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Job Search & Networking for International Students . Lynn Walsh, Career Advisor. Steps to Finding Employment. Learn about your work permit issues Self-evaluation Choosing the path that is right for you Open job market search Hidden job market search Research employers of interest

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steps to finding employment
Steps to Finding Employment
  • Learn about your work permit issues
  • Self-evaluation
  • Choosing the path that is right for you
  • Open job market search
  • Hidden job market search
  • Research employers of interest
  • Up to date job search tools
  • Extra info
  • Follow-up
learn about your work permit
Learn about your work permit
  • Be sure to have completed the application for Off Campus Work Permit.
  • If your study permit is expiring before your program is due to finish, you must apply for an extension of your work permit.
    • This will allow you to apply for an Off Campus Work Permit.
self evaluation
Self Evaluation
  • Ask yourself about your likes and dislikes
  • Evaluate your qualifications for the job you want
    • What skills have you acquired through work, school, etc?)
    • Transferable Skills:
      • You’ve gathered these through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences
      • Examples are: Communication, Research, Planning, Human Relations, Organization, Management, Leadership, Language
  • Identify short and long term goals
choosing the right path
Choosing the right path
  • Match interests and qualifications with requirements and rewards in specific careers
  • Explore the Campus Career Centre, HRDC offices, local libraries and the Internet for specific info on various opportunities
  • Take internships, part time employment, summer employment or volunteer in your field
  • Do some Labour Market Research and talk to people in your field of interest
    • www.jobfutures.ca
    • www.labourmarketinformation.ca
    • http://salary.monster.ca
search the open job market
Search the open job market

Open Job Market: This is the easier way to search for work:

  • Classified ads in local and national newspapers
  • Online job listings: (including jobs sent out on ISA list serv!!)
    • www.monster.ca
    • www.careerbeacon.com
    • www.jobbank.gc.ca
  • On campus career fairs
  • Attend campus employer information sessions
    • Check out the “Calendar of Events” on www.mun.ca/cdel
  • MUCEP & GradSWEP: on campus work each semester.
search the hidden job market
Search the Hidden Job Market

Hidden Job Market:

This is a little harder & requires you to network & research

  • Majority of jobs are not advertised, so you have to network
  • Develop a list of friends, family, past employers, professors etc.
  • Talk to these contacts and let them know you are looking for work
  • Make contact by telephone, face to face or networking letters
research companies of interest different career planning techniques
Research companies of interest & different career planning techniques
  • Research the employers you are interested in
    • Explore resources in the CCD
    • Review organization websites that have employers as members:
      • The St. John’s Board of Trade website (membership directory). www.bot.nf.ca
      • NATI: the NL Association of Technology Industries. www.nati.net
  • Review career planning
  • www.careercruising.com
      • Username: memorialuni
      • Password: stjohns
  • www.labourmarketinformation.ca/
effective resume and cover letter
Effective Resume and Cover Letter
  • Target the position and employer you are interested in pursuing
  • Make sure to critique the cover letter & résumé before sending it out
    • No spelling errors
    • Bold your degree and job title
    • Keep your cover letter to one page and write about your skills and qualifications for the job; give specific examples. Resume shouldn’t be any longer than 2 pages
    • Do not include personal information on the résumé or cover letter
    • Focus on your school, previous work experience, skills and interests
  • In North America, a résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) are different.
    • A résumé is used for job search
    • A CV presents a complete picture of the breadth and depth of academic experiences you have accumulated.
networking
Networking!!!!
  • The key to the hidden job market
  • 85% of jobs are never publicly advertised, they are discovered through networking
  • Talk to everyone, let them know you are looking for employment
  • Talk to people already working in your field of interest about careers in that area
  • Attend career fairs and campus information sessions given by recruiters
networking cont d
Networking Cont’d…
  • Ask those that you talk with if they can suggest someone else to contact
  • Participate in mentoring programs or job shadowing opportunities
  • Volunteer
    • Community Services Council
      • http://www.envision.ca/
  • Document those conversations and contacts you have made
  • Identify those who have helped you and thank them
extra info differences about job search in canada
Extra info: differences about Job Search in Canada
  • Employers may expect you to use more direct speech than you are accustomed to
    • May feel comfortable being modest & don’t want to sound arrogant; but it is ok to be/sound confident
  • May feel more flexible with time than your interviewer
    • Try not to keep interviewer waiting
  • Some people in Canada may feel that being professional means keeping your private life separate
    • Don’t bring too much personal info into resume, cover letter, interview or conversation with an employer.
a couple of other things to keep in mind
A couple of other things to keep in mind…
  • Silence in conversation may feel more comfortable to North Americans than to other cultures
    • Don’t worry about this, sometimes people are taking notes or trying to comprehend what you have just said
  • It is better to focus on what you can offer to the employer than always talking about how great they are and how they can benefit your career
    • Keep focused & discuss your skills, abilities and good qualities
  • Small talk and chit chat is very important – it may sound like nothing, but it is not
    • Even when networking, all conversations are important
points to consider
Points to Consider:
  • If you have any questions or concerns about job search please stop by and I can help
  • Keep a notebook to record the contact you’ve made and the jobs you have applied for
  • Be prepared! Always have a copy of your resume on hand
  • Explore the CCD website for great tips on job searching and career planning (www.mun.ca/cdel)
  • Don’t just look “for any job”; the more specific you are the easier the search.
contact international student career advisor
Contact: International Student Career Advisor

Lynn Walsh

Centre for Career Development/International Student Advising

p: 709-737-8167 or 737-8895

[email protected]

Office Hours:

Mon., Tues. & Fri. (9am – 5pm): Centre for Career Development (CCD), 4th floor of UC

Wed. & Thurs. (9am – 4:45pm): ISA Office, Corte Real

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