Career Services

Finding Work

Searching for work is a full-time job, especially if you are invested in finding not just a job, but the right job. Further, effective job search involves using multiple strategies concurrently, focusing the bulk of your efforts on what is most effective.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

There are thousands of job boards and job search engines, making it easy to believe that responding to online job postings is the best approach. However, it is estimated that up to 80% of jobs are never advertised, so you should spend no more than 20% of your time responding to publicly posted job ads. The bulk of your efforts should be spent cultivating relationships with important contacts, using your network to gain access to what is commonly known as the hidden job market. All the jobs that are available, and filled, without ever being posted. Employers prefer to leverage their networks using grass-roots methods like word-of-mouth to find candidates; not only is this more direct and less costly, it also reduces risk.

Accessing this hidden job market means approaching your job search differently. It is building and maintaining a network of meaningful contacts, showcasing your talents and optimizing your profile on LinkedIn and other relevant sites, using professional associations and even volunteer opportunities effectively, and engaging in informational interviews/discussions to learn more about the work you are hoping to find, and to further expand your network.

This section of the Yorkville University Career Portal offers resources and strategies and outlines the services we provide to help students find work in their field.
Managing Your Social Media Presence
Establish a strong online presence, understand how to use social media effectively in job search.
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Online Application Systems​
Many employers use online application systems to screen candidates. These programs standardize recruitment practices, making candidate screening more efficient.
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Making the Most of Your Online Job Search
Online job boards can be an important part of a job search, especially in the digital world.
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Connecting with Employers​
In connecting with employers, you are actively creating opportunities to create the job, and career, you have always dreamed of.
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Employment Scams
“If it is too good to be true, it probably is.”
Employment scams are real, don't fall prey to these scams.
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Informational Interviews​
Informative and productive conversations that help you learn more about the field you are exploring and to build your network.
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Who is the Business Development Office (BDO)?​
The BDO is here to help you realize your goals in a meaningful way!
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Webinars

Most people believe that searching for a job online is the best way to find work, however studies show that this has the lowest success rate, and that other strategies focused on building relationships are far more effective. This webinar outlines a variety of ways to use networking to generate job leads, and this includes setting up information interviews. Various approaches to reach out to new contacts are examined, and one of those is conducting cold calls. You’ll also learn about the range of skills that employers are looking for during COVID-19, and how, by using the recommended strategies to cultivate new relationships, you will naturally develop pandemic skills.

Establishing a strong online presence, using the right social media platforms, and avoiding pitfalls that can hurt your chances are an important parts of job search. 70% of employers check social media profiles, so a poor online presence can disqualify you. Within a job search, it’s crucial to understand how employers might view your content, and how privacy settings should be used. A successful online presence also includes creating and managing your personal brand. Professionally, your personal brand is the image that people see of you. This webinar covers what to pay attention to and how to stand out professionally in your online presence versus what to avoid so you don’t get screened out.
Online job boards are an important part of a job search, yet 80% of jobs are never advertised. Plus, with the countless job posting sites, it is hard to know which ones to use. It is also crucial to understand how applicant tracking systems are used to screen candidates so you can use tips to increase your chances of getting screened in. Another piece to be aware of is employment scams. Many new entrants to the labour market, such as students, are vulnerable to them. Generally, employment scams have common elements – high paying employment, business opportunities, or “get-rich-quick” schemes. This webinar builds your understanding of how to effectively job search online while avoiding the pitfalls.
Job searching is hard work and doing so during a pandemic creates unique challenges. It is important to learn how employer and job seeker expectations have changed, and how employers have adjusted their recruitment methods, so that you can adapt. One aspect of this is adjusting your mindset – meaning that persistence, patience, openness and flexibility are more important now than ever. Equally important are being creative and resourceful and keeping your “pandemic skills” current. This webinar outlines the particular challenges of job searching during COVID-19, along with strategies to stand out as an applicant while keeping yourself grounded and focused on your goal.

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