In the last few years, Internet has become the first way of sharing information, needs, supply and demand. This applies to the job market as well; almost all the markets of Canada’s working world are available online, sharing thousands of job boards.
Above all, you have to know that the most significant difficulty when applying online is to keep a good organization! Those are our tips to master online applications:
Don't get lost
The list of websites you'll find in this article seem exciting and your dream job is certainly hidden in one of them! Choose only one to begin with, subscribe and create your profile if needed and check your opportunities by using keywords and relevant titles. The greatest trap when scanning the ads is wasting a lot of time and ending up having picked a thousand interesting job offers but having applied to none! You should select one website, about one kind of job offers and try to stay organized, keeping track of all your communications with the companies.
Prepare your profile
For each application, the recruiter wants to know your experience and your skills, and in most cases a good part of the work is automatized: algorithms directly scan your resume with tags and keywords in order to select the candidates who match the best with the job’s requirements as quickly as possible. For this purpose, they might ask you a detailed digital version of your resume by filling out their own forms.
Import your LinkedIn profile
The most popular websites usually enable you to import your LinkedIn profile directly to their resume app. It’s a time-saving option that requires a correctly filled LinkedIn profile!
Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is attractive and efficient, focused on the job/field you are currently looking into. Many recruiters will have access to it, and a non-professional photo or an entirely different job title could turn you down from your dream career.
If your LinkedIn profile exists in both English and French, your profile’s importation from LinkedIn to the online application website will be in your displaying language. If you don’t want to enter separately every field, then you should change your LinkedIn website language into English!
Import your resume
Some websites don’t allow you to import your resume as a textual form, so you need to prepare a version of your resume in a simple, easy-to-read format, in Word for example. Even if you keep some styles and titles, the simpler the file will be, the easier the website will be able to read it and copy the right fields in the right boxes.
Keep track and follow up
In Canada like in Europe, submitting your resume is only a part of your job application. If you're interested in the job, follow up with the company, 2-3 days after sending your resume. This will allow you to get information about where they are in the recruitment process, and if they already made a decision. You might need to investigate a little because most of the time, the company doesn’t share the HR’s name and contact details.
Whether they already chose somebody or not, calling allows you to keep in touch with them and to be remembered by the recruiter. It is also an excellent opportunity to get feedback on what they liked or disliked in your profile, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what to do to improve your profile, resume or cover letter for the next opportunity.
It can't be repeated enough, you have to keep track of your applications. It is advised to keep dates of sending, contact details, dates of follow up, job title and description. You could find yourself in situations where you might need the information from the ad but it could already have been deleted:
- when the employer contacts you for a first interview
- when you eventually have to choose the position you’ll accept if you get several offers
- when you start your new job, after having attended different meetings with different companies
Keeping that in mind, you can create a personalized Excel spreadsheet, or you can use existing tools like Huntr.
Visit the Websites
Now that you are ready, here is a non-exhaustive list of websites to get you started on your online job hunt!
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One last thing: don’t forget you're in Canada!
To maximize your chances of success, you’ll have to follow the Canadian rules:
- Understand your job market, and get used to the Canadian Culture. From finding out how to greet to understanding the differences in professional features, you’ll increase your chances of success by integrating the community, its standards and specificities.
- Remember that the recruiters will always choose Steve, the part-time assistant they already know over a new candidate they don't trust yet. You are more likely to get your dream job if your employer already saw you working hard with enthusiasm and if you already told them that you are interested in moving forward to a job with more responsibilities. More than 80% of the job offers will never appear online! In Canada, networking is probably your best chance to get the job you want in the field you want to work in. Online applications can lead you to your dream career, but you'll be in a much more advantageous position if you know someone who can personally endorse your application.
Fortunately, with BC Talents, you already have your first Canadian Network! Join us for the next CONNECTWorking to learn more about the Canadian work environment: we look forward to seeing you!