Let's consider the following. If you looking for a full time job, how much time do you spend looking for work? If you have a full time job about one third of your day is taken up working. If you are looking for a job you should be spending about the same amount of time job hunting. Studies say that a "no quit" attitude is needed for a job search. In other words it is not enough to apply for one job and sit back and wait for a week for them to contact you. You have wasted a week. For example if you wanted a job in food prep here might be a plan:
1. Get your resume ready outlining your restaurant or food skills, maybe with some food related references.
2. Make a list of all of the restaurants, caterers and food service outlets in the city
3. Break the list down to ten locations a day.
4. Make a specific cover letter for each restaurant
5. Get cleaned up and dressed for an interview and start dropping off resumes with managers. If the manager is not there do not drop off the resume, come back when the manger is there.
6. Keep going until you are done.
7. Make a list of what the reaction was to your visit and feel free to call and ask if the manager needs more information.
8. If the manager was receptive and you had a good feeling dropping off the resume why not drop off a thank you note a few days later thanking them for their time.
Sounds like work right, well it would still be less than 8 hours a day that you could be working at your new job. Be wise and use your time well. If you want more information or more ideas call us.
Robert - Vocational Counselor.
In Canada, at any given time there are huge numbers of people looking for work or a change in their work. In Prince Albert it is no different. Businesses can get hundreds of applications for positions. What can you do to stand out from the crowd to get noticed? I have to say there are many things you can do to get noticed. They differ based on your skill set, strengths and background. That is where our Job Finding Club leads the pack on being able to help you get noticed and find the employment you are looking for. Check out our page or call us at Prince Albert Community Services for more information. About 70% of our participants find a job within a month of taking the classes. That's a good start to find a good job. Robert - Vocational Counselor
As the long cold winter slowly fades away and Spring comes upon us new job opportunities will also start to pop up. You can get a head start on job opportunities by getting your resume and cover letters ready and start dropping them off at business that hire in the spring and summer. If you make contact now they may not have to advertise for employees, they might just hire you. Here is a list of some good places to apply:
Lawn and garden maintenance companies
If you want help getting your resume ready, or for more ideas for summer jobs, contact us at The Prince Albert Community Service Centre, We can put some spring into your seasonal job search!
Robert - Vocational Counselor