Online Job Search

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, so I think it’s about time we have another career search motivation. If you have taken a look at my last posts you should have a solid CV and cover letter format set up by now. And you should also be very aware, at this point, that your format for both these items will change depending on which jobs you were applying for.

A few short posts ago I also said that I was going to start applying for one internship per day until I received an offer. Now did not get 2 days into it before I received replies from both of the two first internships I had applied for, and this was on a 1026_cheerful-job-search_400x280Saturday, no less. So, although I hate to say that I have all of the answers, clearly something I’m doing works. Bragging aside, I have momentarily stopped applying for internships until the interview process with these two internships is over. I’m sure not everyone would go about it this way, but I find it difficult enough juggling two potential job offers at once, not to mention they’re both very good and I have no idea which one to pick.

In spite of all of that, I think it’s time we broached the topic of actual job searches. You’ve got all of your information in order, but where are you actually going to find a job? There are always the traditional job search websites, of course. It’s no use for me to recommend any of them because each city has their predominant site, but one thing I’ve found a lot of people skip over is business websites. If you’re looking for a job in marketing, or fashion, or software development: go to the company websites! Find a company you really like or really want to work for, and check their website on a regular basis. At the very bottom of their webpage there will usually be a little “careers” tab that will either list their available positions or give you a chance to send in your CV should a specific position open up.

There are also the specialty websites. The internet is full of them. It seems like each industry has their own specific job search database these days, and they can usually be found pretty easily when you search for “marketing jobs” or some other general search relating to the industry you want to work for. Specialty sites are DEFINITELY worth checking daily, as they get updated most often with a greater diversity of jobs.

Finally, don’t be afraid to apply for jobs you may think you’re not qualified for. You would be surprised at how easy it is to learn on the job these days. Especially with Google to troubleshoot any potential questions you might have. I’m not telling you to flat out lie or to bite off more than you can chew, but if there is one small requirement or preference in the job advert that you think you could easily overcome, mention that in your cover letter. Let your potential employer know that you’re a fast learner and aren’t afraid to tackle knew challenges. Chances are, you’ll have an easier time learning by doing than taking an entire course just to learn one simple skill.

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Happy November!

Winter has officially hit, it’s time to start closing our windows (for some strange reason we keep our open up until the very last possible day), I can no longer go outside without wearing a minimum of 2 layers of bottoms and I actually have to bring a bag with me to the gym now. This month also happens to be my mom and my best friend’s birthday month, so I think it’s quite fitting that this happens to be an important transition month for me.

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A Muse in the Masters

This one is inspired by a writing prompt from the Daily Post that I was really excited about: “Write a new piece using Nighthawks by Edward Hopper as your inspiration.”  Edward Hopper is by far my favourite painter of all time. Hope you guys enjoy it! I should probably also remind you guys that today marks the start of National Novel Writing Month, so for those of you who have always wanted to write one – NO MORE EXCUSES! Check out the website and register to join. Happy writing!

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WILDsound Toronto Film Festival

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One of the best things about living in Toronto is that there are film festivals year round. On the rare occasion when there isn’t a film festival (and even during a few of them), there are hundreds of vans parked all around the place filming something or other. And if you’re not into indie films, there is always the big budget feature or TV Show that you can catch people filming (I’m talking Patrick J. Adams strolling casually through our streets – pause for drool). As a film buff, this city is heaven.

I’ve become a bit disillusioned with the big budget feature film scene lately. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a film snob, I’m just sick of having to choose between sequels, re-makes or Marvel films (I love a good Marvel flick as much as the next guy but it’s time for a bit of quality over quantity). In any case, it’s brought me into the short film scene. In fact, no film style suits modern audiences more than a good short. With youtube, netflix and twitter who wants to pay $20 to spend 2 hours watching Seth MacFarlane poke fun at history and try to get into Charlize Theron’s pants? What’s more with the barrier of entry into film constantly decreasing, high quality short films are not as rare as they used to be.

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Still Water

I’ve heard it said that you can’t ever step in the same river twice, but I never really understood that saying until Brasilia. A city that was tailor made for the future, that would never need to grow or change, and yet somehow defied everything around it. It changed without changing, a constantly different constant, just as you are always you, but you are never the same you that you were 10 minutes ago. I lived in many different countries throughout my life, but somehow I am always drawn back to one city in particular. My river.

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Why is There no Opposite of Wanderlust?

It was my birthday yesterday and as usual I received lots of special, sweet messages from my family and loved ones all around the world, without actually getting to celebrate with any of them. I have always been grateful for the lifestyle I have had, and I always will be. In fact, if I hadn’t lived in so many different countries my whole life I would have never many many of the incredible people I have the privilege of knowing today, but it’s always a trade off.

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Autumn Laziness

I have been so ridiculously lethargic lately! I can’t even justify it. I honestly have no idea what’s going on, but ever since I got sick I’ve been having trouble finding m rhythm again and getting back to work. Worst yet – I actually have stuff to do!

How cute is this?! I LOVE bulldogs

How cute is this?! I LOVE bulldogs

I worked on a couple film projects in June and September, and now they’re both in post-production, which means I don’t have heaps of work to do, but I do have to attend a few meetings and do some liaising, promoting and organizing here and there. I can’t even bring myself to do that. Just been dragging my feet to every meeting. I’m worried my body has gotten too used to one full year of unemployment, but most likely I’ve just been overworking myself and this shiver-inducing weather is not helping.

It also doesn’t help that I have been trying (and failing) to quit coffee. I don’t necessarily think it’s bad for you or anything, but I like to detox from it every once it a while to prevent withdrawal headaches and tolerance. Probably not the best time to be doing this… which is why I have been giving up every day and saying “I’ll try again tomorrow.” At least there’s always tomorrow…

Dance with Dragons

Some of you might be pretty sick of hearing about Game of Thrones at this point. It’s everybody’s new obsession and there probably isn’t anything new about but a) for once this is actually about the books as opposed to the TV series b) I’m going to give it a shot regardless.

The Martin worshipers among you may chastise me for it, but I do have to say, so far the best book in the series has been the first one. It’s almost as if he realized just how much he had hooked us in with the first book, and then dwindled his efforts from there, because you were already committed to finishing the series. Don’t get me wrong, the books are good, somehow Martin managed to balance Tolkien’s complex and thoroughly planned imaginings, with the accessible language and story-telling dominated by Rowling. He is undoubtedly a very good writer, and I still have very much enjoyed the series so far, but the story doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.

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Cover Letters

After nearly two weeks off, it’s time to talk Cover Letters. Now I have to admit, this is my least favourite part about job applications. I get some serious cringe moments when I look back at my old cover letters, and in the interest of sparing you guys some of the same pain, I’d like to tell you not to make the same mistakes I did.

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