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, Wow Jobs 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 local 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 few 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.