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Inspiration

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Introduction

Feeling stumped? Not entirely sure what you can create a submission about?

We've developed the following guidelines for you to get inspired when sharing your next contribution with us.  You are welcome to browse through our Topics section to see what other people have and haven’t discussed already. As always, the SFU Editorial Team is here to help you figure out which topic and structure will work best with your content creation goals.

Content Styles

Find a style of content that works for you by taking a look at the unique, creative ways past contributors have developed content that serves as a learning experience for others.

Top Tips

Provide advice on specific topics in an easy-to-consume list form. Not only are they popular with our audience, but they also provide an easy way to organize your thoughts on a topic.

Interview (Q + A)

Being able to tell a story by interviewing an interesting guest is a fantastic collaborative communication skill to have. Consider the different ways you can create a Q + A story.

Series

Don’t feel restricted by a word count or time limit to tell a great story. If you think your submission can be better told one part at a time, break up your content into a few sections for us to turn into a series.

Multimedia

Feel free to get creative with a variety of unique ways to include multimedia such as graphics (i.e. illustrations, comic strips), GIFs, and audiovisual elements.

Knowledge Sharing

There is such a wide range of learning topics you can share your knowledge about. Consider teaching your peers about a topic, skill, or tool that you enjoy discussing or are particularly savvy about.

SFU Programs, Faculty, Initiatives

During your time at SFU, you may have been involved with one or more opportunities such as Co-op, Study Abroad, etc. Inspire others by sharing stories and advice about your experiences.

Community-Created Job Seeking Resources

No matter where you are in your SFU journey, help your peers and colleagues out by showcasing your resumes, cover letters, project samples, and interview Q&As.

Spotlight

Bring the focus to an organization, alumni, student, faculty, or staff member you know. Consider the many ways you can engage with your subject of interest i.e. interviews.

Core Topics

The OLC has an expansive range of topics you can create about to educate and inspire the SFU Community with. Browse through our ten Core Topics to see what other people have and haven’t discussed already. For more information about these topics, head over to the Core Topics section.

CORE TOPICS

Call-Out Topics and Ideas

In some cases, you might be happy to create on any topic or … you might be feeling stuck while coming up with content ideas. That’s totally okay! If you find yourself looking for specific content ideas, please consider helping out the OLC by creating content on the following in-demand topics:

Community Engagement

We’d love to learn more about how you have been engaging with your communities through SFU Clubs, volunteering, and other areas of social responsibility. Take the time to reflect on your experiences by using any of our storytelling tools.

SFU Programs and Initiatives

There are so many ways you might be involved at SFU, so tell us about it! Share your experiences with programs and initiatives like:

  • Peer Education and Mentorship
  • Study Abroad
  • Semester in Dialogue
  • Work Study
  • Field School

Job Seeking Resources

It’s incredibly easy to support your peers by submitting your job application artifacts like resumes, cover letters, and project samples. You can also help the SFU Community by submitting interview questions and answer tips.

Stories in First-Person Perspective

Thanks to our wide-ranging suite of storytelling tools, you have many options of how you want to tell your personal story. No matter where you are in your SFU journey, you can share stories about your experiences and anything else that you think will be useful for your peers to know about during their studies here at SFU.

Equity, Diversity + Inclusion

Teach the SFU Community about EDI topics that matter to you. Share stories about your experiences with topics like accessibility, bias, and more.

Technology, Research, Sustainability + Innovation

You may have volunteered as a social media coordinator, worked at a startup company, or researched innovative initiatives. Inspire your peers by telling us about your time in these fields.

Accessibility

Share how a visible or invisible disability impacts your university experience. What would you like your SFU community to know about accessibility, stigma, and living well with a disability?

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SFU STORY

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EXPERIENCE

Technology, Research, Sustainability & Innovation

You may have volunteered as a social media coordinator, worked at a startup company, or researched innovative initiatives. Inspire your peers by telling us about your time in these fields.

Personal & Professional Development

No matter where you are in your SFU journey, you can share tips on time management skills, academic success, getting involved on campus, or anything else that you think will be useful for your peers to know about during their studies here at SFU.

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SFU Video Story

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SFU STORY

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EXPERIENCE

SFU Programs

During your time at SFU, it's likely that you have been involved with one or more SFU programs. Why not create stories and share your advice about your time being involved at SFU? This is a valuable and much-appreciated way to inspire your peers and colleagues.

Informational & Educational Topics

We have an expansive range of learning topics you can teach and share your knowledge about with the SFU Community. There are so many ways of learning, and teaching your peers about a topic that you are like discussing or are particularly knowledgeable about is a very valuable way to contribute to the OLC.

Resumes, Cover Letters, & Project Samples

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RESUME SAMPLE

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COVER LETTER SAMPLE

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PROJECT GALLERY SAMPLE

Job Interviews

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INTERVIEW QUESTION DATABASE

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BLOG

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INTERVIEW QUESTION DATABASE

Top Tip List

These articles provide advice on specific topics in an easy-to-read list form. Not only are they popular with readers, but they also provide an easy way to organize your thoughts on a topic.

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PODCAST

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EDUCATIONAL VIDEO

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Interview (Q + A)

Being able to tell a story by interviewing an interesting guest is a fantastic collaborative communication skill to have. Consider the different ways you can create a Q + A story.

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PODCAST

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EDUCATIONAL VIDEO

STRUCTURE

Series

You don’t need to feel restricted by a word count or time limit to tell a great story. If you think your submission can be better told in one part at a time, break up your content into a few sections for us to turn into a series.

Student Engage Podcast

PODCAST

Career Conversations

EDUCATIONAL VIDEO

Submitting content

Since we have a wide range of content type, each one is submitted following different steps and guidelines. Make sure to read carefully all the instructions for the type of content you will submit

Guide

Remember ot take a look at our Contribute section for all the steps on how to submit content to us

Contribute

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Blog Essentials

 

This is a quick checklist of items for a blog submission.

 

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Gallery Submissions

The OLC accepts submissions for our galleries and is currently accepting submissions for the Resume and Cover Letter Galleries. The goal of the galleries is to represent a wide range of samples - representative of our student body at SFU.  We welcome submissions from all disciplines, programs and initiatives at SFU. Follow the steps to submit an item for consideration.

Submission Steps

Step 1: Prepare your Submission

  • Revise any information on your sample that you would like to protect your privacy
  • Decide if you would like your name included in your submission.  If you would NOT like to include your name, use the following convention: 

SFU [Discipline] [Relevant Term] [Program] [Sample Type] Sample 

SFU Engineering International Co-op Resume Sample

  • Remove your personal information and replace it with data that is clearly fake, for instance:

email: student@sfu.ca
phone: 111 - 222 - 3333

  • Review your full submission to ensue you remove your personal information from all locations - header, footer, and content sections
  • For a Cover Letter or Job Description sample remove the employer contact name and information  
  • Convert and save your submission as a PDF and image using the following naming convention:

 Discipline_Relevant Term_Program_Content Type - R, CL, JD_Name or ID.pdf or .jpeg or .png

Engineering_International_Co-op_CL_Smith.pdf

Step 2: Submit your Sample

  • Use the submission form to provide details, consent and upload your sample

Gallery Submission Form

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Step 2: Submit your Sample

  • Use the OLC gallery submission form to provide details, consent and upload your sample

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