A resume is a brief description of your work and volunteer experiences, qualifications and education. It is often submitted with an employment application. This shows your potential employer what sets you aside from other applicants, highlighting skills and certificates such as W.H.M.I.S or First Aid & C.P.R. There are three types of resumes that highlight different areas of experience you may have.
References or Allies are people from your past employment or volunteer work that can provide a potential employer with a brief description and confirmation of your previous work qualifications and abilities. These people can be past co-workers, managers, or assistant managers. A personal reference, also known as a character reference, is a reference provided by an individual who knows you and can vouch for your character and abilities. Neighbours and acquaintances may be willing to write a reference for you. Business acquaintances, teachers, professors or academic advisors, volunteer leaders, or coaches can all provide a personal reference.
Often you can have a separate page of references and bring this with you to your interview, or you can add them onto your resume. It's important to let your references know when you will be putting their name out so that they are not surprised by calls.
Networking is also among your top resource for employment and tapping into the hidden job market. Your network may be friends, family, teachers, past employers etc. The whole point of networking is to let those people know you are seeking employment, the more people they know the better. You may find out about a business hiring but who is not advertising to the public. Businesses also network among each other, and are often able to pass along a resume.
WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
Usually when it is required for a specific job, the employer will give you the information to complete the course. On the WHMIS website there are links to various training programs and it is a very useful tool if you're not getting WHIMIS through an employer or school: http://www.whmis.ca/
The best and most resourceful way of finding employment may lie in the hidden job market. The Hidden Job Market is work that exists but isn't necessarily posted on an on-line job site or in the newspaper. To tap into this hidden job market, it is good to go out and meet with businesses and employers directly. Those businesses respect hardworking individuals who are out, seeking employment, and make the effort to drop off their resume in person. As well, volunteering or by being active in the community, are other ways to tap into the hidden job market because people get to meet you and learn about your skills and abilities.