Finding work opportunities takes some detective work, especially if you’re looking for a job that fits your skills, accomplishments and preferences.
You can take a number of different approaches to finding work, from networking with colleagues to direct contact with employers. Whatever approach you take, the following strategies should help you stay on track.
Before you start looking for work opportunities, figure out what skills, accomplishments and experience you offer an employer.
Know what you have to offer an employer
Your work search will be more effective when you look for opportunities with employers who need your skills and fit your preferences.
Try proven strategies
There are many ways to find work opportunities. Here are some ideas to try in your search.
- Use your networking skills. Tell everyone you know—friends, family, personal contacts—that you are looking for work. Networking works because employers prefer to hire people they know or hear about from employees, colleagues and clients—the people in their network.
- Use email, professional networking and social networking websites, to build your network. (links required)
- Approach employers directly in person, by phone or by email and ask about work opportunities.
- Attend job fairs and other employer events (link needed).
- Watch for "now hiring" and "help wanted" signs at local businesses.
- Check out the job postings on the ALIS website.
- Use job search engines and job search websites, such as Monster or Workopolis, to post your resumé. (links needed)
- Visit employer websites to check out job openings, submit a resumé and research opportunities.
- Use industry and professional or trade association websites to look for job leads and job postings.
Print and other media
- Respond to ads in classifieds and career sections of local newspapers.
- Pay attention to news reports—print, broadcast and online—about new companies opening near you and think about the jobs they might generate.
- Use industry and professional or trade association newsletters and magazines to look for job leads and job postings.
- Use the services of the placement office at the post-secondary institution you attended.
- Register with a private employment agency, recruitment firm or executive search firm. There may be a charge.
Choose work search strategies that match your strengths and the work you want
Different types of jobs will be advertised in different ways. A journeyperson looking for work in the oil and gas industry might rely on personal and professional networks, while a graphic designer, who is probably skilled at using computers, may prefer online research.
If you’re not sure which work search strategies to use, ask people who are employed in the type of work or industry that interests you or talk to a career advisor at the Alberta Career Information Hotline or visit an Alberta Works Centre.
There are many work opportunities in Alberta and many ways to find them. When you use proven work search strategies that are appropriate to your situation, you increase your chances of landing a job that’s right for you.