Things You Should Be Doing if You Are Unemployed

In our new Career Services Blog Series, Career Services Coordinator, Tamara Papo will tackle today’s changing job market with advice and tips on how to get ahead.

Tamara Papo is our Career Services Coordinator. Originally from Yugoslavia, she moved to Canada in 1993. She has a B.A. in Psychology and completed a post graduate certificate in Employment Facilitation Work Search Specialist from Yorkville University in August 2013.

Tamara has been working at Ashton since 2011 and has helped countless Ashton students find placements and careers in Vancouver.

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Think big

Use LinkedIn, Meet up and industry association sites to spread the word about your job search. Ask for informational interviews with people who are in positions that you aspire to have one day.

Volunteer

Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you are smart about it. By volunteering somewhere relevant, you’ll keep your skills fresh while enhancing your resume. Go to www.govolunter.ca to find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Keep your skills current

When you take a class in your field, you are also showing that you are serious about your work and that you take initiative. Take advantage of free resources online. Check out www.coursera.com. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Network

Go to networking events, job fares, seminars, workshops and lectures in your city. It is great way to meet new people and expend your network.

Take a temporary contract or an assignment

The benefit of contract work is that it can lead to a full time position or to another contract and you can gain more experience, work in different environments, have more flexibility and make more money.

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