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4 Important Things You Need to be Job Search Prepared

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Is it time for a new job?

There are so many reasons as to why you might be looking for work. Maybe you are looking to gain experience in a different field, are moving somewhere new, or perhaps you just need a change! Either way, you should always start off on the right foot and properly prepare yourself. That way, you can easily access important information, provide potential employers with everything they need, and even gain an advantage over the competition.

Let’s look at what you should have prepared before you begin looking for jobs.

1. Resume & Cover Letter

Chances are, it’s been a little while since you last added to your resume. Before you do anything, you should take some time to revamp and update your resume. This might include adding or removing past and/or current employers, updating your references, tweaking the layout, or changing your contact information.

A resume and cover letter go hand-in-hand. When you apply for a position, you should always include a cover letter with your resume. This cover letter should be unique and written solely for the position that you’re applying to. It presents you with an opportunity to explain why you might be the best fit for a position, and better elaborate on your past experience and future ambitions.

As always, you should take this time to do an in-depth spellcheck and have a second set of eyes edit your resume and cover letter as well. Take a look at this article for the best tips and tricks when it comes to writing a resume!

2. Updated Information

The information that you provide a potential employer with should always be accurate and current. To ensure that this is the case, you might find it helpful to record it in a document. Of course, updating your resume will provide you with a starting point, but you should aim to create a more in-depth record elsewhere, for your convenience and personal benefit.

This information should include:

  • Your contact information
  • Your current address
  • Your social insurance card/number
  • Past and current employers contact information
  • Past and current workplace address
  • Current contact information for references
  • Any information regarding education, volunteering, internships, or training

Having this information readily available can help speed along the application process, and ensure that you’re ready in case a potential employer contacts you.

3. The Right Tools

Before you get settled and comfortable, there are a few things you should keep on-hand during your job search. These can include:

  • Resume and/or cover letter
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Computer, laptop and/or tablet
  • Reliable Internet connection
  • Snacks and/or drinks
  • Phone

The Internet is a great place to begin your job search. Many employers are using the Internet and social media to find employees. Not to mention, you can apply for jobs from the comfort of your own home, a friend’s house, and most public libraries.

If certain positions can’t be applied to online, you can take this time to contact them and find out the best way to apply, or access an address where you can apply in-person. With your resume and cover letter, of course!

Luckily, ABL Employment offers a user-friendly and convenient online database for temporary general labour jobs in Ontario and British Columbia! Take a look at current employment opportunities today to get started!

4. Time

This one’s a little tricky, because time isn’t always on our side. Especially when it comes to finances and employment. No matter your current situation, you should always aim to best manage your time while searching for a job.

Regardless if that means finding a new position before leaving your current one, making an appointment to meet with one of the experts at a local staffing agency, or taking time out of each day to apply for jobs, you should always try to provide yourself with enough time.

This can help to ensure that you make the best decision for you and your family, all while providing past and future employers with respect and notice.

Be Prepared!

Do you feel prepared to search for jobs? Let the job hunt begin! If you find that you aren’t quite sure where to begin, contact our experts at ABL Employment today to get a jump start on your job search! Our team has all the right resources to help you find temporary or long-term employment in Ontario and British Columbia, including New Westminster, Woodstock, Hamilton, Burlington, and the GTA!

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