FIND AN EMPLOYER SPONSOR
On-the-job training is a critical part of your learning and one of the most rewarding aspects of apprenticeship. Finding an employer who is willing to mentor and sponsor you will be one of the biggest challenges you face, but there are steps you can take to increase your chances of landing and keeping a job.
STEP 1: FIND OUT WHO’S HIRING
Search WorkBC’s Apprenticeship Job Match at www.workbc.ca/trades to find companies that are looking for apprentices in your trade.
Contact your local Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce or WorkBC centre to find smaller companies that may not always advertise jobs.
Go to local events like job fairs to connect with companies that hire your trade.
Let people know you’re looking for a job, including family members, their friends and other adults.
STEP 2: GET READY
Find out how to apply. Depending on the industry or company. you may submit an application online or show up at the job site.
Highlight relevant skills and experiences on your resume. Do you have a First Aid Certificate? Did you take Woodworking 12? Do you regularly change the oil on your car?
Practice your pitch. Be ready to explain who you are and why you want to work for this company in particular.
STEP 3: GET THE JOB
Be professional. Dress suitably, user respectful language, and make sure your email address and outgoing voicemail messages are work-appropriate.
Smile before you say hello on the phone. It changes your voice and gives a good first impression.
Keep a record of when and where you apply. That way, you can follow up later.
Don’t give up! It can take between 12 and 15 applications to get an interview or even hear back.
STEP 4: START OFF RIGHT
Have a positive attitude. Be willing to begin at the bottom and work your way up.
Come prepared. Bring your lunch and any necessary tools or gear.
Find out the cell phone policy – and follow it.
Ask questions if you don’t understand the instructions.
Be ready to work overtime. Many trades don’t follow the clock.
Don’t stand around. If you’ve finished your job, tidy your workspace.
Talk to your supervisor if you have any concerns.