SEND THE BEST POSSIBLE JOB APPLICATION

SEND THE BEST POSSIBLE JOB APPLICATION

Sending a job application can be a stressful undertaking. You have to carefully highlight your strengths while striving for authenticity in the eyes of prospective employers. It’s a fact that little mistakes can hurt your chances at getting a job. So you want to make sure you dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”. But at the same time you don’t want to overdo things. Given the circumstances it is certainly easy to scrutinize everything, whether it matters or not. Furthermore, emotions can get added to the mix and before you know it you cross the threshold into overthinking things and paralysis by analysis.

What you need in this instance is another person to evaluate your job application; someone who is clear headed, somewhat detached from the outcome and wants to help. Paradoxically this is the best combination of attributes to help you craft the best job application possible, whether it’s a cover letter, a curriculum vitae/résumé, or both.

At Homework Help Canada, we can craft a job application that puts your best foot forward. We have experienced people who can look at your skills and the job(s) you wish to apply to, and tailor your job application accordingly. You don’t have to fret over what details are important or not important. We can do that for you, and chances are that we’ll open your eyes on things that you never thought of. That’s the benefit of having an experienced outside person craft your job application for you. We know the things to put and the things to avoid, because we have the knowledge and experience. As well, our experts have a mindset that is closest to that of the prospective employer; and that is, being emotionally detached, but with the added benefit of wanting to help. Let us help you with your job application today.

References:
Hatter-Williams, E. (2015, August 19). Don’t let little mistakes derail your job application. Lansing State Journal. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/money/business/2015/08/19/let-little-mistakes-derail-job-application/31981305/

OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF CLASS PRESENTATIONS

OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF CLASS PRESENTATIONS

For many people, giving a class presentation is the absolute worst part of school. Standing in front of everyone is hard enough, let alone trying to remember your points and staying on topic. Some people even list their fear of public speaking as worse than their fear of death!

But according to experts, most people’s fear of public speaking doesn’t come from the act itself, but from worries about the disapproval of others, or fear of not knowing enough about the chosen topic. Think about what scares you the most about presenting, and then it’ll be easier for you to isolate that issue and work through it. Talk to a friend about the fear that underlines your hatred for presentations—and remember, it’s probably not what you originally thought it would be.

There are also ways you can organize your presentation so that you feel comfortable when you get up in front of the class. Eliminate tricky statistics and specifics that you might forget and fumble over, or if they’re necessary, just include them in your slides.

Opening the presentation with a personal story or example also helps many people. Since it’s familiar territory, you can convey it just like you would if you were chatting with a friend. And don’t obsess over memorizing every single phrase in their exact order or you’ll be more likely to mess up and get flustered. Get comfortable with the presentation’s main points, and then follow an outline or your slides to stay on-point.

If you’ve prepared properly and you’re still nervous, don’t fret! Everyone knows how stressful it can be in the hot seat, so there’s no need to mask your nerves. Take a few deep breaths before you get up there and take your time to stay calm.

At Homework Help Canada, we offer speech writing and PowerPoint presentation/creation so that you can be sure your material is well written and on topic. Our team of experts has years of experience putting together the best presentations for class assignments of all grade levels. Leave the grunt work to us so you can focus on getting comfortable at the podium.

References:
Adams, S. (2012, March 7). Why Public Speaking Scares You and How to Overcome Your Fear. Retrieved August 31, 2015, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/03/07/why-public-speaking-scares-you-and-how-to-overcome-your-fears/

SUPPOSE THAT YOU JUST WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING

SUPPOSE THAT YOU JUST WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING

Let’s say you recently developed an interest in a particular subject, either for personal or professional reasons, and you want to start learning about it. And let’s also say that you don’t want to spend the hundreds or thousands of dollars to take a course on the subject. You just want to have a good source of material in front of you, from which you can learn the subject. What do you do?

You can do what most people often do, and that is go online and see what websites there are which can teach you about the subject. If you’re lucky you will find some good websites without too much effort and they will do the job. Other times it’s not so easy. You will find that there’s just too much information online, which is often contradictory. The information is certainly there but you have to sift through it to separate out the good from the bad. This can be very time-consuming. Even worse, excessive reliance on online information can result in you thinking you know more than you actually do, as explained in this article by Dr. Rick Nauert, PhD. This situation is something you definitely don’t want, to be happily misinformed.

So given these potential pitfalls to learning material from online searches, you’re probably thinking that it’s better to just spend the money on a course after all. But hold on, there is another alternative. You can hire a subject matter expert to put together a description and any accompanying reference material that is necessary to get you started on the right path towards learning the subject you want. This expert can create a good introductory explanation of the subject that interests you and provide additional reference materials for you to learn from as you progress along the learning curve.

Experts like this are very useful because they can provide the resource material you need, unlike a course which is basically a one-size-fits-all for learning about something. But an expert will tailor the learning material to what you want, and just as importantly will save you time looking up material online, which could steer you in the wrong direction. And they do this by prescribing for you the correct set of resource material for you to learn from. Consider this the perfect alternative to looking up material online or taking a course.

Such types of experts are available at Homework Help Canada. We have subject matter experts in many different areas. Perhaps having a research paper made for you in your subject of interest is what you need. Just tell us what you need and what you’re looking to get out of it, and we will put something together for you which will put you on the right learning path.

References:
Nauert, R. (2015, August 13). Internet Info Alone Can Lead to Overstating Actual Knowledge. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/08/13/exclusive-internet-searches-leads-to-overstatement-of-actual-knowledge/90801.html

STRATEGIES FOR STRUCTURING ESSAYS

STRATEGIES FOR STRUCTURING ESSAYS

The ability of writing and structuring an essay is one of the most fundamental skills required within an academic environment. However, composing persuasive and sound essays is not an easy task – it requires the ability to thoroughly analyze different perspectives, establish a cohesive argument that makes sense to the reader, and present support for that argument in a straightforward and logical way.

The structure of an essay itself is determined by the focus and scope of its research topic. The research topic dictates which information the writer needs to extrapolate on, and plays a large role in determining how best to express that information to the reader. While there are a variety of guidelines and formats for structuring essays (the classic “hamburger” or five-paragraph essay comes to mind), there is no set method or formula which works better than another. Each essay’s structure is unique to the position being argued.

Traditional essays require different kinds of information to be presented to the reader throughout different sections. However, most essays involve a similar process of writing and follow a consistent format of delivery: the introduction of an argument with a thesis statement that summarizes the essay’s central theme; the analysis of data or sources in subsequent paragraphs involving an issue of discussion relating to the thesis statement; and a conclusion which re-engages with the thesis statement and demonstrates how evidential support and discussion can inform upon its parameters.

Structuring an essay into a well-flowing series of interrelated ideas involves data analysis, abstract thinking, and developing arguments and counter-arguments. One effective method of laying out all information to be discussed is to use an idea map, with different topics branching into each other according to how they relate to or inform upon one another. Other useful tactics include separating sources into various lists based on their contribution to the essay, or creating a rudimentary thesis and highlighting any source material (along with additions from the writer’s own input) which can bolster the topic or position.

At Homework Help Canada, we offer a variety of tips and strategies to help students with the trickier aspects of essay creation. With our services you no longer need to dread drawing up an essay structure, so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us now!

References:
Essay Structure (n.d.). Retrieved August 31, 2015 from http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/essay-structure

WRITING TO SELL YOURSELF: HOW A TAILORED RESUME CAN HELP YOU LAND THE JOB YOU WANT!

WRITING TO SELL YOURSELF: HOW A TAILORED RESUME CAN HELP YOU LAND THE JOB YOU WANT!

Wading through pools of applicants and sifting through piles of resumes are necessary evils for any employer when searching for the perfect potential new hire. Studies show that recruiters will spend just seconds on an applicant’s resume before accepting or rejecting what they see. They are looking for individuals who have the necessary skills to contribute to their organization—hopefully one who will stay for the long term and who will grow and develop over time.

In order for an employer to take your application to the next level, you must first give them a reason to stop and take a look at you. When you individualize your cover letter to a particular employer, you show that you are committed to being part of their team; you’ve invested the time researching their company and what they want, and you can highlight why you are the perfect person for the job.

A common problem when writing a cover letter is simple: most of us don’t want to sound too boastful about our skills, talents, and accomplishments. But wait! If you don’t, who will? The job market is a competitive place and there are plenty of other candidates who are ready to play. Remember, you are essentially selling yourself when applying for any job—so don’t be afraid to stand out. If you want to succeed and go far, the first step is to provide an appealing written representation of your employability.

Writing a cover letter is hard work, but the writers at Homework Help Canada can help get you where you want to go. A well written cover letter crafted by our talented writers will help you in your search for a new full-time or part-time job; if the job search is stressing you out, get in touch with us and let us offer you some relief on the writing side.

References:
Harris, Peter. (2015, May 5). How to write a resume for a high-paying job (with sample). Retrieved August 20, 2015, from http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/how-to-write-a-resume-for-a-high-paying-job-with-sample/

REFRAMING GROUP WORK

REFRAMING GROUP WORK

Group projects get a bad rap. I’ve listened to classmates talk about group work as if it’s the bane of their existence. Sometimes it seems that one or two people in the group take on the brunt of the work while the rest seem to lack the desire to contribute. Group work can be time-consuming and difficult but it is inevitably a component of any university program. So how is it possible to make group work more appealing and less of a burden?

In her article Group Work and Other Pain, Kathryn Woodcock explains that group work is more than an attempt by professors to minimize the number of term papers they have to grade. When group work is used intentionally as a pedagogical tool it can enable students to collaborate and learn from the knowledge of their colleagues, gain peer feedback, and learn how to work with others.

Woodcock suggests that it is important for group members not to see the project as a sum of individual parts but a process completed by the group as a whole. Every student has had different life experiences and each has their own way of learning. While one student in the group appears to be the most intelligent in the traditional sense, another student may have strengths that can contribute to the success of the group. If students are able to shift their perception of group work to that of a collaborative process they may be more effective.

One key to a successful group project is making sure that every member is on the same page. The group may decide to establish some group guidelines at the beginning of the process. These are to be referred to as the deadline approaches and when things become stressful. Another way to make sure that all group members are on the same page is to create an outline for the project. Homework Help Canada offers support with essay and thesis outlines. Having an outline will allow everyone in the group to refer back to the initial plan and keep on track throughout the process.

Professors often anticipate a professional presentation as a component of a group project. Power point presentations have become an expectation in many classrooms. Developing effective power point presentations can be a time consuming process that can take away from other portions of the group work. Homework Help Canada can develop any kind of power point presentation for your group work project.

Overall group work can be a challenging but worthwhile experience. Students should shift their perspective of group work in order to embrace a different type of learning activity. Drawing on available resources such as those offered by Homework Help Canada can assist students to have a dynamic and successful group experience.

References:
Woodcock, K. (n.d.). Thoughts on groupwork. Retrieved August 31, 2015. http://www.ryerson.ca/woodcock/students/groupwork/

USING YOUR BEST VOICE: DO NOT WRITE HOW YOU SPEAK

USING YOUR BEST VOICE: DO NOT WRITE HOW YOU SPEAK

Have you ever noticed how you speak in everyday conversation? Next time you are talking with someone, pay attention to how many ‘likes’, ‘ums’, and ‘rights’ you unconsciously and habitually throw into the mix; everyone does it, and this type of informal language is accepted within our circle of friends and daily casual conversation and correspondence.

One of the worst pieces of advice given when engaging with formal writing is to write how you talk. Any professional will tell you is that when you are writing an academic or professional document, it is never appropriate to write in colloquial language. Using this informal, conversational language is the first step to getting noticed—for all the wrong reasons. Writing as if you are talking to your best friend or sending messages on social media does not establish your reputation as a formal and conscientious writer; your language and phrasing does not have to equal that of a presidential speech (unless that is what you are writing!) but you should attempt to reach and maintain a high level of formality and academic standard.

There are countless style guides with tips and rules for specific documents you might be writing, from business proposals to cover letters or academic essays, and all require that your writing is consistent and mature. Paying attention to simple differences between informal and formal writing will make a noticeable improvement in your document. Always consider your style and audience as you write and prepare for the editing stage, keeping in mind just a few (of the many) following tips:

The use of contractions — in formal writing, it is more appropriate to write out the complete word (cannot, do not, should not) instead of using the short form (can’t, don’t, shouldn’t).

Avoid abbreviations — words like phone, admin, or TV should be written out in full as well (telephone, administration, television). Always spell out days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). This sounds like an obvious one, yet often we simply forget to do it properly when we are used to shortening the majority of our daily written conversation.

Numbers — it is a general rule that any number below 10 should be written (three, four, five). When the number is greater than 10, it is fine to use numbers (1500, 70,000).

Attempt a more complex writing style — formal writing prefers the use of longer sentences over shorter, choppy ones. A longer sentence allows you to be thorough when you are expressing your thoughts or if you want to explain something clearly. Beware of the run-on sentence, however. Use proper punctuation and end your thoughts at the right spot.

Good writing does not happen naturally—it is important to pay attention, keep your style consistent, and choose the right words. Grasping these skills will help to avoid a lot of miscommunication in your work and will ease the editing process as well. If you need a little assistance, however, skilled writers can modify your language and tailor your document to a specific audience.
The Difference Between Formal and Informal Writing. Retrieved August 31, 2015, from http://www.word-mart.com/html/formal_and_informal_writing.html

STYLE AND CITATION GUIDES: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

STYLE AND CITATION GUIDES: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Using a citation and writing style guide can be tedious and time consuming. Any university student can tell you how frustrating it is to spend an extra hour (at least) on each essay to make sure that it meets all of the tiny, meticulous rules of the required style. MLA, APA, Chicago: they all seem to have such precise, yet completely different rules. So why is using a style guide or citation style so important to quality writing anyway? Well, the simplest explanation is that it ensures consistency. A Business 2 Community article noted that the three most important reasons for using a style guide (in school and in business) are to streamline the writing process and to save time, to enhance professionalism, and to serve as a training tool.

But you’re probably wondering, how does this apply to me? Well, as much as you might cringe when your professor asks for ten sources, all cited in MLA style and referenced in a Works Cited page, there are plenty of reasons why it’s important.

Reference: You might think that it’s tedious to put these sources together, but having everything consistently organized in one place makes everything easier, for everyone. When studying at the end of term, you’ll be able to look back on the work you completed and the research you did, without scrambling through your search history. Your professor will be able to quantify your sources much easier, and therefore they’ll be able to mark your paper faster (and you’ll get a better mark!).

Consistency: Consistency is the key to academic and professional writing. If you write USA in one place and U.S.A in another, your reader will notice and you will lose credibility. Style and citation guides ensure that your usage is the same across the board.

Future Applicability: Learning style guides like MLA, APA, and Chicago will give you an edge as you move into your career. If your intention is to work in a professional setting, there will be guidelines set for you in terms of your workflow and daily routine. Style guides are notoriously complex, so if you can master a style manual, the corporate world will be a breeze!

Concrete rules for citation and usage styles are not set down as torture devices for your professors to use at will. They are tools that, if used correctly, can increase the professionalism and quality of your writing exponentially. Consider a writing style guide as a map to success: learning to follow it correctly will surely get you there faster. But hey, if you’re still having a tough time understanding why APA style asks for a title page and MLA does not, we’re here to help.

References:
Yuille, Brigitte (2011, July 16) Three Reasons for A Writing Style Guide at Work Business 2 Community. Retrieved August 24th, 2015 from http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/three-reasons-for-a-writing-style-guide-at-work-044226

TOP 6 FOODS FOR OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION

TOP 6 FOODS FOR OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION

When school gets busy and your calendar becomes flooded with deadlines, it can be easy to forget to treat your body right. The age-old saying goes, “you are what you eat,” but unfortunately many people don’t take this seriously. Deep fried, processed, and heavily packaged foods hold a lot appeal; they taste delicious, they’re quick, and most of all, they’re easy to access. Unfortunately, although convenient, these foods tend to be high in cholesterol leaving you to feel sluggish, unbalanced, and cloudy-minded. Here are 6 foods that can help boost brain function and improve memory.

1. FISH

Fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and this is truly brain food. Fish can help to improve memory and lower the risk of stroke, dementia, and poor mental health. Certainly, fish can have a very unique taste that many may not like, however, tasteless and odourless fish oil multivitamins are available at most grocery stores. Essential fatty acids can fuel your brain and promote long-term mental capabilities.

2. BLUEBERRIES

Not only are blueberries delicious, but they’re also amazing for cognitive function! Blueberries have been proven to promote cognition and improve memory. The best thing about blueberries is that they’re a great study snack; just pack a container and you can snack on them while reading over your notes in the library.

3. EGGS

Studies have shown that diets rich in choline (a natural vitamin found in egg-yolks) can promote verbal and visual memory. It should also be noted that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day especially when it comes to fueling brain power. A high-protein breakfast helps to give you energy to last throughout the day which is necessary when trying to focus on academics.

4. AVOCADO

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly ripened avocado and fortunately, this superfood is amazing for brain health. Not only does it lower blood pressure, but avocado is rich in monosaturated fat; This promotes healthy blood flow within the brain, too.

5. WATER

It’s a known fact that humans need water on a daily basis to survive, however, many people do not drink enough of it. Studies show that dehydration can actually shrink brain tissue, therefore it’s essential to promote brain function by drinking enough water.

6. YOGURT

Many people know that yogurt is ideal for gut health. Yogurt contains probiotics which are good bacteria that help keep the gut in good health. Although yogurt does not directly influence the brain itself, it does keep digestion intact which is essential for absorbing all those nutrient-dense foods that will promote brain function. In other words, yogurt can help keep you feeling good and prepare your body and mind to be able to perform its best.

The brain is a complicated, yet intriguing organ that helps to dictate our entire being, so it’s important that we take care of it. Eating these “brain foods” will help promote clarity, cognition, and improve memory both in the short and long term. Know of any other foods that promote optimal brain function? Sound off in the comments below!

5 WAYS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE UTILIZE TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

5 WAYS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE UTILIZE TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

Once you are more or less on your own, your time becomes yours to manage. It is liberating to be the master of your own fate, but as anyone who remembers the transition, can confirm that it can also be a difficult skill to master. But planning your day out helps you accomplish more because it breaks the day up into goals. Personal life, work, study, even pencilling in some free time can be hard to juggle and keep track of if you are trying to do it all in your head. If you feel like you just can’t keep any more reminders in your short-term memory, why not outsource some of your time management to a day timer. Below are 5 benefits of using a day timer for time management.

LESS STRESS

The more things you write down as reminders, the more time that you will have to plan and prepare for them, and the less likely that you will be blindsided by something that you forgot was pending. Disorganization is stress and writing down your time management is a surefire way to help eliminate some of that.

ACCOMPLISH MORE

One of the principal goals of good time management is maximizing the amount you are able to get done in a given day, week, month, year etc. If you make a list of the things that you want to do today, the chance of you A) remembering, and B) actually addressing that list are much higher, than if you were to simply try and keep everything in your head.

ELIMINATE REDUNDANCY

One of the major benefits of good time management, which includes writing down your schedule, is that you eliminate the amount of rework you have to do. Forgotten details, meetings, or things that you need to buy, send etc. costs you time and hurts your ability to maximize daily accomplishments.

MORE ORDERLY PERSONAL LIFE

One of the major problems for students is that your education tends to consume much of your life, meaning you have less time to dedicate to personal affairs. Add to that a full time, or a part time job, and your relationships can suffer if you don’t know what you’re doing. Using a day timer for time management means that you have a much more accurate and reliable picture of exactly where you are able to allot personal time and will let you keep to those commitments much better.

MAXIMIZE YOUR FREE TIME

You truly don’t know how much “free” time you have during the day until you sit down and plan your day out. There is only so much time in the day, but incorporating a day timer into your time management routine will allow you to capitalize on the amount of free time available to you.

The competing obligations and responsibilities of life can be tough. Some choose to make them even more difficult than need be, by not incorporating efficient time management skills into their daily lives. Whether it’s on your phone, or one that you’ve picked up from your local stationery or office supply store, a day timer will make your life much more easy, orderly and enjoyable. It will help you manage your time and plan your life more effectively. Start to keep track of and manage your time and watch how your ability to plan and execute becomes second nature.

References:
Aldwin, Z. (2013). “Why it Pays to Plan Your day.” The Herald. Retrieved from: http://www.herald.co.zw/why-it-pays-to-plan-your-day/