Looking for a job is no easy task, in fact the right attitude is considering looking for a job as a full time job itself, just as time consuming, and unfortunately many people attest to it being more stressful. These days, with the economic crisis, looking for a job has even become more strenuous, but one must never give up, and here are a few tips to help you along the way into landing your dream job.
Do not let the freedom of being your own boss lead you into the path of temptation that comprises procrastination, watching TV all day, sleeping in day time, in short simply vegetating and wasting time. Your job hunt is your job, set a schedule of how many hours you will devote to it each day and stick to the plan.
That being said, do not forget to take a couple of days per week off and attend to all the things that you have been putting off due to your old job restriction, all the things you have always wanted to do and never had the time, spend more time with your loved ones, exercise or simply relax, enjoy your freedom and reboot, for soon enough you will be busy with a new job.
In the old days, job hunting was very different, you had to go from door to door, hand in your Curriculum Vitae in person, and look at the classified section in newspapers . These days, with the boom of the internet, the search for employment has also followed up with the technology and you can do most of the work from home. Set up a working space at your house, and start looking at job openings and recruitment sites online. Online research, networking, sending CVs or resumes through the internet, getting connected to job recruitment agencies is time consuming, but do it thoroughly. Many job employers look through resumes posted online, make sure your CV is posted on job search engines popular in your area such as workopolis.com and monster.ca, etc.
While applying online, people tend to write one standard CV and send it to all the posted job openings. While this is definitely the fastest method, it is not the most efficient. It is highly advisable to write a CV and a Cover Letter tailored for each position you are targeting, otherwise your CV may very well be one of hundreds and the employer will not know what skills you are offering that would meet their requirements and will pass out on offering you the long-sought after interview.
Keep in mind that in Canada, the first you need before you start looking and applying for a job is a SIN number i.e. a Social Insurance Number which is issued by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to all Canadian Citizen and Permanent residents. In Canada, there are many resources that help Canadian find a job such placement firms, recruitment agencies, job websites where you can post your resume and job seekers will be able to access it.