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Job Search Tips For The Back To School Season

Posted by Dayana Fraser on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Has your summer job come to an end and you're looking for an after school job for the fall? Are you a parent looking for a part-time job now that the kids are back in school? Or were you unsuccessful in your search and unable to find a job over the summer months? Regardless of your situation, Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services says the back to school season is a good time to jumpstart your strategy and offers some helpful job search tips.

Jan Hein Bax, President, Randstad Canada says the back to school season can provide great opportunities to give your job search a much needed boost. “If you’ve been looking for work and you’re not getting many interviews or job offers, you need to re-evaluate your strategy. You have to try new things and do more to stand out. What are some things you haven’t done yet for your job search? Maybe you have yet to build a portfolio, start a blog, or meet with a recruitment agency. Pick a few tactics you haven’t yet tried in your job search, and try them,” he says.

Bax offers the following job search tips to help you make the most of the back to school season and get you closer to landing a new job.

Network, network, network: Back to school offers the opportunity for many valuable chances for networking. Talk to a variety of people and exchange contact information. Networking is still one of the best ways to land a new job, and it can happen anywhere. You never know who can help you land your next job. Networking is essential at every stage of your job search.

Refresh your information: Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time for an update – go through your job search material and refresh it. Update your resume with new experience, skills, or information; update your cover letter format to reflect any changes or to include new examples of your accomplishments and goals.

Focus on social media: Don’t forget about your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn pages. Your computers, social networks, and smartphones are potential job-search gold mines - if you make the effort to use them wisely.

Consider professional help in your search: Staffing firms can act as an intermediary and connect you with companies that have open positions.

And finally, Bax emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. “The best thing about back-to-school season is that it represents a new beginning. It presents the opportunity for a fresh approach and it may be just the thing you need to reinvigorate your job search.”

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For further information contact:

Dayana Fraser 416.962.9578 x2317
Marie-Noelle Morency 514.350.5309 x233

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