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Here are some tips to keep your resumé out of the ‘No Pile’:
· Length. Keep your resumé length to one page. If you have a lot of employment or volunteer experience, make sure your resumé is no longer than two pages.
· Be Consistent. Resumés should be typed in the same format, using the same font size and type.
· Edit. Make sure there are no spelling, grammatical, or formatting errors. Your resumé is in many cases, your first impression – so make it flawless! Have friends or family proofread!
· Be Concise. No long, drawn out explanations of job descriptions are needed.
· Be Specific. For example, saying you have ‘retail experience’ may not pack as much punch as ‘4 years’ customer service experience’.
· Omit Personal Information. Do NOT include any personal information on your resumé. Items such as DOB, SIN, physical description, and ethnic background should have no bearing on whether or not you get the job.
· Reserve Chronological Order. When detailing your volunteer and work history, make sure it is in reverse chronological order (in order by date, with the most recent items listed first).
· Relate to Job Description. When detailing your ‘Summary of Qualifications’ section, make sure the characteristics that you list are directly related to what you can offer to the job or to the company. In a nutshell, the ‘Summary of Qualifications’ section must answer the question “Why should I hire you?”.
· Quality References. Make sure you have 2 to 3 quality references. Employers, teachers, coordinators of volunteer organizations make the best references. Keep in touch with your references via a phone call or e-mail before an interview, to touch base that you may have someone calling them about your previous experience or qualities.
Many employers do not explicitly ask for a cover letter to accompany your resumé unless you are applying for more professional opportunities (e.g.) a summer position with the City of Winnipeg. However, it says a lot to an employer if an applicant decides to go the extra mile and attach a cover letter to his or her application.
Things to remember...
- Always address your cover letter to a specific company or person. If at all possible, try to find out who is in charge of hiring for your department of interest and address your letter to that person.
- Be formal: use plain white paper, and a standard font.
- Be sure to include all of your personal information (name, address, phone number). You want to make it as easy as possible to be contacted for an interview
- Be clear on what type of job you are applying for and where you heard about the job opening
- Be creative - use your own words to describe why you are the ideal candidate.
- A cover letter is an opportunity for you to briefly describe why you are the ideal candidate for the job you are applying for. Don't sell yourself short!
- Keep it brief - limit to your accomplishments and achievements. Your resume will expand on your relevant qualifications and experience.
- Be sure to sign the letter
Job Interview Tips
· Arrive Early. Be at your interview at least 15 minutes in advance. Punctuality is a major concern for employers of teens, and late arrival will often kill your chances of landing the job.
· First Impressions Count. Wear conservative, and wrinkle-free clothing. Proper grooming, and neat clothing does show the employer that you are taking the job seriously. Do not wear excessive perfume or cologne, makeup or jewelry. Turn OFF your cell phone – do NOT set on vibrate, turn off completely to avoid distractions.
· Be Prepared. Bring a couple of copies of your resumé and references in a folder. Bring a notepad and pen, to jot down questions you may have, or information you need to remember.
· Be Confident. Greet the interviewer with a handshake, warm smile, and look them in the eye. Exude energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.
· Take Note of Your Strengths. Look at the job description, or culture of the company, and be prepared to say how you meet as many of the qualifications as possible. Draw upon academics, school activities, sports and volunteer work for examples, especially if you haven’t held any or many jobs.
· Practice Makes Perfect. Review common questions and answers for interviews. Practice answering questions with a friend or family member, so you can speak confidently during your interview. Don't be intimidated if you don’t have all of the qualifications for a job. Express a genuine eagerness to learn the job.
· Ask Questions. Be prepared to ask a few questions about the job in the interview. Focus on topics like the nature of the work, training, clientele, and when you might expect to hear from them.
· Thank You Note. As soon as you leave the interview, send a hand written thank you note expressing your gratitude for the interview, and stating briefly that you would love to work with them, and why you think it’s a good fit.
JOB HUNTING SITES:
Find job postings on Grant Park High School’s Career Intern Twitter page:
JOB SEARCH WEBSITES:
- www.jobbank.gc.ca Government of Canada Jobbank -search jobs by Province, and City, type of work, etc. Lots of part-time employment listings.
- http://www.gov.mb.ca/educate/studentjobs STEP services is a great resource for students looking for a summer job, part-time work during school.
- http://youth.gc.ca The Youth Employment Information (Info-emploi jeunesse) website is a unique resource for youth wishing to make the transition from school to work. This Site contains all the information on work experience and learning opportunities, career choices and planning, job search techniques and labour market information.
- Career Cruising is a comprehensive and interactive career guidance resource that provides the information you need to make the right career choice. It includes in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers, detailed information on colleges and universities, and something no other resource has: multimedia interviews with real people in every career. Access the Career Cruising website at www.careercruising.com. See career intern for more information.
OTHER CAREER RELATED WEBSITES:
Manitoba Career Prospects: Manitoba Career Prospects is a program to help you discover the different career opportunities available in Manitoba. We will connect you with industry professionals and employers who are looking to build their business with engaged and energetic Manitoba Youth. http://manitobacareerprospects.ca/
EXPLORE career opportunities in Manitoba
CONNECT with Manitoba's leading industries
ENGAGE with employers and industry representatives
Government of Canada – Job Market Trends and News: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/LMI_bulletin.do
Skills Manitoba - A resource to explore career options in the skilled trades and technologies. http://www.skillsmanitoba.ca/
National website: Skills Canada http://skillscompetencescanada.com/en/
Government of Canada - Funding programs for jobs, training, and social development projects: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding.html
Student Apprentice Work Experience Co-Op (SAWEC)
The Student Apprentice Work Experience Co-Op (SAWEC) is an apprenticeship co-op work experience placement program designed to help student apprentices find paid training opportunities from June to August with the Manitoba government under the supervision of journeypersons or designated trainers. Placements are currently being offered in the Department of Infrastructure and Transportation and the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Opportunities may be available in the following trades: Carpenter, Painter and Decorator, Landscape Horticulturist, Truck and Transport Mechanic, and Heavy Duty Equipment Technician.