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Searching for Work

Job Search Strategies

Have you been job hunting for some time?  Perhaps you are just beginning your job search?  It is a good idea to think about your job search strategies and ways to help you reach your employment goals.  Here are some strategies that might work for you.

1.) Networking calls:  List everyone you know - family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, etc.  Talk to everyone on your list!

2.) Contact employers before advertisements occur:  Access "the hidden job market".

3.)  Apply to online postings:  There are numerous sites you

My top 5 Resume Tips

You've got only 10 to 30 seconds to make an impression with your resume.  Make sure it counts!

1. Target your job: Match your skills to the position you are applying for, highlighting your most important and relevant qualifications.

2. Avoid writing anything negative: Tell them what you DO have, not what you DON'T.  Include accomplishments, abilities and strengths.  Ask others to give you advice.


Looking for work? Try volunteering.

First, ask yourself these questions:

Will I be able to learn new skills?
Does it open an opportunity for a paid position?
Will the experience provide me with a reference letter or contact name?
Does the opportunity fit the amount of time I can give?

Interview Etiquette

Interview etiquette is an important part of your job search.  What protocols do you need to follow? What should you wear? How do you remain calm before an interview? Here are a few hints and tips to help secure that job.

Good grooming is essential.  Hair and nails should be neat and clean.  It is wise to dress conservatively for an interview; even if the business does not have a dress code.  First impressions count.

Arrive early for your interview; it’s always better to be a few minutes early than late.

Tips On Career Planning


Career planning is part of what you do when you're thinking about a new career, or you'd like a change and take a new direction. Getting started is not always easy. To plan you need a goal, and that goal depends on your interests, values, strengths, education and skills as well as personal attributes and motivation. Below are tips to keep in mind when planning your career:

1. Change is constant – embrace it! The world of work is always changing, be open to change and remain alert to new opportunities.

Career Week 2010: Change Direction -- Seek Change

London Public Library's Employment Resource Centres are offering you a chance to explore a variety of career options. Visit the ERCs the week of October 31 to November 6, 2010 where you can discover information, resources and websites that are available to assist you make those career and educational decisions for planning your career path.

The importance of the job search follow-up

The job search follow-up is the next important step after you have sent the cover letter and resume.  You have addressed your cover letter to the hiring manager and now it is the time to make a follow-up call to the manager.

Careers in Uniform Information Session


On Saturday, September 25th, drop by the Westmount Branch Library located at 3200 Wonderland Road South (south of Southdale Road - close to Angelo's Bakery) starting 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Representatives from the Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Forces, London Police Services, London Fire Services, Ontario Provincial Police, Middlesex-London EMS, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be

Good Old Times

Remember before, when you could get hired by simply going to an employer and asking for a job? Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Now you are required to have a resume and (very often) a cover letter. In some cases you are required to bring copies of your diplomas, certificates, licences and awards.

In the news

It is very hard to keep up with everything taking place in our community particularly in the labour market sector, especially during the so called “Information Age”. For example, some companies do not advertise jobs, but that does not mean they are not hiring. Patrons should keep an eye on events such as the following:

1) Gaming Industry investments (date: June 21, 2010)