Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
Labour Market Trends Offer Valuable Job Search Information
If you are looking for a new job, carefully consider whether you wish to continue working in the same sector or to use this as an opportunity for change. If you are looking for a change, to find the most promising job prospects I suggest you consider local labour market trends in addition to your skills, interests and experiences.
Preparing for Your Interview
You have applied yourself to your job search by using a variety of methods to find job leads, putting together a comprehensive resume, and submitting a great cover letter. Now you have been rewarded with a job interview so you can showcase your personality and strengths. Yet for many, this is a stressful time when nerves kick in.
Personal Branding Supports Your Job Search
The traditional job search has changed significantly in the last 5 years. Globalization, changing economic cycles, the development of social media and changing demands from employers have impacted the landscape of how employers look for candidates, how job seekers look for work, and most importantly how those job seekers stand out from the crowd.
3 Tips to Stand Out in an Interview!
First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to a job interview. You need to stand out as the one candidate the employer is looking for.
Standing out in an interview is a form of sales – in this case, you are both the salesperson and the product. To make a convincing pitch to the consumer (the interviewer) you need to show them that you believe in the product (yourself). You have to convince the employer that you have the skills and experience they need, want the position and are the best fit for it. When you are finished, you are hoping the employer will be ready to make you that job offer.So how do you make the sale?
Networking: It's who you know!
Why are only 10-20% of job openings advertised? Since employers don’t like to take risks when making hiring decisions, they will hire people that they know and trust from within the company and through their networks first. Advertising is often a last resort.
Apprenticeships: The Key to Learning a Trade
Having a career in the skilled trades can be very rewarding as there are more than 200 trades to choose from in Canada and you have lots of opportunities to learn as your career develops. And, being an apprentice is a great way to start your career because you get on-the-job experience and in-school training while you earn a living and often with no previous experience required!
Managing Employment References is Crucial
Imagine that your strong, marketable resume got you the interview, that your interview seemed to go well and that when requested, you confidently offered the employer your references. Then imagine the employer calls you back with the news that they have decided to go with another candidate. Is it possible that your references somehow derailed your job search campaign?
Start Your Summer Job Search, Now!
It may be hard to believe but that time of year is here. With spring around the corner, it is time for students to start their summer job search. Finding a summer job can be a tedious process that when left to the last minute can be overwhelming. In addition, with many summer positions being posted between January and March, you should be looking now
A Woman's Guide to Salary Negotiations
Salary negotiations are difficult for anyone, but for women they can be particularly challenging. Statistics Canada indicates that women’s salaries are 26% lower than men’s salaries and many experts cite women’s unwillingness to negotiate as one of the primary reasons.
A SMART Approach to Job Search Success
Many people start the New Year by making resolutions such as adopting a healthier lifestyle, learning a new skill or finding a new job. Although they begin with good intentions, many struggle to keep their momentum and eventually give-up altogether. If you want to achieve your New Year’s resolution to find the right job for you in 2015, you need a strategic plan with SMART goals that will help you stay on track, be effective and conduct a productive job search.