CAREERS & JOB SKILLS
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
Here are the average salary ranges (in
CAD, courtesy of
Payscale) for these in-demand jobs:
Salary range: $44,686 - $86,110
Salary range: $21,253 - $45,189
Salary range: $31,032 - $82,347
Salary range: $20,802 - $29,490
Sales account executive
Salary range: $32,491 - $100,000
B2B sales representative
Salary range: $31,032 - $82,347
Customer service representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797
Salary range: $28,915 - $63,906
Salary range: $23,483 - $41,212
Prince Edward Island
Salary range: $26,262 - $69,535
Outside sales representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797
Customer service representative
Salary range: $23,592 - $44,797
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
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."
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
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.
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
These action words create a more
engaging resume and showcase how you have contributed to previous
Use a professional
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
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
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
is a career specialist at the InspiredMinds Group.
By Alyse Kalish
Originally published by
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
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
6. Print out your
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
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
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
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
11. Get a good night's
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.