Get a Job

Reasons to look for a job

Why you are looking?

Experience you need from your next job

Student graduating from school

Gaining experience and strengthening skills

Becoming independent and self sufficient

Student looking for an internship

Earning credits for graduation

Earning money for school

Gaining experience in order to attain a full time job

Expectation of converting the internship into a full-time job

Experienced candidate returning to workforce

Gaining further experience

Using previous skills and knowledge to gain more

Becoming financially stable

Experienced candidate changing careers

Trying out a different industry

Focusing on the transition of changing career attributes and responsibilities

Source: The Sailor Foundation

Steps to getting a job

1.    Organize yourself and your search

Be aware of what you are looking for, what work field would you want to focus on administration, healthcare, retail or service? Ask yourself questions such as how much experience do I have? What skills do I posses?

2.    Prepare your resume

Your resume represents who you are, what you have done and what skills and accomplishments you have gained. It is important that you build your resume in the accurate way and follow guidelines which would help you achieve your career goals. There are many sites which provide you with tips on creating a successful resume. Visit: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/resume.shtml to determine the different types of resumes and the tips on creating a resume and cover letter for a specific position. Also refer to the documents attached below for resume and cover letter samples.

3.    Create profiles on job boards and sites where you can seek opportunities.

Sites such as indeed, monster, linkedin, wowjobs, workopolis can help you access newly posted jobs. If you create profiles with your information and an upto-date resume on these sites you may also be contacted by employers who may find the skills you have would be useful for the positions they are seeking to hire for.

4.    Understanding nature of the job market

The job market consists of job openings that may or may not be advertised. Approximately 80% of job opportunities at any given time are not advertised. Tapping into these jobs requires job search activities outside of simply searching online postings. Networking is an essential piece of the job search.

5.    Find additional ways on finding jobs

Identify job opportunities. Use a multi-method approach to identifying job opportunities. Consider incorporating the following into your search strategy:

· Career fairs

· Blue Hen Careers (CareerShift, Passport Career)

· Campus Interview Program

· Professional organizations/publications

· Online job sites and company websites

· Directly contacting potential employers (email, letters, phone calls, site visits)

· Networking

· Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)

NOTE: On Twitter, using hashtags for the job search is a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or a discussion that many are watching. Some examples of hashtags to use/search include: #jobsearch #resume #tweetmyjobs #recruiting #jobs #jobadvice #jobposting #jobhunt

6.    Submit applications.

Below are some tips for submitting an application:

 · Always submit a cover letter and resume tailored to the specific position.

· Whenever possible, address your cover letter to a specific person. If you are unable to obtain a name, use “Dear Hiring Manager.”

· Communicate professionally at all times. No slang, shorthand, emoticons, etc.

· If you find a job posting on a third-party website, check the company’s website to see if the job is also posted there. If so, submit your application through the company website.

NOTE: Stay focused! Persistence and perseverance are key components of a successful job search – remember it’s a process and finding a job does not happen overnight.

7.    Follow-up on applications. It is important to follow-up on your submitted applications and any job leads you have. Contact the company to which you applied, introduce yourself, and state that you would like to check on the status of your application.

Source: University of Delaware

As an agency we are committed to creating employment opportunities for youth. We want to provide information, help you to gain skills, work experience, better post-secondary training and create a career path once you turn 21.

Currently, we have created employment partnerships with the Region of Peel, the YMCA - GTA, Peel Regional Police and Brampton Multicultural Centre who are providing summer and long term employment opportunities for our youth.

Watch for upcoming registration for After School Job Opportunities which will be posted here.

Other opportunities to work with the agency include:

  • Working in our offices 
  • Becoming a paid financial literacy trainer
  • Working as support for our youth initiative program
  • Connecting former youth in care with employment opportunities within the agency and with community partners

For more information please contact the Youth Success Coordinator.

 


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