At any given moment, there are thousands of job vacancies available across Canada. Job vacancies occur because people get promotions, transferred, resign, retire and yes, die. New jobs are created because of expansions or reorganization of active businesses or new firms open. Even when there is high unemployment, there is still a job available for you.
Your immediate goal is to find and apply for a current or upcoming job in your chosen field. You want to look at the skills, training and career goal you have in mind. Although some jobs are advertised widely; other jobs are not. You job search must be broader than reading the newspapers. It is a systematic approach. Many people do not realize the vast amount of resources that are available to them in their job search efforts. In addition to newspapers, you can use employment resource centres in your area, personal contacts, publications such as directories and specialized trades magazines to find a job.
The major sources of information are: Human Resources Social Development Canada (HRSDC) or sometimes known as the EI Offices or Career Centres. There are private agencies that help with career planning and job search. Some are free; and some cost money. Make sure you know what the fees are before you sign up with them. If you are looking for a union job, there are union halls and association offices where a job would be posted. Also, remember to go to the local post secondary education and training centres. They have job boards for students; however, anyone can access them.
When it comes to newspapers, remember to look in local, regional and weekly/daily papers in the area. Most libraries and career centres subscribe to several newspapers; so you don’t have to buy them all.
One of the best ways to do your job search is through personal contacts. Remember to talk to your: friends, neighbours, relatives, professional contacts, former employers, acquaintances in clubs, volunteer of community groups, sports associations, church, hairdressers, banker, your accountant (anyone who is in touch with people and the world of work.
The old stand bys are often overlooked. Remember to review the telephone book, city directories, and general directories. They include lots of information about employers.
As you can see, you will have lots of information for your job search and career planning. It is important to keep track of all this information in an organized fashion. Counselling can help with this task.
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