Job Search 2.0 – Ometz uses innovative tools to help job seekers

The online CV building tool helps users create an effective and professional CV designed to get the attention of potential employers.

Last year, over 1,700 Jewish Montrealers walked through the doors of Ometz seeking a helping hand in their job search– over half of them were placed.

While the success of Ometz’s employment rides on many factors, innovation remains a critical component in giving their job-seeking clients a leg-up in an increasingly competitive job market.


People who came to Ometz for employment help in 2012

To that end, Ometz continuously designs and offers workshops to allow clients to upgrade their job skills in order to maximize employment opportunities. In fact, over 1,700 people participated in Ometz workshops just last year. In addition to computer literacy and Microsoft office courses, Ometz recently introduced a series of workshops emphasizing the use of social media and technology, helping bridge the gap between the job seeker, and the in-demand skills required by today’s employer. “There are many new technologies that have evolved since I finished my Marketing degree in 2010. I frequently check out Ometz’s workshops to keep my skills as relevant as possible”, said Ryan, a marketing professional who recently attended Ometz’s social media series.

CV 2.0

Borne out of the necessity for higher quality CV’s, Ometz will soon be introducing their latest innovation– a highly-interactive, step-by-step CV building course, which leads the user through a series of questions en route to creating an effective and professional CV designed to get the attention of potential employers. “We’ve definitely noticed the need for additional help in the CV-writing process. In many case, we’re dealing with people who’ve never had to look for jobs before, or recently-arrived immigrants who have to transfer their skills to the Canadian job market. Even the format and presentation of CV’s have changed drastically over the last few years,” said Lori Rubinger, Director of Training and Special projects at Ometz, who spearheaded the development of the tool.

The tool helps users decide on the best format for their CV and then leads them through every subsection that employers expect to find, as well as tips to maximize marketability through each section. The tool goes beyond CV building by preparing the user for a job interview, and explaining how to best highlight your accomplishments.

“The end-goal is an efficient, easy to use tool that will strengthen the candidacy of every client that comes into Ometz,” concluded Rubinger.

The CV building course will be available in early April. In addition to basic browser compatibility, it will also be available on iPad, iPhone and Android tablets.

In the meantime, you can access Ometz’s employment training and workshop calendar here.

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