You wouldn’t wear 1980’s shoulder pads in your suit jacket to a job interview today, so don’t expect to get an interview with a resume style and a job search plan designed in 1985! Fashion styles change and so do job search styles, that’s why it might be time to treat yourself to the GTA’s best kept secret for free career coaching and job search advice. It’s a job search destination not to be missed!
The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) has 6 locations across the GTA, and offer a no-cost service to any job seekers (adults and youth) who are eligible to work and are unemployed, underemployed or working part-time. They can help you with all phases of job search including the following 4 things that every stylish job seeker should know:
1. Discover how to increase your shopping budget as a job seeker. Feeling trapped in the unemployment shopping blues? By becoming a member of TCET, you might be eligible for incentives to help purchase your next interview outfit at no cost to you and become one of the many individuals that have found full-time employment. Unemployment doesn’t have to equal a self-imposed ban on clothes shopping!
2. Proofread your image and style. Wondering why you get interviews yet never the job? One solution might be to learn how to separate, or combine, your social image from your professional presence. Your image is everything, or most of it. Before you shake a hand, or say anything, it is your image that is talking. To make the impression you want, research the fashion style of the company you are targeting. For example, find out if they are business-casual or corporate-traditional. Outfits might not get you hired, yet recruiters state that employers look first at your shoes, your hair, your smile and then your outfit. Therefore, find an outfit that makes you look responsible and dress for the job you want.
3. Become familiar with the latest in resume trends. Ever ask yourself “why didn’t they call me for an interview I have all the qualifications they need?” The Employment Services staff at TCET can provide you with ideas on how to get around pesky resume scanners and have the right resume brand that will help get you moving forward in your job search. So stop resisting a more modern approach because it’s time to let go of the brackets around your phone number area code. In other words, you’re from the 416 not (416).
4. Sign up for the TCET e-newsletter and our social media feeds. Want to keep current with career advice? Once you become a member of TCET, read their blog, monthly newsletter and stay connected about information on all parts of employability including recommendations on the hottest job trends, the most recent LinkedIn job search apps and what to do after a job interview.
Don’t let your job search get trapped in the 1980’s! Start to earn the lifestyle that you want, by reaching out to a Career Specialist at TCET who will tell you what every stylish job seeker needs to know. For details about a convenient location check: www.tcet.com/jobs