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If you are new to Canada and you are looking for a job, there are some things to think about. First of all, have you analyzed your English language communication and writing skills? In many jobs, you may be involved in presentations, supervising people, or selling to customers where you will have to effectively communicate instructions or information to others. There are English courses that you can take to help you and a future employer will be impressed that you are working toward this goal. Second, call the Universities or Colleges if needed to find out the status of your college or university degree. You will also want to know about Canadian certifications that you may need or want to acquire.
You will need an updated resume. Most companies and agencies accept e-mailed resumes so you should have access to a computer.
The resume is a marketing tool which acts as a door opener and allows an employer to assess your qualifications quickly in the pre-screening process before the interview. The typical time that a resume is read for is 15 seconds so you need to set out your skills and experience clearly, using key words or phrases. There is no right resume. The document that sells or highlights your skills and achievements is the right one for you.
Both your content and style of writing reveal many of your strengths. Nothing is more unappealing to a potential employer than discovering spelling or grammatical errors in a resume. You want your resume to give you results.
State your name, address, telephone number(s), and e-mail address. No other personal information is required. It is helpful to put a heading “Career Goal” and state what you can offer an employer and not what you want an employer to offer you.
Specify what job title(s) you are looking for such as: Computer Programmer, Project Manager, Account Executive, Engineer, etc. Next, you can list an overview of your skills under a heading of “Summary of Qualifications”. Include key words that could be used in a computer search of a database. Draw upon your work experience, volunteer or extracurricular activities. Be sure to list any languages that you can speak or write.
Now, list the companies you worked at starting with the most recent. Put the company name, and the dates you worked there. In point form, talk about what you accomplished or contributed on the job. Try to use action verbs.
Examples of good action words are:
Achieved, acted, adapted, advised, analyzed, appraised, classified, coached, communicated, compiled, completed, composed, conceived, concluded, configured, consolidated, constructed, controlled, coordinated, corrected, created, cultivated, defined, demonstrated, determined, developed, devised, discovered, documented, drafted, enhanced, facilitated, fixed, forecasted, formulated, founded, implemented, improved, increased, installed, instructed, invented, launched, maintained, managed, modified, motivated, negotiated, obtained, opened, ordered, organized, oriented, originated, persuaded, planned, prepared, presented, processed, projected, provided, raised, recommended, researched, restructured, reviewed, revitalized, secured, shaped, solved, specified, streamlined, strengthened, supervised, trained, transformed, troubleshoot, uncovered, unified, updated, verified, widened, won.
You can list your education at the beginning or the end of your resume.
For alumni: State your Degree, Discipline, University, and Year obtained.
Add your specialization if you wish, i.e. Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 19__ – ___.
Awards and Scholarships:
State the name of the award, name of the institution the award was received from, and date it was awarded. Include important awards from both university and high school in reverse chronological order. Explain the meaning of the recognition.
List those with some relevance to the jobs to which you are applying.
List in bibliographic form only those publications that the reader of your resume would be interested in. Include the work, which has been published, has been submitted for publication, and is in progress. If your list is lengthy, include only those relevant to your Job Objective by stating the heading as Selected Publications.
Looking For Work:
Good places to look for employment agencies that can assist you in your job search are the telephone book yellow pages under the heading Employment. There are also many web-sites now available to look for employment opportunities or that you can post your resume to. Most companies have web-sites now with employment centers where you can view any job opportunities they have and then send in your resume.
Here are some good examples of sites to view jobs and to post your resume.
Preparing For The Interview:
- Research the company you are interviewing at. Look at their website, and read newspapers or magazines which contain recent articles about the company.
- Rate your oral and written communication skills.
- Rate your interpersonal skills.
- Rate your ability to plan and organize.
- Think about a situation where you had to solve a problem. What was the outcome? What does this tell an employer about you?
- Think about examples of your initiative or self-motivation.
- Think about examples of your teamwork skills and your leadership skills.
- Are you good at time management?
- Have you ever done more than was required of you by your job description?
- Think about 3 mistakes you have made and how you have learned from them.
- How can you help your employer?
- What are your achievements that would form a good basis for the job?
- What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How would a company benefit from your strengths and how have you overcome your weaknesses?
Arrive early for your interview and dress professionally. You don’t have to dress expensively, but your clothes must be neat and clean. Remember to be friendly and smile. Appear enthusiastic. Be honest and forthright with your answers and be concise. Show confidence in your abilities but do not boast.
Your employer may ask you one of the 10 most frequent and tough interview questions:
1. “Why do you want to work here?”
To answer this question, you must have researched the company. Reply with the company’s attributes as you see them. Mention that you believe the company can provide you with the type of work environment you will be happy and stable in.
Say that you are not just looking for a paycheck, but a profession, and this company produces a superior product/service and that you feel you will fit in and complement the team.
2. “What did you like/dislike about your last job?”
Keep your answers short and positive. This is not the place to discuss any grudges you had with former employers or co-workers. You may say that you are leaving because you want to find a position where you can make a greater contribution to a company.
3. “What would you like to be doing five years from now?”
You can say that you desire to be regarded as a professional in your field. You can say that you like this company because you see that with its growth, it may be possible for you to contribute your skills to many areas in it.
4. “What are your biggest accomplishments?”
You should stick with professional accomplishments when asked this question. Mention that you feel that many accomplishments are still ahead of you.
5. “Can you work under pressure?”
Your answer could be, “Yes, I find it stimulating, however, I believe in properly managing my time to reduce the amount of pressure in my department”.
6. “Why should I hire you?”
You will need to convince them that you are the best person for the job. Name a skill you have and give an example of a time when you demonstrated this strength. Name a skill and give examples of where they could benefit the prospective new employer. Recap the description of the job and show how yours skills meet all the requirements.
7. “How do you take direction?”
The answer must be that you take direction well. You have no problem following detailed instructions or instructions that are very brief and to the point and get on with the job at hand.
8. “Tell me about yourself.”
Make sure that your answer has some relevance to your career goals. Make your answer short and positive. You might say that you are able to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people both personally and professionally. You might point out that you believe in being a team player in sports and at work.
9. “What is one of the most difficult situations you have faced. How did you resolve it?”
You must have a story ready about a professional work situation that was tough and that shows you in a good light. Avoid putting blame on others to make yourself look good.
10. “What are some things that bother you?”
Avoid going on about some trivial habit(s) of former co-workers or bosses. Find something that angers all conscientious workers like: I enjoy my work and believe in giving value to my employer. I get bothered by employees who continually watch the clock, but it is not something I let anger me.
11. “Do you prefer working alone or with others?”
Be sure you know whether the job you are applying to requires you to be a team player or to work alone. Then answer appropriately.