There is a common misconception that many unemployed people do not want to work, or that they are waiting for THE PERFECT JOB to fall into their laps. The reality is, many Canadians are currently seeking employment – and most are doing what they can to find
it. In today’s employment climate, one needs to ensure that they are doing what it takes to secure employment.
1. Review your employment goal.
Is the work you are looking for in demand currently? If your employment goal is too narrowly focused, it may take longer to secure employment. Review for yourself if your financial situation allows for a longer search.
2. Do you have realistic expectations?
We all want to make more money in our occupations. One of the biggest problems I have witnessed in employment is unrealistic salary expectations. It is understandable that one becomes accustomed to a certain income level in an occupation, however, it is equally understandable that you may have to begin at the bottom with a new career or employer. More money follows proven competency and trust.
3. Do you have the skills?
Read job ads carefully. Even if you have all the experience required for any given job ad, ensure you have all of the qualifications. Often resumes are screened based on a given set of qualifications. If a degree is required and you do not have one, you are likely to be out of the running. Make sure your applications are going only to those jobs you are qualified for to avoid the hopeless feeling of sending out 100 resumes and not receiving any call backs. That said, always apply for postings that will consider equivalent experience over a degree.
4. Are you doing all you can in your job search?
Job search is not exclusive to job boards and newspaper ads. Many of us rely on these methods in our job search, however, on 10% of all available jobs are filled/posted by this method. 90% of the jobs in your location are currently open but unpublished. The question is how does one access these hidden jobs.
Cold calls – make a list of employers that you would like to work for and give them a call. Let them know you are looking for work and find out what they have available.
Networking cards – create your own business cards. These can be left with employers you visit, or with people in your network. Sales people use business cards all the time. In this case, you are the product.
Visiting employer sites – an alternative to cold calls, take your list of employers and visit them in person. Let your initiative sell you.
Let everyone you know that you are looking for work, and what you are looking for. They may not canvass the world for you, but will remember you when they come across employment opportunities.
If you know an employers environment well enough, you can write a proposal on how employing you can save them money. A good example would be to save a company money by bringing their web updates in-house – as long as you have the skills to do it!
Visit an employment centre and meet with a consultant. Employment Consultants are often privy to local employer information that is not posted or available anywhere else. They can also provide a qualified set of eyes to take a look over your resume and cover letter. These documents are so personal and specific to an individual, you may not even
notice what you are missing – because you already know everything about yourself! Let an Employment Consultant invigorate your resume – or simply let you know you are doing a great job!