Day: August 23, 2019

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Meet Xueyang!

Xueyang arrived to Canada in September 2019.He holds a PhD. in Oncology from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China. Apart from his PhD, he also has a Master of Science degree in Cell Biology from the Ocean University of China and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Guangdong Ocean University.

He has more than 5 years of experience in the biological research industry. He worked at the Saliai Stem Cell Science and Technology Co. Ltd as an Immunocyte Department Manager in Guangzhou, China from 2016 to 2018 and before that as a Research & Development Assistant with the Allcare Biomedical Development Co. Ltd in Qingdao, China.

After his arrival to Canada, Xueyang was actively looking for work and sent a number of job applications within the biological research industry in Canada especially to organizations doing research in his area of interest (Oncology). He targeted a few universities in British Columbia as well as in Canada. Unfortunately he had no success in gaining related work.

He joined the Career Paths Program in January 2019 and his counselor guided him with a detailed plan for his job search, selecting potential employers and targeting his resume to match their organization’s objective.

His main focus was on developing an effective networking plan. Xueyang diligently followed his plan and reached out to organizations he was interested to work for.

After two weeks following this strategy Xueyang was invited for a Skype Interview with the University of Montreal. He prepared very carefully for the interview and practiced a mock interview with his counselor. He gained the confidence needed for the interview and was successful!

Based on his perfect presentation at the interview he was offered a position of a Post-doctoral fellow; a position that matches his work experience and education very well.

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The Power of a Thank You Letter

Have you ever felt frustrated after an interview?  Sure you have! I know you’ve mentally gone over your interview answers and…you remember what you DID NOT say and you realize you missed an opportunity to REINFORCE your candidacy. Well, this is why you write a strategic Thank You letter, which will position you back in the “game.”

Of course, it all depends on how badly you’ve messed things up. Sometimes, there is no backpedaling, but let’s assume for a moment that you can recoup or cement your candidacy–what then do you say in your Thank You letter besides…thank you?

The problem with most Thank You letters is they are usually prepared as just a nice gesture. Saying thank you is a very nice thing to do and it does go a long way, but if written as an ordinary thank you, it is not strategic enough to add another dimension to your candidacy, it doesn’t leverage as an additional qualifier, and doesn’t elevate your interview performance. In other words, use your Thank You opportunity as a last marketing tool in order to gain a competitive distinction.

Here are a few things you can do to take advantage of the follow up opportunity. Remember, now you have “insider” information that you did not have prior to the interview—don’t waste it.

When Your Interviewer Shared a Concern:  If during the interview process, you were told that the perfect candidate must meet XYZ and you discussed your lack in one of these areas, you need to talk about this again. Concisely bring it up, reiterate why this would not be a problem, and, in fact, promote how despite this “weakness” you are the PERFECT candidate.

When You Did Not Say What You Should Have Said: At times, we reflect and in retrospect recognize where we failed. Well, this is your opportunity! Bring up the topic and say you would like to elaborate, you would like to expand; you had time to think about this and want to convey the following.

When You Think You Sensed Apprehension:  This is a bit risky because you could be wrong. Yet, what is life if not risky? If you are very good at perceiving and ascertaining needs and you KNOW you identified a problem–“smooth” it out! Please do not say you think the interviewer did not understand… You NEVER want to convey you assume to know what others think but you can discuss what YOU failed to communicate. You can say you would like to clarify a point you wish you had emphasized.

When You Really Just Want to Say Thank You: There are times when you were FANTASTIC during an interview and you sincerely just want to say, thanks!  Nevertheless, you don’t know how your competition performed and you are not privy as to what kind of Thank You letter they are preparing. So, in this case, thank them but fortify your candidacy even further.

 

Written by Sogol Jamali, Career Paths Placement Specialist

 

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