Trouver de l’information sur les carrières

Start Exploring Trades
Using the list of Trades Occupations that best fit all of your assessments you established in Step 1 of the Evaluate section , you can go to the Service Canada and Emploi Quebec sites. to find more information on trades.

For each trade, pay attention to the following criteria:

  • Skills
  • The level of education or training required
  • The average salary
  • The demand for this trade in your sector

Use the Job Search Summary sheet (pdf) to keep track of your searches.

Where can I find information on trades?

  • Study detailed professional profiles on the Government of Canada Work in Canada Web site .
  • Watch detailed professional profiles and videos online.
  • Ask people working in the areas you are interested in for insider information.

Information Interviews
Out of 200 resumes, only one leads to a job offer, while one in 12 informational interviews leads to a job offer. That's why the informational interview is the networking technique par excellence.

As the name implies, the informational interview is intended to obtain information. What kind of information? The information you need to know to enter a particular area or business. It's a more elaborate form than talking to people in your network, and where your conversations will be more focused to get the critical information you need to start or stimulate your career.

Informational interviews can yield the following results:

  • Get a significant amount of information about the professional field you are interested in and the skills required to be effective in this work.
  • Have the opportunity to establish personal contacts with staff working at the management level.
  • Have a glimpse of the hidden job market.
  • Be informed of the needs of employers and the realities of hiring.
  • Gain confidence to talk to people while learning what you want to know, as these meetings are not stressful.
  • Have the opportunity to learn where you can be in a particular organization.

Examples of questions to ask during an informational interview:

  1. Can you tell me about your work? What is a typical day, your tasks, your responsibilities and your duties?
  2. How did you start in the business?
  3. What are the different positions in this field or in this organization?
  4. Why did you choose to work in this company?
  5. What do you like most about this company?
  6. Why do customers choose this business?
  7. What are the changes in your profession?
  8. What are the main qualifications to succeed in this business?
  9. What are the most important skills to fill a position in this field?
  10. How would you describe the work environment and the people you work with?
  11. What is the impact of the economy on this industry?
  12. Can you tell me about the job prospects for this job or in this field?
  13. What level of education is required for this position? What other types of degrees or permits are required?
  14. Do you know other people who use similar skills?
  15. Here are my strengths in assets, skills, areas of knowledge and personality.
  16. Do you think that my past experiences can open doors for me in this area?
  17. Can you take a look at my resume and comment?

These are just a few examples of the questions you can ask, limiting yourself to a maximum of 12. You can ask all the questions you ask yourself, but do not forget to go beyond the agreed duration of 15 to 20 minutes .

You can ask if positions matching your skills or expertise are or will be available. If this is not the case, ask if the person knows anyone you could talk to to continue your search for information and employment. 

One of the most rewarding aspects of informational interviews is that they provide an opportunity to discover the needs of an employer . During the interview, be aware of a company's weaknesses, the problems you might be solving, the gaps you could fill, and the situations you could improve. This technique is extremely promising because it not only makes you feel like the ideal person, but it also makes you shine in the eyes of the employer who notices that you care about the well-being of the company. You join the team.
Do not forget to send a thank you to the person who answered your questions.

Do you have long-term goals or are you planning to take a turn for the next few years?
Thinking of starting a new career or changing it in a few years? So look at the growth of professions, sometimes called long-term projections or growth rates. "High growth" occupations are also referred to as "in demand" or "favorable outlook" occupations. A fast-growing business will certainly need many workers in the years to come.

You need to change job orientation or find a job without waiting?
Job vacancy reports provide information on which sectors are hiring right away. Job vacancies provide information on the occupations that employers were looking for lately. They also make it possible to know the average salary and the training that the employers were asking for.

Use the Job Search Summary sheet (pdf) to keep track of your searches.

Online resources to explore careers

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