Looking for work can be very time consuming and difficult.
Job search strategies are constantly evolving with our new
economy which makes it essential that you keep up with the
changes and adapt your techniques to ensure that you don’t
get left behind! You must:
1. DEFINE YOUR GOALS – What do you want to do and why? If you
don’t know what work you REALLY want to do how do you know
where to look for it? A self-assessment will assist you in
narrowing down your job search to 2-3 key enterprises. Ask
yourself a few critical questions:
- What unique skills and attributes do you offer?
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What skills do you want to use at work?
- What is essential for you to enjoy work? Consider the
opportunity for advancement, your need for flexibility and creative
freedom, what work-life balance you want, and rewards (financial
-What goals are realistic for you considering your education,
skills and experience?
2. RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS – Locating the hidden job market
Once you have a sense of what work you want to do, research
is necessary to determine where the employment opportunities
are. Asking key questions can narrow down your work search
tremendously. ? What type of work fits with your answers from
the above questions? ? Which businesses and organizations offer
this type of work? What are these employers looking for in an
Who are the key people you need to network with? Conduct
your research by using the internet, through informational
meetings with employees and supervisors of the company, and by
reading a variety of newspapers, business reports and trade
magazines. Look for specific labour market information (which
companies are moving to town, which ones are expanding and
which ones are merging). Make it your goal to know what is
happening in your community! From this information set
employment related goals and develop a ‘job leads list.’
3. CONTACT OPPORTUNITIES – Tapping into the hidden job market
When conducting your research on employment options you will
begin to unravel the ‘hidden job market.’ As over 85% of jobs
are never advertised, this leaves a lot of employment
opportunities to be discovered. Employment experts agree,
networking is a significantly better way to secure work than
sending resumes to advertised job postings! Networking can be
done a variety of ways, it can include having a cup of
coffee with a friend, attending industry trade shows, joining
industry associations, and asking for informational interviews
with key decision makers in your chosen field. When networking
consider talking to:
Family, friends, neighbours ? Teachers, coaches, mentors ? Past
employers, co-workers and peers ,Members of clubs, religious groups
and other organizations you belong.
4. MARKETING – Make the most of your resume and cover letter!
Through these carefully nurtured networking opportunities you
will begin hearing about employment opportunities. When you hear
about an exciting opportunity don’t wait for them to advertise
it – go speak to someone in the company. At this time it
is very important that you have the right ‘tools’ to
demonstrate your interest. A well thought out and carefully
worded cover letter and CV is imperative.
VOLUNTEERING – A proven stepping stone to paid employment A key
ingredient many students use to ensure a successful transition
from school to work is volunteering. Through volunteering you
have the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge you gain
in school, you acquire job related skills and experience, you
begin establishing a reputation in the community and you have
the opportunity to meet key people. Volunteering is a proven
stepping stone to paid employment.
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