With the diverse paths to becoming a cultural manager, searching for work can be overwhelming. Here are a couple of tips to guide your search.
Network your way to work
Most people get their first job through a contact, for example, an acquaintance who knows about an unadvertised job or where work can be found. How can you make these very important contacts? It’s easier than you think. The answer is – make yourself visible. The only way people will know about you is because you’re already working, either through your school projects or your volunteer work.
Here are some useful tips for building a network:
- Be an enthusiastic worker. If you’re willing to try anything and enjoy w
will remember you.
- Be curious about others. Your network is not just about you. Have a ge
others do and enjoy learning from them.
- Stay in touch. Relationships need constant work. Give your contacts a
them how they’re doing. Tell them what you’re up to.
- Target organizations that are of interest to you and offer to volunteer.
Here are a few websites to visit for your work search:
- The Cultural Human Resources Council’s Cultureworks.ca website
- The Conseil Québecois des ressources humaines en culture (French only)
- The Cultural Careers Council Ontario job board
- SaskCulture job gallery
- Charity Village (a website dedicated to supporting charities and non-profit organizations across Canada.
- Many individual cultural organizations – including umbrella groups that support other cultural organizations – offer job posting on their websites.
- Government websites—the federal government has several job listing sites, and your provincial/territorial government may also have sites with information about work in your community or region. Visit www.workinfonet.ca for links to all federal provincial and territorial government sites.
- Company websites – some companies post current job openings with detailed information about positions and their requirements.
- Specialized job posting websites – sites where companies advertise openings with detailed information about positions and their requirements.