Business Blitz- South Albert Edition

Small businesses are the building blocks of Regina, Saskatchewan. They are everywhere! And thriving too. The BST 20 students took the initiative and created our first field trip of the year where the BST 10 students split into groups and walked to The French Press and Cade Style Lounge.

The French Press started out as a part of the Java chain in 2004 and then went independent. The name was a struggle to come up with though. Owner Laurel Dupuis, assistant manager/head chef Amy Hutchison, and a few other individuals brain stormed and came up with three names. After still not being able to come to a consensus on the name on this new coffee shop, they decided to let the customers decide the new name. After a few days, the customers chose…The French Press Coffee and Tea Co. This adorable coffee shop appeals to all ages and all demographics keeps everyone coming back for more. Not only do they make their brews locally, but are currently working on an original French Press brew as well. Also, they are famous for their latte art. The French Press is the perfect place to grab a coffee on the go or to sit down with old friends and chat over a frappe or two. Whatever the occasion, The French Press is your destination.

Amy Hutchison (left), Laurel Dupuis (right)

Amy Hutchison (left), Laurel Dupuis (right)

Cade Style Lounge, the sister shop of Coda Clothing and Shoes, has the perfect mix between trendy clothes and investment pieces to wear everyday. Colter Wood owns Coda Clothing and Shoes, which used to sell men’s and women’s apparel but an expansion was needed because of all the business Coda was receiving. That is when Cade Style Lounge was created and Amy bought into the business. Cade sells a lot of local designers from 22 Fresh, Alexandra Jewellery, and many more. Cade’s taget audience is about ages 15-25, and boy did they nail that audience on the head. From street style to the office, Cade Style Lounge has it all! Tops, bottoms, jackets, shoes, and jewelry galore. This is a store where you can purchase extraordinary pieces at an affordable price. It is a woman’s one stop shop!

The inside of Cade Style Lounge

Cade Style Lounge

The Business Blitz was a great success and I learned so much. It’s a shame that Earls was not a part of the mix this time. It would have been great to see how a successful chain restaurant ran its business. Other than that minor set back, it was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait for the 13th Avenue Business Blitz.

Résumés- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Everybody knows the crucial role a cover letter and résumé play in your current employment status. This piece of paper is an employers first impression on the type of person you are. Résumés are an excellent way to highlight your skills and qualifications that would make you a key player in their company’s success. Unfortunately, some people have not realized this yet.

 

 

 

 

Can we just take a moment to understand why these will be placed directly into a paper shredder? First off: spelling. Personally, it is my biggest pet peeve when reading ANYTHING. If a grade 10 student does not even want to continue reading after seeing “Puletsur Prize”, why would a respected employer read on? Second, do not ever, ever, say you have no references because they burned up in a fire. No one is buying it. Also, if you have no real achievements or accomplishments, do not make up an imaginary school that you got an imaginary degree from. That is also not going to be bought.  Again, your résumé and cover letter should be the epitome of professionalism with just a sprinkle of character. It is okay to try and grab a future employers attention with your people skills and remarkable qualifications, but saying Languages: “Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.”  is just not going to cut it. Not only should the information be up to date and without grammatical errors, but should be relevant to the position you are applying for. “Under “job related skills” – for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.” is great, but unless you are testing a new underwater web designing program, this should not be included in a résumé.

Now hopefully these résumé’s, bloopers, and these  have scared you into the proper way to write a résumé cover letter.