For Canadian employers, the job-posting process can be frustrating, time-consuming and unreliable. Sorting through stacks of resumes, calling up and interviewing the candidates requires a high amount of effort and energy, which is why employers often try to avoid this process entirely when filling vacancies. Your best tools to find work are usually personal contacts and your willingness to network. This advice applies regardless of your career path, whether you’re a business graduate or currently enrolled in classes from 3D animation colleges.
If you’ve exhausted your personal contacts, advertised jobs can still work to locate employment. You just need to know where to look and how to present yourself. Because employers typically only spend 20-30 seconds reviewing resumes, it’s important that, when responding to advertised jobs, you submit a tailored resume and cover letter for each position you apply to. Candidates should also demonstrate that they have the key skills and qualifications that the employer has outlined in the job description. Lastly, it can be helpful to discuss why you’re interested in the organization based on conducting your own research. Taking the time to do these extra steps can pay off, as it will make your resume stand out from the pile.
If you’re currently looking for employment, here are some of Canada’s most popular job search websites.
Indeed.ca is the Canadian affiliate of Indeed.com, which operates worldwide. The parent website has been online since 2004. It receives over 140 million unique visitors worldwide per month, and is available in more than 50 countries and 28 languages. The interface is simple and intuitive, and gives job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. When searching for a job, you can target a specific city or industry, and create a profile with your resume and cover letter attached, which means less information to fill out every time you apply for a position.
Monster Canada (http://www.monster.ca/)
Monster is one of Canada’s most recognized online career brands. On average, there are about 50,000 new resumes added each month to Monster Canada’s resume database. The website is aimed towards both job seekers and employers, providing helpful informational articles on topics like interview preparation or common job interview questions on top of a robust job search engine. A vast majority of Canada’s leading companies post jobs on Monster.
LinkedIn takes a different approach to job search. Employers can post jobs and job seekers can apply to them, but LinkedIn is, first and foremost, a networking website allowing professionals of any sector, from professionals with business management training to graduates of interior design colleges, to make connections. Joining LinkedIn gives you access to jobs, but also people, news, updates and insights. It’s a great way to grow your contact base. If you don’t have a profile already, try creating one! It’s easy and only takes a minute.
Workpolis has been helping Canadians find jobs and connecting employers with the candidates they need since 2000. It maintains exclusive partnerships with different community sites, allowing its job postings to gain more visibility. The site also comes with robust tools that can make the job searching process much easier, like Job Alert emails or real-time tweets of industry-specific jobs.