Surefire ways of finding a job in Manitoba

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One of the best ways to rise above a challenging job market is to be proactive. This means making things happen rather than waiting for things to happen. So take matters into your hands and fast-track your job search by taking these approaches:


You’ve probably heard that in Canada, only 20% of the jobs are advertised and 80% are in the “hidden job market.” The best way to tap this large resource is to build personal and professional relationships. You can start with family members and close friends. Let them know that you are looking for work and ask politely if they know of any available jobs. Expand your network by participating in community activities or by volunteering and joining associations. Genuinely help out, but be ready with your elevator pitch or speech (Read Canadian Immigrant’s article on crafting an elevator speech by Margaret Jetelina). The point is to go out there and make a positive impression on everyone you meet.

Direct Approach

This is simply visiting companies/possible employers and asking if there are job opportunities available for you. Okay, this is not simple. This takes guts. But you can do it! Approach HR people or store managers confidently. Remember that you are making their jobs easier by going to them and being proactive. Just make sure that you are dressed professionally when you visit and have a targeted resume to leave behind.

Informational Interviews

This is a tool for gathering information about a field or a job you’re interested in. It can be done over the phone or face to face. Why is it effective? You get valuable, first-hand information about the industry or the company that is not available anywhere else. And as you talk with industry insiders, you gain confidence and build valuable contacts in the process.

Start by identifying an employee or a key personnel in the company. Ask a relative or a friend to refer you to someone or call the company and ask. Prepare a script beforehand and practice – make sure that you identify yourself and tell them why you’re calling. You can check out sample questions in this article: Questions to ask at the informational interview (Live Career). Always be polite; let them know that it will take just 10-15 minutes of their time and schedule the interview at their convenience. Remember that the result of the interview is NOT a job offer. Its main purpose is to acquire information that will help you make informed choices and garner possible job opportunities in the future.

Another way to do informational interviews is to look for a person with the same profession as you who has been practicing it in Manitoba for some time. It can be a neighbor, an acquaintance, or someone who goes to the same church or school as you. Ask them for coffee or a short meeting to talk about their work. You can also take part in English Online’s career e-mentor program. Here, we match our volunteers with newcomers who are interested in learning about how their profession is practiced in the province. You and your mentor meet on Skype and talk about things like regulation and certification, professional associations, job leads, and other career tips. You can learn more about the career e-mentor program by clicking on the link.

Social Media

Maximize your Twitter account by following CEOs and leaders and even directly asking them industry or career questions. You can also follow companies with job-related Twitter handles to know their job openings. Meanwhile, a blog is an effective way to build your network and attract recruiters. Just remember to write thoughtful content and have a polished online profile. Always observe proper netiquette. Be careful not to be too pushy or worse, creepy – don’t ask everyone online for a job.

Employment Service Providers

Newcomers can avail of assistance from career coaches and employment counsellors for free. You can visit the Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre nearest you. Not only will they help you craft your resume and cover letter, they may also be able to match you with available job openings.

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Community Resources

Look for possible jobs in Manitoba Start’s Job Postings.

The Manitoba’s Top Employers site is a reference for companies that are highly regarded in the province.

For more networking tips, read “Networking! Networking! Networking!” on CareerStep.

Read 5 ways newcomers can start building a professional network for more tips.

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