Today I jogged down to GT Hiring Solutions at 1483 Douglas Street to register with them and sign up for one of the pre-job fair workshops. Now that I am registered I can access a ton of resources in person and also get to online resources including a calendar of upcoming workshops, groups, testing opportunities (i.e. Myers Briggs) and more. I’m looking forward to exploring more fully in the weeks ahead (especially once the municipal election is over – don’t forget to vote November 15).
And on Thursday I had a great meeting with Jeremy of UVic Career Services where we went over my resume and fine-tuned it to make it as relevant and compelling as possible for a job I’m applying for. He also gave me tips on my cover letter (which I haven’t even started yet – ideally it would have been good to take a roughed out draft with me but I’ll try to be better prepared for next time) and gave me printed samples of both a resume and cover letter so I could refer to them for formatting help. Of course these services are only available to staff, students, faculty and alumni of UVic but if you fall in any of these categories do take advantage of all they have to offer (help with resumes and cover letters, workshops on career topics, drop-in and longer scheduled one-on-one help and much more).
There are lots of other wonderful resources in Victoria that are open to all and cost nothing. A publication you should check out is The Lead Sheet which comes out every two weeks (although I notice that this doesn’t seem to have been the case in the past). Each issue contains job postings, a focus on a particular employer, a Q&A section with helpful tips and advice and usually a book review.
This last item from The Lead Sheet segues nicely into the next fabulous Victoria resource – our very own Greater Victoria Public Library. The book review in The Lead Sheet usually tells you how many copies of the book are at the library so you can check out the book for yourself to examine. You can also attend interesting and helpful programs at the library, typically for free. Think outside the box when looking at programs – for example, Toastmaster workshops could be just the ticket to help you hone your interviewing skills. Finally, the library can be a good place for research into employers before you go for interviews – reference librarians can help you find things like annual reports and advise you on how to do searches for news items.
Just a couple more things – don’t be afraid to exchange information with other job seekers – I received this extensive list of job board links from a fellow student in the Navigator program I am enrolled in at UVic. There are local people besides me with job offerings – check out Best Jobs YYJ blog and follow them on Twitter (@BestJobsYYJ).
Finally, if you are employed (or are an employer) in high tech you might want to check out an upcoming free session about mindfulness and how it is changing the technology industry (November 4, 8:00 am to 9:30 am).
Are you aware of local resources – whether face-to-face or online – that I’ve missed? Let me know by commenting below or dropping me an email at susan at yyjworks.com.