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Looking for a job can be a stressful, frustrating and time-consuming process, but it does not have to be that way with our guide to a shorter and smarter job search.

 

Define What You Are Looking For

Before you start diving into the world of your Canadian job search and begin sending out resumes, define what you are looking for. Sit down, assess the experience and skills that you can bring to the table and match it with the job you would like to have. This might be time-consuming on its own, however, it will save you time while job hunting.

 

Make LinkedIn your friend

There are a few reasons for us to suggest that you create and polish your LinkedIn profile. Not only is it one of the resources that can get you a job, but it is a great place to show off your career path and even projects you have been working on. First, many employers check social media profiles of candidates. A professional and comprehensive LinkedIn profile will validate the facts on your resume as well as show that you understand the use of social media for business which is critical nowadays. Second, you are increasing your chances of finding a job as LinkedIn is a tool, widely used by recruiters to look for talent.

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Tailor your resume

A resume is supposed to be a snapshot of your skills that correspond with the position requirements. To increase your chances of getting an interview, make sure you tailor your resume to the company and the job you are applying for. Use keywords from the job posting and use them when describing your own skills and experience.

 

Approach employers directly

If you did a good job defining what job you want, you might want to take it a step further and identify companies you would love to apply to. By being creative and proactive, doing your research about your dream employer and approaching them directly you might just speed up the process of getting that job.

 

Gain new skills. Show them off

After you define what you want, you might discover that you could use more training or learn a new skill or refresh your knowledge. After all, employers are looking for employees who keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date. And don’t forget to show it off by adding it to your resume and LinkedIn profile to show continuous learning.

 

Learn from rejection

When looking for a job, you will hear “no” a lot. Do not get discouraged! Instead, use the rejection to your advantage. If the interview did not result in a job offer, honestly evaluate what could have been an issue and try to avoid making the same mistake next time.

 

Use multiple channels

Your goal is to find a job as soon as possible. If you want to do this fast and smart, you should get all the available resources involved: from the biggest job boards (such as Indeed.ca and Glassdoor.ca) to local job boards, employment centers, social media, and networking. While sitting at your computer for hours browsing job sites can seem very productive, face-to-face networking can be a huge help. What you can do is to try to connect with your recent LinkedIn connection in real life (perhaps someone working for a company you would like to work at?), meet a former colleague for a coffee; attend job search workshops offered by many community centers. After all, you never know where that perfect job opportunity will find you!