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Career and employment conference gets students to aim ‘hire’

Students take part in a networking session during the recent Hire Power conference at UTSC. (Photo by Ken Jones).

More than 150 UTSC students and recent graduates took part in an award-winning interactive employment preparation conference organized by the Academic Advising and Career Centre (AA&CC).

The three-day Hire Power conference aims to equip current students and recent graduates with the skills and confidence to find employment and thrive in the workplace.  

“The focus on experiential learning provides fantastic opportunities to develop and practice their skills, while making great career connections,” says Jennifer Bramer, director of AA&CC

The topics covered during the conference include creating job search and career plans; strategies for an effective job search; personal branding techniques; industry trends; professionalism and communications strategies, including social media; building a resume and cover letter; interviewing strategies; negotiating salary and job offers; and networking techniques.

Started in 2010, the conference features interactive employment and career preparation programming including workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers and networking events where students get to meet and ask questions of employees from different professions.

Since its inception the "survival skills" conference has grown tremendously and in 2012 was awarded a gold medal in the District II Accolades Awards competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

This year’s conference began with an address by UTSC Principal Franco Vaccarino followed by Doug Brooks, CEO, Certified General Accountants of Ontario, as keynote speaker. 

“Principal Vaccarino and Mr. Brooks set an exciting tone for the conference in sharing their insights about the importance of being open to and prepared for opportunities, and in developing authentic relationships,” says Bramer. “We’re already looking forward to Hire Power 2014."

For more information about Hire Power click here.

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