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Employment FAQs


  

LOCATING EMPLOYMENT

How soon should I start looking for work? Most successful job seekers start their career exploration and employer research many months before they launch into their job search. For summer employment, you should start looking as early as December. Many of the government work programs start taking applications in January.

Where do I find job postings? When employers call us looking for students and grads (whether full-time, part-time, summer, contract or volunteer work) we direct them to our job posting site: jobs.Sheridan. Once you have registered on this site, you will have access to job postings not accessible by the general public.

Can I talk to someone? There are Employment Consultants at all 3 campuses that you can book an appointment with. Even if you are planning to get a job through networking, you should still be using the computer to find leads, research companies, and prepare for interviews.

Who’s hiring? Some ways to find out who is hiring include viewing job search websites, company websites and social media pages and networking.

Do you have a list of employers I can contact? One of the best ways to locate potential employers is to use directories such as Scotts (via Sheridan library) and those in our online resources section.

I need a job on campus. Most on-campus jobs within Sheridan are posted on jobs.Sheridan. Many Sheridan departments hire students through a government subsidy program known as "work study". You must be OSAP eligible, although not necessarily on OSAP currently. All of these jobs are listed, and the hiring is taken care of, through the Awards Office on campus. You may also want to check with the Student Union and Food Services Manager (located in the Cafeteria). 

RESUMES & COVER LETTERS

How do I create a resume:
  • Start by making a list of your education, work and related experience (Field practicums, Co-op, Volunteer, etc.). For each job you have held try to recall the main things you did and any accomplishments you can back up with examples or numbers. What are the skills that you have developed that any employer would appreciate? 
  • Always keep in mind that your resumé is a marketing brochure about you, and that the purpose of the resumé is to make the employer confident enough in your potential to want to call you for an interview. 

Is it enough to use one, generic version of my resume? Each employer and each position is different, so it only makes sense that their needs will be different. You should personalize every resume you send to an employer.

Can someone look over my resume and cover letter? Book an appointment with an Employment Consultants for a one-on-one critique of your resume or cover letter. If possible, bring a copy of the posting for the job you are applying to.

What is the best way to communicate skills acquired at school on my resume? This is a very individual question and something best to discuss with our Employment Consultant. In general, it will depend what other relevant skills and experience you have. If what you have done at school is about all you've got that is relevant then put it up front on your resume. If you have actual work (or volunteer, etc.) experience then list that. Look back over your Course Outlines which will usually identify key learning outcomes like skills, knowledge, attitudes, etc. 

Why do employers only want resumes sent by email? They request this as a way to manage the flow of responses to their job ad. In other cases it is because they are using some type of resume scanning software that converts your resume into a text file, and adds it to a database from which they can search based on combinations of keywords.

I sent out lots of resumés... why don't I hear back? There could be many reasons. A common one has to do with quality versus quantity. You are better off sending out several targeted resumes rather than a many generic ones. If you're sending them to every HR department you can get an address for, and responding to every ad that looks even remotely like something you can do, your chances are slim. Each resumeshould be customized to that particular employer, designed so that you demonstrate how you can meet their needs.

Should I include my website on my resume? If it would be relevant to a potential employer feel free to include your website.  


INTERVIEWING

How do I prepare for an interview?

  • Examine the job posting carefully and pay particular attention to action words and responsibilities which imply certain types of questions
  • Be prepared to give examples of how you have demonstrated each and every skill and responsibility in a job posting.
  •  You need to know yourself, know your employer, then practice.
  • You need to be familiar with what is on your resume, what your selling points are, and be prepared to back them up with examples.
  • You need to understand your employer's business so that you are better prepared to make the case for how you can meet their needs.

What do employers ask in an interview? They may ask almost anything but typically their questions will be things that enable them to assess how competent you are to do the work and to assess how well you will fit in with your co-workers and their corporate structure.



OTHER JOB SEARCH TOPICS

Why should I not use my hotmail account when job searching? Many organizations have now implemented security features to block any email or attachment with the word “hotmail” from entering their computer system due to the high volume of Spam that is associated with hotmail. If you are using hotmail then your communications with an employer may never be received. Consider using your Sheridan email account (it will stay with you for life), or create an email account from your home internet provider.
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