1.Searching for a job online
Pierre Omidyarís (pronounced Omidvar) first job out of university
was that of a software developer, now heís the founder of ebay. Brad
Pitt dressed up like a chicken before his breakthrough as an actor.
Denise Donlon was a coffee house singer and until just recently held
the post as President of Sony Music Canada. What we have in common
with these individuals is that at one point, they had to apply for a
job, just like you and I.
Where will you begin your search? Is there only one way to find a
job? There are several ways to do so, but today we will cover the
online option. Many of you already know that the internet now
provides instant access to jobs 24/7. Former print Classifieds now
appear online locally and nationally(i.e. workopolis).
Companies go to career fairs, use
recruiters and work with associations to reach their audience. As
companies move ahead so does their recruitment methods. Not only do
most companies use their websites to showcase their product or
business, they now host a virtual human resources center containing
career pages, online applications and job alerts.
Search engine tools like Google, Yahoo
and Alta Vista, etc. using keywords such as careers, jobs, work,
automotive, engineering jobs, are a good start. Be as specific as
you can so that you will pull up the most accurate results. There is
no hidden secret to finding a job online. It takes time, research
2.Tools available with online job boards
Pick a job board that is suitable for you. What types of jobs are
posted? Are the companies posting in your industry? Are there new
listings every day? Ask yourself questions like this and what you
are looking for from a job board. Make it work for you.
There are a variety of features on many job boards that help you to
find what you need. Generally, job boards have a category search
that comes up by date, specific industries, job titles, provinces,
cities or keywords. These helpful tools pinpoint what youíre looking
Besides listings, there are many excellent employment related
articles and career advice columns that can put you on the right
track. Subscribe to newsletters that contain valuable tips about job
hunting and current trends. Some of the information you may come
across on any online job board are perhaps tips on how to put
together a good resume or write a cover letter. There may be
products advertised that may assist you in your quest, recommending
books, resume writers and the like. If you donít have time to look
for jobs everyday, once registered, Job agents can be set up on most
accounts to let you know when job searches using the criteria youíve
entered show up on the job database. An automated email is then sent
to your inbox with your selections and a hyperlink to the job making
this easier and less time consuming.
3.Posting resumes online
To post a resume it goes without saying that you need to have one in
the first place. As a new grad, you may or may not have jobs on your
current resume that are relevant to the position that youíre
applying to. If youíve done a co-op, put that on your resume,
volunteer experience, etc. The most common resume is the basic
chronological format which lists the most current job history, along
with your educational background. Another type is the functional
resume that lists your skill sets and potential which is suitable
for those entering the work force. When this is done, download it
until you need it. Once your resume is created, most job boards
allow you to cut and paste your resume into your account so you
donít have to perform the same function every time you apply to a
position. With most sites, there are options to have more than one
resume on your account. One is active, the others when you need
them. Some job boards like Canjobs for example, allow your resume to
be posted in five categories (for ie: automotive, engineering,
etc.). Some allow privacy settings, which means not just anyone can
view your resume or your personal information. The possible
employers only see your information when you apply to them.
4.Targeting the Automotive industry
The employment potential in the automotive industry according to the
Labour Market Information site run by Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada is listed as good. Salary wages can vary between
$13 an hour to $32.19 depending on location and experience.
Employment prospects are closely associated with the outlook for the
manufacturing sector. More than half of mechanical engineering
technicians and technologists work in manufacturing. The most common
industries are automotive, electronic/electrical products,
automotive robotics and transport equipment technologies.
The modernization of equipment and processes will continue to affect
the manufacturing sector. It should create demand for mechanical
engineering technologists and technicians. At the same time,
advanced technologies such as computer aided design, drafting and
computer simulation will automate some of the work done by
technicians. The rapid rate of technological change means those
working in this field should plan for periods of retraining and
skills upgrading. Opportunities for mechanical engineering
technicians and technologists include areas such as production,
mould making, quality control, machine and tool design, industrial
automation and maintenance, consulting engineering and technical
Industry association websites that are on the pulse of the industry
such as AIA(Automotive Industries of Canada), APMA(Automotive Parts
Manufacturers Association of Canada), CTMA(Canadian Tooling &
Machining Association) or OACETT(The Technology Professionals in
Ontario) contain useful information on outlooks, forecasts and jobs
from companies directly involved with your specific industry.
5.Pros/Cons of online job boards
Online job boards were built to produce fast easy access for
jobseekers and employers to meet. They can be efficient and
resourceful. You need to consider these points in mind when using
the job board right for you. Donít mass post your resume on every
single site you see. This may not look good to potential employers
or recruiters who search resumes or post on several sites.
Initially, you may not like initial lack of human contact and
automated responses and because of the exposure the job listing may
receive, your application may get lost in the thousands of
applications. Differentiate yourself with an tailored cover letter
and decide what your job objective is.
With this in mind choose your online job board(s) wisely. They can
assist you in your search when effectively used and help you to find
your new career.