Job Seeker Tips

In today's ultra competitive job market it is important that you are always looking for ways to better promote yourself and make the best impression possible.  Here are some tips:

  • Network. Look internally at friends and family.  Use sites like LinkedIn to further your exposure.
  • Search jobs smarter, not longer.  Try signing up for daily emails from job-aggregation sites like Indeed or Simply Hired.  These sites search all the job boards for all job postings in your area that match your search.
  • Have a great resume.  Easier said than done, but research good resumes for your industry.  
  • Skip the 'fluff'.  So you're 'passionate'.  So you're a 'team player'.  So what?   So is everyone else!  Here's what will get a Hiring Manager's attention: hard skills and experiences.  That means phrases with data;  phrases like:   
    "Managed up to 6 employees"
    "Improved revenues by 20% in my department"
    "Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis"
    "Operated a forklift safely for 5+ years"
  • Keep it simple.  For 95% of applicants, a resume should be no longer than 2 pages.  
  • Proofread your resume.  Get help from a friend or family member.  Typos make you seem sloppy.
  • Check to see if your area has a Community Employment Resource Centre (CERC).  These federally funded resource centres can help you craft a better resume and provide other advice.
  • Show enthusiasm. Let your passion show. Skills can be taught; passion cannot.
  • Be punctual. Be sure to show up 10-15 minutes early for your interview.  It's considered disrespectful to show up even a couple minutes late for an interview.  
  • Stay positive during the interview. When answering questions about never talk negatively about previous employers; it shows a lack of professionalism.  
  • Stay likable.  Remember, more than anything else, people tend to hire people they like.  
  • Build a strong list of references.  Before you give a name, be sure to ask your contact if they would be able to provide you with a positive reference.  

Of course, don't forget to Apply With IS2.

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