As Last Day of School Approaches and Grads Enter Workforce, Leading Career Expert Shares Tips for Job Seekers
Posted Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 by
The last day of school – June 29 – is quickly approaching and while some graduates are celebrating the achievement of an academic milestone and planning summer vacations, many are worried about entering the “real world.” Among their top concerns are finding and preparing for a job – worries that may also be shared by working Canadians considering career moves.
You’re … Hired!
“Whether you’re fresh out of school or have been working many years and are seeking a change, finding the ideal position is not easy,” says Thibert. “At Everest, our staff of Career Services experts is dedicated to training people for a successful employment search and has an excellent track record in career placement assistance.”
Thibert recommends the following techniques to help get you hired!
- Goal Card: Write down your goal. Writing it down will reinforce commitment and help clarify thinking. Create a work-back plan with steps needed to achieve your goal. Take inventory of your skills. You’ll be surprised to realize that you’re actually more qualified than you imagined and that many skills are transferable!
- Work Your Network: Your dream career may not be posted. Educate yourself on the job market. Find out what employers are looking for and the skills you need. If the company you would like to work for isn’t hiring, setup an informational interview. Employers generally keep resumes on file for six months to a year. Maximize your connections and talk to employed friends to see if they can provide referrals.
- Rev-up Your Resume: Highlight work experience, major achievements and skills. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, consider other activities like volunteer work, hobbies and extra-curricular activities and how they might demonstrate skills the position calls for. Your resume should be no longer than two pages. Keep it concise and easily digestible. Make sure you include all your contact information at the top and carefully proof-read to avoid errors.
- Sell Yourself: For a prospective employer hiring a new staff member is a major investment. Your cover letter should demonstrate what you can deliver on that investment. Highlight your skills and how they match the company’s needs to demonstrate how you will bring value and success to the team. Keep it short and snappy and include an invitation to further discuss your credentials or a call to action to set up a meeting.
- Interview Like a Pro: Research the company and know who you’re talking to. Arrive 10 minutes early and bring copies of your resume. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and maintain a confident, professional demeanor throughout the meeting. Come prepared with the top three to five qualities you bring and examples of your success in those areas as proof points. Be prepared to speak about your strengths and weaknesses and come with questions that relate to the company or position. Be sure to send a follow-up thank you email after your interview to restate how your skills match the employer’s needs.
Training to Achieve Your Career Goals
“Whether you’re a recent high school grad or in a job that has stalled, career training creates opportunities and can lead to a position that offers greater upward mobility,” says Thibert. “An education is the foundation and launch pad for any career. Many come to Everest to retrain for a new career. We have excellent student completion, program satisfaction and career placement rates and our programs are short, flexible and prepare students for a career in their area of study.”
The Season’s Top Jobs
The career experts at Everest have identified the following in-demand positions:
- Personal Support Worker: PSWs play an instrumental role in health care facilities and provide personal and physical attention for patients and their families. More PSWs will be required to accommodate Canada’s aging population and the current changes in the healthcare system.
- Addictions and Community Services Worker: The number of treatment facilities and dependency issues are on the rise. St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto provides addiction services and care for women. Kari Whitelaw, Clinical Supervisor, Womankind Addiction Service says, “Everest students have a thorough knowledge base with relevant training that fits nicely into the work we do as well as the community services at large. They have are able to manage personal stress and can apply evidence-informed practices to work effectively with clients who have addictions.”
- Network Administrators and Accounting and Payroll: Industry data suggests companies will hire in this area as businesses experience growth as we come out of the recession. Onico Solutions, a leader in IT staffing and support relies on Everest graduates for their growing staffing needs.
“Over the past few years, we’ve hired many Everest graduates who have been well received by our clients,” says Craig Streicher, Director, Operations at Onico Solutions. “We can always count on Everest to provide well-trained candidates to help us manage our business demands.”
Everest College: Changing Lives Through Career Training
Everest College, embodies the core values and commitment to excellence established over the last 40 years, and delivers high-quality programs taught by qualified professionals with industry-specific expertise and real-world experience. Everest College maintains a track record of excellent student completion rates, job placement and program satisfaction.
Everest College, with 17 campuses across Ontario, prepares students to compete for career opportunities with specialized career training in high-growth fields.
About Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., parent company of Everest College, is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. It offers diploma programs and associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice, business, information technology and construction trades. For more information on Everest, please visit www.everest.ca.
* To schedule an interview with Don Thibert or for more information, please contact Timothy Chan at Strategic Objectives. Tel: 416-366-7735 x 244; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.