As the leading voice of the residential systems integration industry, CEDIA is working diligently to ensure that everyone within our industry, from business owners to technicians, have the resources they need to make informed decisions regarding their business and career.
While the following resources have been compiled with all jobseekers in mind, we recommend that jobseekers, especially those who have recently been laid-off due to COVID-19, connect with their local public workforce office. Staff at these organizations are fully equipped to provide jobseekers with individualized services aimed at connecting them to employment and to social service organizations that can help meet their immediate survival needs.
Looking for the right job
Virtually all job search activities, including application and resume/CV submission happens electronically. Since the employer is not likely to see your face and interact with you until you're invited in for an interview, your resume/CV, application, and the way you follow up, must be on point.
Networking from home
Networking is an essential component of your job search, so it is important that you know how to do it well. A willingness to network and build connections will be the single most useful tool in your job search. Networking is considered by many to be the most effective way to find a job, but every person will need to build his or her own network differently.
Write a great cover letter
A cover letter introduces your resume/CV and provides context for the reader. The letter should reflect your personality, enthusiasm, intellect, and interest in the organization where you are applying.
Impress with your resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
In the job hunt, the single most important tool is a carefully thought-out, attractively designed, well-written resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Your resume/CV describes your qualifications and what makes you unique. To stand out among other applicants, you need a resume that markets your strengths and match for the job.
Nail the interview and next steps
A job interview is a two-way discussion, not a one-way interrogation. A job interview gives you the opportunity to learn more about the job and employer, assess whether both are a good fit for you and your career goals, and present yourself as the best candidate for the job. It also gives the employer the opportunity to find out if you are a good fit for the position and company by helping them better understand what you have to offer (knowledge, skills, and abilities), who you are (personality, character, interests), and why they should hire you (you have what they need and will be an asset to the company).
Get help from your local public workforce office
Navigating career development on your own can feel overwhelming. CEDIA recommends that you work with career development professionals to help you get and stay on the right path. Most countries provide some type of government funded services to jobseekers and employers. Services vary from country to country, please use the list below to access the right resource.
- United States: American Job Centers
- United Kingdom: JobCentre Plus
- Canada: Employment and Social Development Canada
- Australia: Jobactive
- Mexico: Servicio Nacional de Empleo
- India: National Career Service