When it comes to finding a job, nothing is more important than standing out. And we’re not talking standing out with a fancy resume or a flashy interview outfit. We’re talking standing out the old-fashioned way – with more experience and better skills. So how do you make yourself a stronger candidate when searching for jobs?
“There are three kinds of job hunters who graduate from college – those who wait until after they’ve graduated to look for a job, those who wait a couple of months to look for work and enjoy their last summer of freedom, and the smart ones, who start planning their job hunt even before their last set of finals.” – Author and millennial business coach Amanda Abella
The latter know that in order to give themselves an edge, they need to start early on. The reality is, that if you want to give yourself an edge on your job hunt, you’ll indeed need to start early. And, we don’t mean start looking for work a month before finals. In some cases, starting early may mean preparing yourself up to a year or more in advance.
Fortunately, there are endless ways to do this now, thanks to the internet. Below are a few options to help you start looking for work before you graduate. And, this will help make you a stronger candidate:
Your Resume (or ‘CV’): Your resume is the all-important first impression, so don’t fall short at this crucial first step when applying for jobs. Thus, poorly written resumes will hinder you from making an impact. And, if you are applying to a job in Canada, you can follow the guidelines on Resume Format in Canada.
LinkedIn and other job search sites: More and more recruiters are using LinkedIn to search for candidates. In fact, according to a 2015 survey by Jobvite, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn in the recruiting process – and 96% use social media as a recruiting tool. Thus, creating a profile once you have finished a final copy of your resume is a good way to get yourself out there even further.
Networking: One extremely effective way to get a job is to network. And, it’s much easier to get a job when you have a personal referral than to try and get in the door without one. Thus, the earlier you start building your professional contacts, the better. Overall, this can actually help give you an edge when looking for work. So, start attending events related to your industry to meet people and expand your network. Simply go on Meetup.com or Eventbrite to find events in your area.
Basically a 30-second pitch for you – what you do, what you’re looking for, and what you need to get there. More often than not, you’ll be selling yourself in environments like networking events, conferences, or even waiting in line at the store – anywhere you have the opportunity to meet new people. And, always ensure you have a contact for the company and follow up within a week of submitting your resume to show your interest. “Thank-you” emails after an interview set you apart from other candidates applying for jobs.
This is based on the notion that you never know who you’ll meet and how they might help you further your business. However, it also applies to networking – everyone should have a personal pitch that they’re prepared to give in case they come across someone who could be a helpful contact. Thus, if you are in a field where networking is essential, or if you’re looking for a new job, investors, partners or employees, you should have your pitch down pat. Overall, this will help you stand out in becoming a stronger candidate.
It’s important to believe in yourself throughout the process – and to make sure others know you believe in yourself too. Watch this useful TED Talk on how small adjustments to your body language can help. Furthermore, never turn down an offer of help. Be proactive and determined. Email or phone the person who offered you help the next day and be sure to thank them for any guidance they’ve provided.
Listed are some more resources to help you win interviews and find jobs in Canada.
Using these sources is one of the strongest online tools to find you a position after graduation. Remember also that not all recruitment is done through formal interview processes. Find out how to use an informational interview as a tool to develop your network in Canada.
Canadian College Windsor can have you ready to work in the Windsor, Ontario job market in a short period. In addition, the college helps you find career openings across South Western Ontario. Most noteworthy, all programs are tailored to meet the needs of today’s employment market. Thus, you can expect each program to teach you the skills you need to know to be successful. And, all will be achieved with full support every step of the way.
Are you interested in enrolling in a college that prepares you for future employment and stability? Do you want a practical education that prepares you for a rewarding future in business or healthcare? If so, contact Canadian College and speak to a recruiter today! To learn more about what the college has to offer, please call 519-977-1222. Find our latest programs online at https://www.cchst.net/career-programs/