU will be closed and there will be NO CLASSES next Monday. The exception of course is the Nanaimo campus library, which remains accessible 24-7 with your student ID card, and services that are normally available on statutory holidays.