These days, a successful work search involves much more than just searching online job postings or reading the want ads. Marketing yourself as the best candidate for the job involves more than simply filling out an application form.
Fortunately, there are lots of resources available to help you build your work search skills, market yourself and find the work you want.
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) is your online gateway for:
- employment information such as job postings and information about work search, the labour market and the workplace
- career information, such as career resources and services, career planning tools and occupational information
- education information about post-secondary education and training programs, educational funding, program transfers and student services.
Alberta Career Information Hotline
The Alberta Career Information Hotline is a great source for expert advice about your work search. You can call the Hotline and talk directly to a career advisor about all your work search concerns, including:
- preparing a cover letter
- compiling a reference list
- marketing yourself
- preparing for interviews
- following up on leads
- writing a resumé.
It’s also worth checking out the following Alberta Career Information Hotline services:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)—You may find the answer to your question on this page.
- e-Questions service—A career advisor will answer the questions you submit online.
- e-Resumé Review service—A career advisor will discuss your resumé and offer suggestions to improve it.
To contact the Alberta Career Information Hotline by phone, call:
- Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- toll-free within Canada 1-800-661-3753
- in Edmonton 780-422-4266.
Alberta Works Centres
Alberta Works Centres, located throughout the province, offer a variety of work search help.
Staff at every centre can help you with your work search. Depending on location, service centres may also offer:
- free workshops on topics such as resumé writing or interview skills
- employer connection events that give you the opportunity to meet employers face-to-face to find out about current job vacancies
- computers, fax machines and photocopiers you can use for work search purposes
- multi-media resource centres with an extensive range of print resources and electronic resources to help with your work search. Please note that the Alberta Works Centres do not offer resource lending services.
Resources in your community
There may be additional resources in your community that can help you find work, including programs for specific groups such as women, recent immigrants and people in a specific age group. Call the Alberta Career Information Hotline to find out about programs and services available in your area.
If your community has a support group for job seekers, you may want to join for the duration of your work search. Support group members meet to share experiences and exchange information about work search resources and local employment opportunities.
Ask people you know and respect if they would be willing to help with your work search as advisors. Ideally, they should be people who think positively and are good at solving problems. Choose your advisors from among all the people in your network who might be willing to help you, including your online network.
Give your advisors a brief description of your background and skills and the type of work you want to find. Depending on the needs and preferences of you and your advisor, you may decide to schedule regular meetings or contact your advisors only when you need specific information or advice.
Use any work search help resources in your job search
Landing the job you want takes focus, energy and up-to-date work search techniques. It’s reassuring to know that you can find the help and information you need for a successful work search just a click, a call or a visit away.