Canadian Job finding tips
Take charge of your job search right away!
No matter how good you are or how in demand your skills are. Ideally you want multiple offers from which to choose. That takes either luck and/or focused effort.
Over which of those factors do you have the most control?
Your effort of course! Being immediately proactive will also ease the nagging worry of No Job in the back of your mind. Starting your job search immediately after being laid off is not the advice you’ll get from outplacement professionals. Career coaches and others will typically advise those who are suddenly thrown into the job market to take time to (re)evaluate their careers before beginning a job search.
These will be basic methods of looking for work:
Networking. Talk to everyone who may be able to help you, and give each of them a copy of your updated resume. Word of mouth is still the most common method of finding a job.
Direct Contact. Call or write to employers you have an interest in. Ask to arrange a visit.
Job Postings. including those in newspapers & magazine classified ads and bulletin boards and don’t forget the Internet! These days, more job openings are posted on the Internet than on any other single medium.
Employment Agencies. Many businesses advertise job openings through employment agencies. But be aware that agencies are profit-seeking companies. They may charge a fee for their services, or deduct a percentage of your pay. It’s wise to learn all the details beforehand.
School Placement Office or Guidance Department. You don’t necessarily have to be a student to investigate these sources. Many community colleges have a job finding service that is available to anyone – not just students.
Trade Associations and Service Clubs. including trade shows, job fairs, chambers of commerce, business associations. Merely getting involved in these activities may help you with your job search.
The local Phone Book. This is one resource that is often overlooked – but shouldn’t be. If you’re stuck for ideas on where to find work, the Phone Book is to job seekers what the Sears Wish Book is to Christmas gift buyers.
Volunteer. Not only will volunteering give you valuable experience (which you can then add to your resume), it also shows that you are genuinely interested in working for an organization. Volunteer work can sometimes lead to paid employment, but even if it doesn’t, you will have increased the size of your job-seeking network, gained another reference, and perhaps even found someone willing to write a letter of referral which you can then present to prospective employers.
There are legitimate reasons for taking a little longer to get clear. For instance if you’ve recently graduated. Or if you want to change career directions. However, in the real world people need money to live. So if this is you, do take time to consider your situation and decide what your first or next position should be. Just don’t take too long! We run a premier paid membership job-lead blog site that provides thousands of job leads and inmigration consultancy for Canada. What are you waiting for? Subscribe here