Find employment

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Searching for employment includes a few simple components:

The labour market

The labour market indicates:

  • Occupational, skills, and local labour market trends
  • Salaries, labour supply, and demand broken down provincially
  • Education and skill requirements for specific careers
  • Available jobs

Target positions

Targeting the positions you are really interested in whether you are seeking full-time, part-time, summer, academic, work abroad, and/or your first career related role you must determine what and where you would like to work.

Identify positions to target by:

  • Exploring different career related positions
  • Determining company size (start up, small, mid, or large corporation)
  • Finding a work environment that suits your style
  • Deciding where in the world you want to work

Employment search Resources

Twenty percent of jobs are found online and eighty percent through networking so maximize your time spent online by setting time limits, apply don’t scroll, and be active on social media.

Job boards for students and recent graduates:

Networking

The art of connecting with people to build relations. Connect with people you know and those you want to meet to gather information about your industry and possible opportunities. The intent of networking is not to get a job but rather to gather information and resources that will lead to a position.

There are several different ways to network:

  • Social media such as LinkedIn
  • Attending industry nights
  • Conducting informational interviews
  • Career fairs
  • Meeting employers on campus

Utilize your network by fostering the relationship, sharing information, and asking for referrals. Continue building the relationship once you secure employment by embedding networks in the work you do.

Social media

Employers use social media to recruit and research potential candidates therefore creating a professional online presence is important and can work to your advantage. In order to maximize the use of online profiles they need to be completely populated.

Deciding what social media platforms to use will depend on your industry but we will explore the most common ones and how to use them.

  • LinkedIn: Connects you to people, industry, and employment. Populate your profile, keep it professional, and make it public.
  • Twitter: Connects you to employers in real time. Use your full name as your Twitter handle and get noticed by tweeting information about your industry.
  • Blogging: Spark can employers interest about your area of expertise. Blogging demonstrates your communication and industry engagement.

Need help? Book an appointment with a Career Advisor or attend a workshop.