Work Search – How Do I Look for a Job?

Work Search – How Do I Look for a Job?


Hi, I’m Stacie with ALIS, the Alberta Learning Information Service. Are you wondering how to look for a job? There are ways you can prepare to start looking for a job in Alberta. The place to begin your job search is to identify or know what you’re looking for. Have your resume updated and complete and have someone else take a look at it
for spelling and grammar errors. Once you know the type of job
you’re looking for, online news articles, industry association
and union websites are a great place to start. Alberta Work Search Online
is a resource you can use
to research jobs, and you can also access
tips on job searching. Keep in mind that only 20% of jobs are printed in newspapers these days and over 60% of jobs are obtained
through networking. Networking is a great tool
to use in your job search. If you speak with someone you know, they can give you leads on jobs that are available in the industry or other organizations that are hiring. Job fairs and
industry conferences are a great way to meet with
employers directly. You can get your questions answered, get more information and expand your network. Business directories can connect
you with employers. You can search by
industry type or business. You can also access information on that particular business’
address, phone number, fax and even the person you need to contact when applying for the job. Job search websites
are valuable, as employers can post their vacancies
to the website and you can apply directly to
the employer online. Most of the time you can
apply right away by email directly to the company. Job search engines can
save you time, as they scan multiple
job search websites. When uploading your resume
to these websites, never post your Social Insurance Number, address, phone number, birthdate, or driver’s licence. Be wary of job offers from employers that you didn’t apply to or are unfamiliar with. Avoid applying for jobs where
the ad doesn’t have the employer’s name or description
is very vague. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Don’t apply for jobs where
the employer has requested that you pay them money before being hired. Avoid sites that don’t allow you
to search for jobs without first posting your resume. Remember that anything you post online, whether it’s an instant message, an email, a blog, or social media, leaves a footprint and will reflect back on you. Some organizations only post
to their own websites. So, be thorough and check out websites for larger organizations, towns, cities. ALIS and Alberta Work Search Online can assist you in looking for a job in the industry of your choice. Networking, attending job fairs, joining professional associations, and using job search websites are some of the best ways to look for work in Alberta. For more information,
visit the ALIS website, at…

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