Finding a job
To help you find a job, this page has useful links to guide you through every stage of the job-hunting process.
Before you start your job hunt
To work in Canada, you’ll need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You might also want to make sure you’re old enough to work in the job that you want. The minimum age to work in some jobs varies from province to province.
Writing a résumé and cover letter
These two documents are your first real contact with a potential employer. A résumé shows off your skills, education, and accomplishments, and a cover letter introduces you to employers. Check out these pages for tips, templates, and examples to help you get started on your résumé and cover letter:
A reference is someone that an employer can contact to find out more about you and to make sure you’re the right fit for the position they’re looking to fill.
Preparing for a job interview
Job interviews can be one of the most nerve-wracking steps of the job-hunting process. Check out the following page for tips to help you prepare and succeed in your next interview.
Where to look for a job
The traditional way to look for a job is to respond to advertisements and postings. You can usually find these in newspapers, community newsletters, online, or through employment centres. When you apply, be sure to read the instructions in the job posting.
Here are some links to help you find employment opportunities:
- Student/Youth Job Bank – employment opportunities for students and young Canadians across the country
- Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) – full-time students can post their résumé to apply for temporary student jobs within the federal public service
- jobbank.gc.ca – employment opportunities across Canada
- jobs.gc.ca – careers in the federal public service
Did you know that most job openings aren’t even advertised? Employers and managers often fill “hidden” jobs by asking people in their network if they know anyone who would be a good fit. This network could include co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. Check out the following page to find out more about finding jobs in the hidden job market:
Starting your own business
Check out the following page for guidance on making a business plan, securing financing, registering your business, and considering legal issues related to starting your own business:
A great way to gain work experience while travelling is by working abroad. Check out the following page for information and resources to help you prepare for a job outside Canada: