When looking for a job, it is essential that you target a position that is currently in demand. If there are no jobs available, it doesn’t matter if your resume could win awards; you still won’t get an offer. There are many different ways to access labour market information. You can review government websites, read industry publications, or consult your network. Sometimes the job search websites will post statistics about the job posts on their specific site. This information is particularly useful because it is current and is based on real jobs. Here are six jobs identified by Indeed to be the top jobs in the industries that have experienced the most growth over the last year:
Early Childhood Educator: ECE’s typically work in daycare centres with children from infants to age 5. They supervise and assist the children in daily activities, special activities and field trips. They also plan activities for the children and maintain records. Depending on the level of position, the requirements may be experience working with children, Registered Early Childhood Educator or Early Childhood Assistant, First Aid and CPR Certificate, and a police check. The wage for this position generally ranges from $10.25 to $16.25 per hour.
Cook: Cooks are responsible for preparing food, assessing the quality of food and determining portions, ordering supplies and equipment, maintaining inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment, and cleaning the kitchen and work areas. The scope of responsibility can vary significantly among positions. Most positions require some cooking experience and a food safety/handling certificate. Some positions will require relevant training and/or certification. Depending on the level of the position, the wage generally ranges from $10.25 to $16.25 per hour.
Driver: Most driver positions require either a Class 3, AZ or DZ license and a clean driver’s abstract. In addition to driving, these positions may require customer service, some lifting, filling out log books, inspecting the vehicle daily, and reporting necessary repairs as required. Depending on the level of the position, the wage generally ranges from $11 to $20 per hour.
Production Supervisor: Production supervisors mainly work in the manufacturing industry. Production supervisors are responsible for the effective management of plant operations, including daily supervision, creating and communicating a work schedule, ensuring the safety of all stakeholders, maintaining a clean and safe working environment, monitoring product standards, taking corrective action as needed, inventory and materials scheduling, tracking performance and regularly reporting metrics. These positions usually require some leadership experience, computer skills, strong communication skills, experience in manufacturing, and experience managing budgets and schedules. Depending on the level of the position, the wage generally ranges from $15 to $27 per hour.
Customer Service Representative: The requirements for a customer service representative are strong communication skills, computer skills, customer service experience, the ability to multitask and work well in a fast-paced environment, and being a good team player. Customer service representatives respond to general inquiries, process customer orders, address customer complaints and problems and keep records of customer interactions and transactions. The wage for customer service representatives starts at $10.25/hour and the average hourly wage is about $14.85.
To do your own research on industry employment trends, visit http://www.indeed.ca/jobtrends/industry
When you have a better understanding of the labour market conditions, you can make a more educated decision on which jobs to target.
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