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Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Jon Hedderwick;
Things You Can Still Do When the Weather Outside is Frightful

As Canadians we brace ourselves annually for the frigid winter months. When employed or in training, we force ourselves to bundle up and forge on. However, when unemployed; it may be a little more difficult to muster up the energy and motivation to face the elements especially given that the result could possibly be a rejection. If minus 40 degrees is not your thing, there are many activities you can still pursue to keep you in the zone while keeping warm as well.

  • Review job boards daily. If able, drop off a resume in person. Be strategic and organized regarding your cold call approach. Distribute a resume to your target employers on the coldest, most brutal day of the year to demonstrate your motivation.
  • Engage on LinkedIn. Review your profile to ensure it is up to date. Continue to engage and connect with others in your field.
  • Follow Companies on social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram feeds will keep you up to date with what is happening with your target employers.
  • Take online courses to remain current with your skills and knowledge.
  • Pursue volunteer work, at least once per week, to provide routine, structure, networking opportunities and current references
  • View the classified ads in your local newspaper or online daily.
  • Monitor the local news for businesses moving to the area or upcoming job fairs.
  • Cold call prospective employers via telephone.
  • Conduct informational interviews via phone or email.
  • Maintain your physical and emotional health. Eat nutritious foods, exercise and get enough sleep to be energized.
  • Develop a job search routine. Whether you are pounding the pavement or searching online, conducting regular job search activities helps to sustain your motivation.
  • Target local employers you would like to work for. Review their website and social media feeds for information about job openings.
  • Continue to revise your resume and cover letter for positions you wish to pursue.
  • Meet with someone for coffee once per week to maintain social contact and network.
  • Research target companies via the Scott’s Directory.
  • Gear up for spring. There is a great deal of seasonal hiring that will begin as early as February. Brainstorm industries that will be hiring and develop a strategy for applying.
  • Consider self-care to maintain positive mental health (relax, regroup, reenergize).
  • Mix it up – try something new to challenge yourself.
  • Research labour market, academic or career planning information.
  • Update your job search log and plan for follow-up activities.

Just because the weather outside is frightful, it does not mean you have to put a freeze on your career goals. Keep busy, keep focused and surround yourself with positive people.

For more assistance with your job search, book an appointment with a Career Counsellor at EPC or check our Workshops & Events section for upcoming dates.

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