The Information and Technology Council Canada (ICTC) stated that by 2020, Canada will have at least 218,000 job vacancies. The council also stated there will be a lack of resources to fill in these vacancies.
“If Canada does not address the talent and skills gap, it could cost the economy billions of dollars in lost productivity, tax revenues, and gross domestic product,” states the report.
This future gap in employment and job field is a huge opportunity for many people looking to get into the job market, or to obtain full-time employment. That said, getting the job you want requires much more than simply walking to the place you want to work for.
To help you with your job search, we bring you 5 excellent tips.
1. Keep your spirits up: Job searching is a long process. You will see ups and downs in almost every phase of the journey. You may send out resumes to your dream companies, only to notice there was a typo. A place you want to work for calls you, but then the interview goes poorly, etc. Don’t let distress and discouragement get to you. Keep trying and applying. View every set back as a learning opportunity.
2. Keep a routine: Job searching should be treated as a routine process, like job life. If you’re a new graduate, you need to commit your time to a routine as if you were working. Don’t approach your job hunt halfhearted. Even if you don’t have any upcoming interviews, do not stay in bed until 10 am. Devote a set amount of time a day to searching for jobs, applying and learning skills that can help you in the future.
3. Look beyond job postings: 65% of all jobs go unadvertised. Furthermore, a single job vacancy will receive almost 100 applications; and that’s for positions aren’t highly sought after. This means you need to be more proactive than just looking for positions on an online job board. Step out of the comfort zone and try to talk to the people from the industry you want to work in. These are the people who can send you to the right direction. Social media can be a good place to begin if you are looking for an entry level position.
4. Follow-up: You need to learn from your mistakes. Every failed interview is an opportunity to learn. Always be sure to follow-up with the employer to know how you could improve your short-comings and work on them. Be professional and courteous in the process.
5. Use the resource center: Schools typically continue to support students even after graduation. By getting in touch from someone from the resource center, you can have a professional look at your resume, check your approach and advise you accordingly. Understanding mistakes thus becomes easier.
Finding the right job is not just about grabbing the first opportunity that lands in your lap. Take the time to map out all your options and devise a strategy as to how you plan to either enter or further your career path. By doing this, you ensure that the job you find, is the job you want.
Best of luck with your job search!