You are ready to dust off your old resume and look for a new job. So, where do you start?
Job hunting can be a daunting task at the best of times (and even more so during a global pandemic). So, we reached out to our Employment Services team for their top tips to help you with your next job search.
Here are their five tips for job seekers
Make a regular daily schedule to conduct your job search activities
It’s been said before: job hunting is work. So, treat it just like that. Schedule time each day for you to look at and apply for job postings, write cover letters and update your resume, and for networking. Having a schedule can help you stay focused and can also ensure that you also have time during the day for much-needed breaks.
Create an updated and targeted resume with accomplishment statements
Be sure to tweak your resume for each of the positions you apply for. While describing previous roles, add any accomplishments, in addition to what your responsibilities were, to show the impact you had at the organization.
Network, network, network
It has been estimated that up to 85 per cent of jobs are filled through networking. You can help build your professional network by joining professional associations, attending conferences, doing informational interviews, and building your LinkedIn profile, to name a few.
Show employers what you have to offer them
When writing your cover letter and during interviews, you can position yourself as a strong candidate for the job by using a personal value proposition. A personal value proposition outlines the value you will bring to the company. When crafting it, think of any relevant added value you can offer an employer that gives you a competitive advantage over other candidates applying for the same job who meet the employer’s requirements.
Brush up on your interview skills
You may have heard this saying before: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice!” The same thing goes for acing job interviews — practice, practice, practice! Practicing can go a long way in helping you feel prepared for your next interview. Review and prepare responses for any common interview questions and think about how your job experience relates to the position. Then practice with a family member or a friend. Want some extra help? WoodGreen also offers FREE interviews skills and mock interview workshops to give you expert advice to help you to polish and refine your interview skills.
BONUS TIP: There's support available to help you with your job search
Job hunting may seem like a solo project, but it’s not — there is support available for you (and it’s FREE!). WoodGreen offers many free employment workshops on topics such as resume writing, interview skills, creating a LinkedIn profile, and more! We also provide one-on-one employment counselling, job development/matching, and professional development opportunities for eligible job seekers looking to upgrade their skills and work toward long-term career goals. Feel free to reach out to us at (416) 645-6000 ext. 2900 to learn more.
We wish you the best of luck with your job search!