Applying to almost all jobs require a resume which essentially establishes you as a brand. A good resume should be relevant, listing pertinent work and volunteer experiences to the job you’re applying for. Employers often look through hundreds of resumes to fill just one position, so it is crucial that you be attentive to detail and craft a resume that truly reflects the type of employee you are. Career resources on campus and in the community are useful tools for perfecting your resume.
Cover letters are also important, particularly when applying for professional positions or when there is a high volume of applicants for a position. Attaching a cover letter can help set you apart from the rest of the applicants, as they establish (in more detail than a resume) why you are seeking employment. Cover letters can express to employers why you are the best candidate for the job. It is also an opportunity to show that you have done your research into the company or organization you are applying to in your cover letter, so be specific.
As a post-secondary student, there are so many campus resources to take advantage of. For example, your university or college may maintain an online career portal with current job postings. Access to these career portals is designed for students to log into with their student number and password. Employers often advertise jobs exclusively to universities or colleges with current students in mind for the positions.
For high school students, Guidance Counsellors and Academic Counsellors can be helpful resources for resume and cover letter help. In some provinces, careers courses, workshops and seminars are offered to build resume writing and interview skills.
As you build work experience, it is important to maintain a list of references. References are people who have supervised your performance in various areas, from work to academics to volunteering; these individuals have had an opportunity to gauge your character and work ethic. Many jobs require a minimum number of references to vouch for your work experience and your manner as an employee. Make sure to get various forms of contact information, just in case your contact relocates or changes jobs. Make sure to ask permission to include someone as your reference and make them aware that they might be contacted in the future. Keeping in touch with past supervisors from time to time is a great way to help them remember you.
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