Preparing for Your Next Job
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Preparing for Your Next Job

To prepare yourself for the job-hunting process, you first must determine how to market yourself properly to potential employers and where to search for jobs. The following tips are from our Employment services staff and will help you get started for your job search. For additional support, make an appointment to speak with one of our Employment Advisors.

Upgrading Essential Skills

Before starting your job searching activities, you might consider upgrading some of your skills to help give your resume a boot. The following online courses are free and offer learning opportunities from the comfort of your own home.

Free Online Courses:

Coursera
100% Online Learning from World’s Best Universities and Companies

Alison
Free online education platform that mostly focuses on workplace-based skills

FreeCodeCamp
FreeCodeCamp is a non-profit organization that consists of an interactive learning web platform

Duolingo
A popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world

Learn2Type
Learn to type with free online typing lessons and check your speed with the free typing test


Preparing your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

If you feel that you are ready for the job market, that you have all the skills needed for the type of job you are looking for, it is time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile. There are two types of resumes - choose the one that best serves your needs.

Chronological Resume:

This style is strongest for a consistent work history with no gaps. It also shows career growth through positions with increasing responsibility into supervisor or management positions. Most suited for career professionals looking to stay in their profession. Download template here.

Functional Resume:

Highlights the relevant skills and abilities to the job or industry you are applying for. This style is most relevant if you are changing industries, have had a break in your employment record or looking for your first job. Download Template here.

LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development.

You can use LinkedIn to display your resume, search for jobs, and enhance your professional reputation by posting updates and interacting with other people. If you are a beginner on LinkedIn, click here. If you have a LinkedIn profile and need extra tips, click here.

Searching for a Job

The websites below will help get you started in your online job search. Remember to always adapt your resume to the jobs you are applying to, using the terminology employers have on their job ads and important skills. For assistance on this, contact us!

Job Search Websites

Indeed.ca
Job Bank
Eluta
Zip Recruiter
LinkedIn

Job Search Facebook Groups

Cambridge
Kitchener-Waterloo
Guelph

For more job search tips, check out our YouTube Channel, or make an appointment to meet with an employment advisor!