Job search is one of the most difficult things here in Canada. When we get more specific about cities, different cities have different opportunities with different wages and different criteria to be eligible for such jobs. But it has been identified that the approach to job search is more or less similar in different cities, no matter which part of Canada they belong to. Based on the approach, I have identified few key points that one needs to keep in mind while hunting for the jobs.
There can be other factors that can be added to list and there may be few that you would not find so important and would want to eliminate from the list.
But this the ground work that will help in the long run as you move up in your career.
1. Resume: Resume is your face to the recruiter, be it the employer or any third party. So it is of utmost importance that your resume is representing you in the best possible way. There are multiple ways you can build your resume and few of those are listed below
- Career development co-ordinators if you are in an educational institution. All the colleges or universities have their own who help their students with resume building and job search
- Placement agencies will help build one through their systems. Even though placement agencies have their own format of resumes, it is still a good idea to get one made by them
- You can get the resume changed with the help of a mentor. With experience of your mentor, you can improve your resume for a specific job
While looking for part time jobs, you need to make sure your resume has that "one thing" what the employer is looking for. It is quite possible that with your past job you have had exposure to different areas of job like marketing, finance and customer service at the same time. But while you are applying for a customer service job, if you are not highlighting your customer service skills then it won't be of any use at all. It is really important to know what the recruiter is looking for and highlight all your skills that you have used in your previous jobs. Depending on the job and the work experience it requires, the length of the resume also should change.
2. LinkedIn: This is a great resource to find professionals of the same industry or company that you are planning to work with. If you do not have an ID on LinkedIn, please create one today and start adding people on the network that you know. Once you have added people you know, you will be able to see their contacts and possibly a helpful contact in the same industry you want to land with a job. You can also find the company's pages and "like" the page which has jobs on it. You can find the jobs there and along with the jobs you might find the contacts of the person who has posted the job and you can contact the recruiter.
3. Networking: In North America, most of the jobs get filled through references and Canada is no exception. In fact it is said that most of the jobs are not even advertised and there is a hidden job market for such jobs. More people you know, the better it is when it comes to finding the right job. If the person you know does not know anything about the job, there is a high probability that he might know someone who does know about the job and can be the key to the lock that is keeping you away from the job. Start getting in touch with as many people as you can and the connections will keep building for you taking you to your dream job. These connections are for lifetime and you never know who can get you a job.
4. Community Work: How much do you care about the society or community you live in? How much time you contribute to the causes that matter in the society? How many people know that you care about the world you live in?
If you think that answer to any of these is negative then you need to get involved in the community work and do something for the world you live in. Join a not for profit organisation, join as a volunteer or join as the board member or even start something of your own. Getting into these things will give you more contacts and will improve your network. If you are already doing it but it is not helping you, then try to take responsibility in such volunteering opportunities and you will see that people will start noticing you and your work that you put towards the cause. Surprisingly the organisations also want to see the empathy factor in their employees and so it will make you stand out in your resume.
5. Job Boards: There are multiple job boards where you can find the recent jobs in the market. The most common ones are Indeed.ca, monster.ca, workopolis.com, eluta.ca, jobbank.gc.ca and wowjobs.ca. These job-sites have thousands of jobs advertised every month. Depending on the parameters that you choose, you can narrow down your search to find more specific results. Few of these sites are simple and few are more complex but it all depends on what kind of job you are looking for and you can check on all these websites. Most of these websites have an option of creating an account with them and upload your resume on their website from where employers can look for you and contact you.
6. Headhunters and Job Placement Agencies: There are multiple job placement agencies and head hunters out there in the market. They have their own model of doing the placements and making revenue for themselves. They can take a cut from your hourly wage and put you on their payroll or they can charge you some fees for the placement or they have even do this service for free (eventually charging the employer). Contact these consultants and let them open a file for you. Once it is done, they will let you know if anything comes up in the market that you are a best fit for. Few of the placements agencies in Winnipeg are Pinnacle, Houston Recruitment Services Ltd., People First HR services Ltd., Staffmax Staffing Recruiting, Summit Seach Group, David Aplin, Ranstad and Inteqna. You can use Google to find the these agencies along with their contact details and websites.
7. Company Websites: Tried everything but did not get your dream job yet??? Do you know if it even exists or no??? You know what company it is but you are not able to find the jobs on any of the portals or with placements agencies???
Then go the company's website and search the job in the Careers section of the company's website. Create your account there as well and keep checking for the job there. On top of this, you can also create a job search alert and you will start getting emails whenever a job is posted that matches your search criteria.
JOB SEARCH is not SCIENCE, its an ART. It is about putting all your resources and sources to work in the best possible way to land your dream job in the shortest possible time period. People including me have spent months finding the right job and the job search is something that never ends. As you work more, with new work experience there is a new job out for you in the market. So keep using these tips and your job search will be much more easier than before.
For any concerns or queries, please write to me.
Disclaimer: All the factors mentioned here are the author's own words through his personal life experience. The author does not have any personal interest in any placement agency or any other job site. The names of the websites and placement agencies are mentioned from his personal experience and research in the past. He also does not guarantee any job by the use of these various methods. The intent here is to guide people on how to find a job based on research and personal experience in Winnipeg.
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