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5 resources to help you get a job

By: Nikki Pawlitschek, AU Counsellor

You’ve done your research, built your skills, and you’re ready to land that dream job. Now what?

Canada Career Month. It’s Possible! This year, think about what’s possible for you to achieve in your career at any stage of life. Let’s get you started: It’s possible to succeed. It’s possible to create plan that moves you forward. It’s possible to reflect on your own story. It’s possible to connect with a mentor. It’s possible to make a difference to those you work with. It’s possible to volunteer your way to meaningful work. It’s possible to build your own job search campaign. It’s possible to recover from job loss and come back stronger. It’s possible to identify your transferrable skills. It’s possible to gain different types of work experiences. It’s possible to take charge of your career in a changing world. It’s possible to achieve your dream through planning and dedication. It’s possible to have work-life balance. It’s possible to share your skills with others.

As part of our efforts to recognize Canada Career Month and support learners, we’ve put together a collection of resources that should help make your job search a little easier, and much more productive.

1. What is a personal brand, and how can it help?

If you don’t already have your own personal brand, you will want to start developing it so you know what your unique strengths are.

Fortunately, the free Elevate Your Personal Brand course offered through PowerED™ by Athabasca University (AU) has you covered. This course can help you build a personal brand that will align with your values and amplify your strengths.

2. Improving your resumé

Once you have built your personal brand, you’re ready to show it off in your resumé.

There are plenty of resumé support options out there, but I recommend the VMock resumé service offered through the Athabasca University Students’ Union.

VMock is a career acceleration platform that provides instant personalized feedback on your resumé, based on data, machine learning, and language processing. It can help you assess how well you have marketed your core competencies and provides an objective score benchmarked against thousands of other resumés.

3. Writing a cover letter

When applying for a new role, a cover letter that is tailored to the job description is just as important as your resumé.

There are many services available that can help you write a better cover letter. Glassdoor, a leading job-search resource, offers some helpful tips and three templates to help you write a cover letter that will set you apart from the competition.

4. Update and maintain a LinkedIn profile

Why is it important to have a LinkedIn profile? Having a profile, along with a catchy headline and with a copy of your resumé, will make you stand out to headhunters looking for candidates like yourself.

First you can create a LinkedIn Learning account with your AU email account. Once you’re logged in, take the Learning LinkedIn course, which is a step-by-step guide to help you create your profile.

5. Preparing for a job interview

Once you have landed a job interview, you will need to prepare yourself. There are countless resources available, but here are some that I recommend to get you started:

Watch for more helpful career-planning advice throughout the month of November for Canada Career Month:

If you would like more information about career planning, please contact Counselling Services at

Nikki Pawlitschek is an academic counsellor at AU. She has an MA in mental health counselling from City University, a BA in liberal arts from the University of British Columbia, a BA in psychology from Open University, a certificate in modern languages (English, French, German), a diploma in brief systemic family therapy, and a certificate of counselling science. Most recently, she completed a two-year training program in Hakomi professional skills. Her passion is helping individuals find out what they truly want to do and to explore all the various options. She strongly believes that nothing is impossible and that with the right planning and support, everyone can achieve their goals.

  • November 22, 2021
Guest Blog from:
Nikki Pawlitschek, AU Counsellor