Job search in new century: styles change, basics same

Every serious job seeker knows about submitting resumes, making cold calls, and searching the newspaper “help wanted” ads to find work but there numerous other options to seek work in today’s modern job market.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter offer today’s modern job seeker some alterative ways to find work. Employment consultants have always promoted networking as a way of “spreading the word” and letting others know you are looking for work—it’s like throwing a rock in a pond—everyone you know knows others who might hear about a job that’s perfect for you. It’s like enlisting an army to help you find work. Placing information on some of the networking sites is another fresh approach to physically telling someone you want a job.

On-line support groups can help unemployed people through the job drought by connecting them to others in the same situation.

Many employers know they reach more people with the internet than with a newspaper and so search and post on these popular internet sites. Alberta Employment and Immigration promotes job searching on its ALIS (Alberta Learning Information System) site which can link a job seeker to all of the on-line newspapers in Alberta as well as across the country job search sites. Most sites allow you to post your resume or apply on-line for work.

And no more waiting at home for the phone to ring, or checking voice mail, with an employer wishing to talk to you. Mobile phones alert you to potential callers anywhere and anytime.

Yes, although the ways to job search may have changed, the basics remain the same—a great resume plus good interview skills are always in style!

Need some help with job searching—talk to us. We are Alberta Employment and Immigration. Visit us on Main in Stettler or call us at 403-740-4320. Visit ALIS at alis.alberta.ca

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