Looking for a New Job? Tips for Applicants.


You are looking for a new job and, in turn, employers are looking for qualified candidates.

Many of these tips for job searchers are not new. However, following some or all of them could make a difference for you as a potential candidate.


While content is key, the format of your CV or resume can also be important. Keep it simple but attractive.

  • Include objective statements only if requested by potential employers. Otherwise, they don’t add anything of value to your resume.
  • If you have not completed your university degree or diploma program, don’t make it look like you might have. Simply indicate the current status of your studies or expected completion date.
  • Don’t just list your title, length of time in a position, and tasks, include your key accomplishments and results, as well.
  • Include information about new skills learned or used in various positions.
  • Indicate what you did in the job; not what the team or the unit did.
  • List jobs you have held in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Include only the relevant, not necessarily all your job experiences.
  • Avoid acronyms other than those in common use.
  • Be positive.
  • Use simple language. And proofread (or have someone do it for you, or both).
  • Research other sources on CV/resume writing.

The Cover Letter

Your cover letter or letter of application could increase your chances of being picked from the pile.

    • Let the employer know — first hand — why you are interested in a particular job.
    • Be concise but comprehensive — brief but to the point.
    • Outline major accomplishments or achievements or anything else that will make you stand out as a candidate.
    • Focus on the experiences, roles or assignments that were the most formative in your career.
    • Explain what you are looking for in your next position and what you hope to accomplish in your career.
    • Use simple language. And proofread (or have someone do it for you, or both).


Prepare for your interview by finding out all you can about your potential employer and his/her organization. For example, check out their Web site and/or research other information about them.

  • Practice. Ask your friends or family members to assist you in an interview simulation. It helps.
  • Write out your stories or examples from your career in advance — ones that will demonstrate you have certain skills and abilities or that show you have depth of experience.
  • Be yourself.
  • Make it clear what you accomplished or achieved in given situations, not what the team or the unit did.
  • Don’t say anything negative about former employers/managers or organizations.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be on time.
  • Prepare some questions about the job/the organization to show that you are interested in both.
  • Show appreciation for the interview opportunity and underline your continuing interest in the job or position.

Finally, the following link may be useful in your job search: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/lifeevents/job.shtml

Leaman Long, B.A., B.Ed.
HRM Consultant
Y2 Consulting Psychologists

If you have any questions and/or comments, don’t hesitate. Thank you!

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