“Back to School” means Back to the Job Search!

As summer comes to a close and we head into September, the leaves are falling, the pumpkin spice lattes are steaming, and the students are leaving their summer jobs and heading back to school. And here at Lifetime Networks, our Employment Program has an influx of new job seekers waiting to get started with us on their job search.

Fall can be a peak hiring season for businesses that are leaving behind the carefree summer days and getting back into the swing of things. The hiring managers are back from vacation and the executives are making plans for the coming New Year. And all those students who monopolized the job market all summer long are giving up work hours in exchange for text books.

Now is the time to revamp and renew your job search!

Don’t know where to begin? Check out our fall job searching tips below.

 

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You’ve likely been handing out variations of the same old resume all summer long. Time to switch it up! The resume you’ve been using hasn’t landed you a job yet, so you might as well refresh it. Even if you don’t have any new content to add, you can still switch up the format and presentation. Our blog posts on how to craft an eye-catching resume should get you started.

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Refocus your job search

By now you have probably applied to a lot of different jobs. You might be feeling tired, frustrated, or hopeless about your job prospects. It can help to pause and refocus your search. Sometimes you might actually be casting your net too wide. If this is the case, it can be beneficial to focus on specific skills and abilities, and cater your job search to jobs within a certain industry where those skills are in demand. A career counselor can help with this, or an employment specialist with an employment program like we have here at LNV. They can help you identify and focus on your job search goals, increasing your chances of success and helping you to avoid job search burn out.

 

startup-photos2Refine your goals

What is it you really want out of life? It’s good to take some time to reassess your goals and be sure you are still on the right track to achieving them. Once you’ve identified your short-term and long-term goals, you can examine your job search and identify whether your methods support those goals. Is your goal simply to bring home a pay check as soon as possible? Or are you more interested in developing a career path that will increase your upward mobility? Are you saving up to go back to school, paying off debts, or buying a house?  Goals can change, and your current goals could have a strong influence on your current job search. Whatever your goals may be, it is important to have a clear idea of what they are and how you are working towards them.

If you need advice on how to renew your job search this fall, contact us!

 

Getting What You Give: The benefits of volunteerism

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Here at Lifetime Networks, we place a great emphasis on volunteerism. So much of what we do is made possible with the help of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers.  Therefore, one of our core values is “Volunteerism through belief in the importance of unpaid relationships in the lives of people we support.

When participants enter the employment program, one of the first things we tell them is to start volunteering. This is because we truly believe in volunteerism and its many benefits! For some people, volunteering (i.e. working for free) can seem like a bit of a sideways step off their path to employment. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! The more you give, the more you will get in return. For the job seeker, these benefits are so important to success.

Let’s take a look at some of the things that volunteering can do for you:

 

Gain Work Experience

It’s commonly said that the best time to find a job is when you already have one. This means if you are unemployed and looking for work, the odds are stacked against you. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to get current experience that you can put on your resume! Ideally, you should find volunteer work that relates to the field in which you would like to find employment, but this is not always possible. Volunteering can be a great way to engage your passions while still proving to potential employers that you are reliable and hard-working.

Develop your Skills

Volunteering is an excellent way to practice your skills and develop new ones. You can build upon skills you already have by lending your expertise in a particular topic, which is a great way to advance your career goals. Volunteering sometimes provides opportunities for specialized training that would be costly to get on your own. If you are an inexperienced worker, volunteering can help you learn many of the important skills needed to be successful in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, time management, and work ethic.

Meet New People

As a volunteer, you will likely have plenty of opportunities to meet new people. This is a great benefit for anyone who wants to expand their social network and make new friends. Spending time with people who have common interests is a great way to develop your social skills, and makes finding new friends even easier!

Be Part of a Community

Volunteerism is one of the very best ways to connect with your community. By leading a hand to a cause, however small, you can make a difference in the lives of people (or animals, or the environment) in your community. This strengthens your bonds with your community as well as making it a better, more welcoming place for everyone.

Try New Things

If hobbies aren’t your thing, try volunteering! Volunteering is a great way to use your time to explore new interests and activities. You can also use volunteer work as an opportunity to explore new career options!

Boost your Confidence

When you volunteer, you are actively participating in something bigger than yourself. Whatever type of volunteer work you decide to do, you can be certain that you are developing your skills, contributing to a good cause, and making an important difference in your community. This can give you a great sense of accomplishment and pride. As you grow and learn, you are bound to start to feel more confident in yourself and sure of your place in the world.

Stay Healthy and Happy

There have been countless studies done on volunteerism, and they all seem to confirm some important results. Volunteering makes you happy. It has been known to relieve stress and anxiety, and can help to relieve symptoms of depression. Dedicating yourself to a cause adds purpose to your life, keeping you motivated and passionate about life. It also benefits your physical health by keeping you active, and reducing the risks of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Make a Difference

At the core of volunteerism are the ideals of caring, generosity, respect, and dignity. When you volunteer, you are giving of yourself to benefit the world around you. Contributing whatever it is you have – be it time, money, knowledge, skills, kindness, or friendship – to make someone’s life better is perhaps the most noble undertaking available to us. To put it simply, volunteering allows you to touch the life of another human being in a positive way. And that is a beautiful thing.

 

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Job Search Web Resources

Technology plays such a big role in our lives today. It’s not surprising that it also plays a big role in our job search!

While we would not suggest using online job ads as your ONLY means of job searching, it can be a very useful tool to use in conjunction with other job search techniques. Browsing the job boards can give you a lot of useful labour market information, including a sense of which jobs are available in your region, which industries have the highest turnover rates, and where to begin to focus your search.

Here are some of our picks for the best job searching sites:

BC Jobs.ca

Craigslist  (Use caution with Craigslist. Watch out for scammers, and never give out your personal or banking information in response to a job ad!)

Indeed.ca

Job Bank

Monster.ca

Victoria Tech Jobs

WOW Jobs

What’s your go-to job search website? Let us know in the comments below!

Social Media and You: How your social media presence may impact your job prospects

Throughout the hiring process, many employers use social media as a tool for screening potential job candidates. During your job search, it’s important to be aware of what your social media presence says about you to potential employers.

It’s important to always try to maintain a professional online presence. Use privacy settings to limit what others can see on your social media pages. Google yourself regularly and assess the results. Do they reflect the image you would like to present to employers? Facebook, Twitter and personal blog sites should all be monitored closely and inappropriate content hidden or removed.

Some things that can hurt your chances of getting hired if seen on your social media page by a prospective employer:

Photos or mentions of your use of illicit drugs

Photos of you consuming alcohol

Content that demonstrates racist or sexist views

Sexually explicit content

Profanity

Anything related to illegal behaviour

Violent content, including posts on guns

Harassment, bullying, or badmouthing others (especially former employers)

Poor spelling and grammar

 

Social media can be an excellent networking platform during your job search if used correctly. Employers may view your social media profiles to confirm whether you will be a good fit for the company culture, or to find evidence that backs up your skills and qualifications. Create a LinkedIn profile showcasing your accomplishments. Put some effort into making your online presence professional and positive, and your chances of being hired will increase.