May E-News 2008-05-14

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8th Annual YES Montreal Self-Employed Artist Conference: Business Skills for Creative Souls

Arts ConferenceHeld annually, the YES Montreal Self-Employed Artists Conference: Business Skills for Creative Souls is an event that responds to the needs of the artistic entrepreneur. With over 300 participants, speakers and special guests, this full-day event comprised of interactive panel discussions and networking opportunities has hosted some of Montreal’s most renowned artists and celebrities including Kevin Tierney (Bon Cop, Bad Cop), Len Blum (Over the Hedge), Yann Martel (The Life of Pi) and Roberto Wilson (Cirque de Soleil). In its 8th year of providing insight through presentations and engaging panel discussions, the Montreal Self-Employed Artists Conference: Business Skills for Creative Souls will once again take place at the Centaur Theatre. Discussions will focus on, amongst others, law and the arts, grantsmanship, and marketing your artistic endeavor effectively. This unique event will be hosted by Andy Nulman (President, Airborne Mobile) & Dave Cool (Program Director, Centre St-Ambroise), with special guest speakers Michelle Sweeney (Singer, House of Jazz), James Braithwate (Animator, “I Met The Walrus”), Mary Catherine Harris (Musician, Third Side Music), Peter Hoffer (Painter), Simon Wayland (Musician, DJ Guapo/Finite Music), and many more. Takes place Monday, June 2, 2008, 9am-5pm. Cost: $30.00 (Early Bird Special, on or before May 23, $25.00). For information call 514.878.9788

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Summer Job Campaign


Enjoy the sun :)Looking to earn some cash this summer? Looking for a summer job that is right for you? Don’t pound the pavement, YES has done the work for you! For hundreds of students, the opportunity to make some extra cash this summer will begin with a trip to YES Montreal’s Summer Job Window Display. Job postings for summer & day camp counselors, restaurant staff, retail associates, warehouse staff amongst many others, are hanging in the window on summer-inspired display cards, marking the launch of YES’ Annual Summer Job Postings. Employers have chosen to display their job postings with YES Montreal for this initiative which aims at offering university and CEGEP students a quick, easy and free way to find work during the summer season. The YES centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students or businesses who rEnjoy the sun :)equire more information about this unique program can contact Caili Woodyard at (514) 878-9788 ext 320, or stop by the centre located at 666 Sherbrooke Street West on the 7th floor.

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Important Dates  
Marketing Yourself
(Fine Tuning for the Client - $15)
May 14
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Accounting Lab

May 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
E-Commerce: Selling Your Products/Service Online
(Meet the Expert - $15)
May 26
6:30pm - 8:45pm
Goal Setting & Staying Focused
(Job Search Workshop - Free)
May 28
10:00am - 12:00pm
8th Annual Self-Employed Artists Conference
Early Bird Registration (before May 23) - $25 Regular Registration - $30
June 2
9:00am - 5:00pm

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In This Issue:
Artist Conference
Summer Job Campaign
Marketing Yourself
Selling Your Products Online
Tips for Finding Summer Jobs
Workshops this month



With the end of our fiscal year, we are gearing up for our Fall 2008 Direct Mail Campaign. We would like to thank all those who generously gave in 2007 and we hope that you will continue to include YES amongst your chosen charities. With your generous contribution, you are actively participating in strengthening the economy and  community in which you live.       Successful futures start with YES, but it all starts with you. 

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Fine Tuning for the Client: Marketing Yourself!

Whether or not we know it, we “market” ourselves everyday. Being in contact with other people, through interaction and communication, we have the ability to convince others that the best product on the market, the best service out there, is ourselves. Join guest speaker Harold Simpkins from the John Molson School of Business, and you can learn how to promote your knowledge, your skills, and experience to potential employers, possible investors, or anyone in your working circle. Marketing Yourself takes place Wednesday, May 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm and the cost is $15. For more information, call 514-878-9788 or visit us online at

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E-Commerce: Selling Your Services or Products Online

The internet offers exceptional sales and brand building potential for the entrepreneur. E-commerce is highly cost-effective and offers many unique advantages. Join our expert, Chris Emergui from BAM Strategy and learn about how the web can help you grow your business. Takes place Monday, May 26, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm, and the cost is $15. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 514-878-9788 or visit us online at

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Tips for Finding That Summer Job

  1. Get organized!
  2. Decide what type of job you are looking for.
  3. Update and revise your CV.
  4. Always carry copies of your cv with you.
  5. Some jobs are not advertised, so don’t be afraid to approach an employer and ask if they are hiring.
  6. Do not visit an employer during peak hours without an appointment. Instead, visit in the morning or in the afternoon and be sure to avoid typically busy lunch hours.
  7. Dress appropriately.
  8. Be positive.
  9. Smile!Enjoy the sun :)

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