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Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport: Job Search

Library and online resources for Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport.

WOW Jobs: Diesel mechanic

WowJobs search results page for diesel mechanic (BC). It's possible to filter jobs by company, etc.

Indeed: Heavy duty mechanic apprentice

ca.indeed.com ... This site is good for suggesting variations of your search terms (look at the "Job Titles" filter on the left side of the results list).

You'll find results for Canadian jobs for the search term "heavy duty mechanic apprentice" here. If you're wanting to check out U.S. possibilities, go to www.indeed.com and try some search terms there. Here are some U.S. results for the same search on the American site.

Learn4good: Some overseas jobs

Learn4good.com ... There are a few jobs (Canadian and overseas) for mechanics here. There are a couple of interesting things about this website, namely, that you can filter for individual countries and you can see what consulting firms are "headhunting" for jobs. Once you know the name of the consulting firm, it may be worth your while to do a Google search for the firm and then check out that company's website directly. Some of them encourage you to register for jobs.For example, a British firm named Thomas M Consulting is listed in some of the Australia jobs ... a Google search will lead you to their website (http://www.thomasmconsulting.com/). Lesson to be learned: Play "detective" and mine webites for further leads!

Basic Tips ...

Some ideas from Bill ... not exhaustive, but a start:

WARNING! Online risks:  Always BE CAREFUL when considering posting or uploading your resume to an online employment website (i.e., jobs aggregator). Resumes contain personal information that could potentially be circulated. In the worst case, your personal information could even potentially be used to perpetrate identity theft.

* When asked to create an account, always use a unique ID and password that you DON'T also use for other online accounts (such as banking)
* NEVER respond to employment websites that ask you for any kind of personal financial information or commitment
* Whenever possible, try to MAKE DIRECT CONTACT with a company that is offering a job online to ensure that the job posting is legitimate
** For an excellent video (10 min.) with tips on how to avoid ID theft, check this out: http://youtu.be/JuDHHIlRi6s
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  • Bookmark a variety of jobs websites (see above); set up email alerts and/or RSS feeds so that you don't miss relevant jobs (and so you don't have to redo your legwork every time you're inclined to do a job search)
  • Read job descriptions carefully. What qualifications/attributes/competencies in the description do you have?
  • Tailor your cover letter and resume to a specific job. Use the same terms in your application that appear in the job description. Many organizations "weed out" cover letters and resumes (often with automated software) that don't match the description.
  • Try to make a personal contact at the company/institution and find out if you can address your cover letter to a specific indivdual. (However, make sure that person is not away on vacation somewhere or off sick.)
  • Research your potential employer and indicate in your cover letter that you do know something about the organization. Even better, indicate briefly how your experience/qualifications fit well with the target's organizational needs.
  • Include at least one thing in your resume that will make it stand out from the crowd, even if it might not directly address the qualifications asked for (this seems contradictory, but recruiters are as curious as the rest of us and will perk up when they see something a little different). If you've had experience as a blacksmith, for example, stick that in there (briefly).
  • Make sure you include any awards or other official recognition in your resume; it's even worth highlighting in your cover letter.
  • When you land an interview, try to anticipate what kinds of questions you may be asked. Do mock interviews with friends/family. Be prepared to ask your own intelligent questions about the organization.
  • Consider bringing materials with you to the interview that indicate what kind of work/training you've been engaged in. For example, photos on a tablet showing you working on a particular engine/vehicle might be engaging.
  • Always keep a record of who you have applied with (create a folder on your computer and have different covers and resumes for each job). Even make a note of what you were wearing when you went to the interview, if you got one. If asked to come for a second interview, wear the same stuff (no kidding!).

WOW Jobs: Heavy duty apprentice

Search "heavy duty apprentice" ... click the WOW results page to view postings or try a different search.

Other Jobs Websites

Dieselmechanicjobs.com

This site has videos and other features for some select companies, such as Praxair, Estes Express Lines, etc. They also have a few links to these companies, some of which post jobs in the U.S. and Canada.

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TransTechs.com

This is a staffing company that features U.S. jobs. They are a kind of "temp agency" for diesel and engine technicias. When you work for TransTechs, you are actually serving companies who have outsourced their labour needs to TransTechs (find out more about this here). Their website has a fairly simple to use "resume builder" that also serves as an application form. Alternatively, you can upload your own resume for specific jobs.

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Workopolis.com

Here are some Workopolis (Canadian) results for "heavy duty mechanic apprentice."

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Jobinga.ca

More Canadian "heavy duty mechanic" jobs ...

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Here are some Workoplis (Canadian) results for "heavy duty mechanic apprentice"

More Canadian "heavy duty mechanic" jobs ...

Corporations ... more jobs!

Selected organizations that hire heavy duty mechanics:

BC Hydro Vehicle Tradesperson (Truck & Transport Mechanic) ... "Learn to maintain, inspect, repair, and modify B.C. Hydro vehicles ..." etc.

Here are a few more:

Tech Resources Careers

Finning Careers

CN (Canadian National)

West Fraser

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