STEP 2: Market Yourself

Δ STEP 1: Know what job you want

The first step in finding a job is knowing what job you want.

Δ STEP 2: Market Yourself

The next step in finding employment is preparing a resume (or curriculum vitae) and cover letter that will introduce and market your skills to prospective employers.

For most job applications, employers require a resume and a cover letter.  Information on how to create and tailor each of these job search documents can be found by clicking the links below. Sample documents outlined in the workbooks may also serve as a useful guide.

Job Search Documents

For support with your resume and cover letter, view our webshop, attend a workshop or utilize the Resume Learning Centre at Career Services.  Once you've created or re-vamped your resume or cover letter, staff in the centre can critique your format, demonstration statements and how appropriately you tailored your documents to a given job posting.

Some employers also require an application form. When completing an application form, make sure it is filled out completely – don’t make the employers search for information. If the application form clearly states that you can leave certain sections blank if you attach a resume, you may do so. Otherwise, do not write “see attached resume” – it looks lazy!

Another job search document is the curriculum vitae or C.V. Some employers use the term resume and C.V. interchangeably to describe what is generally referred to as a resume. If you are looking for a job in Academia or even a research position in industry, then you will want to create a C.V. and it is different than a resume. Ask faculty members about specific C.V. requirements within your discipline, and bring it to Career Services for help.  View our CV or Resume webshop.

Δ STEP 3: Look for Jobs

When you have completed your job search documents, you can start to look for opportunities.

Δ STEP 4: Get the Job!

Now that you know where to find and how to apply for positions, you need to be ready to talk to potential employers about yourself in an interview.

Δ STEP 5: The World of Work

Congratulations – you’ve found a job! This section contains information about the workplace, employer expectations and employee responsibilities and rights.

Community Career & Employment Resources
- list of community services for non-students

Are you a non-student searching for Employment Counselling off-campus?
Visit these links:
- MB Jobs & Skills Development Centres 
Manitoba 211 (Search keyword Employment Counselling)

Related resources:

Employment Rights, Equity & Diversity
- incl. information for Women, Aboriginal/First Nations Peoples, Visible Minorities, Newcomers to Canada, Persons with Disabilities and for individuals who identify as LGBTTQ*

- testimonials from graduates across Canada about their university experience and their journey to rewarding careers.

Learning to Earning 2012 (U of M)
- Alumni Advice

Career Compass

2018-2019 Academic Calendar Link

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Career Services at the University of Manitoba, along with 43 other partner career centres across Canada, co-won the Excellence in Innovation (Student Engagement) award at the CACEE conference for the It All Adds Up campaign.