This section of our website is directed toward helping youth with answers to questions that are related to career planning, job search, volunteering, post secondary and other important topics. Student Liaison Newsletter October 2023
FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND A JOB?
Networking, job boards and websites, job fairs, company websites, cold calling.
Is a cover letter necessary?
A cover letter is important and should be addressed to the hiring manager or recruiter or the name of the person who will be doing the hiring if you know the name. This should be one page or less and it summarizes why you are the right fit for the position.
How long should a resume be?
This depends, your resume should be as short as possible but still include all of the information that will show your match for the position. For most youth, this will be around one to two pages.
wHAT IS AN 'APPROPRIATE' EMAIL USERNAME?
Emails usernames should not be complicated. An appropriate username as an adult is your first and last name followed by the email platform name. For example if your name is Jane Doe and you are using the Gmail email platform, an appropriate email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOULD i SEND a 'tHANK YOU' CARD AFTER an INTERVIEW?
Once you have undergone an interview with employers, a thank you card is appropriate. This lets the employers know that you are thankful for the opportunity to interview and that you are still interested in the job. Do not send a thank you card if you have only applied and not yet received an interview request.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY FOR A JOB?
What ever way the job description says.
what is the best resume format?
Keep it simple, clean and organized. This should include headings with bold type, lists, and some white space as you do not want to overcrowd your resume.
WHAT SHOULD i WEAR TO AN INTERVIEW?
Always aim to look professional. Hygiene is very important; you want to present yourself as clean and neat. Your clothes should not have rips or holes in them, if you are wearing jeans, there should not be any tears.
should i follow up after an interview?
Yes, but only one follow up is needed. You do not want to overwhelm the employer with multiple phone calls or emails. An appropriate time to follow up is about a week after the interview.
SHOULD I HAVE A JOB WHILE I AM IN SCHOOL?
This all depends on what you feel that you can handle. There are a few pros and cons to working while you are in school. Some pros include gaining more life experiences, boosts confidence and time management skills. A con to working while you are in school may include you taking on too much and then your grades may suffer.
A list with many popular job search websites and information pages to help youth with job search for summer positions.