How to Build the Perfect Student or New Graduate CV

You CV is inarguably the most important personal marketing document that you will create while looking to get employed. Whether it’s your dream internship or first job, secure your ideal job with our quick tips on building the perfect student or new graduate CV.

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Formatting is Key

Your cv should be easy to read, 1-page long, and flow in chronological, logical order. This means that formatting the document will be key. Use a normal font, don’t go smaller than 11-point, and utilize strategic bolding and bullet points to highlight key information. This will help the recruiter or hiring manager easily look through important information and (hopefully) shortlist your candidature.

Quantify, Always.

One common mistake with early career CVs is that they don’t quantify their achievememts. This is incrediy important to showcase how good you are at what you do! Did you advise on an engineering project worth half a million dollars? Put that number in there! Did you grow a social media page from 1000 to 1500 followers? That’s social growth of 50%! Quantifying your achievements are key to making you stand out as a candiate.

Focus on the Relevance

Only include jobs and accomplishments that show the hiring manager that you are up to the job at hand. There’s no reason to add positions that aren’t relevant because the goal of the document is only to convince the hiring manager that you can do the job.

Outline The Fit

Always showcase how your profile is aligned with the goals of the job and the values of the orgnization. This way, from the very first time that a hiring manager sees your CV, they will be sure of your fit.

Don’t be Fluffy!

There’s no need to add words and accoplishments that are somewhat superficial – this will only hurt your crediblility. Stick to tangible and relevant accomplishments with action-based words (Created, Implemented, Strategized).

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Our Favourite Fitness in Montreal

Now that gyms and boutique fitness centers are opening up once again, it’s time to enjoy the amazing fitness experiences Montreal has to offer (in a safe-fashion). To better help you do so, we have compiled a list of our top 5 fitness classes in the city.

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Report Fitness

Nothing like a HITT workout and no one does it quite like Report Fitness, Plus, with a location just down the street from Concordia, it’s centrally located and accessible. You will sweat, be warned!

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Speaking of sweating, enso yoga is a great experience for hot yoga, hot barre, pilates, and HITT! Again, you can’t be the location either – just down the street from your Montreal Student Residence, enso is a great workout experience.

Le Gym – Concordia

The best part of Le Gym? There’s tons of equipment and it’s included in your tuition! That alone puts it on our “best fitness” list.

Underdog Boxing Gym

Looking for an innovative workout? Look no further than Underdog Boxing! You can take private lessons, sessions with friends, or classes. What better way to get your energy out and a workout in!

Studio/House of Bounce

Cardio made fun (we mean it). House of Bounce specializes in trampoline cardio, which is sure to make for a fun class!

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Did we miss your favourite workout in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us on social media @stcathys.

 

Best Socially-Distant Road Trips to Take This Summer

We know that Covid-19 has messed with many summer vacations – including ours. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Get our of your Montreal student residence and check out our list of alternative vacations that you can take (near the Montreal area), while remaining 100% socially distant.

Quebec City

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Beautiful and rich with history, take a train up to Quebec city for a few days. You will be absolutely astounded by the beautiful streets, quaint shops, and historical landmarks.

Mont Tremblant

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Typically regarded as a winter ski destination, Mont Tremblant and Tremblant village in the summer is absolutely dreamy! If you are partial to adventure, hiking, cycling, and rides up the mountain, leave your Montreal student residence behind and head to Mont Tremblant!

Ottawa /Gatineau

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Ottawa is like Montreal’s little sister – and that alone makes it worth the visit. Ok, maybe not, but what does make it worth the visit is that it boasts something for everyone. History lovers and art fanatics will enjoy the galleries and parliament buildings, whereas outdoorsy types can head across the bridge to Gatineau for some gorgeous views while hiking. Oh and did we forget to mention Nordik Spa will take you to another heaven? Definitely worth the visit!

Toronto

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Head to Canada’s biggest city to enjoy living it up in style. Deemed a mini New York, Toronto has everything from posh bars and vibrant Distillery District, to the Royal Ontario Museum and Yorkville. Worth the trip in our books!

Muskoka

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If you’re looking for a luxury weekend getaway in the woods, there’s no luxury camping in Canada quite like heading to the Muskokas. Yours to discover, this area outside of Toronto is truly a breath of fresh air.

 

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The Perfect Weekend (on a Student Budget)

When Friday finally arrives, it’s time to have some fun! Whether you’re taking a well-earned break from your summer internship or your dreary summer courses, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a weekend activity outside of your workplace or Montreal student residence. Despite loving some time out, we understand that a student budget can be tight. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of perfect weekend activities you can do on a student budget in Montreal!

Head to a Museum

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Did you know many museums in Montreal are completely free to enjoy? If not, many also have a student discount. So grab a friend or date, and enjoy the cultural benefits of living in such a vibrant city at one of Montreal’s many museums or galleries.

Walk Through Old Port

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Take a walk through the gorgeous Old Port and enjoy a snack from one of the many food trucks along the boardwalk. From window shopping to zip lining or horse-carriage rides, this is sure to make for a lovely afternoon. If you squint, it might just look like you’re in Europe.

Cafe Tour

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Head to the Plateau and try out one of the many hipster cafes the area has to offer. Not only will it be a quaint experience full of Instagrammable (and memorable) moments, but it will also not hurt your wallet! Better yet, rainy or sunshine, a cafe tour of the plateau will always hold up!

 

TamTams

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If you’re looking to have a Sunday Funday outside of your Montreal student residence, head to parc Mount Royal and enjoy the Tamtams. With vibrant drum music, entertainers, and a great young crowd, this is the place to be to enjoy the sun and breeze in our vibrant city on a Sunday. Did we mention it’s completely free?

 

Bottomless Brunch

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Ok, this one might be slightly more expensive, but get out from your Montreal Student Residence and enjoy one of the many Montreal restaurants that boast bottomless mimosas with their brunch menu. Check out Suwu for a great and affordable option!

 

Did we miss your favourite affordable weekend activity? Let us know in the comment section below, or by tagging @stcathys on social media

Preparations to Take Before September To Ace Your Year

Summer may be in full swing, but before you know it, September will hit hard! To avoid any last-minute hustles, prepare yourself for your upcoming academic year. Take a moment in your Montreal Student Residence room to plan out your year with our tips on things to prepare before the start of the session.

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Build a Schedule

Nothing is more important than understanding just how much time you have in a day so that you can allocate it properly. Don’t be exasperated as September hits –  build your schedule ahead of time!

Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!

Whether you know exactly what you want to get out of the year or are still working that out, drafting your tasks and prioritizing them accordingly will only prove to be useful. Spend time doing this in your Montreal Student Residence.

Look at Your Goals

Do you know what you want to get out of your university experience? Look at your long term goals and spend some time planning exactly what you can do this year to achieve them. Whether it’s joining a society, garnering volunteer experience, or getting ready for graduate school entry exams, this planning will ultimately be invaluable.

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Did we miss the top plan that you like to make before your school year? Let us know in the comment section below, or by tagging your Montreal student residence @stcathys on social media.

5 Montreal Restaurants You Have to Try!

Are you getting the itch to finally get outside and enjoy the social scene of Montreal once again? We sure are, we have compiled a list of five Montreal restaurants you need to try this summer.

Marcus

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Built two years ago by a celebrity chef in the four seasons, Marcus is a perfect place for a fancy night out. The food is amazing and the ambiance is on matched!

Bar George

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fancy a trip to London? Look no further than down the street from your Montreal student residence, at Bar George. With a British inspired menu in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, you won’t regret checking this place out!

Monarque

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An old Montreal staple, check out the gorgeous restaurant Monarque for a delicious yet relaxed meal. The food is to die for and the building is rich in history.

Liv Salads

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Want to grab something on the go? Liv salads on Saint Catherine Has a diverse menu of healthy meals with delicious salad staples. The best part? It’s just down the road from your Montreal student residence, Saint Cathy’s.    

Bhandari Cuisine Indienne

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Looking for a great Indian meal? Bhandari has a diverse menu with the taste of both north and south India. With a great location across from Concordia, this will become a new go-to lunch spot!

Did we miss your favorite Montreal restaurant? Let us know in the comment section below!

The Final List of Softwares You Need for Student Life

If you are anything like me, softwares are the cornerstone of your study routine. There are many options for students, but after trying many, we have decided to compile a list of our top five softwares for student life.

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Notion

Notion is a next-level project management software. It’s like if Wunderlist married Trello and they had an awesome baby that was contemporary, modern, easy to use, and oh so powerful. Do yourself a favor and migrate your personal and professional workflow onto Notion.

Evernote

Every A-grade student needs a great note-taking system. We love Evernote for its ease of use and simple categorization. From lecture halls to your Montreal Student Residence, it’s the last note-taking app you will need!

Property Apps

Don’t waste your time paying rent for your Montreal student residence manually or by cheque. When you’re busy sending your rent through an app is the easiest thing we could imagine, and that’s why Property Apps makes our list!

Study Timer

It’s important to know just how long you’re actually studying, versus being distracted, and more importantly, if you’re meeting your study course. With the study timer app, you get all of these analytics and more every time you have a study session. On top of that, there are built-in functionalities to minimize distractions and stop you from picking up your phone! It goes without saying, that this app is essential for students.

Polymail

We love Polymail because it allows you to link all of your email accounts in one gorgeously designed user interface. It makes email and easier than you could’ve ever imagined!

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Did we miss your favorite student software? Let us know in the comment section below!

Socially Distanced Birthday? Here’s How!

If you are plagued with having a birthday during the days of social distancing, don’t get too down! We have the perfect guide to celebrating your birthday like a boss during these socially-distanced times in your Montreal Student Residence.

Connect with Friends – Via Zoom

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If anything period has taught us that you don’t need to physically be together to have fun, it has been throughout the quarantine. Celebrate from the comfort of your Montreal student residence by making a Zoom party. Best part? Everyone is safe!

Try a “House Party”

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If Zoom parties aren’t doing it for you, take things to the next level with the House Party app. Rather than simply socializing, you can play virtual games, create different rooms, and connect with friends-of-friends. We promise, it’s a great time!

Check Out a Socially Distant Resto

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Many Montreal restaurants are adhering to social distancing rules. As such, there’s no reason to not enjoy a safe and delectable dinner out at one of Montreal’s many amazing restaurants.

Try a Fancy Picnic

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Park or beach,  grab an intimate group of your closest friends, and try having a picnic! Want to indulge? Add a cake and bottle of your favorite champagne or sparkling tea, and you’re sure to have an evening no attendee will forget, Just be sure to limit the invitation to 2 households!

Enjoy the Rooftop

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If you are at a Montreal Student Residence such as St Cathy’s, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the comfort of your own home!

Did we miss how you celebrated a socially distant birthday? Let us know in the comment section below!

Your ‘Gram-Able Picnic Guide Has Arrived

If one post has become omnipresent during the pandemic, it’s the picnic. You know the one – we’ve all the influencer hosting picnic that seems to perfect to be real. Well turns out, they are real, and we can help you get that aesthetic pic of your dreams! Below find our steps to the perfect picnic!

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  1. Find the perfect spot in the park. Go with the greenery!
  2. Choose a blanket that is not too busy. We vote to stick with a white or cream sheet.
  3. Don’t cheap out on the extras – it’s all about that perfect basket.
  4. Accessorise! What really adds to the picnic is the flowers and greenery!
  5. Don’t do dishware – aside from wine glasses. Other than that, opt for bringing a wood cutting board rather than plates.
  6. Go with trendy (and easy) food. Did someone say cheese and meats?
  7. Choose your fruit strategically – go for trending colours like orange peaches and mandarins, or pink strawberries and raspberries.
  8. Take photos with strategic angles. We love an above-view!
  9. Dress accordingly. Choose outfits that are aligned with the colours of your picnic.
  10. Don’t forget the drinks! From blood orange juice to a crisp rose, the drinks are one extra layer of oomph that you can add to your picnic.

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Well, that’s our guide to the perfectly ‘grammable picnic. What are your favourite tips? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on Instagram!

 

5 Ways to Ace Online Learning

If you, like many, have had to move your courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand how it can be a struggle. Luckily, we have created a list of five key things that you can do in order to Ace your online learning straight from your Montreal student residence.

Don’t Change a Thing

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The key is to treat your online lecture the same way you would as a real lecture, stay attentive, be on time, and focus on the content.

Take Notes

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We understand that it might be easier to slack off when you’re taking a course online, but it’s important to take notes and be organized just as you would in a real lecture.

Organize Beforehand

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The beauty of taking online courses? You can roll out of bed and still make attendance! Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to eat your courses – you should think about organizing yourself beforehand and understanding what the contact will be so that you can take notes while keeping up with the lecture.

Debrief!

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Sometimes, the content might not be syncing the same way when you’re not physically in a lecture hall. That’s why it’s key to debrief after your lecture so that you can understand where you may be missing information and what the key goals of the course were.

Create Digital Study Groups

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One of the best parts of the university experience is your peer class. Just because you’re not on campus doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy group studying. Take the initiative to create a group study session and conduct it digitally via Zoom! It can be just as rewarding and helpful as a physical study group, and you’ll have the added benefit of creating lasting connections with your peers. On top of that, you can do it all from the comfort of your Montreal student residence!

What are your favorite tips for acing online courses? Let us know in the comments section below!