Learn what the steps are in finding and getting the job you want. Learn where one search for jobs. Learn how one prepares for a resume. Learn how one prepares for an interview.

Let's go through the steps in getting a job: job search, preparing your resume, and job interview preparation.

Where does one search for jobs?

Getting HiredThere are several sources to search for jobs. Listed below starts from the preferred method:

  • Referrals
    • The best method of getting a job is by referral. Referrals may come from family, friends, classmates, associates and also past colleagues. The chance of getting hired from referrals is especially good when it comes from an employee of the hiring company. Employee referrals are a win-win approach for the job seeker, the referring employee and also the employer (hiring company). The job seeker gets a job interview and hopefully gets hired. The referring employee gets a referral bonus. The employer can save time and money with the recruitment process. Employee referrals are seen of higher value than other methods.
  • Recruitment agency
    • This is your second best bet in landing a job. Recruitment agencies have a list of companies looking to hire new employees. Their whole business is matching job seekers with their hiring companies. They don't get paid until they successfully recruit a job seeker to their client (hiring company). After the recruiting agency meets/interviews the job seeker and determines a good match, the recruiting agency can help the job seeker with resume and interview preparation.
  • Online job classifieds such as Workopolis and Monster
    • Online job classifieds are a convenient way to search for jobs from many different companies. You can submit your resume to many job postings easily. In addition to submitting resume, you can upload your resume and have it searched by hiring companies.
  • Career section on the company's websites
    • If there is a company you want to work for, why not check out their website? Most companies now have a "career" or "job" section where you can find out their latest hiring needs and even apply online.
  • Newspaper classifieds
    • Some companies prefer to post their available positions through print media, newspapers. You will find smaller companies/businesses choosing this route. (However large companies will also post their job postings in newspapers.) In addition to reading the job posting on print (newspaper), most newspaper will also post the available jobs on their website (newspaper's website).

Getting a call for the job interview can be difficult as there are many applicants applying for the same job position as you did. How do you increase your chances for getting the job interview? By having a good resume that clearly states your skills, qualifications, experiences and education.

How does one prepare a resume?

It is very important to customize your resume to the job position you are applying to. Each job description is different and so should your resume. Spelling and grammar is also very important. This reflects how professional and detail oriented you are. Generally, there are several (even hundreds) resumes submitted to job postings. Therefore it is essential to present yourself professionally. By having spelling and grammar mistakes, it reflects poorly on you. The hiring companies will more than likely move onto the next candidate when considering them for an interview.

There are books that help you in writing your resume that you can buy or can borrow from the public library. Better yet, you may want to look at resume building and writing software. Resume building software can catch mistakes before your potential employers do. These software will have preset templates for the different type of jobs that you can use as templates so you can base your resume with. Resume building software targets a wide range of audience, those that never had a job before to executives that has several years of experiences.

Job Search (29604)Another route is to use online job classifieds (such as Workopolis and Monster) to help you build your resume. Do you need a clever way to describe your current role and responsibilities? Why not visit Workopolis and/or Monster's website and use the job descriptions of similar jobs? Companies spent a lot of time in creating the job descriptions for their job posting. By using these job descriptions, not only does your resume sound professional, it is the same wording that employers are looking for… meaning a better match, therefore a better chance for an interview.

Should you exaggerate on your resume? Exaggerating on your resume can help you increase your chances for an interview. Take a read of why you should exaggerate on your resume and decide for yourself.

How does one prepare for an interview?

The importance of preparing for a job interview literally can mean getting a job offer or getting passed up.

  • Your appearance
    • Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled interview.
    • Smile and be pleasant not only to the person/people who conducts the interview but the person/people that greets you (i.e. reception). The interviewer may ask the reception what they thought of you and how you acted while waiting for your interview.
    • Make sure your attire is neat and tidy. Wear something professional such as a suite (men and women). Make sure that your cloths are ironed and shoes are polished.
  • Research the company and the position you are applying to
    • Log onto the website of the company you are applying to, to research who they are, what products and/or services they are selling, who are their major competitors, what is the company's vision, what do they offer their employees (i.e. benefits wise, career education/training programs).
    • Using job sites to look for similar job positions. What qualifications are they looking for? What experience are they seeking? How much are they paying?
    • By preparing the above, it will show that you are interested in the job and also answer any questions that may not have been covered during the interview.
  • What to bring?
    • Bring a nice portfolio binder with copies of your resume, references, paper and pen to take notes.
    • Bring your list of questions that you have after researching the company and position you applying to.
  • Practice job interview questions and answers
    • Prepare by preparing answers for likely questions that may be asked. Here are some examples:
      • What are your typical responsibilities for the week?
      • What major challenges did you face and how did you resolve it?
      • Why have you decided to leave your current position?
      • What did you like and dislike with your previous position?
      • What was your biggest accomplishment with your previous position?
      • Why are you applying to [company name]?
      • What is your greatest weakness?
      • What is your greatest strength?
      • How do you handle stress?
      • Why are you the best person for [job position]?
    • Search the internet for job interview questions and best answers. Customize the responses so it better fits with your situation.
  • Go on interviews
    • Go on as many interviews as possible. More than likely, you will be nervous during your interviews. You will be less nervous with each interview.
    • After attending an interview, reflect back. What could you improve? What did you say or do that impressed the interviewer?

Hopefully the above will help you with your job search. Thank you for reading this article and good luck with your job search!