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July 26, 2022

Job search 101: Job application tips from employers

Be strategic (resume and cover letter) 

Learn about the company and then base your cover letter and resume on the company. Tailor your responses throughout your resume and cover letter and mention that you are willing to grow with the company and yourself by learning from this job. There is no need to apply carelessly to hundreds of job posts. Simply put, in a bit of time, research the company and become knowledgeable about it to talk and persuade them to hire you because you know about the company. Be Available and be open and come to interview and show you care about getting a job. Comment about their products or services and whether you have used them or someone in your family has. It is a great way to build a quick relationship with the hiring manager and the business. Ask yourself why you want this job, how it will help me, am I ready, am I willing to tailor your response and mention growth. Finally, be sure that you are eager to work and can commit to interviews, phone calls, and replying to emails in a timely manner. 

Applying without any prior work experience

If you do not have a ton of experience for your resume, make sure that you show your willingness to work via a cover letter. Even a short cover letter that shows your passion and wants for work will stand out and make employers want to hire you. Ensure you send a follow-up email after a phone call or an interview. Employers want to see you care and your application and that you want to work for their business. You can even go into the store if you live close because sometimes email gets lost or sent to the wrong email address. It is essential that you show your willingness to work because, since COVID-19, not many people are willing to go the extra mile to get work. Push yourself and put yourself out there because that little extra bit will translate into getting a job. 

What to do if you do not hear back from the employer

If you do not hear back from an employer within a week of an interview, send a follow-up email or phone call to let them know you are still very interested and that you see yourself as an excellent fit for the business. Employees are always looking for whoever will fit in their company the best, so make sure to always mention little details of their company you like and that you always hear great things about them. 

Choosing your first employer and first role in Canada

When looking for your first job, make sure you keep an open mind and remember that your first job is not forever. A first job is meant to teach you and grow your resume for bigger future jobs. Do some research about where the future industry looks the brightest or what industries are just starting. Applying to jobs in those markets may serve you well when looking for your next employment opportunity with some experience in one of those fields.