Searching for a new job can be a challenging and time-consuming process. However, you can find the right opportunity with sound advice and a good plan. Here are five essential tips to help you with your job search.
Define your goals
Before diving into the job market, take the time to reflect on your career goals. You want to narrow down the types of jobs or industries that align with your interests and skills. Then, you can tailor your job search efforts more effectively. For example, research potential employers and job roles to know what’s out there and if it fits your goals and needs. You want to make sure it’s a good fit!
Clean up your resume and cover letters
Writing a good resume and cover letter is crucial for capturing the attention of potential employers. Tailor your resume to highlight relevant skills and experiences that align with the job requirements you’re applying for. For example, if they’re looking for a specific skill or experience and you have that, make sure it is clear on your resume.
Use clear language and bullet points so your resume is easy to read. Just like your resume, polish up your cover letter too. Ensure that it shows your enthusiasm for the position and qualifications, and tailor it to the job you’re applying for.
Use online job search websites
Nowadays, job search platforms are the go-to for employers and job seekers. You can check out websites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and government job sites for job listings. EmployAbilities also provides a list of job search sites here: https://employabilities.ab.ca/resources/. These websites also provide filters to narrow your search down based on specific criteria.
Networking is an effective way to find job opportunities. You can attend career fairs, participate in online communities, and ask your personal network if they know of an open position that would suit you. EmployAbilities can help you engage with employers and organizations that can help you find the right job.
Prepare for the job interview
If you’ve lined up a job interview, prepare for it! Research the company and the role you are interviewing for to understand their goals and what they’re looking for in an employee. Practice common interview questions and prepare concise, compelling responses highlighting your skills and experiences.
Dress appropriately, arrive early, and be ready to talk about your skills and experiences that align with the job description. Don’t forget to follow up with a thank-you note afterward to express your appreciation for the opportunity. Sometimes that follow-up can go a long way!
EmployAbilities offers job skills training programs and job search supports throughout Alberta. Contact us to learn more!