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Finding your way through the job search maze

Finding your way through the job search maze

Looking for a job can feel like trying to find your way through a maze. Your resume alone won't land you the job or even the opportunity for an interview. There are several other key job search elements you'll need to examine closely if you want to escape the maze and find a job.

Cover Letter

Most employers first associate your cover letter with your name. Therefore, if your letter is filled with grammatical errors, or is generic or jargon-laden, employers won't bother to read your resume. The cover letter should be free of mistakes and show what makes you a unique candidate.

Resume

Every resume should be tailored to the job you are applying for.

Interviewing Skills

Practice. Practice with a career counsellor, a friend, a family member, or colleague who can critique your interview skills. Recording the interview can help you review your performance and find ways to improve.

Grooming

Dressing and grooming appropriately for job interviews is crucial. The clothes you wear, your hair, and scent (odour and breath) must be all be given attention. Make sure clothes are clean and ironed, your hair is groomed, you're not wearing any strong perfume or cologne, and your breath is fresh.

Job Search Tactics

Job search websites are easy to access from the comfort of your home; however, you'll have far more success if you diversify your search through networking and relationship-building activities like informational interviewing, volunteering, getting involved in professional organizations, and asking for advice and leads from family, friends and colleagues.

Job Search Targets

Look for a job that's a good fit for your education, experience, skills, abilities and interests. Ultimately, it's the employer who decides what is a good fit for the requirements. If the employer thinks that you're either overqualified or underqualified, you will not be considered, no matter how great your resume is.

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