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How to Create a Standout Cover Letter

Standout Cover LetterIf you are not including a cover letter with your resume, you’re making a big mistake!  A cover letter sets you apart from other candidates. It says who you are, past work experience, and what you can bring to the company if they hired you. It shows your personality and sets the tone for how the potential employer will perceive your resume.

Here are a few tips on how to make your cover letter attractive and informative to a potential employer:

  • Address the letter to the appropriate person. If you don’t know their name and title, then use “To the Human Resources Department”
  • In the first paragraph, include the position you are applying for and the job number if it is provided. For example, “Please accept my cover letter and resume as my application for the Administrative Assistant position.” Also, you can include where you heard of the job opening and the name of a person you know in the company who may have referred you or would speak highly of your abilities.
  • In the second paragraph, briefly introduce yourself and the personal skills you possess. For example, you have a positive attitude or you thrive in workplaces with tight deadlines. Make sure that it is meaningful and reflects who you are as a person.
  • In the third paragraph, mention your work experience, abilities, and the skills you have gained that would benefit their company. Focus on three of your best attributes and give examples. Read more

Deciding on a New Career: Try an Informational Interview

New CareerWhen you are considering changing careers or trying to decide on a career, many people forget how helpful informational interviews are. The purpose of an informational interview is to find out information about a career from someone who has knowledge about and experience in a particular field. This can help you decide if you want to pursue a career in this field or switch your attention to something else.

Here are a few pointers on what to consider when setting up an informational interview:

Narrow down what interests you

Figure out what career you are interested in learning more about. Try to match it to some skills you already have and decide if you might need more education.

Do some basic research

Research the career you are considering and the different titles people will have in that career. Figure out what education this career requires you to have and how much time you will spend gaining the skills needed. Find out what the entry level positions are that lead to this career, since you can’t start off in your dream career immediately. Research what the entry level position pays and what the higher level management is paid. Read more

New West Campus holds ECE Instrument Making Workshop for Child Care Centres

Early Childhood EducatorsThe Early Childhood Education Department of the New Westminster Campus held a workshop on February 7th and 8th, to say “Thank You” to the Child Care Centres who sponsor our students when they go on practicum. These dedicated Early Childhood Educators came on their own time, and we provided the materials (and pizza) to make 5 different rhythm instruments. The Centres keep asking us “Where do your students get their great instruments?” so we responded by giving them this workshop.

Participants earned Continuing Education credits for the workshop.

Job Interview Tips

Job Interview Tips and TricksOnce you have graduated from one of Sprott-Shaw’s 180 programs, you still have to do an interview to get the job of your dreams. Here are some interview tips from our Career Centre.


  • Take a practice run to the location or know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
  • Research and practice for the interview.
  • Dress the part of the job, company or industry.
  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If running, do phone the company.
  • Make a first impression once you entered the building. Yes, even with the receptionist or assistant.
  • Fill out job applications neatly, completely and accurately.
  • Bring an extra resume.
  • Greet the interviewer’s by title and last name. If not sure how to pronounce, ask the receptionist before going into the interview.
  • Shake hands firmly with the interviewer.
  • Read more

New Westminster Campus participates in First annual “Kids Fair”.

New Westminster Kids FairThe first annual Kids Fair was held at the New Westminster Quay on Saturday January 21, 2012. The fair provided the opportunity for parents and children to experience some of the latest innovations in children’s goods and services.

The New Westminster Campus participated with a focus on our Early Childhood Education programs. New West Campus is now offering an evening Post Basic Program which will allow people who work full time in Child Care to take their career to the next level by obtaining a diploma in Post Basic Infant Toddler or Post Basic Children with Exceptionalities or both.

Over 300 bags of play dough were made by current ECE classes and distributed at the fair along with balloons, carrying bags and a draw for a child focused basket.

The Fair was a great success with thousands of adults and children attending.

We will be back next year!

Mihaela Cretu speaks to New West Accounting & Payroll Class

Accounting and Payroll SpeakerOur New Westminster campus Accounting and Payroll class was grateful to Mihaela Cretu, a Sprott Shaw Graduate who took time out of her busy work day to speak to the class. She is a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

It was a rewarding experience for our Instructor and Students to hear about her payroll job and how her studies at Sprott Shaw have helped on the job.

Mihaela also expressed how the Canada Payroll Association (CPA) plays a valuable resource to those working in the field. Each time a member has a question, they can ask and the CPA will provide the correct answer. Rewards of membership!

We are very proud of Mihaela’s accomplishments as a Sprott Shaw Graduate!

Entrepreneur Program Survey

Sprott-Shaw Community College is considering to offer entrepreneurial programming. Help us decide its feasibility by taking our entrepreneurial program survey. It should only take about 30 seconds.


Thank you for your feedback!

Bayshore Home Health visits the Downtown Campus

The Bayshore Home Health Regional Recruiter – Michelle Mattinson, and Regional HR Coordinator – Dennis Leung visited our Downtown Vancouver campus recently.

The HCA (Health Care Assistant) and PN (Practical Nursing) students were happy with the presentation knowing that there are job opportunities available for them in “Companionship” and “Medical Escort” positions while in school. The PN students were happy learning about how they could work as care aides with a registry number while in our PN program.

It was also mentioned in the presentation that Bayshore prefers Sprott-Shaw grads and that they look forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with Sprott-Shaw Community College. Rica Sena, Senior Employment Advisor of the Global Career Centre is now assisting Michelle Mattinson of Bayshore Home Health with the Free Employment Service offered by our own Global Career Centre.

CIBT welcomes Sir John Daniel to chair its Advisory Board

January 9th, 2012 CNW Group: CIBT Education Group Inc. (NYSE AMEX: MBA and TSX: MBA) (“CIBT Group” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its advisory board, which consults with senior management on strategic initiatives, will by chaired by Sir John Daniel.

Sir John Daniel is one of the world’s most eminent practitioners and thinkers in open, distance and technology mediated learning. He has helped to progress the international development agenda in education globally and has been a distinguished leader of universities and intergovernmental organisations in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. A citizen of both Canada and the UK, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to higher education in 1994 and holds 31 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries.

Sir John Daniel obtained his full-time university education in Metallurgy at the Universities of Oxford and Paris and later demonstrated his commitment to lifelong learning by taking 25 years to complete a part-time Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University. The internship for this programme, which took him to infant UK Open University in 1972, was a life-changing experience. He saw the future of higher education and wanted to be part of it. Read more

New West holds Blood Pressure Clinic

New West PNThe New Westminster Campus held a successful Blood Pressure (BP) Clinic at the newly opened Thrifty Foods in Sapperton. This is one of the many initiatives we have lined up as part of our Outreach Program to strengthen our partnership with and provide simple but relevant services to our community. Our Practical Nursing students and instructors enthusiastically and tirelessly checked the Blood Pressures of over 60 people who dropped by our BP station. Health Education were also provided to those who asked some health related questions. It was a great opportunity To Teach, To Guide and To Learn.

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