One of my favourite parts of being a human resources professional is helping people find jobs. We all know that job hunting can be a challenging and confusing process. As a recruiter, I see job applicants make easily avoidable mistakes that screen them out of the recruitment process. Common errors include spelling mistakes and using the same resume for every job application.
I remember how much I appreciated receiving job-hunting advice and I always look for opportunities to share that advice with others.
I recently had an opportunity to do just this with my colleague Kelsey Ellis. Partnering with the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s Employment Services, we jam packed our presentation with as much advice as possible. We discussed job searching, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, resumes, and interview preparation. It was rewarding to hear how our presentation aided struggling job seekers and to use my knowledge to brighten someone else’s day.
And so, I wanted to continue sharing what advice I have here! You’ll find insights on the most important tips (and mistakes to avoid) below.
- Apply for a position even if you don’t meet all the qualifications.
- Remember that not all jobs are posted on job boards. Let your network know that you are job searching.
- Consider applying for remote work opportunities.
- Look for companies that align with your values.
- Ensure your profile and resume match (ex: job titles, employment dates)
- Follow industry influencers.
- Stay active. Share and comment on content even when you aren’t job searching.
- Create a personal brand. What passions, knowledge, skills make you stand out?
Cover Letters & Resumes
- Customize them for each position.
- Include key words and language from the job posting.
- Don’t include personal information such as your photograph, marital status, birth date, number of children, or home address. Including this information can cause you to be discriminated against.
- Show how you will be a fit with the company’s culture. Research the company’s volunteer work, social media, environmental initiatives, and values.
- Remember the STAR (Situation, Task, Action Result) method when answering behavioural questions.
- Check your tech. Ensure your microphone and camera work for virtual interviews.
- Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
- Send a thank you note after your interview. This emphasizes your interest in the position.
I hope these tips help you on your job search journey, whether you are an employer hiring and trying to improve your processes by reverse engineering, or if you are a job seeker trying to land a new position.
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About the Author
Shae Soligner is am a Talent Acquisition/HR employee at Business Sherpa Group. Shae has a head for business and a heart for the world and is passionate about using her HR expertise to help people grow and succeed.