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AccPac: Accounting software package.

Application Form: Most companies will ask you to complete an application form. You can usually attach a résumé instead of completing employment history. If you have the opportunity take the form home to complete, ask for two copies – in case of errors.

Aptitude Test: A test that measures your skill potential for employment. It may measure language, mathematics, mechanical, critical thinking or other skills. You can go online and test your skill ability.

Asset: Of benefit to the employer e.g. French is an asset – not a requirement but increases the opportunity of employment.

Attribute: A personal quality or characteristic e.g. hardworking, honest.

Browser: A program that allows a user to access and and navigate the Internet.

Business Directory: List of the local businesses

Cold Calling: This is known as the ‘hidden job market’. Calling or emailing companies you are interested in working for that may not have advertised a vacancy. Strongly recommended for your job search.

Consistent Work History: Working in the same field for many years or maintaining employment with none or few breaks.

Contract Positions: Employment that has a defined beginning and end date. These could be short term e.g. 3-6 months or long term one or more years. Contract jobs are common and may be extended.

Cover Letter: A letter that accompanies your résumé; each employment application should have a ‘tailored’ résumé and cover letter.

DOE: Depending On Experience. Employers often base the wage rate on prior related work experience and education.

Employment Agency: Usually meets the short term hiring need of an employer. The agency ‘hires and pays the person on behalf of the employer’.

Employment Gaps: Time between employment. Long gaps are of concern to employers unless accounted for e.g. school, maternity/paternity.

Enclosure: Typed at the bottom of a letter to indicate an addition to the letter.

Fax or Facsimile: Currently replaced by a scanned document but still in use.

Hard Skills: Formerly acquired skills, e.g. typing, effective use of hand/power tools.

Headhunter: A company hired by an employer to source a person with a specific employment skill or experience. Usually high level, executive positions.

Hidden Job Market: Employment opportunities that are not advertised – considered as 80% of all available jobs. To find these employment opportunities requires networking, informational interviews, and cold calling.

HR (Human Resources): The department that handles the responsibility for hiring employees, training, and other employment matters.

Informational Interview: A meeting with an employer arranged specifically to gather information and insight into a career field or company. A thank you letter should always be sent following the informational interview.

Interpersonal Skills: One of the soft-skills, often higher regarded then ‘hard skills’ as soft skills cannot be taught. The ability to get along well with others in a team environment.

Interview: A formal meeting with an employer. Job seekers can submit >100 résumés and only receive one invitation to an interview. It is important to be well prepared and ready for the interview – we can help!

Job Bank: A database of job postings.

Job Fair: Arranged by employers to meet potential candidates to fill current/ future employment opportunities.

Job Functions: The duties of the job.

Microsoft Word: Most commonly used to write letters/documents/reports. Microsoft Word is the most widely used word processing program and is a required skill by the majority of employers.

Microsoft Excel: Most commonly used to create spreadsheet used to store and manipulate numbers. It is the most widely used spreadsheet and the second most employer-requested computer skill.

Mock Interview: An interview arranged specifically to practice the skills required to ‘promote your skills’ to an employer. Strongly recommended if you have not had an employment interview for many years or have had interviews but failed to be offered employment.

Negotiable: A term used by an employer in determining salary, often based on years of work experience, education, skills. Job seekers will also use the word to advise employers that their salary expectations are ‘negotiable’.

Networking: Strongly recommended in job searching. Reaching out to people to improve your opportunity for employment. 80% of jobs are not advertised; these jobs may be found through networking.

NOC: National Occupation Classification. A Canadian system for classifying different types of jobs. Very useful in determining skill/education requirement for specific positions and in developing résumés.

Rapport: The ability to establish positive conversation/relationships with others –highly desired by many employers.

Requirement: Commonly seen on job postings as needed to be interviewed/ accepted for employment, e.g. valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Résumé: An important document outlining your skills, work experience, education and other personal characteristics that is used as a promotion tool to an employer.

Soft Skills: Interpersonal skills/ qualities, characteristics and attributes. These may include well-organized, a strong team player, and a quick learner.

Team Player: To be able to work in harmony and effectively as part of a team or group.

Trade Journals: Publications that focus on a specific industry or fields of work.

Trade Shows: Events at which companies which companies promote their products to the public. Trade shows can be excellent networking opportunities.

Vacancies: Employment opportunities.

Well-rounded: To have many different skills, interests and abilities.

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