6 Jun

Art of being Found: How to Get Your Resume Noticed in Canada

Posted by Jamie Dargie

The jobs sector in Canada is at an all-time high. Job opportunities are springing up and these are not minimum-wage positions, either. Employment prospects are good, but competition for the openings is fierce. You are equipped with the knowledge of modern technology and possess all the skills too. But if you want to land an interview for one of your dream jobs, you need to get noticed. How do you do that?


There is a strategy to getting spotted by an employer. You can grab a company’s attention if you put these tactics to good use.


1. Use an Internship Effectively

Employment experts recommend getting an internship with a prospective employer. You have an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and create a good impression. That, however, is not good enough because other interns are doing the same thing.

Using the internship to your best advantage requires you to show interest in the different types of jobs the company is serious about. You can do that by asking questions. These should be work related and can be about the organization, your current assignments, or any upcoming projects. Don’t restrict yourself just to your own job profile. The intent is to convince people you are interested in what the company is doing and where it will be going in the future. This display of wanting to know more hints at a strong desire to contribute and be a part of the team. Combine that with good attendance and responsible behavior and you have an excellent chance to get a job offer. This is a chance to highlight your soft skills too, which are as important in landing you a good job as your professional acumen.

2. Bring Your Resume into the Modern Age

Resumes can no longer be just a listing of all the positions you held in the past. Applicant tracking software has changed resume writing. You must have keywords in your resume text for the software to notice your qualifications. A construction sector company must be sifting the resumes basis some key skills they are looking for in a potential candidate. Similarly, an IT company is looking to reduce the hiring time by focusing on industry-specific keywords. A little keyword mining is going to be important in getting your resume past the initial hurdles.

The best place to find the right keywords is in the position’s job description. These employment snapshots can ordinarily be found on the company’s website and contain words and phrases that are common to the job. Sprinkle these in your resume, cover letter, and any other material you submit or post on your LinkedIn profile or Facebook page.

You also can find keywords relating to your targeted job on various keyword tool websites. These cyberspace helpers can further enrich your paperwork with keywords to encourage applicant tracking software to include your resume in the batch sent to the hiring managers.

3. Write a Killer Cover Letter (How?)

You are mistaken if you think that your resume is the only important document in a job hunt. Hiring managers and employment recruiters will receive dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of resumes in response to a posted job opening. There is not enough time to carefully inspect each resume and they will concentrate on the cover letter instead.

The cover letter is a marketing piece that can convince the hiring authority to give the rest of your paperwork consideration. You must resist the temptation to write something insignificant. Instead, use the cover letter to highlight your accomplishments.

Tell the reader what you have done and include as much data as possible. For example, indicate the number of projects you managed or the record time in which you completed a project. Tailor your cover letter according to your job profile and the type of job you are aiming for. In a one-page summary of your career thus far, give the employer solid reasons for reviewing your paperwork in greater detail. This is an opportunity to make a superior first impression. Make the most of it!

You may use the entire strategy outlined above or parts of it. What is critical is making the effort to get noticed. That requires more than just sending in a resume and hoping for the best


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Successful job searches require a bit of marketing and positioning yourself for optimal exposure. It isn’t rocket science and reaching out to employers in Canada is easier than you think. It does take a little creativity and effort on your part. Don't wait to be found, but instead aggressively market your brand and grab the attention of a prospective employer.

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Jamie Dargie

Jamie is responsible for leading, developing, and executing the vision, strategy, and business objectives for Eastern Canada, including Toronto and Montreal. A recruitment expert across three continents for over 20 years, Jamie possesses deep industry knowledge having run multi-disciplinary teams for international and domestic recruitment campaigns within contingent search and workforce management for RPO and MSP projects.

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