If you're unemployed right now, you're not alone. As of September, roughly 1.8 million Canadians are out of work. The current pandemic has a lot to do with those statistics. If you think that COVID-19 will prevent you from obtaining full-time employment, you're not exactly right. You might find it more difficult to search for work right now, but jobs are still available. Here are four steps you can take to find yourself a job.
Start With a Part-Time Position
If you're looking for full-time employment, but you're not having any luck right now, don't give up. Instead, start with a part-time, or seasonal job. This is the time of year when many employers hire additional help for part-time, or seasonal positions. While most of these positions only run through the holiday season, some of them transition into full-time positions. This is especially true for employees who have proven themselves to be a valuable asset to the employer. If you're ready to work, accept part-time employment for the time being.
Set Up an Online Application Account
If you're ready to get to work, but you're struggling to find places that are hiring, set up an online application account. These online sites help to extend your network of available work. Once you have your account set up, you can search through the database of available work in your area. If you're willing to commute or to relocate, you can extend your search to go beyond your local area. Extending your search area improves your chances of securing full-time employment.
Saturate the Market With Your Resume
If you've seen a lot of help wanted signs in your area, make sure your resume is up-to-date. Once it is, head out and saturate the market with your resume. When you hand in an application for a job, attach a current copy of your resume. You can often provide additional information that might put you above the rest of the competition. Each resume you hand out increases your chances of securing full-time employment.
Sign Up at an Employment Insurance Office
Finally, if you're struggling to find a job, and you're not having any luck, it's time to reach out to your local employment insurance office. Employment counsellors can put you in contact with employers who are hiring for full-time positions. They can also help you obtain vocational training that will increase your chances of landing a job.
For more help finding a job, reach out to a local employment agency.