In July, 6.8% of Canada’s labour force could not find work. And in August, Canada eliminated 40,000 jobs. It is scary news for students about to graduate and join the labour force. Knowing how to reposition oneself to increase the chances of being hired may be the only way to gain an edge in today’s labour market.

“You can’t just… say, this is who I am as a person, and I have this degree, and I’ve had this work experience… therefore, I’d like to have an interview. Maybe you could have gotten away with that 10 years ago and got some interviews…” says Gillian Kemp, the director of MacEwan’s Career and Experience department. 

“It’s very difficult to get into the industry without actual professional experience. So it’s kinda rough,” says Chelsea Favre, a recent graduate from MacEwan University.

Some things to consider when applying to jobs as a student or new graduate include…

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