OSPE Job Search Program

Welcome to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Job Search Program
 
OSPE - Panic Free Job Search

The OSPE Job Search Program in partnership with Transition to Hired is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to write an impactful resumé and cover letter, access the hidden job market, impress potential employers and recruiters, make connections in your field and successfully land a position that meets your needs.

This program consists of five workshops offered through distance or classroom learning four times each year. Students complete only those workshops they require.

These workshops are live streamed from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, however limited space is available (first come, first served basis) if you would like to attend in person. Please register for the event and then email your request to admin@ospe.on.ca if you would like to attend in person.  


UPCOMING JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS WITH OSPE:

Interview winning resumés for engineers – Sign up

Are you frustrated by submitting endless applications? Do you want more interviews? If your resumé is not helping you land an interview, it most likely needs tweaking. But even if you have a great resumé, it won’t always be seen by employers. Learn how to develop a winning resumé that will get through screening software and help you successfully land an interview. 

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Write targeted resumés that grab the reader’s attention in less than 30 seconds
  • Deconstruct job descriptions to customize your resumé for the position
  • Extract key competencies and skills from the job description and position them in the right place on your resumé, backed up by proof of execution and results
  • Understand how to apply keywords and phrases in your resumé and correct classic formatting errors
  • Successfully influence the selection of your job application

How to use the power of marketing letters to land your next job – Sign up

Did you know that employers receive more than 300 applications for each job posting? If you are relying solely on your resumé to get an interview, you might not get one. Learn how to access the hidden job market and land interviews using a marketing letter. 

After this workshop, you will:

  • Understand how to get interviews, even when no job has been posted
  • Have marketing letter templates that you can customize
  • Understand the power of a hook, a unique selling proposition, and a clear call to action.
  • Be able to build intrigue so that you get a call back
  • Know which companies to specifically target in your job search

How to build a strategic business network – Sign up

Networking is one of the most important, yet often most dreaded, professional development challenges an engineer must face. Most professionals discover networking when they lose a job and find that they are unprepared to take on its challenges. As a result, they get frustrated and find networking a painful exercise — but it does not have to be that way. Networking can be enjoyable and rewarding in terms of advancing your career, developing personal relationships and addressing strategic issues facing one’s industry.  

After this workshop, you will understand:

  • The three forms of networking (personal, operational and strategic) and how each one can be used to enhance and manage your career
  • What the biggest challenge to networking is and how to overcome it
  • How to find and approach strategic partners, and build mutually beneficial relationships
  • The importance of addressing strategic issues in business
  • How to schedule time for networking
  • Tools that make networking easier and more effective

Acing the engineering interview – Sign up

The interview is your opportunity to close the deal. After all the hard work that went into finding and securing an interview you want to make sure you are prepared to win. You only have one shot at making a great impression and to do that you need to be prepared. How do you prepare? There is so much conflicting advice out there? Our team at TTH has had success in helping thousands of professionals, including engineers, scientists, managers and executives get hired over 30 years. We will show you what works and what you have to do, before, and in the interview, to get hired. Join us and find out how to ace the interview and get hired.

After this workshop you will understand:

  • How to prepare to win and avoid the pitfalls and biggest mistakes
  • The criticality of first impressions and how to make a great one
  • How to establish chemistry and likeability
  • 5 Top questions you can expect and how to answer them
  • The biggest deal breaker questions and how to answer them to win
  • How to control what you can control and stop worrying about your performance
  • Understanding engineering competencies demanded by employers and how to answer behavioural questions to demonstrate engineering competence

Seven best practices to attract and drive recruiters and employers to your LinkedIn profile – Sign up

LinkedIn has become one of the most important tools employers and recruiters use to find and screen potential hires. In this workshop, learn how to create a strong online presence, build a professional network, and engage with contacts who visit your profile. 

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Drive employers and recruiters to your LinkedIn profile
  • Optimize your profile so it can be found within LinkedIn and by search engines
  • Understand the benefits of having a paid premium LinkedIn account
  • Understand why LinkedIn groups matter
  • Engage an employer or recruiter who visits your profile (how to reach out and generate interviews)
  • Connect with decision makers on LinkedIn (i.e., CEOs, vice presidents, and directors) and turn your connection into an interview

WHO SHOULD ATTEND – Unemployed and any active job hunters, Underemployed professionals, Employed professionals seeking a promotion or a job change, Professionals new to Canada, New graduates


TESTIMONIALS

I attended OSPE’s Module 1 & 2 and look forward to Module 3. These excellent modules are presented by Paul Hill and Transition to Hired via live stream. I have found them to be very insightful and helpful. These modules confirmed much of what I suspected from my own job searching experience. That being that even a good resume is not enough to get noticed. You need to create and effectively use the right supporting documentation. I have been employing the techniques taught in Module 1 and as a result have noticed significant changes in my LinkedIn Profile views. As of today I rank in the top 3% for profile views among professionals like me, up from the top 20% 30 days ago. Module 2 covered several guidelines regarding how best to lay out your resume so that you can get noticed by the ATS systems that so many large companies use today. More specifically, I learned the importance of backing-up my skills with the right context, showing where I used those skills and what the results were. As Paul said, we need to “show not just tell” what we have done. Our skills are only as useful as the context we put them in; otherwise there is no differentiation among the job-seekers.

On July 20th, I look forward to streaming Module 3 live from the comfort of my own home so that I can avoid the traffic during the Pan-Am Games. Module 3 is set to focus on the use of marketing letters to approach companies that do not currently have job postings. I highly recommend these modules as they are designed specifically for the professional engineering community, and are relevant to both new grads as well as seasoned individuals looking for new opportunities. I wish the best of luck to all who are either searching for a job or looking to transition…Tanya

I want to thank you for having the foresight to bring Paul Hill and his training to OSPE. I attended the OSPE Get Hired event on September 30th and in less than one month I have some great news. I had started to lose hope after being unemployed for a year. Paul and Navgeet’s training and following through on their professional advice directly resulted in me getting a job offer. Paul was always available to me to answer any question after the training and give me extra coaching plus he also has a Meetup twice a month, which I attended, he does it in partnership with Microsoft (yes Microsoft!) and it is open to all engineers –it is not about software- it is about career management and job search. His training really makes a difference it is valuable, even critical, because job search keeps evolving and more engineers from OSPE should get to know about his training and Meetup because I had no knowledge of all this and it could have saved me a year of agony. I am very thankful for this course and I hope OSPE helps out more engineers with this training; we need more help like this…Josh

Transition to Hired has done wonders for my career search. I am now focused squarely on pursuing a career in the profession I’ve always wanted to work in. In just two months, I’ve had five interviews and another two are in the offing. Using the social media skills that I learned, my LinkedIn profile is now drawing substantially more traffic than before, helping me to effectively broadcast who I am and how I can meet the needs of potential employers. If you are serious about landing your dream job then Transition to Hired will teach you everything you need to know to do it!…Aaron

Just wanted to thank you for offering this workshop is OSPE members. After only one week since the in class workshop, I already have an interview from using the tools I learned from Paul and Nav! Thanks again and hopefully this workshop is offered again for more people…Tiffany

I attended Paul’s Boot Camp this past week and read his excellent book “The Panic Free Job Search”. Paul is a highly enthusiastic motivational individual with a solid base of skills that anyone in a career transition can utilize to their advantage. Paul knows and has the correct “TOOLS” to prepare a person for the ultimate job search. Paul is passionate about what he preaches and his support continues later on after Boot Camp is completed. I recommend any individual that is in a career transition to speak directly to Paul to obtain his great professional advice and to tap into his skillset…Mark

It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks for me – I recently received an offer and have been filling out paperwork as well as immigration documents. Since I will be travelling a lot I needed to get a US visa so it’s been a little more hectic than just signing a contract. I’ll be working at Mortenson Construction – an American construction company with a head office in Mississauga. They frequently part of wind farm construction so those are the types of projects I’ll be initially working on. So to close off – I would like to thank you both for your support and help throughout the past few months. It has been invaluable. I wish you success in your future workshops and endeavors…Alyssa

I got to know Paul through OSPE and found him a professional who is very passionate about helping others to succeed. Paul’s methodology is great and his approach toward the job market and job search is quite effective and just to the point. I’d recommend him to all job seekers, specifically those new to the market/country…Mostafa

Thank you very much for the information; it will definitely be very useful as preparation for an interview. Let me tell you that the workshop was really useful, practical, inspirational and, at the same time, enjoyable…Fernando

I just wanted to say many thanks to you both for the information packed seminar on Thursday. This was the only course I’ve ever taken in the subject area of resumes, job searching, LinkedIn etc. , and the refresher on the ”hiring mindset” was great to have…Ross

Thank you so much for the workshop! You and Paul really helped me a lot in understanding how the job search process works…Wilfred

Thanks for a wonderful presentation last Thursday and taking the additional time to help us with our assignments…John

“I am an OPSE member and I attended Paul Hill’s Ultimate Job Search Boot Camp. I was very impressed and walked away with tons of value. I found that Paul is very sincere and strongly believes in what he does. The training does not end at the 2 day program but his support continues long after, with a step by step plan and coaching. I had been in transition for a while and though I knew where I wanted to go I just did not know how to get there . Paul and Navgeet provided me with the tools and the structure, and more importantly, a more positive mindset, that I needed to get my job search back on track. Sending our resumes to online job postings just does not seem to work for the majority of professionals in transition and the strategies, tools, and tactics delivered by Paul are great. The future looks bright and I highly recommend the job search program to everyone seeking a step-up in their career or to land their next job.”…Alwyn


YOUR JOB SEARCH EXPERTS ARE

Paul Hill - Job Search Boot CampPaul Hill – Veteran career management professional Paul Hill is a job search pioneer with over 29 years of significant projects recognized by industry peers and by professionals in-transition as groundbreaking in the areas of job search, social networking, and professional branding. He is a published author of the international bestselling book The Panic Free Job Search, a professional speaker, and a job search trainer. His work has appeared on radio, television, and in publications such as CTV, CBC, CBS, ABC, Globe and Mail, and Cosmopolitan.

He delivers professional development and career training for professional associations including the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), The American Society of Quality (ASQ), Association of Career Professionals International (ACP International), and NCON Professional Development Conference.

Paul is currently collaborating with Microsoft to bring job search and digital technology training to the Mississauga community. He is the Director of Career Services at HAPPEN Inc., Canada’s largest network for professionals in transition. He is the principal of Transition to Hired and the lead trainer of the Ultimate Job Search Boot Camp.

Navgeet Bajaj - Job Search Boot CampNavgeet Bajaj – An accomplished scientist who made her mark in Bioanalytical Chemistry. After undergoing a career set back through a surprise lay-off she applied the best practices in job search developed by Paul Hill and landed a great job which culminated in a lifelong ambition of getting her name in the esteemed scientific publication Nature.

Even though she had a successful burgeoning career at the University of Toronto she felt compelled to bring the best practices she learnt in job search to other professionals in need. She decided to leave her job at the University and joined Paul Hill to jointly create a job search boot camp to bring The Panic Free Job Search methodology to more professionals so they too could reach their career dreams. Navgeet holds a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master in Health Care Administration.

You can reach Paul at 416-831-6964 and Navgeet at 416-825-1933.