Job Search in the Quebec Region

Job Search in the Quebec Region

Job Search 2.0 by Annie Breton is a Career Counsellor with the Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT Program.

It’s well known that social media such as Twitter and Facebook are increasingly used to stay in touch with family and friends. But did you know that they can also help you with your job search? A recent study by Career Enlightenment showed that in 2011, 89% of companies surveyed were using social media to recruit employees.

Here are five tips for using social media in your job search:

1. Join LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the most widely used professional networking tool in North America, and it is frequently used by recruiters to find candidates. Make sure your profile is up-to-date and get credible recommendations from your former supervisors.

2. Make a good first impression
Use a professional photo for your social media profiles, and avoid being tagged in photos that are too compromising. Check your privacy settings to make sure that only your friends and family can see your photos and personal posts.

3. Do your research
Some companies create groups for people interested in their business: make sure you are subscribed. Specialized career groups with names like “LinkedIn Quebec Careers” show jobs available at certain companies. It is also possible to obtain information on a company through social media: for example, an employer might promote an Open House by creating an event on the company’s page.

4. Communicate with referral sources
Many people get jobs through their network of contacts. Don’t be shy about getting in touch with people who can help you with your job search (former colleagues or classmates, former supervisors or bosses, etc.).

5. Show off your skills
Employers are looking for skilled and qualified people in their fields, and social media offer many opportunities to highlight your abilities. Make sure your work experience is well detailed, as many recruiters search for key words. You can also participate in conversations in your field of expertise to demonstrate your skills and knowledge.
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And if none of that works, you could always try looking at the jobs section on LifeinQuebec.com:

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Employers can post a job on the Life in Quebec Jobs section here

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About the author:

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Annie Breton is a Career Counsellor with the Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT Program.
She has been working with Anglophones and military families for over seven years.

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Don’t hesitate to contact one of the career counsellors of the Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT Program: it’s easy, free, and confidential!
In Valcartier: 418-844-6060 and Sainte-Foy: 418-649-6505.

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