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The Most In-Demand Job in Your Province Might Surprise You

What jobs are employers posting the most in your province?

To figure this out, we looked at jobs posted on Workopolis over the last 12 months, and then tracked what job titles popped up most frequently across the country. Here's what we found:

Here are the average salary ranges (in CAD, courtesy of Payscale) for these in-demand jobs:


Registered nurse
Salary range: $44,686 - $86,110

British Columbia

Sales associate
Salary range: $21,253 - $45,189


Sales representative
Salary range: $31,032 - $82,347

New Brunswick

Salary range: $20,802 - $29,490


Sales account executive
Salary range: $32,491 - $100,000

Nova Scotia

B2B sales representative
Salary range: $31,032 - $82,347

Northwest Territories

Customer service representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797


Store manager
Salary range: $28,915 - $63,906


Pharmacy assistant
Salary range: $23,483 - $41,212

Prince Edward Island

Automotive service technician/mechanic
Salary range: $26,262 - $69,535


Outside sales representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797


Customer service representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797


Sales executive
Salary range: $36,766 - $145,641

According to our data, jobs take approximately 45 days to fill. So if something has caught your eye, get on it!

3 Reasons Why You're Not Getting Called for an Interview

By Taylor Shold

Job hunting can be stressful at the best of times. You've worked on your cover letter and resume for hours, going over every little detail and making sure you have no spelling errors or mistakes. You have prepped your interview answers and applied for that dream job ... and then nothing.

Days go by without so much as a phone call or an email. Did the company not get your resume or application? Did it get lost in the black hole that online job applications seem to get sucked into ... never to be seen again?

Why haven't you heard back? You're the best candidate for the job!

Here are three reasons why you're not getting called for an interview.

You don't have the right kind of experience

You may think you're perfect for a role, but your experience can sometimes say otherwise.

"We place a huge emphasis on candidate experience. We look at the skills, qualifications, and applications of previous candidates, and employees who have succeeded in that role," says Taline Ainein, HR and recruiting coordinator at A Thinking Ape. "Factors that would potentially make them stand out are involvement in competitions, like coding competitions, for example, side projects that they have worked on, links to their portfolios, a drive for curiosity and growth, and working for a comparable company."

If you don't have the right experience or qualifications but still want to work at a specific company, look for more junior or entry-level positions. You can then prove yourself and work your way up the ladder.

You haven't paid attention to the application instructions

It's one thing to make sure your spelling and grammar is correct on your cover letter and resume, but you still need to fill out the application criteria properly. Nothing will put you out of the running faster than when you don't follow simple instructions.

"I pass on some people if they cannot follow initial application instructions," says Nicole Delorme of Tigris Event Staffing. "We request all potential events staff to submit two to three professional photos, along with a recent resume. If their photos do not meet our standards, or if they forget to include a resume, I won't follow up with them. Our events staff are given the opportunity to represent big brands like Facebook, Microsoft, and Reebok; if they can't follow application instructions, how can we trust them to follow instructions on site at an event?"

You haven't tailored your application to the job description

Many companies have multiple job postings and limited resources to look at (potentially) hundreds of resumes. So, when you're applying, you need to be clear what role you are applying to.

"When applying for a job, it's important to be specific about what role in the company you're applying for. Here at Tigris, we have positions within the head office, in addition to event staff/brand ambassador roles. Be clear about what you want, and why you want it!" says Delorme.

Zoe Alexandra, a HR professional at The Royal Conservatory of Music, believes applicants need to take it a step further.

"Each candidate should tailor their cover letter and resume to the position. I have received resumes with objectives about finding a position in a career far removed from any a music school, such as a career as a healthcare practitioner.  Just spending a little bit more time on each application will help to ensure candidates put their best foot forward," she says.


Take some time to evaluate your application. Make sure you have the right experience for the job and that you have nailed all the correct criteria when applying. Be clear and concise. Don't give someone a reason to overlook you. As basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said: "Do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing."

About Taylor Shold
Taylor Shold is the Founder of Shold Media Group, a networking group aimed at helping inspire and educate the next generation of young professionals. Follow him @tshold.

5 Simple Ways to Get Better Results From Your Resume

By Ozzie Saunds

Have you been applying to jobs round the clock, with nothing to show for it? Many job seekers take this personally, and end up getting discouraged about the entire process. The thing is, you really shouldn't let it get you down. Most of the time, your resume is the reason you're not getting called for an interview.

It's not enough to simply list your work experience; you need to get the attention of hiring managers and employers. Sound complicated? It's not really. You just need to make the most out of the only real tool at your disposal: your resume!

Here are five simple ways to get better results from your resume.

List your accomplishments

Recruiters spend an average of 10 seconds skimming resumes. That's obviously not a lot of time. Your resume, therefore, needs to quickly illustrate your potential value, and the easiest way to do this is by detailing a prior history of success. A bullet list right off the top can get attention, and help hiring managers zero in on some of the best skills. Keep in mind, though, that accomplishments are more impressive and memorable if they are quantified (read: use numbers!).

For example, a sales executive who states that they contributed over one million dollars in annual sales will most likely get the attention of a prospective employer (and set themselves apart from other candidates).

Use action words

Using numbers is one way to help your accomplishments stand out, but the words you use throughout your resume can also have a major impact.

When describing duties and responsibilities, try to avoid using the same words over and over again (like 'responsible for').  Focus instead on action-oriented words that hint at achievement ('introduced' or 'streamlined'). For example, a job description that says you "arranged meetings for company staff" can be made more interesting in this way: "facilitated meetings to strategize growth solutions and company initiatives."

These action words create a more engaging resume and showcase how you have contributed to previous employers.

Use a professional summary section

This section is considered one of the most important components of a resume, and for good reason: apart from your cover letter, this is what will create a first impression. Using the suggestions above, set out to create an engaging professional summary section that is easy to read (with bullets and headers) and concise.

If you're just entering the workforce (or re-entering after an extended absence), you can use an objectives section instead. This lays out some of your goals and ambitions and can help tell your story when the experience just isn't there.

Incorporate qualifications listed in job postings

A resume should be tailored to each specific job posting. That doesn't mean you have to re-write your resume for every application, but you should be making necessary tweaks to ensure that it aligns with the expectations of the hiring manager. Review the qualifications in the job description, keeping an eye out for the keywords and terms used. Are these same words found in your resume? If not, look to incorporate them where possible.

It's also a good idea to create a core competencies sections within a resume. You can then easily include mandatory skills found in the job description, increasing your chances of making it through the first screening of candidates.

Proofread your resume

You should always get someone to review your resume. Once a hiring manager or employer finds a spelling error, chances are he or she will stop reading the resume.

The job market is very competitive, but it doesn't mean you have to be discouraged. With the right resume, you can make your experience and skills shine, and find the job of your dreams.

Ozzie Saunds is a career specialist at the InspiredMinds Group.

11 Things to do the Night Before an Interview

By Alyse Kalish
Originally published by Payscale.

The night before an interview can be a stressful time, filled with "what if's?"

What if I don't know the answer to a question? What if I trip and fall on my way into the office? What if I sleep through my alarm and miss the entire thing and never get a job ever again?

You're certainly not alone thinking these things -- it's totally normal to be nervous!

The first step is accepting the fact that your mind will do what it can to get in the way. You can fight back, though. You just need to prepare. When you're prepared, there's really no reason to worry. To help, here are eleven things you should do the night before an interview.

1. Lay out your outfit

Even if this is something you never do on a regular basis, laying out your outfit the day before ensures you're not scrambling in the morning to come up with something appropriate. Plus, it's a great opportunity to make sure your shoes match and that your clothes are stain and wrinkle-free.

2. Pack your bag

Next, pack your bag (or briefcase) with all the essentials -- water, a stain stick, makeup, and of course, a copy of your resume (and portfolio if needed).

3. Figure out where you're going and how you're getting there

Use Google Maps or Waze to make sure you know the route -- and check any emails from the company for information on transit, parking, and any confusing entrances. If you're interviewing at a big building or company, plan on spending five to 10 minutes dealing with security.

4. Review answers to the most common questions

Every interview has a different feel, but you can still practice. The easiest way to do that is to review some of the most common interview questions, which will help you feel prepared and confident.

And if that doesn't work, there are other things you can do to handle nerves.

5. Research the company and your interviewers

Before an interview, you should have a good sense of the company's products and services, as well as any recent developments and news. You should also know the names, titles, and departments of your interviewers. Do a quick Google search and a little LinkedIn stalking to get some background on what they might be working on and what their interests are.

This kind of pre-interview research will inform your answers, and can help you break the ice and make a connection.

6. Print out your resume

Sadly, the hiring manager may not (insert frustrated sigh here) have your resume on hand when you arrive. He or she may also invite additional colleagues to the interview. By bringing a physical copy of your resume, you can accommodate either scenario, ensuring that the conversation is always somewhat framed by your experience and skills.

7. Plan to eat breakfast (or lunch)

You need to eat.

Sure, you might not be in the habit of eating breakfast, but when you have an interview, you should make an exception. Hunger can throw you off your game, so make sure to eat a light breakfast or lunch. And more importantly, plan to do so (which means: give yourself the necessary time).

8. Prepare for the worst

Bad things happen: it starts pouring on your walk, there's traffic on a street that never has traffic, your shirt rips. While some things can't be prevented or predicted, you can still prepare for the worst. For example, if you're worried about sudden road closures or traffic jams, give yourself extra time to arrive. Or, if you're worried about blanking on an interview question, learn how to stall for time. You can also carry an extra shirt in the event of rips or stains.

Lastly, if you're stressed your micromanaging boss is going to notice you being out of the office for a while, make sure you have an acceptable excuse on hand (your dentist appointment went long, you got caught in traffic, you're not feeling well, etc.).

9. Create a cheat sheet

Jot down all the nitty-gritty details: who you're meeting with and what their titles are, a couple past work accomplishments or stories you want to bring up, and the questions you want to ask at the end. Preparing like this can be a huge lifesaver when you're moments away from meeting the hiring manager and blanking on their name.

10. Set your alarm (and put it in your calendar)

This may sound silly, but sleeping in the day of a morning interview can throw all your preparation out the window, and get you all frazzled for the interview. Set your alarm and avoid the snooze button to make sure you have the time you need.

You should also make sure to add the interview to your email and phone calendar as soon as a time is confirmed. The last thing you want to do is get the time or date wrong.

11. Get a good night's sleep

Yes, I know, I sound like your mother. But hey, moms know best, right? A good night sleep is your secret weapon for a job interview, ensuring you're at your most charming and lively. To make sure you get some quality shut-eye, turn off your TV, and put down the mobile phone! Social media will still be there after your interview the next day.

Phew, I think you're ready! Now go kick some butt and land that job.