The power of research: Do your homework first!
So why is research so important and what exactly should you be researching? Quite frankly...lots of things, such as:
- How do you find work nowadays - especially with this internet frenzy?
- What is the employment landscape like in York Region?
- How much money should you be asking for?
- Which industries are experiencing growth (hiring) and which ones are downsizing (laying off)?
- What are employers looking for?
- How can you transfer your current skills and experience into a new career?
Research, you see...is not ALL about company information and labour market news...it's about self discovery and determining clearly what you have to offer an employer. A good salesperson knows; their product inside and out, who their competition is, where the need for their product is found and where to find buyers...and that takes research!
How much more attractive do you believe you would be to a potential employer if you could intelligently discuss industry trends and demonstrate your knowledge of the company based on the research you have done? Or, if you exuded great confidence and could articulate how your skills and experience would solve their problems?
I think the answer is clear...
I often suggest and strongly recommend that at least 20-25% of your job search consist of research, becoming an ''information sponge''. The Newmarket Employment Resource Centre is chalk-full of resources and information that can get you started in the right direction, regardless of what stage of your job search you are in. Information is power...and research is the key. Quite amazingly, doing so can dramatically increase your self confidence in your ability to find a good job fit when you feel like you are 'in the know'.
So... keep focused! ... keep positive!... and keep learning!
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