Looking for work is not just a matter of checking job ads. You also need to think about your career interests and think about managing your employment future. Job Postings will tell you what jobs are available now, but consider the following methods to get to the career options that never get advertised and to stand out in a competitive job market?
#1 List your talents, interests, education, training, and what work you have done in the past. Consider the top five occupations or jobs of interest to you. To explore your occupational interests, drop in or contact agencies such as Career Development Services:
- Montague | 902-838-5453
- Souris | 902-687-1526
- Charlottetown | 902-626-2014
- Bloomfield | 902-859-2776
- Summerside | 902-436-0706
- Visit www.cdspei.ca
#2 When you decide what type of work you are interested in, list the employers on PEI who offer this type of work. There are a number of ways to gather this information:
- Talk to people who work in this field and get information about their employer.
- Visit www.employmentjourney.com & click Industries to explore companies that interest you.
- Go to job posting sites to learn about companies that are hiring: www.employmentjourney.com/jobs-on-pei-current-ads
- Check out PEI Chamber of Commerce websites and research their members.
- Greater Charlottetown Area | www.charlottetownchamber.com
- Greater Summerside | www.summersidechamber.com
- South Shore | www.southshorechamberpei.ca
- Kensington & Area | www.kensingtonchamber.ca
- Eastern Prince Edward Island | www.epeicc.ca/site
- Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce | www.rdeeipe.net/ccaflipe
- West Prince Chamber of Commerce | on Facebook
#3 Make a list of employers you are considering working for. Call and ask to meet with them. This is called an Informational Interview and this method works. It is a chance to find out more about the company, for you to give the employer your resumé in person, and to find out when they tend to hire and the qualifications they look for. Often, people get hired on the spot because they came at the right time.
For more about Informational Interviews, visit www.employmentjourney.com/the-secret-to-success-in-doing-informational-interviews and www.employmentjourney.com/connecting-with-employers-and-tips.
#4 It is a full-time job to look for a job. Keep a record of everyone you contact and interview. When you meet with employers, they may tell you about other companies that are hiring, so be sure to follow your leads.
#5 Job search tools and supports you need:
- You need one general resumé and a resumé customized to reflect how your background matches the job you are applying for.
- Develop a list of references and ask each one for permission to mention their names. Many of the references should be past employers or supervisors.
- Find out about the supports that help employers hire staff such as the programs available through WorkPEI. Visit www.workpei.ca and search Job Seekers.
- Register at www.workpei.ca as a job seeker. As a WorkPEI member, your online resumé will be available to over 440 PEI employers searching the database.
- Be aware of all PEI resources & services that help job seekers find work and employers find the right staff.
- Job seeking can be a very challenging and stressful experience. Look for people who will encourage you, and encourage others who are looking for work.
For more job search leads, ideas, and information to help you take your next step, follow the Employment Journey on PEI and WorkPEI websites continuously.
The very best with your employment journey!