Your first step in a successful job search
The employment market in Alberta is relatively strong for accounting professionals and students, but it does take some effort and strategy to land a plum assignment. If you’re new to the province, you may find the culture of job searching is different than where you come from, and adjustments need to be made. For example, the Alberta scene is characterized by a strong emphasis on networking, both in finding a new position and once you’re working.
CPA Alberta has created a range of resources, including webinar recordings and tip sheets, to help you create effective self-marketing tools, and put yourself forward in a positive light in the job market; these are categorized and listed below (click the links to view or download each document).
Job Search and Self-Assessment
Your first step – one that ends with you in a position that fits both you and your employer – is to know who you, are and what you want in a job.
An expression you may hear frequently in Alberta is, “Your network is your net worth.” Another related to finding work is, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” If you want to explore a new industry, find out if you’ll fit in a particular organization, or tap into the hidden job market, you have to get out there, meet people, and get them interested in either hiring or helping you.
At some point, you have to apply for jobs. Whether you’ve found an opportunity through networking or the old fashioned way, your application has to sell you as a top candidate, and create interest in a face-to-face interview. Your resume and cover letter must therefore be visually appealing, tailored to the requirements of the job and organization, and organized to match the psychology of a recruiter or hiring manager.
You have just received that call for an interview. Congratulations! Now, how do you prepare yourself so you can walk into the interview with confidence, and show the recruiter that you are the right person for the position? It is as simple as PPP – prepare, practice and perform.
The internet is a treasure trove of useful career and job search resources. Here we list just a few to get you started: