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How To Get a Job and Make More Money in 8 Easy Steps

Finding a job can be difficult at times but as long as you follow the 8 step process listed below you will be well on your way to making more money.

1. Write down what kind of job(s) you are looking for and in what industry.
For example are you looking for a job in construction, manufacturing retail, information technology, medical fields or the financial industry.
It helps to be flexible, so list any work areas that you think would be a good fit for you.

Be realistic though, for example you are not likely to get a job as an electrical engineer if you have had no training or experience.

2. Start working on your resume. 
Almost every position will require you to submit a resume.  Don’t worry about formatting at this stage.  Write down any training, experience and skills that you have that apply to the main jobs you listed in part 1.  For example, WHMIS training, basic occupational health and safety awareness training, bookkeeping experience, drywall finishing.

Many different companies can help you build a great looking resume but we are not there yet.  This will be discussed later.

3. Look online or in local newspapers for jobs similar to what you are looking for. 
Write down the requirements that they are asking for that you already have and those you will have to obtain.

Several sites to find job opportunities are listed below. We didn’t list the websites for every provincial job bank but it will be easy to find the site for the province you are in if it is not listed below.  Some of the websites allow you to sign up to get an email everyday with the latest jobs that meet your requirements.

For students

Government of Canada Job Bank.

Jobs and employment Alberta

British Columbia – WorkBC

New Brunswick Jobs

Employment Ontario

Québec Emploi – Online Employment Service

Indeed is the #1 job site in the world

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet.

4. Communicate with your friends, relatives and former colleagues and let them know you’re looking for a job.
You may receive referrals to open positions or useful advice for your job search. It may be hard to admit that you are unemployed but most people have been out of a job at least once and will be eager to help you out.

5. Finish up your resume. 
Most of the government sites above have advice on building an effective resume. There are many private companies that will help you build your resume. It may be worth paying for a service to help you produce a great resume. Have several people read over your resume to ensure it has no errors and makes you look good.  It is important to remember that you have to emphasize what value you will bring to the company.

Some useful websites follow below.

Government of Canada resume Builder.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

CNET Best Resume Builder

6. Build a cover letter. 
Write a cover letter and then customize it for each job you apply for. You are trying to sell the company on you. The cover letter should highlight the education, skills and experience that you have that that is listed in the job description and explain why you would be great at the job. Make sure the cover letter includes the three things listed below.

  1. How your experience meets job requirements.
  2. How your work skills meet job requirements.
  3. Why you want to work at the organization.

There are many different websites that have information on cover letters. Some are listed below.

Balance Careers


Youth Central Australia

Harvard Business Review

7. Continuously work at getting the job. 
Keep researching jobs using the websites listed in step 3 and send out applications all day, every day.  It’s common for people to send many resumes and cover letters to different places before being invited for a job interview. Look for volunteer opportunities that will help get you the experience you need.   Don’t get discouraged when your dream job doesn’t come through immediately, keep working at it, the opportunity will come.

8. Get ready for the interview.
Most companies will have a phone interview and then at least one in person interview. If you got this far you have a good chance at the job.  Being well prepared will increase your chances substantially.  Since the interview is so important, we will be discussing this in an upcoming post.

Please let us know of any tricks or tips you have for getting a job in the comments below.

DON’T BREATHE IT IN To Protect Yourself from Airborne COVID-19

Watch this great short video by the John Snow Project. It shows graphically how respiratory particles containing virus can spread and how important it is to use a respirator. Replenishing contaminated indoor air with fresh air is also really important because COVID -19 is now even more transmissible than before. Don’t breath in the virus to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe.

Compensation Because of COVID Exposure at Work?

If you were exposed to COVID-19 at work, became sick and you missed work you may be eligible for compensation from a worker’s compensation organization such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario or WorkSafeBC in British Columbia.

COVID-19 falls within the definition of an occupational disease. Therefore, if you contract COVID-19 at work and are sick, you could be entitled to compensation.

Keep track of all the information you can, such who you may have caught it from and where and when. The more solid evidence you have the better. Document the days of pay you lost and any medical expenses.

A compensation claim should be filed as soon as possible. Visit the worker’s compensation organization for your province and fill out a Form 6 and request that your doctor complete a Form 8 with the COVID-19 diagnosis and submit it.

Check out the Ontario WSIB frequently asked questions page here.

For more information on eligibility see here.

See a list and the contact information for all the compensation boards in Canada here.

Prevent Heat Related Illness and Heat Stroke

How Do I Prevent Heat Stroke?

When the weather first turns hot is the worst time for heat stroke. Your body will not be used to the heat and you may not remember how important it is to keep cool. 

When possible, avoid working in hot areas and in full sun in the hottest part of the day. Try to work in the shade or cooler areas when the day is the most hot.  This is usually around 3 pm in the summer in Canada. 

Take regular breaks in a shaded area or a cooler area to ensure your body temperature has a chance to go back down to a comfortable level. 

Start work in a well-hydrated state and try to maintain this throughout the day. To prevent heat stroke drink lots of water before you start work, continue through the day and even on your way home. You may not feel thirsty but keep drinking anyway.

If you don’t have the water in your body to produce enough sweat to cool yourself down you are in big trouble. It can take 3 or 4 hours to get the water you need back into your system after sweating, so don’t get behind in your water consumption. Your dehydration may carry over from one day to the next if you don’t drink enough after work.

Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you’re conditioned to it. People who are not used to working in hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.

Open doors and use fans if available to increase air movement.  

Ensure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related illness.  Remove yourself if you feel ill and look for the signs in other workers. 

There is no one legal limit for working in the heat in Canada.  Most jurisdictions use the ACGIH recommendations. 


Free Safety Topics and Free WHMIS Training

Did you know that you can access Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards free of charge if they are referenced in health and safety legislation? You can access all these CSA standards for free but you cannot print them (unless you use the snipping tool). All you have to do is register

If you wondering if the guard on the conveyer is adequate or how often the lift truck operator needs to refresh their training this is the place to look. There is a new confined space standard but it looks like it is not available for free yet.

Some of the standards available include:

1.Workplace electrical safety

2.Safety Standard for Lift Trucks

3.Protective Footwear

4.Safeguarding of Machinery

5.Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

6.Portable Ladders

7.Full Body Harnesses

8.Industrial Robots and Robot Systems – General Safety Requirements

9.Hearing Protection Devices – Performance, Selection, Care, and Use

10.Eye and Face Protectors

11.Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators
Don’t forget about our free WHMIS online training

What other sources of information do you use that you can
access for free?