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How Organized Is Your Job Search? Tara Duffy, Resource & Information Specialist, JobSkills

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Tara Duffy is a Resource & Information Specialist for Job Skills Employment & Business Services and has been working in the Employment Ontario Full Suite Model since August 2010. Having graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a background in Human Resources, Tara has helpful insight into what employers are looking for and how job seekers can be successful in their job search. Most recently Tara received her Diploma for Career & Work Counseling from George Brown College and now works assisting unemployed individuals find meaningful and fulfilling employment.

Looking for a job can be hard work and, at times, feel daunting. So what is one to do when trying to find their way to the job of their dreams (or just a job that pays the rent)? There is a model which can help guide the process and make it a little less frustrating.

The first section is titled ``who am I?`` and is where the job seeker does some self-exploration in order to understand their strengths, skills, abilities, interests and values, as well as their limitations. There are those who might read this and say ``I don`t have time for this`` or ``I already know myself pretty well thank you very much, why should I bother?`` The response is simple, this section is the foundation to your job search and by skipping it you will be at a huge disadvantage.

The second section is titled ``what`s out there?`` and is where the job seeker looks at labour market trends and the options that are available to them. This is where the information from the first section is critical because you need to know who you are and what you want (generally speaking) in order to determine where you will fit best in terms of employment. A key consideration in this phase is to try and determine what the forecast is for a particular field of interest, is there a demand for workers or is there limited opportunities? `

The third and final section is titled ``how do I get there?`` which is where, unfortunately, many people start their job search and without a clear employment goal (which would have been formulated in the first two sections), these individuals are most likely going to find landing a job a very frustrating experience. The effective job seeker will look at the different marketing tools available and how to best use them in their own job search. Resumes, cover letters, interviews and networking are all included in this section. Remember, this is a general model and you have to adapt it to what works best for you. Having some direction and a method for planning your career is the biggest benefit to this model, but you are the expert on you and as such must take control of your own destiny.

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