Online job boards are an important part of a job search.
But remember – while online job posts can produce results, many jobs are never advertised. If you limit your job search to responding to ads, you may miss important opportunities.
Be aware – there are countless job posting sites. Many employers post their jobs on multiple sites; others will have a single favourite. So, it is important for you to do your research to find job boards that are likely to work for you.
When responding to a job ad, be sure you customize your resume and cover letter to the ad, making it easy for the employer to see how your skills and experience would be a good fit for the job. Sending the same generic resume to many job postings is unlikely to succeed.
Adzuna Canada: Job search engine sourcing 100+ thousand jobs and internships from hundreds of sites and providing statistics for job-seeking students.
Canadajobs.com: Canada’s source for job search “how-to” articles and tips.
CareerBuilder: Search for jobs in Canada and around the world.
Career Edge: Search for paid internships in non-regulated professions.
Eluta.ca: Search for new jobs in Canada.
Government of Canada Job Bank: Search for jobs by province.
Indeed: Search jobs, upload Resumé and research companies.
JobGurus: Job search engine to discover jobs from thousands of employer and career sites across Canada.
Jooble: A job search engine to get links to job postings from more than 9550 different job sites throughout Canada.
Neuvoo: Job postings across Canada, with over 40,000 postings in Ontario alone.
TalentEgg: Search for co-op, internship, entry level positions, summer jobs, student jobs, full-time and part-time work. Access career guides to explore various career paths and related resources.
Workopolis.com: Lists a variety of job opportunities.
Wowjobs: Search more than 100,000 jobs from thousands of job boards, classifieds and company sites in Canada.
Networking is connecting with people to expand professional connections and build relationships which, in turn, can help improve the quality of job offers, build your career, and increase your overall job satisfaction. As most jobs are never advertised, networking is also one of the most effective job search strategies.
The following resources will help get you started:
Informational interviews are a fantastic way to build and expand your network, get insider tips and strategies for launching your career, and to learn more about an employer, industry, and/or specific job. This type of labour market research can be incredibly effective as you are speaking to people in the career you are interested in. You can learn how they got started, what path they took, whether any additional education as required, and what the future holds.
Informational interviews are not job interviews. It is important to be clear with those you are reaching out to that you are not looking for work (even if you are!) or that your request is not some sneaky way to apply for a job. Although informational interviews can often lead to a job offer, the goal is to get information so this must be the focus of the conversation.
These two videos provide a fantastic summary of informational interviews:
Establishing a strong online presence, understanding how to use social media effectively in job search, and avoiding the social media pitfalls that can hurt your chances are an important component of any job search. Employers use social media to recruit potential employees and to research candidates, usually before scheduling interviews. A poor or questionable online presence can have employers disqualifying your candidacy during pre-screening. Although an older news story, this video briefly shares how employers are using social media to research candidates, and what might get you disqualified. People are welcome to engage in social media in whatever way works for them and should not feel like they cannot share something online. Within a job search, the crucial piece is understanding how an employer might view a post, or photos, and how privacy settings can be used to ensure certain people only see the content you post.
There are a huge number of social media platforms, with more appearing on a regular basis. Some are geared more for personal use, others for business, with still others focusing on specific industries. For job search and career management activities, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter remain the most popular. For more information on these, check out the article Best Social Media Sites for Job Searching.
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