Tips to land that job

At some point in our lives, well at least for most of us in Canada, the inevitable job hunt of looking for work will present itself on several occasions. If you are in Ottawa, the first step is to register with some reputable Employment Agencies; however, below are some great tips to remember for all steps of the job hunt process.

Resume

The first and most important part of any job search is your resume. Your resume is the first stage of selling yourself and thus should be written with extreme care. Typically, it is good to start with a brief summary about who you are and where you are going in your career. This can be followed by your experience, skills, specific training, education and other achievements and interests. It is always a good idea to keep information on your resume in bullet point form in as few words as possible to have maximum impact. Remember that a resume should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. This does not mean including false information on different job applications of course. It means that the skills you have may be more applicable for certain jobs than others and should therefore be emphasized more in your resume, and if necessary, in your cover letter in applying for the position.

Networking and Research of the Role/Company Online

Today, with the ever increasing sophistication of the World Wide Web, the job hunter has many advantages that he/she once might not have had. Most positions are now advertised online and hence are more open to view than ever before. This gives the applicant a chance to see not only what the role is about, but also gives the chance to do some extensive research on the company and the people who they might potentially meet in an interview. LinkedIn also offers an opportunity for job hunters to network and connect with potential employers as well as leave informative comments on the company’s LinkedIn page.

The Interview

The resume on its own is never enough to get you the job; it just gets you in the door for the interview. Once you have won an opportunity for an interview, preparation is everything! Do your homework on the company, be prepared for all types of questions and have plenty of examples to back up your answers. Know your resume like the back of your hand. Firm handshakes upon meeting the interviewer(s) and hold eye contact with them throughout the interview. Be yourself, people can easily see through someone putting on a show or trying to be someone they are not. Relax, it’s just an interview. Additional opportunities will present themselves should this one not work out. The more relaxed you are the clearer your mind will be which will aid you in properly answering the interview questions. At the same time, don’t be so relaxed that you feel like you’re at home, sit upright and have good posture. Remember, interviews are all about preparation – fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Persistence and Determination

Don’t forget that today’s job market is more competitive than ever with economies all around the world still trying to recover from the global recession that started back in 2008. Remember, there are a large number of people in the same boat and often times it is those who persevere and keep trying who prevail in the end. Learn from each interview, and ask for feedback if not given any. Use this feedback as a constructive tool to realistically and honestly evaluate how you performed and where you can improve on from an objective point of view. Keep believing in yourself and the rest will fall into place. Should you be looking for another resource, remember to also go to honest and reputable Ottawa Employment Agencies.

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