Please note that this job search guide was prepared for those searching for jobs in Ontario – however, most of the tips are relevant to job searchers in other Provinces and Countries.
It is our view that the process involved in finding the right job involves at least four key steps.
- Identifying your key strengths and interests (if you are located in or around Mississauga or Hamilton, feel free to give us a call. Otherwise, call your local college – you’ll be surprised at the assistance you’ll receive).
- Determine which career to pursue based on your strengths and interests (again, college counselors can help you with this).
- Ensure you have the necessary skills/education. To begin your search for a program offered by us or any other college, go to the “Programs” tab on our website and select the area of study you wish to learn more about.
- Execute your job search. We created a Job Search Guide for our association – the Ontario Association of Career Colleges – you will find the link to the full report in the body of this article. The job search process is not an easy one and should be considered a full-time job – however, it is worth your time, as it will pay you back ten-fold over the years.
The focus of our job search guide is on step 4. Execute your job search.
- Resumes, References & Cover Letter
Almost all job searches require candidates to begin with, at minimum, at resume and in most cases a cover letter and references.
Although it is unlikely that a resume alone will get you a job; a good resume can help you get to the interview stage. A resume should tell potential employers enough to make them eager to meet you; however, keep in mind that in many cases, employers will have many resumes to review so it is important to keep resumes succinct.
The links contained on the O.A.C.C. website (click here ) contains a plethora of tips, tricks and examples of effective resumes, cover letters and reference forms. Choose one that best suits your own personal style and take into consideration some of the following tips:
- Personal content: Stay away from mentioning anything personal that is not related to the job including your date of birth, health status and Social Insurance Number.
- Paper Choice: The safe choice for paper colour is always white or off-white. Avoid bright and unusual colours and, if possible, try to use high quality bond paper. When printing, laser printers still produce best results and always select a type style and size that are easy to read.
- Photos: The use of photographs is not recommended unless specifically requested.
- The Final Check: Have at least one family or friend member proof read your resume to ensure 100% accuracy and correctness.
- Job Search Resources:
One your resume is complete, you are ready to begin your job search. There are two primary methods:
The advertised job market
This is the most common resource used by people looking for jobs. The benefit of searching for a job that has been advertised is that there are MANY places students can go to search. We suggest you start your search by going to the websites listed in the following table. In addition, you may wish to search in your local newspaper’s classified section. The links below also contain very valuable information on resumes and other job search techniques.
The link to the O.A.C.C. website contains links to several websites which advertise jobs.
The hidden job market
According to some job search experts, up to 80% of all jobs are available through what is known as the hidden job market. The hidden job markets are jobs that are not advertised. Rather, they are jobs that are circulated through managers’ network of co-workers, business associates, friends and acquaintances. Accessing this market should be a key element of any job search.
- The Interview
Rather than “re-inventing the wheel”, we refer you to the link below which we believe is a good guide to preparing for your interview, what to do while being interviewed and how to follow-up. Some of the websites set out in the Job Search section above also contain interview guidelines