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The Job Search Process
You need to prepare a Canadian-style resumé and research companies and labour market information. You may want to get some help with your job search from a community agency.
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When you are looking for work you need to understand the application and interview processes and be familiar with common job search terms. You also need an up-to-date Canadian-style résumé, which is shorter than a curriculum vitae or CV, and a cover letter. You should tailor your résumé and cover letter for each job you apply for so that they closely match the job description.
Make sure that your email address is professional. [email protected] is okay for personal email but something with your name in it is better if you are looking for work.
Labour Market Information
Labour market information (LMI) can help you determine the value of your skills in the current economy. If you are thinking about changing careers, you may want to research those fields with a good employment outlook.
The Working in Canada website provides information on the duties and training needed for many different occupations. It also has information about wages and the employment outlook. The Ontario government also provides occupational information at Ontario Job Futures.
You should also check out the web site of the workforce planning board in your area. These planning boards gather local LMI.
Check with regulatory or licensing bodies and professional or trade associations for more LMI.
You can learn more about LMI on the Service Canada website.
It is also a good idea to research companies that hire people in your profession or trade or, if you are changing fields, in your new career. Review the company website, see if there are any news items about the organization, and go through annual reports. Find out as much as you can about the employer. If you get an interview, it will be important to know the names of some people in the company, when it started up and its products and services.
Your knowledge of the company will also help you decide if the workplace is a good fit for your skills and career goals. If the company is a place you would like to work in, try to develop a networking connection with someone who works there. That way you can hear quickly when positions become available at this company.
Company research is vital if you are at the stage of applying for a job. Prepare your cover letter and résumé and get ready for your interview. You can learn more about researching companies in Ontario on the Settlement.Org website.
The agencies that offer
services help newcomers and other Ontario residents find work. EO services offer:
- Employment counselling
- Preparing a résumé and cover letter or getting ready for a job interview
- Help to research a career, LMI or training opportunities
- Job placements
- Independent job search tools (i.e., phone, fax, computers, etc.)
To find an EO agency in your area, call the toll-free Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656.
Looking for a job can be a stressful process. Make sure to take care of your health during this time. Learn more about coping with stress.