Career Week: Nov. 2 to Nov.6

posted Nov 9, 2015, 6:36 AM by Jennifer Peters
Career Week Tip #1: Are you wondering what you will be when you grow up?  It is never too early to start planning for your career.  Investing time while you are in high school will put you on the right track and help you avoid future mistakes.  There are so many different jobs and careers, make sure you explore all your options.  Ask yourself: "If I could have any job right now, what would it be and why??"................NOW start researching.  

Career Week Tip#2: High school is a great time for you to gain some experience in the work world.  Work and volunteer experience look good on college and university applications, as well as on future job applications and resumes.  Consider getting a part-time job - not only will this earn you a bit of CASH, but you'll learn valuable skills to help prepare you for success in the work world.  

Career Week Tip#3: A resume is your personal history and is an employer's first glimpse of who you are and whether you would be an appropriate candidate for their workplace. Therefore, make sure that your resume is PERFECT.  Employers spend about 6 seconds looking at your resume before deciding to keep it or ditch it.  SO....spend the extra time creating a resume that is flawless - get someone to proofread it.  In the end, it could be the difference between you getting an interview or not.  

Career Week Tip#4: If you have ever had an interview for a job, you know that meeting an employer face to face can be intimidating.  Preparation for an interview is key in minimizing this anxiety.  
  • Give yourself lots of time to get ready and get to the interview. 
  • Make sure you know the exact location, and who it is you are going to see. 
  • Plan your outfit ahead of time - make sure your clothes are clean, pressed and professional...NO jeans or tshirts. 
  • Make sure you are showered and well groomed. 
  • Do a little research on the company and make sure you have reviewed some interview questions prior to going. 
  • and most importantly - SMILE and be FRIENDLY to everyone you meet. 
Career Week Tip#5: Today's job market continues to change at a rapid rate.  Long term employment with one company has become a thing of the past.  It is estimated that working aged Canadians will likely work 15 jobs throughout their career.  Therefore, you need to BE FLEXIBLE and OPEN to change because it is inevitable in the work world.