The ultimate goal of every student is to land the job of their dreams. But for many students, the question is: “how do I get a job if I don’t have experience?” While today’s competitive job market may be daunting, there are several things that you can do to gain valuable skills to add to your resume, build character, create learning experiences, and ultimately find a dream job.
Statistics Canada is offering students a unique opportunity to work within their communities as an enumerator or a crew leader for the 2016 Census.
Build important skills
Effective communication and strong interpersonal skills enable you to express your thoughts in a professional manner, which is crucial for any job. Census enumerators are responsible for identifying dwellings on maps, conducting personal interviews, and following up with respondents in person and by phone. This role allows students to develop valuable workplace skills, including communication, interpersonal, organizational, time management and problem solving skills.
Take on a leadership role
When employers are hiring, they look for candidates who show initiative. Taking on a leadership role that you can talk about in an interview later on, will set you apart from other candidates. Census crew leaders are responsible for training and supervising a team of enumerators. This role provides a fantastic opportunity for students to build leadership and team management skills.
Gain experience outside your field
While it is crucial to have the technical skills needed to do a job properly, many employers look for well-rounded candidates with varying life experiences. Statistics Canada’s census jobs allow students to develop a greater sense of community by collecting information that is vital for planning and evaluating important public services.
Information on census jobs is available online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs.