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Sublet your place this summer and get 100% of your rent back!

| General | April 17, 2015

I had something cool come my way that I’d like to share with you. It might help.. A LOT.

Last week I was approached (through HawkSwap) by a cool startup based out of Montreal whose mission it is to help students sublet their place for the summer. If you take one look at the Laurier Accepted 201x groups, you’ll see one thing: people looking to sublet. And it makes perfect sense – no one wants to pay $2000+ to have their room collect dust over the summer. So we’ve decided to collaborate and help expand their services to Waterloo.

Here’s how it works.

  • You apply to sublet your place. If you get accepted, they will pay you 100% of your rent each month.

This almost sounds too good to be true, but if you take a look at their business model, it makes amazing sense:

  • In each city they operate, they work with their Regional Manager, an interior designer, local artists, and a professional photographer who apply their skills to rearrange your space and improve its look. They store your stuff in a secure facility.
  • Then they make it easy for travelers to discover your place online. Let’s say your rent is $2,000 (for the unit) per month: they might be able to charge $200 a night. Whatever’s left after they pay your rent goes into helping more people benefit from their service.
  • At the end of the summer, they welcome you back to your place better than you left it.

They do have a short application process, and some requirements for it to work:

  1. They only accept full apartments (you can’t just sublet a single room)
  2. They need pictures of the apartment
  3. It needs to be in the right area
  4. The landlord must be OK with subletting
  5. Needs to be within May-August
  6. Needs to be available for at least 8 weeks

A couple last things. They said they’re running a promo where they’ll even give you $100 as a bonus, on top of paying 100% of your rent!

The other thing, is that for this project to be worthwhile, we’ll probably need to get at least 100 applicants. Applications are due April 30th, 2015.

SO, if you’re interested in subletting your place, shoot me an email at sublet@sunnytrochaniak.com and I’ll send you all the details. They expect to get a lot of applicants, so the sooner you apply the better your chances :)

After you’ve emailed me, share this post with anyone else you know who might be subletting their place this summer. You’ll be doing them a favour, as well as help ensure that we can move the project forward and get your place rented out.

Let me know what you guys think!

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Laurier Top 10 Most Inquired About Textbooks – Fall 2014

| General | September 10, 2014

Interested in knowing the top 10 most inquired about textbooks here at Laurier so far this Fall 2014 semester? Here’s the list:

  1. Operations Management – BU385, BU395
  2. Strategic Analysis and Action 8th Edition – BU481
  3. Calculus with Applications – MA129
  4. Geosystems (3rd Canadian Edition) – GG101
  5. Introduction to International Studies and Globalization – GS101
  6. Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach – SY101
  7. Marketing 2nd Canadian Edition – BU352, BU362
  8. Mathematics of Finance, Seventh Edition – MA170
  9. The Law and Business Administration in Canada, 13th Edition – BU231
  10. Psychology: Themes and Variations, Third Canadian Edition – PS101, PS102

If you have any of these books collecting dust on your shelf, it might present itself as an excellent opportunity to make a few extra bucks!

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Stop Hiding and Use Facebook to Help You Get Hired

| Student Blogs | September 9, 2014

Facebook Lock

This article was originally posted to my blog.


I think we’re all aware by now: most employers will check your Facebook and other social accounts before hiring you. In fact, 64% of bosses admitted to doing so, and 44% of them said that they have changed their mind based on what they’ve seen online (CLOmedia).

So we know our Facebook profile carries a lot of weight as to whether we get hired or not; cool. The problem is, most people have approached this ‘problem’ the wrong way.

Everyone has rushed to make their profiles as private as possible. I’d say about 10% of my contact list has even gone as far as changing their name, just so employers can’t find them. While this may be an effective hiding strategy, you need to ask yourself this question: you are competing for a position with tens, hundreds, or even thousands of other people. Do you really want to be hiding?

When employers go to check your social accounts, it’s clear that they have a need to find out more about you. Hiding your profile does not help them satisfy that need. Furthermore, it will leave them wondering why they weren’t able to find you. What are you hiding? That’s not something you want to leave up to their imagination.

Instead, I’ve taken a bit of a different approach; one where I want employers to find me.. Here’s an outline of my strategy:

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Career Centre Cheat Sheet

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | April 14, 2013

For each workshop I talked about in my posts, there are a number of links to resources – some of which are used directly in the workshops. Check out the links below for lots of helpful information and tips:

Career Centre

Career Planning

Job Search and Networking Strategies

Interview Success

Resume Writing

Cover Letter Writing


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Career Planning – Do You Know Where You’re Going?

| Student Blogs | April 14, 2013

The final workshop in this series that I’ll be talking about is the Career Planning Workshop – the first workshop I attended, and maybe the most helpful out of the five (although they were all really, really helpful).

For some students, career planning doesn’t happen until third or fourth year when things are wrapping up and they realize the “real world” is a lot closer than it’s ever seemed. Whether being too busy, too stressed, or just unaware of the amount of work involved, it’s not uncommon for serious career planning to be shoved to the side.

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Job Search, Networking, and Interview Success

| Student Blogs | April 14, 2013

You’ve written a great resume and cover letter for a position, and now you’ve landed an interview. Or maybe you haven’t quite gotten that far, and are wondering how to find positions in the first place.

That’s where the next two workshops from the Career Centre come in: Job Search and Networking Strategies, and Interview Success.

1. Job Search and Networking Strategies

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – and networking certainly helps you to know a lot more people. This workshop is designed to give students an outline of strategies when it comes to making connections and networking, as well as how to find that next great position. As a first year who is new to networking professionally, this workshop (as well as the BMO Networking Workshop that was also posted through Navigator) was a great way to learn about how networking, well, works!

At this workshop you’ll receive a book from the Career Development Centre that specifically talks about job search techniques and networking. Here are a few hints to get you going:

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing

| Student Blogs | March 25, 2013

It’s been a busy couple of weeks (no doubt for the rest of you too) but I’ve completed my Career Development Certificate and I’m finally here to share my experiences with you. So let’s start with two workshops that are useful for everybody:

1. Resume Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to do exactly what it sounds like – help you write a resume, and an effective one at that. I found this workshop especially helpful as someone who’s been in the same job for 3+ years – if you haven’t updated your resume in a long time or don’t have one, you’ll find this workshop really helpful. The free workbook they give you has tons of tips and examples to make resume writing much less of a headache.

It was also helpful to have someone leading the presentation who understood what employers are looking for and to get you to think about the employer’s perspective – if you wouldn’t want to read it, neither would they!

Here are a couple of simple but key tips for writing your resume:

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The Career Development Certificate – What and Why?

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | January 12, 2013

What is the Career Development Certificate?

The career centre offers 5 core workshops geared towards career development:

  • Career Planning
  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Success
  • Job Search & Networking Strategies.

Once you complete all five, during any point in your studies, you’ll earn the Career Development Certificate. So how does it work?

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Introducing HawkTalk – A better way to connect with Laurier students

| HawkSwap Updates | January 4, 2013

Screenshot of HawkTalk - Laurier community forums

The winter semester is right around the corner, and as we begin to work off that holiday turkey, the site should be seeing an influx of activity in the coming days. With that, I’ve decided it’d be a great time to launch our latest feature; HawkTalk.

What is HawkTalk?

In short, it’s an online forum where students can engage with and contribute to the Laurier community. You can talk about a project from your class, what the best bar to go to on a Saturday night is (Turret), where the best spots to study on campus are, how the Raptors have inconceivably won 8 of their last 9 games.. you get the drift.

It’s a social platform that enables us to share our resources, our knowledge, our experiences, and our stories, bringing the community closer together.


> Click here to check it out <

It’s been my goal for a while now to transform HawkSwap into a hub for the Laurier community, as opposed to simply being a textbook exchange site that’s used for 4 weeks of the year.

The introduction of student blogs were a step in the right direction (we now have 2 bloggers as of today), but I think these forums will be an even greater leap.

On campus, we’re incredibly connected. We have more clubs than one can count, and a ton of events that go on throughout the year that offer real value. When it comes to our presence online though.. we have some work to do.

I think everyone can agree that the majority of discussions related to Laurier take place on Facebook, whether it’d be in the various groups, or within your own news feed. While this holds certain benefits, it has some definite flaws:

  1. It’s not searchable. Looking for something specific? The only way you’ll find it is if you’re in the right place at the right time.
  2. You’re limited to your network. Only your friends get a notification if you’ve posted in a group, assuming that they’re also a member of that group. The chances of you interacting with someone outside of your social circle is pretty slim.
  3. Posts have a short shelf-life. Try making a post to a Laurier group the first week of the semester. Your post will be buried under “View more” in about 18 minutes.

I feel that the forums (as well as everything on HawkSwap in general) offer a pretty attractive solution to these issues.

With this being the initial launch, there is still a lot of fine-tuning left to be done. I’ve kept the feature-set pretty basic, and the forum categories very general. I’m not completely sure where this will take us just yet, so I’m leaving it open to you guys.

I would also love to hear your feedback if you have any. Is this a good idea or not?

Leave your comments below (oh yeah, the forums are integrated with the comments now).

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Getting Started with Laurier Navigator

| Golden Hawk Resource Talk | December 17, 2012

Laurier Navigator

What is Navigator?

Navigator is an easy-to-use online resource that can help you:


  • find and sign up for career centre workshops, networking events, etc
  • find Laurier Alumni associated with ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge)
  • make career centre appointments for advising, resume critiques, etc

Where do I find Navigator and how do I use it?

If you’re not already acquainted with Navigator, here you go: https://navigator.wlu.ca/login.htm

You can also get to it on the WLU home page by clicking Campus Life > Career Centre > Job Postings which will direct you to a page that has access to Navigator. 

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