Don’t be fooled by almost a decade’s worth of doom and gloom conversations surrounding the world economy and the state of the local (and global) job market–now is actually a great time to be entering the workforce and looking for a promising entry level gig (or non entry-level job, for that matter).
The economy is humming and unemployment is low, so if you’re fresh out of school (or looking for a new career), you might be excited to hear that Indeed, a well-known Canadian job site, recently compiled a list of the 15 most wanted entry-level jobs.
“Landing an entry-level job can seem like one of the hardest jobs a person can have,” said Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada. “Using Indeed data we’re able to offer insights on the entry-level job market and see which roles entry-level job seekers are most interested in. Based on our analysis, we find that financial analyst, human resources assistant and social media specialist are most sought after.”
In terms of methodology, Indeed says defines an entry level job seeker as having 1-5 years of experience.
The data presented reflects the June 2017 to June 2018 time period.
As for how much these jobs pay, Indeed provided the following breakdown:
So, what are some tips on landing a solid entry-level job?
“Keep up momentum,” advises Kasten.
“The job market is filled with opportunities – especially right now when the unemployment rate is so low in Canada, employers are in need of talent. Set weekly goals for yourself, targeting a specific number of applications so that you don’t get too focused on a particular position. While your perfect fit might feel elusive in the moment, chances are high the right job for you is out there.”
Kasten also says jobseekers should optimize their efforts.
“Automate the front end of the job search process (identifying jobs that interest you) as much as possible. Do this by setting up job alerts on job search sites such as Indeed. Use specific keywords from the job descriptions, job titles, and company names you’re targeting. By reducing the amount of time you’ll spend searching, you’ll gain time to customize and improve your applications: tailoring your resume and getting that cover letter just right.”
Another important tip? Be strategic.
“To further reduce your chances of falling into the application black hole, read each job description carefully for keywords and include these words in your resume and cover letters,” says Kasten.
“Today, most employers use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) — a software that allows for automated sorting of applications based on specific keywords, including skills, years of experience, training, or schools attended.”
Kasten also says that prospective employees should do a little research.
“Have you set your sights on a particular company? Do some digging. Visit their website to read their company blog and press releases. Learn about their mission on their ‘About Us; page. Keep track of local networking events the company is attending or hosting by following their social media channels. You can also follow the company’s CEO or other leadership on social media. This is a great way to stay up to date on what’s happening within the company and what matters to this organization.”
Her last bit of advice? Never be afraid to start networking.
“Ask your professional and social networks for help. Find out if anyone in your network already works at companies you’re targeting. If you haven’t heard back about an application and are concerned it’s fallen into the black hole, your connection may be able to find an answer. Also, attend local networking events and join digital communities. These are fun ways to meet like-minded professionals and learn of new job opportunities.”
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