Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
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.
Parents: How to Help your Teen with Summer Job Search!
As I write this, cold winter temperatures and blowing snow have returned to Southern Ontario making it that much harder to think about summer employment. Yet for parents, it is time to start helping our teenagers look for a summer job. While not all teens are ready for summer employment, those who are will find a successful job search and work experience can offer mental health as well as financial benefits.
Tell Me About Yourself
A job interview can be a very stressful experience. So many interviewers like to start the interview with a general, open-ended icebreaker question such as “Can you please tell me a bit about yourself?”
Job Finding Clubs Offer Hope and Help
Anyone who has been out of work for a while can tell you that the job search period can be a lonely, difficult and stressful time. While people you know are at work, you are on your own and may even feel overwhelmed with the challenge of finding a new job. While motivation and self-confidence waver from day to day, you don’t have to go through it alone – a job finding club can offer hope and help.Joining or starting your own job finding club can help reduce feelings of isolation, expand your network and give you mutual support and encouragement. These clubs can take many forms from open to closed groups, occupation-specific to general, formal to casual and small to large. Groups can also cater to specific demographics such as students, recent graduates, older workers, new Canadians or parents returning to work. In some groups, the only thing in common is that everyone is looking for work. This factor alone can bring people together.
Giving Back While Searching for Work
How Active is Your Job Search?
Putting yourself out there can be tough. Whether you are trying something for the first time, looking to meet new people, or embarking on a new adventure, the fear of the unknown can be intimidating. The same can be true when job searching. The fear of rejection or of making a poor first impression will often stop people from actively seeking out job opportunities – but it doesn’t have to.
Surviving the Transition from Job Seeker to Employee
It finally happened! After your hard work sending out resumes, networking and interviewing, you’ve landed that job. It’s a time to celebrate and look forward to your next adventure. It’s also a time to prepare yourself for the transition from job seeker to employee. You will need to fit in with a new group of coworkers, adjust to the written (and unwritten) rules of the company, and learn what will be expected of you in your role. This transition can be challenging, but also exciting as it is full of opportunities.
Your Professional Brand
Reputation, character, image or brand: whatever you call it, it matters in today’s job search market. Your brand defines who you are as a person, what you stand for and what you offer to an employer. If you are job searching, you should be able to define your brand, represent it online and explain it to a potential employer.
How to Recognize and Respond to Illegal Interview Questions
Preparing for a job interview includes preparing answers to typical interview questions. But what if you are asked an illegal question in an interview? Would you recognize it as illegal, and if so, how would you respond?
You Can Fight Job Search Fatigue
Job hunting is hard work and can take a long time. After a while, job search fatigue can set in and you might wonder if you’ll ever find a job. While it might be tempting to take time off from your job search, it is not a good idea as you might miss job opportunities, lose your momentum and find it difficult to “get back to it”.