WHAT IS JOB SEARCHING?
Job Searching is a course of action that you take in order to obtain
satisfactory work. It is a full-time job. It takes time and patience.
It is demanding, frustrating, and sometimes an emotional roller
coaster. It requires responsible decision making, planning and believing
Getting prepared for Job Searching will alleviate much anguish and
frustration. Finding answers to questions that may pop up during
your Job Search will enable you to proceed with your Job Search
in a systematic and methodical manner.
Questions To Consider
Q1. What type of
work would I like to do?
Know yourself! What are your strengths, likes, dislikes,
goals, interests, and values. Where do you see or vision yourself.
Write down the pros and cons of the desired work. How do you see
There are many self-assessment quizzes or programs that are free
that will assist you with determining or qualifying what you like
to do best and/or where your strengths and interests are. (Refer
to: www.employmentservicesonline.com - Self-Assessment
Quizzes). Most Employment Resource Centres offer the CHOICES
program free. This is a program whereby having asked you a series
of questions, will collect your answers and determine what occupations
you might"fit". It will also enable you to view at the
"click of the mouse", Labour Market information for
those occupational titles. In addition, it will also print out
a very nice portfolio for you, including a Resume and generic
Cover Letter. A very user-friendly program!
Q2. What are the job duties, requirements and qualifications
needed for the position?
There are many ways to determine what the duties or tasks of the
job are, the requirements of the job and the needed qualifications
for the job or position.
This type of information can be advantageous. It allows the job
seeker an opportunity to obtain knowledge about what skill sets
are needed in order to do the job. Gathering this information and
comparing it to the skills that the job seeker already has, should
allow the job seeker to determine if he/she has the skills, experience,
and education. From this point forwared, the job seeker needs to
decide what the next step will be. Perhaps more education or experience
is required, or possibly that the position is not the right match
for the job seeker, which then can lead to another plan and path.
- For each occupation, the Federal Government has printed
Occupational Classification of Occupational Descriptions
and Index of Titles. (This can be found through the Labour Market
Informatin link indicated on our web site). Each Occupation
is categorized and general details of the Main duties and Employment
requirements are listed.
- Newspaper ads. Generally, employment ads in the newspapers,
no matter what type of occupation, will nicely display the performance
criterion or job duties and qualifications needed for the position.
- Internet. The Internet will post positions for various
companies, organizations, and job-hunting sites and will detail
the requirements and qualifications for the positions.
- Informational Interviewing. Often times, arrangements
have been made whereby possible employers have provided time
to impart information to job seekers who wish to find out what
certain jobs entail and what requirements are needed for those
Q3. Where do
I find the information for these questions?
Information for questions is found in many ways. The Resources are
numerous. Books, videos, Employment Resource Centres, Libraries,
Internet, Job Developers, Mentors, can advise you on: where the
jobs are, how to find a job, Effective ways to develop and compose
a Resume and Cover Letter, the Internet, the latest Labour Market
trends, and How to Network but the first step is to begin!
Q4. What do I need
to do in order to get the work I want?
You need to assess your skills, education, experience, values, and
what type of work appeals to you. (Refer to Self
What is my Career Plan and Career Path?
There is a difference between a Career Plan and a Career
A Career Plan (a plan on how to get where you want to be) projects
a future goal that you wish to achieve, experience and qualifications
that will be acquired, work habits that will be developed, economic
conditions or situations that will enable you to do what you want
to do when you want to do it, mobility to move within the company,
or to move to another location, family situations, timelines, age,
and advancement. These variables will impact on you and it will
be your choice to focus on how to plan your career journey.
A Career Path (a path that acknowledges your well being in the plan
that you have set forth) encompasses: attitudes, interests, temperament,
personal attributes, feasibility of attainment, and constraints
(i.e. Health), values, preferences and lifestyle.
Career Planning and Pathing together assist in career direction
and scope. Plans may change at any given time, thereby altering
the path. Consider second or third career options! Keep an open
Should I do some self-assessment programs to firm up my plans?
Self-Assessment quizzes or tests are totally up to the job seeker.
There are lots of freebies.
Who is hiring?
Be aware of who is hiring. It will be critical
in your job search. Certain occupations are in higher demand than
others. Check the Job