Look for Employment
Job search is much more than applying on line to posted positions.
Job search involves:
- Learning how to demonstrate your skills and experience effectively through marketing materials like your resume or LinkedIn
- Developing a network and understanding how to use it effectively to help uncover the hidden job market
- Learning how to prepare for many different kinds of interviews
- Having a job search target, for example a summer retail position, an entry level marketing job or a front line social service position
There are many resources available to help you learn these essential skills. Click on the links below to get started.
You can start learning about the “how” of job searching long before you are graduating. Practice your job search savvy on finding summer work or locating a volunteer position. Start here to understand the basics.
There are hundreds of job boards designed to make it easy for you to find the kind of opportunity you are looking for. Start here to browse through some of the different job boards available online.
Even the word “networking” can strike fear into the hearts of many job seekers. Don’t worry! Start with learning about the process of building helpful relationships and how this can support your employment search.http://www.success.uwo.ca/careers/networking/index.html
Many students worry that they don’t know anyone and therefore are disadvantaged when it comes to networking. There are MANY resources on campus designed to help you with building your network by giving you access to people in a wide variety of employment settings.
Life After King’s Alumni Mentorship Program
Talking to someone about their work, field, organization or career path can be extremely helpful in developing ideas for your direction, and in helping you build your network at the same time. You can connect with King’s alumni in many different career fields and living in many different places in the world. Click here to complete an application and be matched with a mentor.
Employer information Sessions
Each week throughout the school year employers come to campus to recruit students. They are interested in meeting you! Be sure and check the events calendar through Career Central to see who is coming each week.
This annual event brings employers looking to hire students for part time, summer and full time positions. It’s a great opportunity to practice your networking skills. Feel more confident about attending the fair by reviewing tips to prepare for the career fair.
The biggest mistake that resume builders make is googling randomly for resume templates. Instead, utilize sample resumes developed by university career centres and you can be sure you are looking at what is considered the industry standard.
Western offers drop-in (no appointment necessary) help Monday through Friday throughout the school year. It couldn’t be easier. Don’t want to show up in person? Access E-advising.
Western Employment Resource Centre (WERC) http://success.uwo.ca/careers/career_counselling/westerns_employment_resource_centre.html
You want to minimize surprises in an interview and preparation is key. Start here to learn about interview basics and types of interviews, review sample questions and learn how to handle especially challenging interview situations.
Practice is essential in preparing for an interview. With a webcam you can use video interviewing technology to improve your interview performance. Create a password on Interview Stream and get started.
Start by following people and organizations in your field of interest. Posted tweets can help you learn about company culture and the business from an employees point of view. Companies will post their latest information and some post positions.
Creating, maintaining and using Linked In is another important job search strategy. Think of linked in as a professional version of facebook where you can connect with professional contacts and prospective employers. You don’t need to be intimidated. Linked in provides on line webinars (live or recorded) to help you build your profile and understand how to use it to network effectively.