Job Hunting? Standing Out Essential

Today’s competitive job market can make it hard for candidates to land their dream job. In a recent poll conducted by Workopolis, 88 per cent of Canadians agreed that special efforts are needed to get the attention of a hiring manager.

The survey of more than 850 people on the Workopolis home page reveals what Canadians are doing to stand out from the crowd.

Forty-three per cent say they are networking their way into the job, while 27 per cent say they follow up job interviews with hand-written thank-you notes.

Twenty-one per cent focus on building a strong online presence and 9 per cent create a video resume to separate themselves from the pack. 

“Getting the attention of an employer is a critical part of the interview process for candidates seeking to land a job in today’s labour market,” says Peter Harris of Workopolis.

“And while differentiating yourself from the pack is important, candidates need to ensure their efforts are not attracting the wrong kind of attention.”

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About the Poll
The Harris/Decima study was conducted via teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey, with a representative sample of 1,001 Canadians between July 28-31. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.