Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
5 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs
Ambitious young adults struggling to find employment are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship (self-employment) as a way to earn a living. This young entrepreneurial generation is finding self-employment to be a great option as they can be their own boss, enjoy flexibility and control their daily routines. However, starting a business can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you succeed..
Tell Me about a Time When you were Awesome!
The interview is a very necessary and stressful part of the job search process. It allows you and the employer to learn more about each other and to determine whether there is a good fit. When you go to the interview you’re excited and nervous. You walk into the interview in your best “business casual” outfit, give your best firm-but-not-too-firm handshake, and flash a smile that would make a movie star jealous. You sit down and give your well-rehearsed, perfect answers to common interview questions when you’re suddenly hit with it: the behavioural interview question.
Marketing the "Whole Package" When doing your Job Search
Young Workers: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities!
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, workers new to a job are three times more likely to be injured during the first month than more experienced workers. Young workers should be aware of this as they look for summer employment or start their careers.
Early Job Search Steps are Key!
Job searching is like dating – it can take some time to find ‘the one,’ it requires a certain level of patience, and you should prepare for your job search just as thoroughly as you would for the ‘big date’.
Positive Attitude Brings Success!
Maintaining a positive attitude while job searching can help you stay focused and motivated during a challenging time. If you are calling an employer, writing a cover letter or going to an interview, this positive attitude can make a difference.
The Resume Follow Up
Employers can receive an overwhelming number of applications for one posting. To increase your odds that your cover letter and resume will stand out, consider following up on your application rather than waiting for the employer to contact you, provided the job posting does not request otherwise.
Career Planning Advice to my 18-year-old Self
Recently I met with a very positive 18 year old, who, whether he knew it or not, was taking a wise step in the earliest stages of his career. He had reached out for advice and guidance in exploring his career options, which is often overlooked by many his age. His eagerness and genuine interest in researching his career options left me reflecting on how I felt at the same age.
Are You Applying to too many Jobs?
Many people think that the more jobs you apply to the better. However, in the case of resumes and job applications, more is not always better. While sending out resumes day after day can feel productive, it’s not necessarily the best approach. Sending resumes to lots of companies then waiting for a call just does not work in today’s marketplace. Instead of sending hundreds of resumes out to companies hoping that it will come across the desk of someone who is hiring, do some research and send fewer, but more targeted resumes.
Make The Most of Networking Events!
Finding opportunities to meet employers face-to-face or get introduced to other professionals in your field can feel like a daunting task for any job seeker. Fortunately, Chamber of Commerce events, job fairs and industry-specific networking events are great opportunities to connect with employers, meet others with similar interests and increase your contact list. Attending these events can make a huge difference in your job search if you show up ready to network!