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July 29, 2014

Great story from Global Saskatoon on the girls trades and technology camp happening this summer through SIAST Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Check out the announcement about UN empowering women from Business and Professional Women's Club Saskatoon Inc. (BPW Saskatoon) #gogirls #YWCATradeJourney #womenintrades


Camps encourage girls to learn skilled trades
As Saskatchewan continues to hunt for skilled trade workers around the world, local camps encourage girls to take up trades.

July 23, 2014

E & L Tip of the Week

To Whom It May Concern: No One Is Reading Your Cover Letter

By Nicole Wray

To Whom It May Concern, your cover letter probably isn't being read. Especially if you're starting it with "To whom it may concern."

According to a Forbes article written by a recruiter with 15 years of experience, many recruiters "almost never" read the cover letter. However, unless you are told not to include one, cover letters are a job search must do.

Here are three things to consider when creating a winning cover letter.

The basics: customize your cover letter

Whether it's a human or a computer reading your cover letter, including key words from the job posting will show the reader that you've done your homework. Be sure to clearly state the position you are applying for, the main skills required for the position and how your work experience demonstrates that you possess those skills.

To really impress the reader, research the company and include one or two facts about the business that relate to the position you're applying for (for example, "I read in Canadian Business that you won the Xyz Award for the best creative marketing campaign last month").

A cover letter offers the opportunity to directly address the reader, so if it's not listed on the job posting, use your resources (Google, LinkedIn, a telephone) to find out who you need to address your letter to. To go the next step, make sure that your application lands in their inbox.

The content: honesty is the best policy

Forbes recently published an article about a cover letter that Wall Street bosses are calling "the best cover letter ever."

In the letter, a summer internship applicant writes, "I won't waste your time inflating my credentials...The truth is I have no unbelievable special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you."

Such upfront honesty won't work for every industry, but this internship applicant was rewarded for avoiding a common cover letter downfall — the tendency to exaggerate your qualifications.

Inflating your skill set by using vocabulary that's outside of your everyday language makes a cover letter awkward to read and difficult to write. To create a cover letter that's professional, yet conversational, don't use two words where one would work and don't use a 10-cent word where a two-cent word will do.

Above and beyond: when to craft a creative cover letter

A creative cover letter alternative must be of professional quality and must highlight your skills as they apply to the job you are competing for.

For example, instead of writing a traditional cover letter for a corporate communications position that I applied for, I created a media kit about myself including a press release, a fact sheet and my resume. Although I didn't get the job, I scored an interview at a great company.

If you're willing to go the extra mile to craft a creative cover letter, know the industry you want to work in, be professional and use common sense. A poorly executed YouTube video probably won't get you an interview for an accounting position. However, a well-made website (this genius mock-up of an Amazon.com product page featuring his candidacy as the product) might put your resume on top of the pile for a digital media position.

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

Our next YWCA Employer Meet & Greet with CIBC
happens 1:30pm Wednesday July 30 at the Y

Learn about opportunities to excel in a career with CIBC

For more information call 306 244 7034 x 176


July 16, 2014

You are invited to attend the community planning event with lunch
presented by Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Tuesday July 22, 9:00am-3:30pm
at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge

SHIP is developing a homeless partnering strategy to guide funding decisions over the next five years for administration of the federal government's investment.

For more information contact awilson@shipweb.ca

July 16, 2014

E & L Tip of the Week

The Most Useless Phrases in Your Resume

By Jenna Charlton

Looking for ways to make your resume stand out? Here's a tip: don't rely on words like self-starter, flexible, hard worker, team player, or highly qualified. If you do your resume may get lost in the shuffle. These types of words and phrases are way overused, according to a recent survey by OfficeTeam.

The survey asked the question "what is the most overused and meaningless phrase you see on resumes?" to 1300 senior managers working at companies with 20 or more employees, The words listed above plus the phrases 'problem solver' and 'people person', pop up so often on resumes that they're no longer helping candidates stand out. Amanda Evans from OfficeTeam says that "there's only so many times an employer can see the same words and phrases on the 50 – 100 resumes he/she has to go through before they start looking the same."

The survey's findings suggest that managers would rather read resumes that tell more of a story about the candidate. "Job seekers don't need a complete resume overhaul, but if you're using these terms use them in specific instances that reveal how you're a self-starter, or high qualified. Give an employer some examples," says Evans.

Another key component of writing a stand out resume is to look closely at the job description. Take note of the language and words used in the description and use them in your resume. "Employers often use keyword searches to scan through online resumes. They're looking for words and descriptions that are specific to the job," says Evans. Those keywords are usually in the description. Use them to replace some common terms and then elaborate. It is more likely your resume is going to get noticed if the language you use matches the language used by the company.

This also means tailoring your resume to the job you're applying to. It's certainly a lot of work to change a resume every time you apply for a new a position, but it is a necessary process. Another benefit to going through the description closely and altering your resume to fit is that you are essentially preparing yourself for a potential interview. You'll have already done the work in pointing to a few specific areas that qualify you for the position. In an interview, you can elaborate on the points already made.

If you are including some of these overused terms on your resume, OfficeTeam offers some suggestions for how to make them stand out.

OfficeTeam's tips on using overused terms:

Highly Qualified: Don't just say it, show it. Describe for the hiring manager what you bring to the role. Emphasize skills and note certifications you have earned.

Hard Worker: Everyone has her or his own idea about what this term means. Explain how you've gone the extra mile, like meeting tough deadlines or how you tackled tasks outside your job description.

Team Player: Give an example for how you partnered with a colleague to get a job done.

July 15, 2014

"I say that I am stronger than fear. I am stronger than violence. I am stronger than terrorism. I am stronger than every kind of thing that stops me from getting education."
--Malala Yousafzai #strongerthan

Malala Empowers Others With #Strongerthan Social Media Campaign
Malala Yousafzai has proven she is stronger than a bullet after surviving a Taliban attack less than two years ago to become an international advocate for education.

July 10, 2014

Congratulations to Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, who has been named Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, with a special focus on the empowerment of young women, and advocating for gender equality.

"Being asked to serve as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling," said Watson in a statement released on UN Women's website. "The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women's rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can't imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role."

July 9, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended this morning's honour walk for Marlene Bird in Saskatoon, and to the special guests and organizers.

July 9, 2014

E & L Tip of the Week

Friends in High Places: When Personality Trumps Qualifications

By Jenna Charlton

Apparently 'Interests Include:' is back. Remember that section at the bottom of your resume that said, ‘Interests’ or ‘Other Activities.’ You haven’t taken that part off, have you? It turns out that section is what might in fact get you the job.

A new study indicates employers take a closer look at candidates with similar interests to their own (surprise, surprise). Professionals engaged in hiring, pay closer attention to people they’d like to hanging out with, or even worse, with who they may want a relationship. So much for being the most qualified candidate.

The study conducted by Northwestern University sociologist Lauren Rivera, is “based on 120 interviews with professionals involved in undergraduate and graduate hiring.” The evidence collected from the interviews suggest that professionals interviewing and selecting candidates “often value their personal feelings of comfort, validation, and excitement over identifying candidates with superior cognitive or technical skills.”

Although Rivera reports that this is the first empirical study that investigates “whether shared culture between employers and job candidates matters in hiring,” the study confirms a common belief that employers can be biased in hiring practices. This shouldn’t come as disconcerting news though. When job searching there’s always a lot of discussion about finding the right fit. If a job you’re interviewing for expects long hours, after work drinks with colleagues, or rounds of golf with clients and you don’t drink or play golf, then the environment is probably not going to work for you either. Employers choosing candidates whom they perceive as being the right fit is necessary for maintaining company cohesion.

However, the study should act as a bit of a wakeup call to employers who lean too far into the ‘hiring friends’ arena. Making a bad hire because a candidate wooed their way into a job based on common interests could cause tension down the road. A candidate should be qualified for the position or at least be able to quickly acquire the necessary skills to do the job. A new best friend is great, but a qualified person who is easy to work with, is better.

So how should the study’s findings impact job seekers? Even though employers may look for people that fit the company culture, I wouldn’t move your ‘Interests’ section to the top of your resume just yet. The findings confirm that fit matters for some fields it matter more than others. Rivera notes that the findings don’t “mean employers are hiring unqualified people...for example, [when] hiring a neurosurgeon, there would be more emphasis on performance than culture fit.” [I for one was very relieved to hear that.]

However, there can be distinct advantages to listing some of your other interests and activities on your resume. This can show that you are a well-rounded person, and may create an extra connection with a potential employer in the case where those interests are shared.

And remember, fit also matters for candidates. When looking for a job you don’t want to be stuck hanging out with a boss you don’t respect or can't get along with. It's important for you to also be able to assess the interests of your potential employer, too.

Have you ever lost a position to someone you know was less qualified, but friends with the boss?

July 2, 2014

You are invited to attend the honour walk for Marlene Bird, taking place on July 9th in Saskatoon.

The walk will include a tribute to missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

9:30am Wednesday, July 9th
The walk will begin at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market, and end at Vimy Ridge Memorial.

YWCA Prince Albert is accepting donations on behalf of Marlene Bird:
(306) 763-8571 to donate by phone
or www.ywcaprincealbert.ca and use Canada Helps to donate online

June 24, 2014

Saskatoon Women's Community Coalition AGM
7:00pm Monday, July 7
Room 101, Community Service Village at YWCA Saskatoon


Saskatoon Women's Community Coalition

Hello Everyone! After a bit of a hiatus it is time to get back on track with our next event - our Annual General Meeting! It will be held in two weeks, on Monday July 7th at 7pm in room 101 in the Community Service Village (attached to the YWCA).Please seriously consider attending this meeting and spreading the word to family and friends. We believe that our three events are an important part of community outreach and work to educate people on the continued issue of gender based violence. Take Back the Night is the first amazing event of the year and the more people helping the better and easier it would be! Don't be scared, you can get involved and have fun too!

June 24, 2014

YWCA Canada sends a message of solidarity to the community of Prince Albert in response to the violent attack on Marlene Bird

"Violence against women and girls is unacceptable. Period."

The nation’s largest single provider of services for women dealing with violence sent a message of solidarity to the community of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

“Violence against women and girls is unacceptable. Period,” says Nyaradzayi Gumbvonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA. “It is the world’s leading human rights violation and today, Canada is no exception. Globally, Canada has been a leader on the issue of violence against women, but that leadership needs to include violence against First Nations women here in Canada. The YWCA movement, in 125 countries and 22,000 communities around the world, stands in solidarity with Marlene Bird and joins her family’s call for justice.”

“Half of all women in Canada experience violence in their lifetime,” says YWCA Canada CEO, Paulette Senior. “Aboriginal women are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is conducting an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada because the Government of Canada refuses to.“

“Marlene Bird is a mother, a daughter, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, and a part of our YWCA Prince Albert family,” says Donna Brooks, Executive Director of YWCA Prince Albert. “This attack has left her life hanging in the balance, and it has brought our community together to work to end violence.”

The YWCA movement locally, nationally and internationally calls for the police to identify those who assaulted Marlene Bird and bring them to justice and for all levels of government to fulfill women’s and girls’ human right to freedom from violence. YWCA Canada and our 32 Member Associations across the country call on our national government implement a National Action Plan on violence against women and girls and to cooperate in the UN inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and implement the recommendations that result.

June 18, 2014

E & L Tip of the Week

How to make your next job interview more successful: Timing is everything

By Jenna Charlton

Have you ever walked into a late afternoon interview and wondered why you were there? Not because you didn't think you were qualified or you weren’t an excellent candidate, but because the person interviewing you seemed rather unengaged and maybe even appeared to be dozing off?

You are not the problem. The trouble is that it’s the afternoon, and the people before you were also good candidates. According to a recent study candidates who have the misfortune of having an interview scheduled later in the day, and potentially after a hiring manager has already spoken with other highly-qualified candidates, are less likely to receive top marks.

Sound unfair? It does to me, but it's also important to note that the seeming discrimination is in no way intentional or reflects your interviewing abilities and qualifications.

The study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Business and The Wharton School focused on MBA admission interviews. The findings showed that people conducting admission interviews tended to compare and rate candidates who interviewed later in the day to the candidates they’d spoken with earlier, rather than scoring an interview based on the entire pool of applicants.

If the person conducting the interview had interviewed particularly good candidates in the morning and had already given out top scores, by the time the last candidate interviewed they were less likely to receive the same high score.

The findings can be related to a varied of situations, but are especially interesting to job seekers. The study results may reflect how people generally make decisions–if a hiring manager has already given out a number of high marks they could feel obligated to give out a lower grade to the next candidate regardless of qualifications.

This could explain those interviews I’ve had were the hiring manager is literally fighting to keep his or her eyes open. Perhaps, proof that I wasn’t boring them to sleep, but they’d already heard from a bunch of good candidates. What’s one more? Regardless, those morning interviewees are stacking the cards against other qualified candidates.

The moral of the story (or study) for job seekers is to try your best to schedule interviews at the beginning of the day. This gives you the best shot at standing out in employers' eyes, and beating the potential afternoon candidate-fatigue syndrome.

June 16, 2014

Meet and Greets:
Safeway and SGI Canada will be hosted by YWCA Employment and Learning Centre in a double meet and greet event on Wednesday,
June 25th from 1:00pm to 3 :00pm in room 206 on the second floor.
Safeway Canada focuses on providing world class service to customers by exceeding their expectations with great selection, knowledgeable staff, specialty items, and ready-to-eat meals. This company has a variety of customer service positions in their Floral, Pharmacy, Deli and Produce departments. SGI Canada employees over 1,900 individuals and has a network of approximately 300 independent insurance brokers across Canada, SGI was named one of "Saskatchewan's Top Employers" and "Canada's Best Diversity Employers" both in 2014. Employment opportunities range from clerical, customer service as well as motor vehicle training and repair positions.

June 12, 2014

Congratulations to all of our Next Step pilot program participants on their achievements! YWCA Saskatoon is proud to host this rehabilitation program at our community gym, Fitness on 25th.

Saskatoon pilot program provides hope one step at a time
A new pilot in Saskatoon is helping mobility-limited clients get the help they need to recover with a community-based exercise program.

May 30, 2014

Your survey invitation - thank you for attending the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. We want to know what you think!

Your response to our post-event survey gives you a free 12 issue subscription for Flare Magazine compliments of the Modern Woman Show & Expo.

Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z6F9H9W

Women of Distinction 2014 Post Event Survey
Thank you for attending the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner and for supporting YWCA Saskatoon. Through your feedback, we will be able to improve this event for future years and continue to recognize inspiring women in our community.

May 30, 2014

Saskatoon women are extraordinary! Huge congratulations to the 10 award recipients of the Women of Distinction awards last night, and to all 37 wonderful nominees.

We are grateful to everyone who attended to support YWCA Saskatoon, and to PotashCorp and our generous corporate sponsors.

Last night's Women of Distinction awards dinner raised significant funds for YWCA Saskatoon community programs. THANK YOU!
See the list of award recipients here http://ywcasaskatoon.com/media-releases.php
#womenofdistinction #ordinarywomenextraordinarylives

May 29, 2014

Congratulations to the 37 wonderful Women of Distinction award nominees!

The final award recipients will be announced tonight at TCU Place at the awards dinner, presented by PotashCorp.

We are grateful to all of the tremendous corporate sponsors for making tonight a big success. See you there!

#womenofdistinction #ordinarywomenextraordinarylives

May 27, 2014

Getting ready for fun at the Women of Distinction awards Thursday night.

Not only is Scotiabank sponsoring our leadership award...with SEVEN wonderful women nominated...they are also matching our raffle ticket sales at the event!

Here is a sneak peek at the Silent Auction items. We are grateful for the support of all of our partners, for helping us raise money for the Y. Get ready for bidding!

#WomenofDistinction #ordinarywomenextraordinarylives #raisingmoneyfortheY

May 27, 2014

At this Thursday's Women of Distinction awards dinner, we will be honouring 5 women for their leadership in arts, culture and heritage in the Saskatoon community. This award is sponsored by the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation.

For the full list of 37 nominees, visit http://ywcasaskatoon.com/media-releases.php

#womenofdistinction #ordinarywomenextraordinarylives

Status of Women Canada announced funding today for the new YWCA Trade Journey project. The Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch and Ms. Kelly Block were in Saskatoon today to commit $246,060 in support for the 36-month project, to help women enter and advance in careers in the trades. YWCA Trade Journey wil…

May 26, 2014

Ordinary women, extraordinary lives.

YWCA Saskatoon welcomes Concentra and Affinity Credit Union to the platform Thursday night to present our community building award to one of our tremendous Women of Distinction nominees.

#womenofdistinction #ordinarywomenextraordinarylives

May 23, 2014

Status of Women Canada announced funding today for the new YWCA Trade Journey project.

The Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch and Ms. Kelly Block were in Saskatoon today to commit $246,060 in support for the 36-month project, to help women enter and advance in careers in the trades.

YWCA Trade Journey will be the bridge between women and opportunities in the construction trades.
#ywcatradejourney #sustainablelivelihoods

May 21, 2014

The YWCA Saskatoon would like to recognize our sponsors of The 2014 Women of Distinction Awards taking place May 29th at TCU Place over the next week. Today we recognize CIBC for their generous presenting sponsorship. The CIBC will be presenting the Youth Category Award; The award focuses on youth who have demonstrated leadership, sensitivity to others, innovation, development of personal talents, overcoming personal challenge and service to community.
It is an inspiration to see such young community motivators and leaders. Building a brighter community for future generations.

Tickets for the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards are still available at https://www.picatic.com/wodsaskatoon2014

Hope to see you there!

May 14, 2014

We are celebrating the value of Early Childhood Education...and the wonderful team working here at the YWCA Child Development Centre.

Tell us why Early Childhood Education is important to your family.

Does your child thrive in a creative environment? Have you seen your child's confidence grow? Does quality childcare mean you were able to return to work and support your family? Or tell us about the friends for life you and your child made through your daycare.

  Welcome to the YWCA  

Congratulations to the 2014 Women of Distinction!

Your survey invitation

Thank you for attending the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. We want to know what you think!

Your response to our post-event survey gives you a free 12 issue subscription for Flare Magazine compliments of the Modern Woman Show & Expo.

Please visit  www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z6F9H9W 

The awards are recognized nationally among the most prestigious awards for women. Since 1982, Saskatoon’s YWCA Women of Distinction Awards have celebrated the best in women’s achievements across industry, culture and public service honouring hundreds of women of all ages and from all walks of life for their initiative, ability and exemplary contributions to society.

YWCA Saskatoon's most well known and largest fundraising event of the year, the Women of Distinction awards dinner raises funds designated for YWCA Saskatoon’s programs and services for women and their families.  

Who are the Women of Distinction? Here is a list of the women who have been honoured over the years:

List of Historical Women of Distinction Nominees 1982-2013.pdf


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