As career consultants at Alba, our main job is to help students succeed and figure out how to find a job in Vancouver. Regardless the economic conditions, we believe students can succeed given the right tools and training. Despite the obvious impacts that COVID-19 has had on the economy, we have seen dozens of successful candidates obtain jobs in Vancouver.
Is It Easy to Get a Job in Vancouver?
Due to the popularity of Vancouver, the job market is quite competitive. Finding work in Vancouver is not difficult at all, but finding your dream career can be very challenging. To make matters worse, companies are delaying their hiring initiatives during the coronavirus outbreak. Today, only top-notch candidates can successfully obtain a full-time or part-time position.
At Alba, we have a 90-day job placement guarantee program (Career Engagement Program). In this program, we have several consultants work with you to develop your job seeking skills. Below are all the ways in which we help maximize your potential as a job candidate and how we help guarantee your job placement within 90 days.
What is the Best Way to Find a Job in Vancouver?
The job market in Vancouver is competitive. It is fast-paced and always growing. Follow these 5 important steps to stand out from the crowd.
1. Develop a Winning Attitude
A candidate with a positive and open-minded attitude will stand out among the rest. Too often, candidates try to outsell themselves and make every single one of their past experiences match exactly with the job description. A better approach is to sell yourself in areas that you know you excel in and acknowledge the areas you are weak in with confidence that you can pick it up quickly. Companies know the difference between someone who ‘talks the talk’ and someone who ‘walks the walk’. After all, they’ve been in the industry far longer than you.
In the end, employers are looking for someone that they can trust. Someone who is not afraid to work hard and is open to learning new skills.
2. Create A Strong Resume And Cover Letter
In the job search process, just as with dating and in life, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And in most cases, your first impression with a hiring manager begins with your resume and cover letter. Without a good resume and cover letter, you may never even get an opportunity to share your story and why you will be a perfect fit for the role.
“Even if you received a great referral and networked your way into a job interview, the hiring manager will still look at your resume and cover letter,” says Nan Mu, expert corporate recruiter and job search consultant. “The hiring manager uses these two documents to form an opinion prior to meeting you. In essence, they are meeting you for the first time through your resume and cover letter.”
3. Know How and Where to Search for Jobs
There are hundreds of job search boards and websites where you can apply for full-time, part-time, and temporary jobs. Knowing the top websites and how to navigate them is crucial for job search success. Below are 7 of the best websites to apply for jobs in Vancouver.
- Alba: http://www.albainc.ca/
- BCJobs: https://www.bcjobs.ca/vancouver-jobs/
- Indeed: https://www.indeed.ca/
- Glassdoor: https://www.glassdoor.com/
- Monster: https://www.monster.ca/
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs
- SimplyHired: https://www.simplyhired.ca/
Most of this list consists of websites where you, the applicant, does all the research, tailors the resume for each position, and writes tailored cover letters to each employer. If you are new to job searching, it might take you several months to master this process. Research shows that an average job applicant took 5 months to find a job. With Alba, you can guarantee a job placement within 3 months.
How does the job search process work with Alba?
First, you are paired with a job search consultant who will spend a week understanding your career goals, job preferences, and strengths. Next, you will spend several weeks with an interview specialist to learn all the industry secrets about the interview process and how to impress the employer. Finally, Alba’s team of job search professionals will apply for all the jobs for you. “We will do all the research and even submit all the resumes and cover letters for you,” says Mia Xin, job search consultant at Alba. “All you have to do is work with your career advisor to prepare for interviews. Within 3 months, you should be able to secure your first job.”
4. Create A LinkedIn Profile
Just like companies build their brands, it’s important for you to build your professional brand online. As a job seeker, there is no better tool than Linkedin to build your professional brand. According to recent data, more than 85% of all jobs are filled via Linkedin and 92% of companies use some social media network to find their next job candidates. So, if you don’t spend time writing a complete profile on the site, recruiters and hiring managers can’t find you during their searches. This significantly impacts your chances of getting an interview with the company, let alone a job offer.
Having a LinkedIn account is also beneficial for when you research companies, interviewers, recruiters, and hiring managers prior to submitting applications and preparing for interviews.
Overall, having a Linkedin profile is a must. Even if you are not actively job searching, you can use LinkedIn to connect with current and former colleagues as well as anyone you meet at networking events, conferences, etc.
5. Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up
You can have the most impressive resume, the best written cover-letter, and nail the interview. But if you don’t follow up, or don’t follow up well, you won’t get the job. Why? According to Forbes, an average job posting receives 118 applicants. And roughly 20% of these applicants get an interview. Which means an average employer is seeing 24 highly intelligent and impressive candidates. If your follow up is good, you can stand a great chance at receiving the final offer.
When and how to follow up after an interview?
First, you should research the name of the manager or person who is responsible for recruitment. Maybe you met them already at the office, or maybe you interviewed with them directly over the phone already. Make sure you contact them directly because they will be making the final decision. Send a separate email to the people you interviewed, because their voices are also important.
Remember to send thank you notes within 1-2 days of the interview. We recommend you not send the email on the day of because they are probably interviewing several other candidates.