Where to look for jobs ○ Career Centres at colleges/universities ○ Other newspaper listings
Check company websites Look for an "Employment" or "Careers" section eg. Vancouver Parks Boardeg. Playland/PNE
Use your networkYou never know who might have information.
Use your network Tell everyone you are looking for a job. Keep an eye out for people who are startingnew jobs (that means their old job probablyneeds to be filled). Use social media if its appropriate for yourindustry: eg. LinkedIn.com has listings.
Visit companies in person Drop in and ask if companies have anyopenings. Bring copies of your resume.Dress appropriately.Be polite -- shake hands, introduce yourself.Make a good impression.
Other sourcesPay attention to the news for stories of hiringevents. eg. PNE stories New construction eg. J Crew, Forever 21 on Robson
Applying for jobs: be preparedWhen you drop-in to companies: Carry copies of your resume, just in case. Keep them crisp by bringing them in a folder. If you are applying for a specific opening,include a cover letter.
Applying for jobs: be prepared Bring a pen in case of application forms. Have contact information ready for yourreferences.
Responding to job openings Personalise AND tailor your applications to thecompany and the position. Change your resume if necessary to add moredetails. Write a new cover letter for each job.
An example of a video resume http://youtu.be/9EzNll1U2N8
Applying for jobs: impressionsBe nice to everyone you meet when applyingfor a job. Dress appropriately. Be polite. Find out the name of the person in charge ofhiring (so you know who to call to follow-up.)
Applying for jobs: impressionsWhen you are in job-seeking mode: -Make sure your voice mailmessage is professional "Hello, youve reached Jaime Tong at604.713.8999. Im sorry I missed your call. Ifyoud like to leave a message, Ill return yourcall as soon as possible."
Applying for jobs: impressionsClean-up your online/social media image. Lock-down your Facebook privacy settings sothat no one can misinterpret photos of you.
Applying for jobs: impressionsMake sure your profile picture is appropriate. Google your name to see what appears online,so there are no surprises.
Applying for jobs: impressions Let your family know you are applying forjobs. Review the home phone voice mail message.
Interviews: what to do if you get oneIf you are offered an interview, make sure youhave the following information: -Date -Time -Place -Name of person who will interview you
The interview: what to wear Dress conservatively. Usually no jeans, nothing distracting orinappropriate (tshirts/too much skin). No big earrings/distracting jewelry.Nail polish should be neutral.
Preparing for an interviewDont get lost.Call and ask the receptionist for the nearest"cross street" if youre not sure. Check a map.Check Translink if you are taking transit.Try to find the place a few days earlier ifyoure not sure.
Preparing for an interview Research the company online. Familiarize yourself with what they do. Prepare some questions to ask at the end ofthe interview.
Preparing for an interviewPractice answering typical interviewquestions.(Ms. Tong has a handout for this.) Make notes. Write out your responses.Practice saying them.(Bring your notes with you if you get nervousduring interviews.)
Preparing for an interviewPractice in front of a mirror. Record your responses (audio). Practice with a family member or friend.
At the interviewShake hands.How is your handshake?Eye contact.Dont rush (talking speed). Ask for clarification if unsure.Enthusiasm: Look like you want to be there.
Ending the interviewThank the interviewer. Have a question to ask. If you dont have any, AT LEAST ask: When will you have a hiring decision made?