Resources to help you find your perfect job.
Searching for a job can be an overwhelming experience. Our job search tips and resources will help you learn what is expected from you and how to land your next job.
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Our straightforward job search process includes these key steps:
- We will work together to identify your employment goals.
- We will explore current and projected labour market trends.
- We will counsel you on how to identify and pursue the right opportunities.
- We will help you build a resume and cover letter.
- We will get you ready for interviews.
There are many ways for you to find a job, including:
- Connecting to local employers
- Attending local job fairs and employment events
- Personal contacts and networking
- Cold calling
- Internet job searches
- Print job advertisements (i.e., newspapers)
- Employment agencies
Conducting a successful job search includes:
- Marketing yourself by highlighting the skills and experiences that make you an exceptional candidate.
- Knowing the industry and employer you are targeting by visiting the employer’s website and reading about the job or career.
- Telling everyone that you are looking for a job and sharing your job interests. The people in your life can help you land your next job.
- Making yourself known to employers. Try contacting potential employers by phone, knocking on doors or booking information interviews.
Looking for work can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, so don’t be afraid to ask for help at a YMCA Centre offering Employment Services.
Our Online Resources:
- Although approaching potential employers can be intimidating, keep in mind that they want the same things you do: a successful outcome.
- Figuring out what Employers Want (PDF)
Your resume often forms an employer's first impression of you. It needs to be solid enough to convince the employer to pick up the phone and call you for an interview. These tip sheets will help you write your resume. We've included an example of a functional resume, instructions that will guide you through the process and a list of hard and soft skills that may describe your work history.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure your interview skills are practiced and polished before you get in front of a prospective employer.
Some of our YMCA Employment programs are funded by the Ontario Government.