Whether you’re ready for a new opportunity or you’re entering the job market for the first time, knowing the tools, tactics, and resources that are available can speed up your search.
GDC’s joint venture partners often have career opportunities available, and GDC wants to do what we can to ensure GFN members are successful in their applications when these opportunities come up.
Here are 10 tips that can help you land your next job:
1. Write a list of jobs or companies that interest you
We all want to find a job that matches our interests, values, and skillsets; it makes working more enjoyable. To get you started on your search and help you find potential companies or jobs, GDC regularly updates the career page on our website – and our partners like LNG Canada are often hiring!
2. Upgrade or improve your skills
Some jobs require specific skills or knowledge, but that doesn’t mean these jobs are out of reach. There are often training programs available to you through our partners or GFN. Recent training programs that have been offered include the Power Engineering Readiness Program and the Health Career Access Program (HCAP).
3. Update your resume for each job application
When applying for a job, employers look for examples of how your experience and skills apply to the position. You can create several versions of your resume and cover letter using these free templates.
4. Write and print your resume and cover letter
Even with strong writing skills, it helps to have somebody else take a look at your resume or cover letter to make it even better. For assistance writing these documents or to use a computer or printer, the WorkBC centre in Prince Rupert is open and able to help.
5. Keep your eyes open for opportunities
Job boards aren’t the only place to look for a job anymore. Social channels, company websites, company newsletters, and other websites, such as the Government’s job bank and resources for Indigenous peoples provide job postings and training opportunities.
6. Let your network know you’re looking for work
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know truly applies in a job search. Be vocal and let people know you’re searching for a job and what type of work you’re interested in. Post on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and your other platforms – when people in your network come across suitable job opportunities, they’ll think of you.
7. Prepare a list of references
Many employers will want to contact your references to get an idea of how you work. If you already have a list of references (previous employers or places where you volunteered), let them know you’re applying for jobs and ask if they’re still okay with being your reference.
8. Prepare for the interview
In the job search, the interview is your time to impress your potential new employer. Be prepared by having answers to common interview questions and have some STAR (situation, task, action, result) examples ready to use.
9. Always follow up
The follow-up is one more way for you to communicate your interest in a position and to thank a potential employer for their time. If you haven’t heard back about an application after a few days, follow up with an email or phone call. After an interview, thank them for their time by email, phone, or snail mail.
10. Keep a record of the places you’ve applied
Even if you don’t get the job you applied for, it’s worthwhile to keep a record of where you’ve applied. Keep the contact information of the people in charge of hiring and make notes of what went well and what can be improved if you apply for another job with that company. It never hurts to ask for feedback!