Unemployment rates in Ontario continue to rise, with the latest numbers at 7.1 percent. This comes on the heels of oil price collapses, which slashed jobs in that sector, and ongoing downsizing in corporations throughout the region. The only job increases came in part-time employment and self-employment as people scramble to make ends meet. If you are a victim of this sluggish economy, how can you get back on your feet and back to work?
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Network in your industry
You should not have a single acquaintance unaware that you are out of work and actively looking for a new job. Consider joining a professional organization in your field to expand your network. Attend their events to get to know decision makers or those who can put you in touch with them. Many jobs are never advertised, so the more people you know, the wider your job search can reach.
The Second Career program through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities offers retraining for unemployed and underemployed Ontario residents. The program provides skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations throughout Ontario. Most recent figures indicate that employers are still hiring in fields like information, health care and hospitality.
Use social media
Social media can be a great resource for finding opportunity. It can also be a detriment if you don’t mind what you post and share online. When you begin your search, clean up all of your social profiles, deleting or hiding anything you wouldn’t want your future boss to see. Be sure to set your Facebook so that no one can tag you or post to your wall without your approval.
Once you are confident in your social appearance, begin professional networking. Join groups and discussions in your field. Consider writing a professional blog. You may attract positive attention from your peers and industry leaders that could like to job.
Work with a professional recruiter.
By partnering with an expert with connections and insight, you can learn to present yourself well and get access to jobs that may not be advertised. You will get answers to all your job search questions and design the best strategy to realize your short- and long-term career goals. To learn more, explore our open jobs in Ontario or contact Employment Professionals Canada today.