Employers and employers’ groups are urging Canadians to apply for a job or be in the process of getting a job online, arguing that they will have more opportunities to fill positions that require a high level of education and a strong work ethic.
“It’s an exciting time to be an applicant,” said Jason Maclean, CEO of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
“We have a growing number of employers that want to hire our members and our members have a great relationship with employers, and they’re looking for people who can help them get the job they want, not just the job that’s offered.”
Maclean noted that online applications are a great opportunity for those looking for work because they provide a “virtual job board.”
“It gives you an opportunity to see what the employers are looking for, the skills and the qualifications they want to see in the applicant, and it gives you a virtual job board that’s open to you to give feedback,” he said.
Maclean said he believes the online job board helps job seekers get more work, but he said the real advantage of applying online is the opportunity to have a higher level of confidence in the skills you have.
“You know the candidates they’re applying to, so you know what they need and what the qualifications are and what their work history is,” he added.
“The best way to find the right person is to interview them face-to-face, and if you have the right interview, you’re going to get a better result.”CUPEC says it’s encouraging people to apply online for jobs.
The union says it works to promote education and employment for all Canadians, including those with disabilities.
“We’ve had a lot of good news for our members, particularly those with a disability, who have access to online platforms for employment applications,” Maclean said.
“I’m confident that there are opportunities for employers in this space, and I think employers will be much more comfortable doing that if they know they’re going through the process.”
Cupec’s online job application site is available in English and French, as well as in Spanish.