Applying for a Job
Once you have found a job opening with a company you wish to work for, you will need to apply for a job. This usually means filling out an application form, or submitting a résumé and cover letter. If the company is interested in hiring you, they may invite you for a job interview.
Application forms usually ask for specific information about your education and work history. When you fill out an application, keep your answers short and to-the-point. Always be truthful. If you do not understand a question, ask the employer for clarification before you answer.
Résumés and Cover Letters
A résumé is a description of your experience and qualifications and other information about yourself. It should be one to three pages, typed and error-free. Many employers will ask for a copy of your résumé when you apply for a job.
A cover letter is a formal letter of introduction, usually submitted with a résumé. It should explain what job you are applying for, and why the company should consider hiring you. The cover letter should be no more than one page.
A job interview is a face-to-face or over the telephone meeting with an employer to see if you have the experience and qualifications needed for the job. When you attend a job interview, arrive early, dress and groom well, and be prepared to talk about your skills and qualifications. Always tell the truth, and thank the interviewer when you leave.
For help with your resume, cover letter, job interviews or other employment matters, visit:
Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services
For further employment links, visit the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration online employment resources at http://www.novascotiaimmigration.com/online-resources-for-employment.