Why am I not getting a job offer?

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Job applications not working out? Ask the following questions to know what to change:

  1. Are you applying to the right jobs?

    Do you know what your job is called in Canada? Go to the Job Bank to know more about your profession. Check if your job is regulated. You will need to get licensing or registration first. Learn about related jobs to have more choices. This will increase your chances of getting a job.

  2. Did you make a Canadian-style resume?

    Don’t mention work experiences that are not needed for the job post. Your resume should not be longer than two pages. Ask the help of experts. Attend a resume-writing seminar and get a career counsellor (see Community Resources below). These services are free to newcomers.

  3. Did you make a cover letter?

    Write a cover letter even if it is not asked. Describe why you are the right fit for the job. Make your letter engaging and easy to read. Read 8 cover letter qualities that will get you that interview for tips.

  4. Did you follow instructions for sending the application?

    Read and understand the job ad. Always follow the instructions for applying. Make sure that your application will not be lost or sent to a spam folder.

  5. Did you follow-up?

    Why should you follow-up?

    • It can put your application on top of the pile.
    • It shows that you are really interested in the job.
    • It shows that you are a proactive person.
    • Get feedback about your application. Find out what you may have missed. This will make you better the next time you apply.
    • You can get a connection. You can ask the HR person for an informational interview. You can ask if they can contact you for positions you may be a better fit for.

    Read How to follow up job applications.

  6. How was the interview?

    Think about the interview:

    • Did you have good communication skills?
    • Did you speak clearly and at the right pace?

    • Did you show:
    • confidence? Your knowledge about the job?

    • Did you ask good questions?
    • Did you research about the company before the interview? Did you ask questions about the position and the company?

    • Did you show your personality?
    • Were you polite, cheerful and pleasant? Did you show your enthusiasm for the job?

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Community Resources

Attend Manitoba Start’s skills workshops. Join their job fairs and career and language trainings.

Go to a Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre nearest you.

Read How to stay motivated through a rough job search.

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