Step 3 – Job Search
Step 3 – Job Search
As a student at Centennial College, Career Services' advisors can help you create and edit resumes and cover letters. You may begin with these resume or cover letter writing tips.
- Keep your resume no longer than two pages. If it’s any longer, nobody will read it.
- Proofread your resume. Most employers will discard resumes with spelling or grammatical errors.
- Customize your resume for each position. Look at the job advertisement and highlight your relevant experience. Use the language that is in the advertisement.
- Be consistent in your formatting and verb tense.
- Consider providing a URL to your online portfolio, blog or video.
- Don’t lie on your resume. If you get caught, you’ll lose the job and the reference.
- Don’t clutter your resume with too much text. Allow for some white space to make it visually appealing.
- Don’t include a lot of vague statements. Instead, provide the employer with examples of your accomplishments.Quantify using numbers to highlight your success.
- Don’t include personal information such as your photo, birth date, marital status or religious belief on your resume. It is inappropriate and unprofessional.
Cover Letter Basics
Many job seekers don’t pay enough attention to their cover letter when they are applying for a job. While it’s true that some employers don’t read them, others look at them closely. Since you never know what will interest an employer, it makes sense to use every tool that’s available to you. A well-written cover letter can show the person behind the resume, convey passion for the position or the organization, demonstrate that you’ve done your research and draw connections between the requirements and responsibilities of the position and your previous experience. Here is a template to help you write a cover letter that will set you apart from your competition:
Your Address (you can use the same “Header” as you used on your resume)
City, Province, Postal Code
Contact's Name (research the company to find a contact name)
Address, City, Province, Postal Code
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr. (Contact’s Last Name) or Dear Hiring Manager:
INTRODUCTION: Tell them why you are writing. Name the position for which you are applying, how you heard about it and the date of posting. You can refer the employer to the attached resume in this paragraph or wait until the last paragraph.
BODY: Tell the employer how your skills match those needed for the job. Use resume verbs like planned, organized and completed to describe your skills as they relate to the job. When answering an advertisement, make sure to include all the requirements listed in the ad. This makes it easy to match you to the job. Always refer to the job posting.
FIT: You may want to add a paragraph outlining why you would like to do this job or work for this specific company, and how they match your goals and interests. Mention something you have learned about the company during your research. This is your chance to show the employer your interest in the company and that you have done your homework.
CLOSING: Ask for an interview. Use the closing to suggest a meeting to further discuss your qualifications, and that you are awaiting an immediate and favorable reply. You can refer to your attached resume here if you have not mentioned it earlier. Always thank the employer for their time.
Since up to 80% of jobs are not openly advertised, it is important to use proactive strategies in your job search.
Researching potential openings
- Identify companies that recruit in your area.
- Create a list of 15-20 target companies.
What is networking?
- Developing and maintaining relationships with others.
- Making contacts with people who may be able to help you with your job search.
- Networking is the best way to find employment.
- Networking doesn't just occur in person; it also includes social interactions on platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook