That is the most important and possibly the most elusive question to answer, but the journey is worth it.
The types of jobs that will be available beyond the next five years have not even been created yet. In Toronto, 50% of the 75,000 business establishments were not in business just ten years ago. Fully 36% of business establishments are no more than five years old, so it can be said there are new opportunities to work emerging all the time in the city. Finding a career that you can grow with is an important step. It is also important to recognize that your job search may happen on a regular basis as companies, positions, and professions come and go. Establishing a lifelong learning plan, with a main career goal and a backup career or hobby goal will be a very useful strategy. Often what we do as a hobby or secondary interest may become our main occupation or a strong influence to support our primary work. (My hobby of photography helped me in my work through documenting our major annual events and shooting a video for the fund raising department.)
As most work in Toronto is in the service sector – strong customer service skills and business social skills are key to long term success and common to most work. The specific technical skills of the job merely differentiate the specific jobs that you can perform. A great place to start is with the National Occupational Classification provided by the Federal Bureau of Statistics. This handy service provides full job descriptions for thousands of jobs. Using these job descriptions, you can list out the essential duties of any job you have done in the past and any job you interested in taking up. Explore these job descriptions and make sure that you use this information to describe the work and the accomplishments you have already done for your resume and your interviews.
Here is an example listing for Office Manager NOC 1221. You will see an overall description of the job, the main duties and the education and experience typically required for the job. When you are determining which type of job to seek, this information is helpful to determine if you have the required experience, education, and interest. When you get the descriptions of all the kinds of work you have done and compare them with the requirements of work you are seeking, you can determine whether you have the existing direct or transferable skills to do the job. You may also find out that you need to take additional training to qualify for the new position. Knowing the scope of the work you are seeking will help you to have conversations with people who are already doing the same work and will enhance your impression through being able to ask relevant questions.
In preparation for resume writing, use the National Occupational Classification 2016 to get the listings of all the kinds of work you have done and use this as a starting point. As you review these listings, make sure that you identify whether you have performed the duties listed. Are there any duties not listed? You will want to be sure that the information about your previous work included on your resume reflects your actual duties and accomplishments. (Resumes are checked.)
Take a moment to consider the kind of job you want next and get the job description as well.
Is the next job a natural continuation of the past jobs, a career change, a long term goal, or something that you can do immediately? All this comes clear when you compare your work experience and education with the duties and requirements of the next job.
Have some fun with this. If you have most of the requirements of the career, you may be able to demonstrate your strong ability to learn on the job and be the successful candidate.
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