Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
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!
Hit Your Career Sweet Spot with Mentorship!
The work world has changed considerably over the past two decades. Employees must do more with fewer resources. Having a mentor who can guide you and advise you will make your career journey smoother, more enjoyable and more successful.
Telephone Interview Success!
Telephone interviews are often used in the early stages of the interview process by potential employers before arranging face-to-face interviews. It is important to prepare for the phone interview as you would for an in-person interview.
Staying Motivated While Finding Your Job
Looking for work can and should feel a bit like a job. However, it is an unpaid position with no set schedule, no guaranteed rewards, no apparent co-workers, and it is a marketing and sales position where some level of rejection is a given. It is a position we generally try to avoid, one we all find ourselves in at some point, and one where the better we are at it, the faster we get out of it. Maintaining motivation and a positive attitude throughout the job search can be a challenge, so understanding what aspects of job searching can drain our motivation and working through them will help keep our spirits up.
5 Tips to keep focused on a job search during the holidays
The holidays are often a very busy time whether you’re employed or looking for work. Between baking, cooking large meals and visiting family, it can be hard to focus on ourselves, let alone a job search. Here are 5 tips to help keep your job search momentum going during the holiday season.
10 Tips for Coping with Job Loss
Our jobs play an important part in our lives; they are part of our identity, our sense of purpose and our social circle, not to mention they provide financial security. It’s no wonder that being laid off, fired or even quitting a job brings about feelings of loss.
The NEW Youth Employment Fund
The Ontario government has announced a NEW Youth Employment Fund aimed at creating 25,000 new job opportunities for youth. This Fund, an extension of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Employment Ontario program, is designed to provide youth, aged 15-29 with entry into long-term employment through job placements, learning work skills while earning an income. Successful outcomes of this new fund are employment, education and training. The Fund was rolled out by Employment Ontario Service Providers September 23, 2013.
Social Media as a Marketing Tool
In previous posts we discussed the importance of tapping into your network as part of your job search. With the creation of social media, networking is increasingly happening online. According to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted in July 2011, approximately 86% of Canadians aged 18 to 34 and 62% of those aged 35 to 54 on the internet had a social network profile. Today, approximately 7 million Canadians use the professional social network LinkedIn and this number is increasing. That is a lot of people in a network!