Finding a Job
Keep in mind that many employers and recruiters only advertise job openings on their websites or social media platforms. Facebook and Kijiji often have a lot of job postings from individuals or family businesses!
If you can't find anything of interest on these job boards don't give up, reach out to businesses directly through phone or email. Reaching out demonstrates interest and initiative. Ask employers about their company and the types of roles they employ, this is your chance to network. Networking is not about what they can do for you, it is about creating connections and developing a mutually beneficial relationship. Don't expect to get a job out of it right away, but it could lead to future employment with the business or with someone in their network. For more networking tips, check out this article.
● Even if you do not think you are qualified, apply anyway - getting your name out there is
● Follow a job postings instructions - not doing what they ask will leave a bad impression
● Be as clear and concise as possible - don’t get flowery with your language. It is more
impressive to get your point across than to sound “smart”
● Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for - create a general resume with ALL of
your experience and skills and then for each job you apply for create a copy of your
resume and tweak it to align with the job you are applying for.
● At the top of your resume highlight approximately 4-6 skills that are relevant to the job
you are applying for
● Keep the most relevant experience for a job near the top, this is what an employer will
read first. If they are not that impressed they may not read your whole resume
● When you list duties/accomplishments for each job don’t just list all the things you did.
Show what you accomplished or how you helped. Use as many facts, figures, and
numbers as you can in your bullet points. (ex. organized and designed product features
through strategic planning resulting in 18.4% increase in departmental sales - instead of,
organized and designed product features)
● Don’t start every bullet point with the same word, this list may help
● To make up for lack of work experience - take advantage of school, volunteering and
extracurricular activities to fill the void (TRANSFERABLE SKILLS)
● If you want to demonstrate soft skills that you have used in previous jobs, check out these
● Include achievements and awards such as: driver’s licence, student of the month, MVP,
citizenship, etc. You can also include hobbies/interests if you don’t have a lot of other experience and it is relevant.
● Keep your resume to one page
● Make your resume unique while still having structure - this is the first impression you are
leaving on someone. (Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century
Gothic. Use a font size between 10 and 12. You can change it up in your header though -
more eye catching)
● When including your contact information - you don’t need to include your address but
make sure you include a phone number and appropriate email address.
● Ask before using someone as a reference and don’t just include your references
Cover Letter Resources
Cover Letter Tips
“While a resume offers a thorough look at your background, skills, and education, the cover
letter is your opportunity to point out information that makes you well qualified for the position
at hand.” - The Balance Careers
● Make it personal
● Tailor your cover letter to the job you are applying for
● Use a hook in your first body paragraph to engage the employer. Check here for some
● Expand on your resume, but only include the most relevant examples
❖ What approach did you take to tackling one of the responsibilities you’ve mentioned on your
resume? - The Muse
❖ What details would you include if you were telling someone a story about how you accomplished
that bullet point? - The Muse
❖ What about your personality, passion, or work ethic made you especially good at getting the job
done? - The Muse
❖ Stats are always good to include here
● Show what you can do for the business/company - what makes you better than anyone
else applying for the position?
● Make sure you research the company/business you are applying at. If they have a mission
statement or purpose, etc. it will be impressive to tie that into how you can help them - it
shows you are actually interested in the job and company.
● Take a look back at the job description and qualifications - this is the experience and
skills you will want to focus on in your cover letter - you don’t have to talk about
everything as you should keep your cover letter to ONE page.
● Before you finish the cover letter indicate that you would like to chat further about what
you can do for them
● At the end of your cover letter include, “thank you for your time and consideration.”
Are you concerned that you do not have enough work experience to get a job? An alternative to paid work experience is volunteering. It looks great on a resume, helps you develop and practice skills and it is a great way to give back to your community. Volunteering is also a great way to gain experience in a role that you may not be qualified to receive pay for.