Introduction

Searching for a job can sometimes seem like a huge task. However, a job search can be managed if you have a strategic step-by-step plan. Searching for a job is quite a job, but this booklet was made to give you some steps and strategies to help you in the process.

The Job Search

STEP ONE: Evaluate the Job Market and Identify Job Targets
Gather Your Information
Find out job forecasts for:

  • The future of the industry you are considering
  • The current condition of the industry you are considering
Research different job titles in those industries to find out:
  • The qualifications needed for each job you might be interested in
  • The salary to expect for each job
  • The application process for each job
Once you have gathered all the information you need about the type of job you are considering, the next step is to:

Identify Potential Companies
Research which companies offer the type of job you are looking for and examine
their mission statement, their values, the size of the company, and where the
company is located. Then ask yourself:

  • Do the values I hold match with the company's values? Their mission statement?
  • Would I prefer a larger or smaller company?
  • Is there a particular location that I would like to work in?

All your research will ideally help you narrow down your search to about 3-5 job "targets."

Some great resources for this information:
The Office of Career Services has many different resources that are available to students, from making an appointment with a career counselor to researching career information in our library. Make an appointment or stop by to get started in your job centre plus.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, available online at Job Search or in print in the Career Services library, is an excellent resource. It covers not only job forecasts, but also job descriptions, requirements, and salary expectations by job type.

Job Market Categories - There are three categories that jobs fall into:

  • Anticipated - this type of job market refers to jobs that employers expect to fill immediately, and covers 5% of available jobs. These jobs are usually acquired through campus interviews, job fairs, or events.
  • Published - this job market covers about 10% of all jobs, and consists of jobs acquired through employment agencies and advertisements
  • Hidden - the hidden job market covers 80-90% of jobs available. These jobs are usually unadvertised openings that are acquired through contacts. This is where you should concentrate most of your efforts because you have the best opportunity within this market to find the job you really want.