Most of you know that I use Canada as an example in most of what I write for #Uganda. It is mostly because I only know 2 countries (Canada and Uganda). While researching on what to present to Ugandans to help alleviate the 90% unemployment rate in the country, I will pull in some things from around the globe. It is not because I graduated from University of Toronto that I share this with you. It is because it is reality. Just read what they advise a job seeker to do.
For God and My Country
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book. All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation.
Approximately 80% of all jobs available at any given time are not advertised on internet listings, job boards or in the newspaper.
These unadvertised jobs, the ones commonly known as making up the “hidden job market”, are the ones you should focus on because you'll face far less competition and this is how most employers prefer to hire.
There is no one right way to look for a job but...
Use a variety of methods, but devote the most time and energy to those that yield the best results. Experts agree that the most effective ways to land a job are through networking or approaching employers that you’re interested in directly with a tailored resume and cover letter.
Know what you want.
Before even starting your job search, you must understand your skills and interests and need to know what type of work you’re looking for.
One of the keys to a successful job search is knowing what makes you a unique candidate and communicating this effectively to a prospective employer. For help with this self assesment, make an appointment to see a Career Counsellor.
Research the job market and specific organizations.
Use the internet, the public library, professional associations, and talk to people you know. If you don't know where to get information, visit the Career Centre’s Resource Library and ask about our Employer Directories.
Tailor your resume and cover letter to employer needs.
Connect the dots for the employer, making it perfectly clear how you have the qualifications they need for the job. When employers see that you're one of the few applicants who made an effort tailoring their resume and cover letter to the employer's specific needs, you'll stand out from the crowd.
Don’t wait for opportunity to come knocking on your door. While most job seekers get a chill even thinking about cold-calling potential employers, it can be an effective way to find work.
Approach the job search as a job in and of itself.
Looking for a suitable job to start your career is one of the most challenging jobs you will ever have. Many students have an unrealistic idea of how much time the job search will take. The earlier you begin, the more effort you spend, the more contacts you make, the more likely you are to land a job soon after graduation.
Be persistent and organized.
Develop an action plan. Keep a record of the contacts you've made to employers and the networking you've done. Note the date you talked to an employer and ask when you can call back to follow up (make sure you follow up when you said you would).
Try to keep a positive attitude and create a support system for yourself.
Seek help from Career Professionals.
The UTM Career centre offers professional career counsellors, employment advisors, online resources, print materials and publications.
We have helped thousands of other students start their careers and we can help you too!Get started today by visiting us in DV 3094 or calling 905-828-5451 for an individual appointment.