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Raise for GEM

GEM is participating for the first time in the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run, a 5K race that unites local runners and businesses to raise funds for local charities. This year, it will take place on September 10, 2017.

We’re not runners ourselves, but we’re more than ready to hit the road to keep connecting, empowering and inspiring more girls facing multiple barriers in Toronto.

We know you believe in the life-changing power of mentorship, and we wanted to ask your help to succeed in this challenging crusade.

There are three ways you can actively help us:

1. REGISTER in the B&O Yorkville Run 2017 in support of GEM. When filling out the online registration form choose Girls E-Mentorship. Once you are registered as a GEM runner, you can start fundraising for GEM by asking people to sponsor you! All the sponsorship funds will go to GEM. Hurry up! There are only 500 spots left! Click here to register.

2. SPONSOR one of our runners! If you’re not much of a runner, you can donate to GEM by sponsoring one of the GEM runners. Check out our running team by clicking here.

3. SPREAD THE WORD! Share this email with your family, friends, and peers and encourage them to run in support of GEM or to sponsor GEM runners. Every single $ makes a huge difference!

About the B&O Yorkville Run
Since its inception in 2010, participants in the B&O Yorkville Run have raised more than $800,000 in support of local charities. The 8th Annual B&O Yorkville Run will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 9:45 AM. 

The registration fee for the race is $100. During registration, you also have the chance to make a personal donation to GEM.

The race kit includes a New Balance Men’s T-shirt or Women’s Tank, a $100 Gift Card for New Balance apparel, download for professional race photos, personalized bib, timing chip, along with some surprises.

Runners registered to raise money for GEM will have a personal fundraising page. Make sure to share it with your family, friends, and peers to start getting donations for GEM! Once you get your first donation, your name will show up on GEM’s page.

Fundraisers who raise over $500 will receive their choice of luxurious fundraising prizes from Bang & Olufsen, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and other Yorkville boutiques.

For more information check out the B&O Yorkville Run website.

Regards,
The GEM Team

A resume that stands out

We’ve all been there. You’re writing up your resume, maybe dropping it off somewhere, and you can’t help but think–Is my resume any different than all the others? And it’s a good question. It’s important to have a strong and effective resume since it can play a key role in helping you score that oh-so-desired job! Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

The task of putting together your perfect resume can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time doing so, but fear not! We have the perfect tips to help you out and achieve your goals!

Before we get into what you can do to make your resume fantastic, let’s start with what not to do. At GEMinar Four: Getting Your Goals the wonderful RBC panel gave us some great tips on this. The most helpful thing that the talented ladies from RBC said when asked what makes a great resume is that less is more. This doesn’t mean that you should have a minuscule resume, but make sure to keep it no longer than a page! An employer isn’t interested in flipping through pages and pages of info on you when they’ve got other resumes to look at. Another tip they gave us is to avoid things like fancy fonts or pretty paper. This takes them away from the focus–which is you! You want to highlight what makes you the best candidate for the job, not why your resume looks nicer than the rest. You also want it to be easy to read. Keep it fresh, clean, and most importantly, professional.

Although you should keep your resume professional, this doesn’t mean you should be communicating like a robot. One of the things that can make your resume stand out is the presence of human language in your document. It may not seem like a make or break aspect, but don’t overdue your industry keywords. Phrases like “I accomplished” or “I manage” will only be effective if they are used in the natural language of the document, not if they are littered all over it. This ties into your resume’s format, too. Use something modern and don’t be afraid to make it look pleasing to the eye as long it doesn’t focus more on visuals than your resume content. You want to be taken as a serious candidate.

One more tip that will prove the most beneficial to making your resume stand out is to tailor your resume to the job you’re applying to. Chances are, your employer is looking for specifics–they’ve got a vision of the candidate they want to choose. If you have certain skills/aptitudes and experience that is relevant to the job, then be sure to include that. And the same goes for the reverse. If you’ve got irrelevant information on your resume, get rid of it–there’s no room for clutter.

Lastly, let your resume tell your employer a story. Show them how far you’ve come in your career. Now, this doesn’t mean you should be submitting a biography. Organize your information so that it is effectively customized to show your growth. It should take your reader on a journey of your professional experiences and accomplishments as well as skills and knowledge. Doing this will give your employer the opportunity to see how you’ve advanced over time what you’re bringing to them.

These are just a few tips on how to make your resume stand out. Good luck on crafting that perfect resume! Keep this advice in mind and remember the basics too–don’t lie, have your contact info available, etc. Most importantly though, remember to be confident in yourself. You know what you’re capable of, GEMgirl! Get your goals!

How to build an all-star LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a great place to start building your personal brand. It’s an online network where you can make connections, gain access to opportunities, and research career paths! But the only way you can use LinkedIn to its fullest potential is to build a great profile! Here are some tips on how to create a great LinkedIn Profile:

HEADSHOT: Make sure your profile has a professional headshot. It’s a given fact the recruiters will most likely view your profile if it has a picture. Don’t use selfies and remember to smile!

HEADLINE: Along with your headshot, your headline is one of the first things people see. You can use your headline to tell people what you’re interested in or what you’re doing now. For example: “Aspiring Engineer,” “Business | Marketing | Operations,” or “Leading Communications and Digital Marketing Strategies.”

SUMMARY: Your summary is your chance to tell your story. It’s also known as your elevator pitch. Make sure to include:
1. Who you are (education and experience)
2. What you have done (skills and achievements)
3. Where you want to go next
4. Your career goals

To stay consistent with your personal brand, it’s recommended to have a professional email such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com.

EDUCATION: Where do you go to school? Be sure to include your extra-curricular activities, additional courses or other programs.

EXPERIENCE: Add all relevant experience to your profile! This will show recruiters what skills you already have and will also give them an insight of what types of jobs you are interested in. Think outside the box –What experiences are part of your professional brand?

RECOMMENDATIONS: Back up what you highlighted in your profile with endorsements and recommendations! Add at least 5 skills, and if you endorse other people, they will most likely endorse you back. This also gives you extra credibility. Ask your managers, teachers, mentors, and classmates to write you a recommendation to strengthen your profile.

LinkedIn is a great way to maintain contact with people and stay in touch. You never know where your network will take you! The best way to meet people is through the people you already know. Send invitations to your friends, teachers, mentors, family members, organization leaders. Always send a personalized note so they know who you are and why you want to connect with them.

Lastly, keep your profile up to date! Similar to Facebook and Instagram, you can post updates on LinkedIn too. You can showcase what you have been doing professionally, share articles and communicate with your network. There’s also a mobile app you can download so you can check LinkedIn on the go!

Photo Credits: TopResume

Fatima Waheed: Why become a GEMgirl?

Fatima Waheed was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentor was Natalie Ceccato. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favorite part about the GEM program was being part of the Influencers of Tomorrow Summit. I found the event very engaging and knowledgeable. I enjoyed being surrounded by strong independent women who were trying to help Toronto become more inclusive. Attending the summit affirmed the idea that girls can make a difference and that we can change tomorrow.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM is my greatest achievement. The GEM program equipped me with skills for my future and gave me something to be proud of. Not only did they help me to be more confidence, but also opened many doors for me. I had the opportunity to apply and win one of the GEM scholarships because of the skills I received from the GEMinars. GEM made me believe that change is possible and that we need to help empower all.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m currently a first- year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m studying Psychology and Health Science. Also, I’m the Finance Director of the school’s Muslim Student Association.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-It’s a life changing experience where you will develop skills that will benefit your future. GEM will open so many doors for you. You will also make great connections that will always be there for you. GEM is a great support system that will help keep you on task and make sure you are taking the right steps to have a successful future.

Scholarship applications are open!

On May 13th, at our final GEMinar, we will be celebrating the end of the 2016-17 GEM program by awarding four scholarships.  All GEMgirls  are invited to submit their applications.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10 (Math/Canadian History/Science)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11 (Math Functions/Chemistry/Physics/Biology)

 

ELEGIBILITY
1. All GEMgirls from our 2016-17 cohort are eligible to apply for the GEM Scholarships.

2. The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is a private girls school in Toronto that is offering two GEMgirls (one going into Grade 10 and one going into Grade 11) the chance to earn a credit at their school. BSS will provide textbook and lunch.

  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10: Looking for a Grade 9 Student going into Grade 10 for the following courses: Math MCR 3U, Canadian History CHC 2D, Science SNC 2D.
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11: Looking for a Grade 10 Student going into Grade 11 for the following courses: Math (Functions) MCR 3U, Biology SBI 3U, Chemistry SCH 3U, Physics SPH 3U.

For more information about the BSS Scholarships click here.

 

APPLY TODAY!
Scholarship applications are now open and are due May 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please take your time to fill out your application. Each application will be reviewed and scored by a Scholarship Committee. Feedback from your mentor, GEMinar attendance, and GEM community participation will be considered along with your application.

Please contact us at cass@girlsementorship.com  if you have any questions.
Good luck!

 

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