Job interviews are tough. Interviewers ask tough questions, sometimes about things we’d rather not talk about (past failures, for instance), and your professional life is on the line. Job searching is stressful, and the interview takes that stress and turns it up to 11.
Stress is natural and can be good. It’s a physiological response that allows us to survive: it’s a powerful motivator and increases physiological responses, which sharpen focus and improve physical responses. However, it’s not meant to be sustained for long periods of time, which where we get into trouble.
It’s the time of year which signals great change for almost all of us. Kids are starting a new grade in school, summer is nearly over and fall is about to begin, pumpkin spice is back, and Christmas decorations have begun appearing beside the Hallowe’en decorations in retail spaces. It’s also a time of career change (when isn’t really?), and there are a few job fairs in the region in the next few weeks.
Last night, at an event organized by Immploy and CPA Ontario, I was sitting at a table with several people who are either already pursuing their CPA designation, or are considering it. We talked about job search strategies, particularly networking, because it’s so valuable, and it’s one of the main advantages of joining a professional organization that is related to a job you are interested in. An association like the College of Teachers or the College of Nurses is basically a network that you can access all at once.
Work is changing. While the story of the person finding a job right out of school and working at the same place until retirement only ever applied to a relatively small section of the population, and was relatively short-lived historically, it’s an attractive thought, and it persists.
As with anything that seems even a little esoteric from the outside, there are a lot of myths that surround the practice of looking for work. Some of them are holdovers from an earlier time, and some are just misconceptions that spring up about how things work. Here are four job search myths that might be holding you back.
If you’re looking for work in southwestern Ontario, it can be helpful if you know what the local market looks like. To use a weird analogy that I just coined, if you play baseball on a soccer pitch, you likely won’t do well. Knowing the terrain just makes good sense, so you can make sure that you’re prepared.
Having said that, don’t get too discouraged by what you learn. It may seem at first glance that you’ll have trouble finding your place. However, transferable skills are transferable, after all, and you can always learn something new.
If you’re looking for employment, there are a lot of services available to you in London that can help you out. WIL is only one example. Other organizations like No Kee Kwe and the London Employment help centre are available to give you an assist with your resume, your interview skills, or even to help you find volunteer opportunities.
I usually end every blog post with a recommendation that you get in touch with us here at WIL to get support in your jobs search. That’s because it’s good advice. How well do you know what services we provide? Here’s a brief list of some of the ways we can help you with your job search.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the provincial government announced a couple weeks ago that they’d be raising the minimum wage over the next few years, with increments leading to a minimum wage of $15/hr at the beginning of 2019.