Employment Services Blog
The latest in job search strategies, resume tips, and more! Written by Lutherwood staff.
Overcoming the Credential Challenges of Newcomers
Lutherwood recently collaborated with The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and numerous other community partners in the delivery of a Global Skills Conference. This conference offered the chance for internationally trained professionals to meet sector representatives, attend skill building workshops, network with employers and browse exhibitor booths. Today's post is an extension of the information shared at the conference.
The Job Hunt: Start with a Plan
Looking for a new job is overwhelming. You are not alone in that feeling, it is a normal response. Often unemployment comes as a surprise, especially if it was a layoff as economic conditions shifted. Many people will feel disbelief, resentment and anger, as well as grief after a job loss. These feelings may last a short time or for extended periods. It is important to be aware of what stage you are in when looking for new work. Many will experience several “false starts” with the job hunt before they are 100% ready to take on this challenging task. It is also important to be aware that each person experiences unemployment in a different way. If your co-worker who got laid off at the same time seems happier and more confident than you, don’t stress. People have different personal demands and therefore where one person may need a job immediately to keep a roof over their heads the next may have different needs. So take a deep breath, what you are going through is normal, and there is help out there.
A Pile of Business Cards.. Now What?
Although we live in a technical world and continue to hear about the benefits of a “paperless” society, traditional networking still has a place. These days everyone from top executives to trades people and even work at home moms have business cards. You may have already gathered a fair number over the course of your job search and are now wondering what to do with them.
Pass the 30 second test!
To rise above the competition and have a successful job search, you have to do more than hand out resumes and wait for responses that never come. Applying for jobs is more competitive than ever. With the high volume of applications being submitted to job opportunities, the average employer only spends 15 to 30 seconds looking at a resume.
Job Search - Tools of the Trade
If you are unemployed you have likely discovered that a job search is quite different these days. Often this can leave you wondering where to start. But no worries, we can help. Today’s job search involves creativity, in addition to tried-and-true techniques. In recent years many job seekers have become accustomed to finding job leads through online postings, instead of newspapers. However, online job boards are just the beginning of the internet’s power for finding employment. Online job postings are great, but with established and emerging social technologies (including LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media) a more interactive job search is the key to success.
4 Tips for Avoiding Self - Sabotage Online
The last 10 years have fundamentally changed how we look for work, more so than any time in the previous 100 years. In the early 1900s many people were still born into jobs — farmers, fishermen, shop owners and small family business. During WWII women entered the workforce to support the war efforts. After WWII the job market grew rapidly and if you had the right skills, such as a trade, you could walk onto the job without an interview or even a formal resume. At this time there was an increased demand for goods and a large number of job opportunities, creating a huge demand for employees. Jobseekers did not have to do very much to market their skills to employers; in fact employers often came to them. It was a very different time compared to today’s connected world.
Stand out from the Crowd: Top 10 Job Fair tips for Jobseekers!
There is a lot to think about when it comes to preparing to attend a job fair. From what you will say, right down to what type of shoes you will wear--there are many factors that matter.Please take some time to review our blog posts leading up to our Get Hired! Job Fairs this September. We will be posting several great tips for the jobseeker.
On June 26th we welcomed Geoff, Associate Manager from Sun Life Financial, to our first EmployerTALK. During the session, Geoff shared his top tips for successful networking and what he looks for in a résumé. “Networking at a job fair is not just about having a stack of resumes and dropping one off at every booth”, said Geoff. He recommended the following tips in order to make a good first impression and your networking efforts count.
Do You Want to be Your Own Boss?
There are nearly 3 million small businesses (up to 100 employees) in Canada; about half those have 5 or less employees. Being your own boss and running your own business may seem appealing, but when you consider most small businesses fail in their first few years, you have to ask yourself if self-employment is right for you?
How Can I Plan for the Future when I can't Predict it?
Increased fiscal pressures have forced governments around the world to tighten purse strings. In response, Canada has recently announced changes to Old Age Security and Employment Insurance in an effort to adjust our social support system for an aging population. As these changes will have an impact on every Canadian, we should take time to consider how to plan for the future. For generations, the common wisdom was to put away 10% of every pay for a rainy day. However, during times of economic uncertainty saving becomes difficult and debt can pile up. This becomes more challenging when job loss occurs, and Employment Insurance becomes the only source of income.