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Quick Tips for Employment is a series of videos we launched in August on our YouTube channel. These “Quick Tips” videos were created by our wonderful volunteer Paula and offer great insight into the employment process. Paula goes through the job search process, networking, resumes, cover letters, interviews and post-interviews. 

If you have any questions or need help with your job search, please contact jobsupport@wcwrc.ca

Beginning The Job Search

Searching for a job can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Don’t limit your options!

Use different methods for your job search. Look online, in newspapers, ask some friends, and apply in person.

Ask yourself “What’s important”?

This could be different for every person such as the location, hours, transportation, etc.  

Networking

Networking is important for connecting with individuals, keeping in touch and building resourceful relationships.

Don’t be afraid to reach out! 

Today we are able to reach more people than we could ever before. Through e-mail, social media, text messages, and the classic but never out-of-style phone call. Reach out to some friends or previous employers, even if they’re not hiring they may know someone who is.

Resumes

A resume is an important tool for your job search because it lets you display your top skills and qualities. Resumes also help employers make decisions on offering you an interview or employment.

Aim for a Target!

Build your resume for a specific job you are applying for. This can help highlight the skills you have that are needed for the position, and will help you stand out.

 

Cover Letters

Cover letters are an important add-on to your already amazing resume and Paula has so many tips to share!

Two truths about Cover Letters:
1. They feel like a hassle and most people skip out on writing one
2. But a good professional cover letter highlights your skills and qualifications!!

Interviews

Interviewing is an important step in the employee selection process but it can also be the scariest step for most job seekers.

Always be professional & polite!

Employers are always trying to gain a sense of your personality through every interaction. From the first phone call or e-mail to schedule an interview up until the very end, thanking you for your time.

After The Interview

Consider following up after your interview. You can frame this as a quick e-mail or phone call thanking the employer for the interview and asking for the results. 

If it doesn’t work out, don’t get discouraged.

Sometimes the job isn’t a perfect fit, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Consider asking for advice about how you can do better in your interview and use it to improve your interviewing skills for the next job. 

We hope you enjoyed Paula’s amazing tips on job searching, networking, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. If you need any help with your job search or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us through e-mail: jobsupport@wcwrc.ca 

Good luck with the job search!

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