Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
4 Tips on How to Attract Attention to your LinkedIn Profile
Since Linked In began over 10 years ago, its membership has grown from 10 to 277,000,000(1). That’s an enormous number of people that only continues to increase. In fact, as of the end of first quarter of 2015, LinkedIn membership was sitting at 364,000,000!(2) If you are one of the 364,000,000 members using LinkedIn as a networking and job search tool, how can you attract people and help them to zero in on your profile?
Benefiting from International Experience
Syed Quli’s steely determination, strong work ethic, positive attitude and friendly personality have served him well throughout his adventurous career.
Trades in Demand
If you’re looking into starting your career, or switching into a new career, chances are you’ve heard or read somewhere that there are many opportunities in the skilled trades. Experts are predicting thousands of jobs will become available in the trades in the next few years.
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?