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Getting Organized & Preparing Résumés

The main Job Search page provides links to calendars of workshops that will help job seekers throughout the job search process, including many helping them prepare the tools they will need, such as résumés.  In this section, we provide additional resources around preparing job search tools that you can use with job seekers or share with them to explore on their own.

 

We also include tips for organization and time management to help job seekers focus on and organize their job search effectively.

 

This section includes:

 

ORGANIZING YOURSELF

 

JOB SEARCH ORGANIZATION

 

7 Tools To Organize Your Job Search - Tools that are available to help organize your job search.

 

8 Time-Saving Tips For Your Job Search - Tips to stay organized and make the job hunt less time-consuming.

 

Desktop-Based Tools - Explores desktop-based tools to help you get and stay on top of your job search activities; also includes links to articles on paper-based and online tools for organizing your job search.

 

How to Organize Your Job Search - Tips on how best to organize your job search.

 

Ten Surefire Ways to Organize Your Job Search - Tips for getting going and staying on top of your job search.

 

Quiz: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Job Search? - A 13-question quiz to test your knowledge of job-search strategies and techniques, from ACREQ.

 

TIME MANAGEMENT

 

How Good is Your Time Management - An interactive Time Management Quiz to help you identify the aspects of time management that you need most help with; results will point you to the specific tools you need to use to gain control of your time, and start working efficiently.

 

How Productive Are You? - A quiz to understand how productive you are; followed by discussion and resources to help identify strategies to use to increase your productivity.

 

MindTools - Time Management - A full range of content around Time Management, organized under Prioritization, Scheduling, Time Management Challenges, Concentration and Focus, Goal Setting; from MindTools

 

Time Management Guide - This website provides comprehensive time management tips and techniques.

 

RÉSUMÉS & COVER LETTERS

 

City of Ottawa: Résumés & Cover Letters - Provides tips on writing résumés and cover letters.

 

CV, cover letter, and applications - Advice on how to write the perfect CV and cover letter and what to do - and NOT do - when putting together your application.

 

OPS Cover Letter and Résumé Preparation Guide - pdf guide for cover letters and résumés:  tips, tools, and resources.

 

RÉSUMÉS

 

Job Search Tools: Résumés - A guide to preparing résumés, from University of Ottawa.

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Guide to Writing Résumés - A comprehensive guide to help job seekers to effectively write résumés.

 

Preparing Résumés - Comprehensive guide with tips, samples, etc., from Education Canada Network.

 

Résumé Guide - Provides samples and information on résumés, cover letters, information meetings, networking, telephone calls, a career portfolio and calling cards, from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Rockport Institute: How to Write a Masterpiece of a Résumé - Extensive guide to writing a powerful résumé.

 

Service Canada Job Bank: Résumés - Sections include: Target Your Résumé, Before Writing Your Résumé, Styles, Résumé Sections, Electronic Résumés, Résumé Frequently Asked Questions, Related Links for Résumés.

 

World Skills Résumé Clinic - Offered weekly; a pool of qualified professional coaches who offer newcomers one-on-one assistance with résumés and cover letters.

 

Writing a résumé - Services for Youth resource for résumé writing.

 

COVER LETTERS

 

Cover Letter Guide - A step-by-step guide to writing cover letters, from University of Saskatchewan.

 

Cover Letters: General Considerations and Tips - Comprehensive information, from Education Canada Network.

 

Cover Letters: Top 10 Tips and Guide - Provides a guide and tips for cover letters, as well as links to additional resources with samples, from CanadianCareers.com.

 

Cover Letters: Types and Samples - Explains why you are writing a cover letter and how to write one along with guidelines and samples, from VirginiaTech Job Search Guide.

 

Guide to Writing a Cover Letter - This pdf document provides 7 Steps and Tools to writing an effective cover letter, from McGill University.

 

Job Search Tools: Cover Letters - A guide to preparing cover letters, from University of Ottawa.

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Guide to Writing Cover Letters - A comprehensive guide to help job seekers to effectively write cover letters.

 

Service Canada Job Bank: Cover Letters - Describes what to include, do’s and don’ts, employers talking about cover letter, and sample cover letters.

 

REFERENCES

 

Career Resource Centre - Sample reference page with tips on how to prepare your references, from University of Winnipeg.

 

Employment References - Describes the different types of references and what employment references are; includes an example, from Services for Youth.

 

How to get references - Explains what are references and how you can obtain a references; links to additional resources.

 

References & Referrals - Managing your references and understanding the importance and content of references, from University of Toronto.

 

References Worksheet - Guidelines for using references and how creating your list of references; includes a downloadable pdf worksheet, from Job Options BC.

 

PORTFOLIOS

 

Build a Killer Online Portfolio - Nine steps to creating an online portfolio.

 

How To Build Your Own Single Page Portfolio Website - Tips on how to build a single page portfolio to showcase your work to employers or clients.

 

How to Create a Portfolio - Web page provides information on how to create a portfolio.

 

Job Search Tools: Portfolios - A guide to preparing portfolios, from University of Ottawa.

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Guide to Building a Career Portfolio - A comprehensive guide to help job seekers to build a career portfolio, including samples of work in traditional portfolios and more.

 

Portfolio Design - 12 essential tools to help you build your online portfolio.

 

Portfolio Library - Website with a variety of resources and samples around preparing a job search portfolio.

 

Want to Create An Awesome Work Portfolio? - Ideas and layouts for work portfolios.

 

TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner's Guide to Building a Career Portfolio - A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in building a career portfolio; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner's Guide to Writing Cover Letters - A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in writing cover letters; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

 

Manitoba Career Development: A Practitioner's Guide to Writing Résumés - A guide for practitioners to assist job seekers in writing résumés; site also provides a powerpoint presentation that can be used with job seekers.

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