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Career Corner: Googling for jobs one of many options
Career Services Consultant, Fanshawe Career Services
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Published: Monday, November 2nd, 2009
There is no question that we have at our fingertips, one of the most revolutionary methods of looking for employment… Googling. Using the Internet is a great way to access advertised jobs or to research employers so make sure that you are utilizing all the online resources you can such as job search sites, job search engines, networking sites and resume posting sites. Googling can be considered somewhat of a past time, so make sure that you focus your job search by using appropriate search words. “Jobs in Canada” is obviously too large to search on…but searching on job title and location won’t be as overwhelming. Remember if you want to increase the chances of getting a job that you need to balance searching for advertised jobs with an active approach to networking in the hidden job market.
Here are some steps to get you started:
1. Resume and Covering Letter: To conduct an effective job search it is imperative you have a winning resume and covering letter. Need assistance? Check out the information on how to write resumes and covering letters distributed by Fanshawe’s Career Services Office located in Room F2010. Ask to have your resume critiqued by the Career Services consultant responsible for your program. Or, go online and Google “Resumes and Covering Letters” for sample formats.
2. Research your chosen field: Develop a list of employers either by location or industry. Search for directories, professional associations, publications or the newspapers as possible sources.
3. Narrow down your list: Focus on only 20 or so employers from your list at one time. Break the task down into smaller ones by not focusing on too many employers at once. Once you have your list, start finding out specific details about the organization by visiting their home pages.
4. Accessing Advertised Jobs: There are a number of sites that postgraduate employment opportunities. Fanshawe Career Services posts all jobs directly to www.fanshaweonline.ca or www.fanshawec.ca/careerservices where you can access postings listed by discipline or by full time, part time or summer status. As well, check out the “Related Job Search Websites” link for useful links to other job posting sites, directories and other resources.
5. Following up: Keep track of who you sent your resume to. Contact them by email or telephone approximately four to seven days later and inquire about the status of your application. Offer to answer any questions they may have and express your interest in arranging an interview.
6. Network to access the Hidden Job Market: Approximately 80 per cent of jobs never get advertised. Your first step in developing a network to help you in your job search is to gather information. This means developing a list of everyone you know including friends, relatives, professors, former employers, fellow classmates, social groups, professional associations, etc. Call or email these people and explain that you’re not asking them for a job, but rather gathering information to learn more about a job. Be candid and ask for some advice in your work search.
Accessing information has never been easier or more readily available and you need to realize that many employers are also becoming more savvy in their search for suitable employees. So, if you have a MySpace or Facebook page and you’re job searching, you may have heard that you need to be careful about the information you post. Hiring managers can and will check the web for information about prospective candidates, and MySpace and Facebook are among the sites they are checking. You do need to be careful about what information (and pictures) you make public verse private. A sure way to eliminate yourself from a job competition is to have embarrassing pictures of yourself out there for all to see. Go ahead and Google yourself, and then answer this question: “Would you hire this person?”
Got questions or need help in your job search? Why not drop by the Career Services office located in Room F2010 for a copy of one of our job search booklets that contain helpful hints on creating your resume and conducting a positive job search. The Career Services staff are available to assist you on an individual basis. Visit the office in F2010 to arrange an appointment with the consultant responsible for your program or call 519 452-4294. For Fanshawe student job listings visit www.fanshaweonline.ca or www.fanshawec.ca/careerservices