It feels like everyone is going back to school and going back to work after their summer holidays, except me. I am already doing everything I can to find a job, do you have any suggestions how I can do more?
At The Bagg Group, we know September can be tough month for job-seekers. It seems as if everyday life is revving up again after the slow days summer, and you are eager to be part of the back-to-work crowd.
But don’t forget you are working at finding a job. You are not unlike a salesperson who needs to find a client, or a customer. In your case, you need to find an employer. And just like every good salesperson, you need top-notch marketing tools and up-to-minute knowledge to get a win.
Whether you are looking for full-time employment, contract work or temporary employment in the GTA, there are things you can be doing to help you stand out from the crowd. Here are three R’s from recruiters at The Bagg Group. :
Revise your resume: Don’t just list your responsibilities for each job you had, instead show each of your activities benefited the organization. Update with volunteer or contract work, again demonstrating how you helped meet objectives.
Revisit your contacts: Send out a friendly short email, reminding your contacts of the type of position you are seeking and mentioning that you’ve updated your resume should they know of any opportunities. If you know them well, attach the email. If you don’t, paste it into the body of the message.
Research and read: Stay up-to-the-minute on your industry so that you are able to hold timely, informed conversations at any opportunity. Sharing insights and shop-talk gives you a competitive edge. Top employers recognize knowledge when they hear it. As do contacts in your network who will be more likely to pass on your name when they find you have a solid, impressive grasp of your subject.
September is a great month to reinvigorate your job search-and there is no better way to do that than to master the 3Rs.