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Popular Job Search Websites in Southwestern Ontario

By LucasWorks! on March 1st, 2016

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If you are looking for a job, you know that there are multiple sites you can choose to search depending on what geographical location you are in. Listed below is some of our favorite job searching sites for Windsor and London.

Windsor:

Easy Job Board
This job board is new to Windsor and Essex County and features local opportunities in Windsor, Essex, Leamington, and Kingsville, LaSalle, Amherstburg and other local areas. The easy to navigate site is user friendly not only for a company posting a job but also as an employee searching for work. You can follow the job board on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date with local job postings.

HRDC Job Bank
This has been a popular site for many years in the Windsor area. The site is clearly laid out, often will include salary and schedule information and has an easy to follow application procedure. From the HRDC Job Bank, you can access information on employment trends and salary comparisons in your local area.

London:

Knight Hunter
Knighthunter is the most popular job board in the London area. Employees looking for work can do a key word search and pull up specific types of job postings, or they can search by company names if they are looking for a specific company to apply to. From the Knighthunter London site, candidates can link to other local sites including Waterloo Region and Sarnia Lambton areas.

Indeed
Indeed is popular in many areas, and London is especially a hot spot for Indeed. The site has new postings every day and in all areas. Positions range from entry level to Senior Management and executive level roles. Candidates can submit their resumes directly from any job posting and can register and upload their resume directly to the site for ease of future applications.

Job searching can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. Take a look at some of these sites in your local areas and perhaps your next job will only be a click away.

LinkedIn Profile Do’s & Don’ts For Job Seekers

By LucasWorks! on December 10th, 2015

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LinkedIn is the most influential and effective social network currently on the market for professionals. It’s growing by millions of members quarterly, and thanks to its unique membership accounts and services for recruiters and hiring managers, some companies conduct the majority of their recruitment on LinkedIn.

By filling out your profile as completely and professionally as possible you make it easier for a potential employer to understand your career background and assess if you are a potential fit for their organization. Your profile serves as your professional online image and it’s important to ensure you are conveying the right message.

Getting Started on LinkedIn: Do…

Post a Profile Picture

Without a profile picture, you’ll look like everyone else – anonymous. If you can, have a professional headshot taken and use that as your profile picture on LinkedIn. This will help you brand yourself as a professional in your online community and will show potential employers your professionalism from the first click.

Pick a Good Headline

Your headline, summary, and skills determine whether your profile matches an employer’s search. Your headline should include your core skills and, if you are a new grad, the job title you’re aiming for.

Include a (Non-Work) Email in Your Summary

Without your email, many connections will have to contact you using InMails, which are limited depending on the type of account you have. Your summary should be an overview of your career story ending with a polite invitation to talk and should include a non-work email for communication purposes.

Participate in Groups

LinkedIn groups help you seem more engaged and interested in the latest industry trends. They’re especially powerful when you can make time to post thoughtful answers to others’ questions. LinkedIn Groups are also a great avenue for connecting with other professionals in your field and learning about topics relevant to your industry.

But Be Careful of…

Letting the Personal get in the way of the Professional

LinkedIn isn’t a game it’s intended to be a professional platform. The content of your posts should remain professional and relevant to your business and industry. All of your posts are visible to some extent by your connections or members of groups you are a part of. Be conscious of what you are posting, and make sure it’s always professional.

Connecting for the sake of connecting

Having more connections makes you more visible on the network, but be sure to make your connections count. If you are job searching try and reach out to potential hiring managers and recruiters and let them know you are looking for a new position or simply ask them to connect with you. Many hiring managers and recruiters will connect with you if you approach them and ask directly to connect.

LinkedIn can be a great way to raise your visibility and make connections who can help you with your career. Treat it like a professional seminar, not a party, and your efforts will pay off.

6 Easy Ways to Brand Yourself Online

By LucasWorks! on November 30th, 2015

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Branding yourself is growing into an important part of building a strong career. What many people don’t know, however, is that branding can be both easy and fun. Let’s look at some of the best ways to define your unique professional value.

1) Join the Conversation on Social Media

Even if you don’t have a website, social media gives you the chance to connect with high-level industry experts. By commenting on the latest trends, you can extend your professional network. In the social media world, consistency is key, so be sure you stay involved in the ongoing dialogue.

2) Launch Your Own Blog

If you have plenty to say, creating a blog is the next step in amplifying your voice. This works alongside social media, letting you lead social visitors to your branded web presence. If you choose a new development in your industry and develop a well-informed post weekly, you’ll bolster your expert credentials.

3) Host or Participate in Webinars

Hearing someone speak confidently establishes trust. Thus, it’s a good idea to get involved with associations or businesses that develop streaming video content in your field. Although you might start within your own community, it’s easy to disseminate videos online after they are produced.

4) Get Involved in Online Groups

No matter your aspirations, odds are good your industry has trusted professional associations on the Web. Many offer online mailing lists where you can talk with other professionals. This can spark great opportunities for projects, education, or public speaking online and off.

5) Develop a Mobile-Friendly Portfolio

If your work is project-based, you have a golden opportunity to create a portfolio to share online. Focus on case studies that discuss problems you faced, your approach, and the results. Documentation, illustrations, awards, and news clippings can help. There are many easy tools to make sure your portfolio is mobile-compatible.

6) Connect Your Online and Offline Branding

Making the most of online branding means making sure your colleagues are aware of it. Having strong branding in your offline life helps. Be sure you have business cards with your Web addresses or a scannable code that launches your site. Getting involved locally makes online branding more powerful.

Online branding can be just as powerful as face-to-face networking in improving career trajectory. Plus, it can be fun and exciting. The sooner you get started, the faster you are likely to see real results.

The Value Volunteering and Community Involvement Adds to Your Resume

By LucasWorks! on October 21st, 2015

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Are you looking for a way to make sure your resume stands out? Each job seeker needs all the help he or she can get to break from the pack – and your volunteerism can be the perfect way to do it. Many people don’t even consider putting community involvement on a resume, but there are some great reasons you should.

1. Community Involvement Shows You Go “Above and Beyond”

In 2000, about 27% of Canadians devoted some time to volunteer work. In 2013, it was 44%! Community service is growing in Canada, and many of those who get involved say they were inspired by friends or family members who also volunteer. A lot of organizations today place a high value on volunteerism and community work. Showing your volunteer work and experience to a prospective employer allows them to see not only the value you would bring to their company, but the value you bring to the community as well.

2. Community Involvement Means You Stick By Your Values

These days, businesses are often looking for the “right fit” with corporate culture when they evaluate candidates. Job skills can be taught, but candidates have to bring the right personal traits and values to the job from day one. If you do your research and you learn that the company you are interviewing with supports local charities and is involved in their community, then speaking about your volunteerism is a great topic to bring up during your interview. This will help show the hiring manager that your goals align with the organizations overall values.

3. Community Involvement Helps an Interviewer Get to Know You

The role of the resume isn’t to get you the job, it’s to help you get you an interview. During the interview you can use your volunteer experience to tell the hiring manager about yourself. This is a question that is often asked during interviews, and explaining your volunteer work and why you do it is a great way to let the hiring manager know a bit more about yourself and your values.

If you have been involved in the community you shouldn’t sell yourself short. It’s okay to be proud of your work helping others, no matter the specific cause – and it sends positive signals about you that can make a tremendous difference when it comes to your job candidacy.

Ideas That Will Help Get Your Hired by the Holidays (or maybe even by Halloween)

By LucasWorks! on September 16th, 2015

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Job hunting is an unavoidably stressful time, and people often feel even more pressure as they watch the holiday season rush up on them. These tips will help you stand out and get hired faster!

Tailor Your Submission

Everyone knows that a well written resume and cover letter are key to getting noticed in a stack of paper. However, not enough people truly customize their applications to each employer. Doing research on both the company and position before you do your fine-tuning will demonstrate how you will fit in the role.

This is especially true of cover letters, where you will get some opportunity to talk about how you are a good match for the company. Using cookie cutter or standard cover letters is a sure way to get passed over.

Bolster Resumes with Weak Histories

If you are like many people, your work history might be a vulnerable point in your resume, with open times where you were unable to find work. If your resume is thin, highlight other strengths you have to offer. Include both part time or freelance work and what you learned from them in your work history. Add volunteer work to show that you are committed and community minded. Use a section to talk about your transferable skills and how you would use them to the benefit of the company.

Personal and Professional Development

Sometimes all that stands between a candidate and a position is a small skill set or boost. Be willing to upgrade skills before or after starting a new position if they help you fulfill your role better. Learn to pick out when the interviewer asks about skills you do not have, and be proactive about offering to upgrade them.

You may even consider seeking these upgrades immediately if they are short term, like a short class in a new program or a first aid certification. Rather than making yourself sound unqualified, you will be stressing that you are excited to learn new things that let you grow.

Interviews: Do your Studying

Similar to writing cover letters, interviews always go better when you are knowledgeable about the position and company you are applying for. Research as much as possible before your interview, and be sure you know what the company focuses in as well as their practice standards and goals. Help yourself and your interviewer by having a few intelligent questions prepared.