Job Tool Kit

Like most things in life, there are no shortcuts to a great job. But we would like to help you along the way! Here are some places where you should be spending time to maximize your job-hunting success:

Job Alerts

Sign up for job alerts on the sites where you are looking at job postings, and be the first to apply. It’s simple! You can choose multiple sectors in multiple locations, and emails will arrive in your inbox - hot off the press.

Social Media

Social networking sites offer exciting new ways to network with others, search for jobs, market your strengths, and more. The table below lists three of the most popular—LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter—and briefly explains some of their features.

LinkedIn Account

LinkedIn is a business-oriented networking tool that lets you build a resume-like profile and use it to connect with others, as well as research and share information.

  • Create a sharp profile
  • Network with current and former colleagues and supervisors, professional groups, and friends
  • Ask for and give recommendations
  • Conduct job search activities (look for jobs, post your resume, etc.)
  • Conduct research on companies and employees
  • Track what people are saying about hot business trends and topics
  • Ask questions and get answers from the network
  • Follow companies that are of interest

Twitter

Twitter is a general networking tool that lets you build a brief, 160-character profile called a “handle”; follow people and activities; and send related messages called “tweets.”

  • Track what people and companies are doing and saying by following their “tweets”
  • Send brief messages with attachment files (a brief cover “tweet” announcing your new website, for example)
  • “Tweet” requests for information or referrals
  • Share your resume using dedicated, third-party software

Facebook

Facebook is a personal networking tool that lets you build a personal page or “wall” which you share with others whom you “friend.”

  • Connect with friends
  • Connect with favourite groups or companies
  • Share photos, videos, and links to items of interest
  • Write short notes or longer documents on the items you are sharing

To create an effective profile, follow the same strategies you would for creating a powerful resume. Remember that your resume and your social networking profiles are important ways of communicating your personal brand.

Remember, many employers review your social media accounts, so be conscious of what you post.

Register with multiple recruitment agencies:

  • Find recruitment agencies that specialize in your industry or skillset
  • Introduce yourself to a recruiter and help them understand what you are looking for
  • It takes two – be responsive to recruiters reaching out with opportunities and you will be sure to get a call when the right role becomes available
  • Take advantage of any free resources, like resume writing workshops, career advice, mock interviews. Recruiters are up to date on interview techniques and job hunting etiquette – let them help you present your best self

Online job boards

In Canada, there are multiple job boards and aggregators that list great job opportunities. By uploading your resume, you can keep up to date with the latest job openings, and recruiters can find you. Recruitment companies, as well as direct employers regularly use this method to advertise positions and search candidate resumes. Top job boards that we utilize include: Indeed, CareerBuilder, Careerbeacon, Monster, KnightHunter, Jobillico, HRDC, and Kijiji.

Direct Applications

  • Prepare a brief cover letter specific to the job.
  • Highlight your suitability for the role by mirroring your credentials with the criteria required.
  • Provide clear, quantifiable examples from your work history to support your fit for the role. Indicate your interest in the role and the organization. Ask for an opportunity to meet in person as a next step.

Company Websites

Many companies have their own career sites listed on their website. If there is a particular company or organization that you would like to work for, visit their website regularly or subscribe to their news feed. If something suitable arises, send in a direct application with your resume. Join their LinkedIn page and follow them on Twitter and you will see all new company information and updates via their social media outlets. Submit your resume to a specific role that strongly matches your experience. Alternatively, contact the corporate recruiter who will be in a position to give you the inside track on where the hiring cycle is at for each particular role.

Job Fairs

Whether you're a recent graduate seeking your first position or an experienced professional in search of a new opportunities, attending job fairs is one way to network and find job leads. Job fairs allow you to meet hiring managers from various companies and industries -- all housed under one roof for the day. Many have their own rules for networking and distributing resumes. It's usually possible to obtain a list of employers participating in a job fair ahead of time. Prepare in advance by finding out who will be there and then research these companies. Hiring companies appreciate knowing that you have taken the time to understand their business.

Search Tips

Make sure you’re consistently refreshing your resume. Won an award? Put it on there. Big promotion? Let’s see it! Save time and update you resume frequently by keeping a working copy on hand.

Use a job-specific resume, always. Don’t use one resume for every single job you apply to but create different versions that focus on the specific industries or skills for the role at hand. Make sure you tailor your experiences to the job you’re applying for and customize your cover letter accordingly.

An unavoidable part of the job application process is rejection. It sucks, we know that, we’ve been there too. It’s important to keep going. Every application you submit is a step closer to your next role.

Stay organized! Make looking for a job your full-time job. Get up, get dressed, grab a coffee and get to work. Apply early to any job postings that suit your skills. Connect with recruiters, network with friends and family. Schedule pre-screens and interviews. Keep track of the log-in accounts you create, the interviews you attend, ask for feedback, and schedule follow up appointments. Take time for yourself in the afternoon (go for a run, read a book, volunteer at your kids’ school), and then circle back towards the end of the day to attend to any new messages in your inbox.

Keep an up to date LinkedIn profile. Hiring managers will look at your online presence, including your LinkedIn profile, Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media sites where you are active.

Ready, set, go?

We hope you have found the above resources helpful.  While you are at it, why not check out the jobs we have available at the moment?  There may be one that is just right for you!

 

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