Just graduated and looking for a job? Whant to change job and place and immigrate to Canada? Congratulations! With an employment rate of 85%, Canada is always teeming with active job seekers. But how do you stand out? Here are some tips to make your job search a piece of cake.
1. Self – Assessment
Self-assessment is very important while looking for a job. Knowing what you are capable of will not only help you with your self-esteem and confidence, but will help you look for a job in the right niche. You can take online quizzes which help you understand what you are good at.
Another popular way of assessing yourself is to take down a notepad and start jotting down what you are good at. You can keep picture yourself in each profession and write down the first thing that comes to your mind. Once you have a summary of what makes you happy, you can decide on what and where to search for a job!
Self-assessment is also required to know your strengths and weakness. Self-confidence is the ability to believe in what you are good at and use it to your advantage – in other words, to cover up your weaknesses. An employer is more likely to hire someone who knows what he is good and promotes himself.
Strike while the iron is hot! Research, research and research. Make your iron toasty warm yourself! Read the local newspapers, go through job boards, search online, talk to friends for references, etc. Narrow down choices that suit your ‘self-assessment summary’, your education, your ideal work-location and work ethics.
However, apply to as many positions as you can in as many varied companies as possible. You never know which place can surprise you and turn out to be your dream job!
First impression is always the best impression. And a resume is the first look an employer is going to get of you. Good resume writing skills can go a long way. Write a CV that gives a detailed account of your education, your work experience, skills and work ethics.
Though detail is very essential for a good CV, you will have to highlight your best to catch the recruiter’s eye. You can do so by detailing your CV with crisp short sentences, highlighting your education and best projects in bold. You can also consider attaching a small but professional looking photograph.
Organization is one of the four pillars of success. Applying to jobs at random will not help you in the long run. Job seeking can be tiring and disappointing, but keeping a track of all the jobs you have applied for, attended interviews for and are looking to apply for. Write down in a notebook or if you are tech-savvy, you can save it online and access it from anywhere through mobile devices.
Rejection is difficult for anyone, and to be reminded of the same on a constant basis is no picnic. However, noting down what went wrong during interviews can be a huge help in your development and performance. Learn from bad experiences and implement what you have learnt.
Gathering as much information from your seniors, alumni and friends regarding interviews, job applications, Canadian job consultancies, etc. is an additional tool for job seekers.
Schedule an informal interview with your employed friends and ask them questions like how long they have searched for a job, how their careers began, what do career beginnings in that particular industry look like, etc. Do remember to note down everything.
6. Emotional Support
With the ever-growing competition in every industry, job searching can turn into a depressing and never ending quest! Call up on like-minded friends searching for jobs in your niche and attend interviews together. Stay in constant touch with your friends and family to help you process any disappointing experiences.
Always keep in mind that there is a perfect company with the perfect job looking for a candidate like you. It is just a matter of time. Never give up hope. It is very unlikely to be unemployed for a long and an active job seeker always ends up with an offer letter!
7. Becoming an Entrepreneur
If all else fails, you can always start your own company! If you have some spare cash on you, and are equipped with the right expertise, then you can call the shots! You can decide how big you want your enterprise to be or how small. The more you work and the more you invest, the more you reap.
There are many people who have started enterprises with just a small chunk of cash and are now the owners of multi-million dollar companies. It is not as easy as it sounds, but no job is.
Whatever you decide to do, seeking a job or becoming a self-made entrepreneur, never lose sight of yourself. Always believe in who you are and you are sure to earn laurels! Happy job seeking!