Questions about job employment (hopefully will also help others)!


So I just finished undergrad (yay!) and now I'm transitioning to the workplace. I've been crazy busy applying for an admin position and having no luck in getting a job! I have several questions for you lot since I am still new at this..

1) How did you stand out amonst other applicants?
2) How did you get to your job (ie. networking, career centres, employment agencies)?\
3) Do you recommend working through Employment Agencies?
3) What are some good search engines (asides from Monster, Workopolis, Craigslist)
4) Are government entry level positions mostly internal? As in, do they heavily base on referral or networks?
Jul 04, 2008 @ 06:59 pm

4 Replies



Hey everest!
To stand out you have show interest in the position. Lots of enthusiasm for the job. You are doing them a favour by applying.
Find companies that YOU are interested in working for.
Most have websites with their career opportunities.
Alot of peeps use employment agencies. I'm giving you my opinion-- and I don't think that they are necessary--but alot of companies only use employment agencies to find people now.
Workopolis is good --use something local. --good website.
Even if you have to work casual at first--so be it.
Good luck, always follow your gut feeling when it comes to making a decision

Jul 05, 2008 @ 05:11 am
Ali de Bold

Go for what you want

I agree with much of what Tiffani said except instead of 'you are doing them a favour by applying' I would change that to ' you are doing YOURSELF a favour by applying'. the best way to get ahead is to figure out what you really want to do with your life and then find people who are doing that and treat them to a coffee. They'll be the best ones to help you figure out how to go about securing your dream job.

You mentioned Government jobs. I was once offered an interview at Queens Park back when I was looking to get out of insurance. I didn't end up doing it because I thought I would be bored there too, but I got the interview without any internal connections.

Just look for what you love and be your own biggest supporter. Cold call. Pick up the phone or send a nice card to someone you want to get an interview with. That shows initiative and sets you apart from the rest who are following the regular channels.

Good luck!
Jul 05, 2008 @ 04:26 pm


Thanks guys, those were very helpful. I hope it helps others as well :)
Jul 06, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

Good luck!

I had a hard time when I graduated as well, it's tough the first few months.

I wouldn't go with an agency. it's ok for a while to make ends meet while you are job searching, but there is no job security - you will be on contract and thus can be laid off without notice (it really really sucks).

Government jobs are usually good jobs to get into. I know some city jobs hire internally, like libraries (unless entry level, but from there on up they post internally). Alot of jobs is who you know etc.

Show lots of enthusiasm on your cover letter, and make your resume stand out, and express confidence. A really nice touch is also to write a thank you letter after an interview, thanking them for their time, and also re-inforcing why you want the job and would be a good choice. This will make you stand out and they will remember you for it! it worked for me!

Also, be prepared when you go in. Do research on the company before hand, and think up questions to ask in the interview, so the question and answer period goes both ways - this shows you care, really want the job, and are smart!

All the best to you!
Jul 08, 2008 @ 07:50 pm

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