For Hire

Make sure your resume is great
Make sure your resume is the best it can be, and ensure it captures the recruiter’s attention. Always remember first impressions do count, so it’s important for your resume to make as good as impression as possible. If you can afford it, have it professionally written. A good resume makes all the difference. Always remember that recruiters spend no longer than a few seconds looking at your resume, so make those seconds count and ensure you catch their attention!

Watch out for scammers

Cashing in on the crippling unemployment and job losses in many parts of the world, scammers are increasingly on the prowl, offering desperate job seekers jobs at a price. Sadly the job seekers find out once they have parted with their hard earned money that the job never existed in the first place. Job seekers beware!! No legitimate company is ever going to ask for money in exchange for a job. Nor are they are they going to offer you a job without having interviewed you first!

Prepare for those interviews

Make sure you are thoroughly prepared before going for any interviews. Do your homework and analyse the job, as well as the requirements for the job and ensure that you have all the information needed at your fingertips. Research the company; give some thought to common interview questions you can expect to be asked. Think about what you should be wearing and your body language.

Be proactive in your job search
It doesn’t matter what anybody says, finding a job is tough, especially in today’s hard times. Job seeking in today’s market is not for the faint hearted. You need to be persistent, be able to deal with rejection and not give up. Don’t sit back and wait for a job to land in your lap. Identify which companies interest you, do your homework and research on the company, use any networks that you may have, otherwise contact the hiring managers. Make your presence known!

Make sure your online resume is up to date

Always remember that if it’s not on your resume the recruiters are not going to know you can do it, so ensure your online resume is always up to date. Regardless of whether you are looking for a job or not, keeping an up to date resume not only saves you the stress and hassle of updating it when you really need it, but also serves as a way of keeping an eye on your career progress. You also run the risk of leaving off some important information if you leave it too long as you may forget to include it, if it was some time back. So stay on top of these things, and always keep your resume up to date.

Look after your health

Look after yourself. If your health is not good, you are not going to be able to perform at your best. A balanced diet, some exercise, and enough sleep will all go a long way in keeping you healthy. We tend to take our health for granted. Don’t wait for something to go wrong, make those necessary lifestyle changes now. Don’t take your health for granted, be proactive and look after yourself.

Keep up to date with industry related training

Never become complacent, no matter how well qualified you are. Keep abreast of new training and ensure you are not falling behind in terms of your skillset. You should regularly take part in educational activities that maintain and further develop your competence and performance. Don’t get left behind!!

6 Responses to “Tips for job seekers for 2014… part 1”

  1. adanac

    Canada has a extreme shortage of skilled workers or, so they say? Especially for mining and oil and gas resource workers. Where those jobs are, many of us can’t find those jobs anywhere? Those jobs just don’t seem to exist. We see the identical jobs, re-posted over and over again. When the allowed time for the job application has run out, the same jobs are re-posted. Companies ask for 10 years of education and 10 to 15 years experience. By then, you should be on your way to retirement.

    Rumor has it. There are thousands of Chinese, being brought over to take the mining jobs, in Northern BC. They of course work for a lot less, than Canadians can. Foreigners stay in camps, and/or have housing provided for them. They of course send their money back home. Canada has the highest cost of living, in all of the America’s.

    My son is an, Electronic Engineering Technologist. He has experience in the petroleum and the mining industry. I am trying to talk him into, applying overseas. There is very little future in Canada for our young people.

    300 Canadians were laid off at the oil sands and cheap foreign labor, were given those jobs. There is a fear of moving up to the job site, you may be laid off within a few months. It costs a fortune to move up north, housing is very expensive and the cost of living is very high. So, you don’t want to move up north and, not have a job.

    300 Canadians were laid off in the oil patch, replaced by cheap foreign labor as well. As foreigners are trained, Canadians are laid off. We know people who have been applying for resource jobs, for well over a year. Some young people have, huge student loans to pay off. They are not getting those jobs.

    Hot, urgent jobs just don’t mean, a hell of a lot.

  2. patrick phiri

    Thank you very much for the job you are doing. What is the difference betwen a resume and cv?, how does a professionery written cv look?

    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Patrick, a resume and a CV are basically the same thing! Just different names! A professional resume or CV is basically one that has been created for you by a professional, who would know what information is important to show on your CV and what is not. They will ensure that your resume gives you the best representation that it possibly can. Regards. Susan.

  3. Brenda

    Am brenda this is a greet job thas wonderfull we are proud of your work ,u make things became possible /simple

  4. Wilfredo H De Leon

    Thank you for your tips and caring advice for us. More power to careermine team this 2014.


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