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Tips for a job search after several years in the same environment

It can happen that a woman works for several years in the same workplace and for one reason or another, she can no longer work there. This is what happened to one of our clients. Overnight, her life was turned upside down; a change accompanied by a range of emotions and questions. Some days were harder than others and that’s normal. The important thing for her was to surround herself with people who supported and encouraged her.

Here are a few tips to help you start your job search if you are in this situation:

-Take some time to let the dust settle. It’s a big void in a life routine to be away from work, but take this time for yourself and to think. Life goes so fast sometimes that we don’t have time to take stock of our future.

-Take stock of your work experience and the skills you have developed so far. Take notes so you don’t forget anything. Think about what you liked and disliked about your previous job.

-Validate or reflect on your satisfaction criteria. For example, do you want to work full-time or part-time? In a team or alone? Do you want to work regular day or evening hours? Be in contact with people? Work close to where you live? Have financial security and a higher salary? These are all questions you need to ask yourself.

-Think about your professional interests, what motivates you and whether or not you are considering a change in field of employment. Why not consider going back to school? This may be the time to do so. Weigh the pros and cons to see what’s right and what’s wrong.

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-Once you’ve made your choice, write your CV (or update it), as well as your cover letter. You will need to adapt these documents to each job you are interested in.

-See people to break the isolation or do physical activities to keep your spirits up and discuss your employment efforts. The important thing is to do what’s right for you, what feels good.

-Use your contacts to let them know that you are looking for work and explain the kind of work you are interested in. Whether it’s your family, friends, neighbours, doctor, pharmacist, convenience store cashier, your children’s teacher, etc., you can use your contacts to let them know that you are looking for work and explain the type of work you are interested in. In addition, by talking to them, you also benefit from their network of contacts.

-For your job search use only 4 or 5 websites. There is no point in using more than that, because employers usually post their offers on several sites. You can also create alerts once a week to receive the offers. Be careful not to overload your e-mail box.

-Set goals for yourself every day in your job search. Tell yourself that it takes as much time as it does to get a job. For example, if you’re more efficient in the morning, spend your mornings finding a job. Give yourself some time off as well.

-Stay positive, as the process can be fraught with pitfalls. Stay confident: the job market is good, especially since there are labour shortages in many sectors. Employers are waiting for you!

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Finally, looking for a job can be difficult because you don’t know how to do it or where to start. I advise you to seek help from an employment counsellor who will be able to guide you and inform you about new trends in job search. That way, you’ll get off on the right foot and be better equipped. The Centre Étape is there for you!

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