Job Seeker Tips

In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to promote yourself and make the best impression possible. Here are some tips to help you stand out:

  • Network. Make friends, family, and colleagues aware of your job search. Use sites like LinkedIn to further your exposure.
  • Search smarter. Sign up for daily emails from job-aggregation sites like Indeed or Neuvoo. They will search all job boards for all job postings in your area that match your criteria.
  • Have a great resume. Research good resumes for your industry.
  • Be precise. Focus on hard skills and experience in your resume. Use 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 most applicants, a resume should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • Proofread your resume. Ask a friend or family member to read it over and check for typos.
  • 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 helpful advice.
  • Show enthusiasm. Let your passion show. Skills can be taught; passion cannot.
  • Be punctual. Show up 10-15 minutes early for your interview.  It’s considered disrespectful to be even a couple minutes late for an interview.
  • Stay positive. When answering questions about your experience, never talk negatively about previous employers; it shows a lack of professionalism.
  • Be personable. Remember, more than anything else, people tend to hire people they like.
  • Build a strong list of references. Be sure to ask your contact if they would be able to provide you with a positive reference, before you supply their name.