Staying one step ahead of the hiring manager will help your job search. 

Job search

With so many qualified candidates, searching for a job in Canada can often prove to be an arduous task. Though there’s a reward at the end, the process could be demanding and sometimes discouraging. 

Whether you are just entering the job market or seeking a change from your current employer, this article is to equip you with the steps, tools and tips you need to fast track the process. 

What are the steps to take before and during a job search?

1. Make your objectives clear

Begin by determining what you want – where you want to work, why you want to do that kind of job, what type of team you want to work with, what work environment culture you are comfortable with, and what income you desire  

Though you might sometimes be compelled to take a not ideal job, your clarity of objectives will help sharpen your focus. 

2. Prepare your paperwork

In a job search, two documents are crucial – your resume and your cover letter. Your job search success is hinged around these two vital documents. 

Experts say that your resume should contain the following :

● Objective/summary: this has to be catchy and summarise your work experience, accomplishments, strengths, and what you can do for the company you are applying to.

● Work experience: this section highlights work experiences you have had relating to the role you are applying for – internships, volunteering roles, part-time roles, full-time roles. You should list your past experiences and describe what you did in those roles and what you accomplished.

Learn to blow your trumpet creatively! If you, however, have not had any experience yet, you should read this guide.

● Skills: list out skills (soft skills and hard skills) relating only to your applying role. It would help if you were as convincing and specific as possible. 

● Education: outline the education you have had and list your accomplishment underneath. 

Remember to include your professional certifications, online courses and industry exams. Every slight advantage helps.

3. Optimize your social media accounts

In today’s digital era, you can expect that a hiring manager will conduct an internet search of your name after examining your resume. 

You want to make sure your digital footprint is impressive and optimized. Update your social media profiles, especially LinkedIn.

4. Begin networking

Consider who you already know before you begin applying for employment. Do you have any friend or former coworkers that can assist you in contacting a few employers in your field? The recruitment process is smoother when a trusted person or internal source refers you. 

Create and take advantage of opportunities to meet as many people as possible, both inside and outside your profession, rather than just uploading resumes to every online job vacancy.

Applying for jobs

5. Locate job search sites

The job hunt can be pretty daunting. The best thing you can do, like with anything else, is to stay focused, do your homework and keep believing in yourself.  

Job platforms exclusively publish specific roles, making it easy to sift through the pile of job sites. 

Final tip: Address their pain points 

Your job search will produce faster results if you learn to identify and address the company’s pain points. 

What are the main problems facing the company? How can you help solve them? Your action intent should be clear in your resume and interview. Hiring Managers hinge their final decisions around this crucial point. 

Follow this guide, and you might soon be landing your next interview. And when you do, ensure you do not make these 11 widespread errors most job seekers make.

References:

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