Job Search Tips
Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Finding a new job is a full-time job. And in some ways, it's more challenging than going through your regular 9-5 work day, considering how competitive it is out there and how creative you might have to get with certain applications.
I've consistently taken rejection well when getting those e-mails that thank me for my application but that they won't be proceeding, as for the longest time I've developed a certain mindset. That job interviews are a worthy experience - you get better at it the more you do it.
Meeting new people is exciting too, it's a chance to network. Even if you don't fit what they are looking for, if you still made a good impression but perhaps were too junior to them, this isn't necessarily a door closed.
I also like hearing about different companies and what they are looking for, I guess it aligns with my interest in recruitment from the HR Management Essentials cert I did at UofT.
Even refining my resume took repeated attempts, just when I thought everything looked great, more to tweak!
Some of the things I did to make my hunt for my next career move easier..
Set up job alerts for LinkedIn and Glassdoor. It's so much work to go through postings manually, but when new postings fitting the categories and locations that you're looking for are sent directly to your inbox, the ease in applying allows me to submit more applications, increasing my chances to hear back.
Ensure your LinkedIn has a professional photo and your profile is filled out. It took me a really long time to build mine up. I googled articles on what skills employers are looking for in my field and looked at stellar profiles working in the same industry to see how a solid profile should look. After endless edits, I felt like I was putting my best foot forward, which is a great confidence booster in a time where the rejection e-mails just keep coming.
Follow companies of interest to you on LinkedIn, as they can share posts of new jobs in their company. Another source of job postings scored.
Become members of professional organizations and communities with an exclusive job board. The competition may be less because the postings are often not duplicated on popular platforms and the mainstream crowd just doesn't know to look here! For me, I'm on the mailing list for Monday Girl in which their newsletters often include a couple of job postings. The job board for IABC and CPRS post roles specifically for PR and marketing, which filters exactly what I'm looking for.
The Government of Canada has a job bank where you can set it so they send you a daily e-mail of the latest opportunities. Sometimes it doesn't match what you are looking for, but the e-mails aren't annoying to receive and I only take a quick look to check if anything is worth going for.
Sign up for e-mail alerts of job postings from companies you are interested in. It's so much quicker than going through their sites manually and missing out because you didn't check frequently enough. Sometimes postings are removed quickly!
Purchase resume templates from Etsy. I got 20 templates for $4. A visually appealing resume can make it easier for recruiters to read.
Locate volunteer opportunities meaningful to your field to hone skills and to keep community involvement up-to-date.
Complete certifications in your industry to stay competitive and to add to your profile. Okay, that course that said it would only take 5 hours really took you 2 days to go through the content and 3 exam attempts, but no one knows you spent your weekend this way!