YMCA Employment Services: Finding the Right Job for You
January 5th, 2017 by Louise Picot
If you’re unemployed, feeling anxious and uncertain about your future, you’re not alone! It can feel daunting sitting at home staring at the computer screen, sorting through hundreds of postings on local job boards. Once you find a few postings that seem like a possible fit, you tweak your resume, write a new cover letter and send it off. And then you wait…
But, if you aren’t getting a response to your applications – and I mean one interview for every ten applications – then something is not working. And you need to get to the bottom of it! That’s where the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Employment Services can help!
Use the Right Techniques to Land the Perfect Job
Securing the right job isn’t always easy and it takes time. Many job seekers are under pressure to accept jobs that don’t match their career goals out of financial necessity. In other cases, job seekers are unsure about how to find employers and positions that align with their goals and strengths.
When you’re applying for jobs and not getting interviews, you often feel discouraged. It’s tempting to blame such things as the job market, your age, and how long you’ve been out of a job. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You need to diagnose the problem and find the right solution to get back into the job market. Here are some tips on how to land the perfect job:
- If you’re applying to a large company, chances are they use resume-scanning software, which searches for keywords. This is an initial scanning process, which determines which applications get viewed. If you haven’t considered the keyword scan, chances are your resume doesn’t incorporate the necessary words to get viewed, and you may be missing out on some great opportunities!
- Yup, we’re talking about Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for starters. If your immediate response is you don’t use them for job searching, then you need to start! Recruiters successfully use these tools every day. Don’t dismiss what you don’t know – give it a try!
- Employers expect you to be trained and ready to go. That’s the reality. You need to understand what your skills are, how they apply to the current job market, and where you might need some additional training.
Seek Help From a Job Coach
- Don’t just continue to send job applications out into the abyss if you’re not getting a response. Your job search isn’t working. Enlist help from a local job coach, from places such as YMCA Employment Services. Your job coach will teach you how to properly research your job market and the companies hiring in that sector, and show you the best methods and tools to search for the right job.
Don’t Search for a job alone: Visit the YMCA Employment Services Drop-in Centres
We understand looking for a job can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we have all the resources set up and waiting for you at our Midland, Huntsville and Parry Sound locations. Our FREE employment and career services include specialized workshops and training. You’ll receive personalized help with your resume and cover letter, job search, matching and placement, as well as mock interviews to prepare you for the big day.
At YMCA Employment Centres, we are committed to helping people find work. Our services are available at no cost. If you are unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week, book an appointment or drop in today. Visit us at www.jobuary.ca for more information.