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.
Government of Canada Job Bank.
Jobs and employment Alberta
British Columbia – WorkBC
New Brunswick Jobs
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. https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/findajob/resume-builder
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Docs/OPSCoverLetterandResumeWritingGuide.pdf
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.
- How your experience meets job requirements.
- How your work skills meet job requirements.
- Why you want to work at the organization.
There are many different websites that have information on cover letters. Some are listed below.
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.