Need a job? Employment Ontario offers services right across Ontario that can help you:
- Find out which jobs are in demand.
- Give you job searching tools and information.
- Build your job search skills.
- Suggest other services that may help you.
Below are more links to online resources that might help you to get the job you want.
1. Get a Social Insurance Number
Before you begin your job search, you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This is a number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.
2. Write a résumé
A résumé is a summary of your education, work and volunteer history and skills. The goal of a résumé is to make the employer want to meet you and invite you to an interview.
- Youth Canada has useful tips on how to write a good résumé.
- Use this online résumé builder for a step-by-step guide on making a good résumé.
- UOIT Career Tools offers many résumé tools and resources, as well as sample résumés.
- How to Write a Great Resume: The Definitive Guide offers great tips on writing your résumé
3. Write a cover letter
Every time you send out a résumé, you’ll need to have a great cover letter to send along with it. It’s a good idea to customize your cover letter for each job you’re applying for. The cover letter is another way of introducing yourself to a potential employer.
- The Career Toolbox website includes tips on writing a cover letter.
- The CvTips website includes sample cover letters developed by experts.
4. Look for a job
Finding a job takes hard work. It also takes time. These job search techniques can help you prepare for your job hunt. Use the interactive section to complete a cover letter, résumé and thank-you letter.
The following links can help you find out what jobs are currently available in Ontario:
- Service Canada Job Bank has Canadian employment opportunities.
- Working in Ontario lists job opportunities and training. It also has links to tool and resources to help with your job search.
- Ontario Youth Employment Services lets you browse hundreds of new jobs and offers help from resumes to interviews.
- Employment Options Emploi helps people in Ontario with both employment and training.
- Public Service Commission of Canada has a searchable job database for careers in the federal public service.
- Ontario Public Service Careers has public service careers for jobs by city, salary, or region.
- Canada Revenue Agency Job Index lets you search for job opportunities across the country.
- Jobseekers Directory.com has great jobs and careers in Ontario listed by city of interest.
- Canadian-universities.net lists Ontario Employment Resources and career opportunities.
- Monster.ca lets you search for jobs by company, location, or job type.
- Workopolis.com has thousands of job opportunities to search from. Sign up for career alerts and receive new job listings as soon as they are posted.
5. Get prepared for a job interview
Here are some great places to learn about effective interview skills:
- Youth Canada has tips on preparing for interviews and what to expect.
- NextSteps gives you interview tips, common interview questions, and describes the different stages of a job interview.
- Use this checklist to successfully wrap up an interview. This can be the difference between getting a job and getting overlooked.
- UOIT Career Tools offers a huge list of resources and tools to help you before, during, and after an interview.