Volume 91, Issue 14

Friday, September 19, 1997



Free jobs with textbooks

By Sarrah Malek
Gazette Staff

Western students have a new tool to help assist them in the always frustrating process of finding a job. Lasso Communications in co-ordination with McGraw-Hill Ryerson Publications decided they would help make students' lives easier with their release of a CD-ROM/Internet recruitment program called CareerWizard.

Lasso released 30,000 disks to over a dozen campus stores across Canada, including The Book Store at Western. A variety of sponsors have released the disk in conjunction with McGraw-Hill, said Noelle Man, marketing coordinator for Lasso.

The program includes helpful tips on how to choose a job, what companies look for in a prospective employee, tips on interviewing skills, time management hints, business survival techniques and information from sponsoring companies about recruitment techniques, Man explained.

"Next year we will also be releasing the disks in French and the disks will be going out to all college campuses in Canada," she said.

Man said the disks were attached to textbooks sold in campus book stores dealing with business, engineering and other programs.

The interactive disks contain links to the CareerWizard web site and bonuses such as one free month of American On-Line, Man said, adding links to further information concerning job opportunities also included.

Sharon Lee, coordinator of Student Employment Services at Western, said although she has not encountered this specific program, they do receive a lot of information about other disks that are released to help students in search of employment.

"We usually check out these programs to find out whether they are worthwhile for students or just a scam," Lee said.

Gail Murray, course books supervisor at The Book Store, said there are no more copies of the disk available. To obtain more information you can browse the CareerWizard web site at www.careerwiz.com.

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