Confidence Building – Your Job Search (Day 1)

The posts I write on successful resume’s and employment have long been my most successful. I know it’s because of our economy and because the search for sustainable employment is long and tedious.  Resume formats change frequently; should we have two pages or one, include references, add a cover letter, use all of our experience? And then once we think we have that figured out we begin to get confused about the way to go about job searching.

Should we hand out resume’s face to face? Online? Email?

Its become confusing.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the confident candidate securing the job.

In my previous posts I highlighted how to write a winning resume and how to display your experience so that a manager would look at it.

But what if you don’t know what you’re looking for?

What if you’ve never approached an employer before?

Or what if you’ve secured the interview but have trouble nailing the job?

Over the next few Wednesday’s I will help you gain the confidence you need to see your job search through to the end.

To begin with its important to focus on what you know, so today we’re going to begin building that very crucial piece of information.

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Questions To Ask Yourself:

1. What area are you looking in?

Are you focusing on cooking, retail, construction, telemarketing? Narrow your search and focus on one area (unless your specialization is in more than one area and you have created resume’s for those specific feilds).

 2. What wage are you looking for and is it realistic?

Expecting $20/hr if you haven’t got the training or experience for the job you are applying for is unrealistic. Look at your education, experience, the area you live in, and your budget and create a number you are comfortable with, keeping in mind minimum wage and employer expectations.

3. Who will look after your children/how much will this cost?

If you have children, and haven’t secured daycare, how much will this cost? Where will they go? Will they require a deposit? Can family help you out until you can save some money? Do you qualify for subsidy?

 4. How will you get to work?

Do you drive? Is there transit to and from the job? Are you required to have a license for the position? Can you car pool?

 5. Do you know anyone who is hiring?

Make a list of friends and family who you can talk to and tell that you are looking for work. Word of mouth and who you know will get you far.

Visiting an Employment Agency in your community and signing up to work with a Community Employment Counsellor will help make your job search less overwhelming. They are trained to assist you with your search and help you to answer the above questions. They will also provide you with free training, workshops, and upgrading.

In Ontario the sites that offer Employment Ontario subsidies and assistance can be found here: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/etlanding.html

What are some ways you prepare for a job search?

What are some of your biggest struggles?

Come back next Wednesday for tips on Dropping off Your Resume and Personal Disclosures

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