Are you looking for a part-time job while going to school? Are you almost finished your last exam and still no summer job? Whatever your reason for working, if you are a student and need temporary or part-time work, we have the resources and strategies to get you going.
MAKE A FEW DECISIONS, FIRST
Decide on a few important decisions that will help guide you in the right direction.
- What kind of work do you want to do?
- Do you have the skills and/or experience to do the work you want?
- How far can you travel?
- Is it more important to make as much money as you can or do you want a job that will help you with your future career?
- If you can’t decide, get some help, free of charge! See below.
GET FREE HELP
Job Search Services in Peel Halton
There are lots of local services, free of charge, to help you with your resume, how to look for a job, interviewing practice, and in some cases a job placement. Click on this link and look under “Youth”.
Job Programs for Students/Youth
The government funds many agencies/programs to help students find jobs. You need to apply for most programs and the deadlines to apply depend on the program.
- Summer Jobs Service
For students between the ages of 15 to 30 and planning to return to school in the fall. To find an agency to assist you, call 1-800-387-5656 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or conduct a search online via the Employment Ontario website
- Jobs for Youth
For students between the ages of 15 and 18; the program is available in 22 communities around Ontario for teens who need help getting a summer job.
- For more youth programs in Ontario:
Job Programs for Youth
- For more youth programs across Canada:
Employment for Youth & Students
WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT
Government at all levels (municipal, provincial and federal) hire students. There are many different kinds of opportunities and a great way to get experience in an occupation or industry in which you’re interested.
- Federal Student Work Experience Program: Provides full-time secondary and post-secondary students with experience in the federal public sector in an area related to their field of study. Find out more here.
- Summer jobs with the Ontario government: Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) are full-time, temporary positions with the Ontario government, ranging from 7–18 weeks, between May and Labour Day.
- Summer/part-time jobs with municipal/local government: Click here for a list of job boards and look under “Job Banks for Government Jobs”
WORK AS AN INTERN
Internships are a great way to get work experience, build up your skills, and network with people working in the career or industry in which you’re interested. It could be a paid or unpaid internship and is similar to a co-op placement or apprenticeship; you learn while on the job.
To find an internship, search just like you would to look for a job; many companies offer them. Or take a look at the list of internship programs listed below.
- Ontario Internship Program: An internship with the Ontario government can help you build your resume, your skills and knowledge. It’s a paid, two-year developmental opportunity while delivering important public services to the people of Ontario.
- Ontario Government Jump Start: There are a variety of internships in public service, so be sure to review this web link for more details.
- Connect Canada: Offers internships for four months for graduate research interns from across a variety of industries.
- Local & International Internships
- Additional Resources
START A BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR YOUTH
Consider starting your own business! There are resources (funding) and services to help you get started.
- Entrepreneurship Funds & Resources for People Under 30
- Summer Company
- Futurpreneur Canada
- Starter Company (Halton Region)
— USE A VARIETY OF JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
There is no one way to job search, and for the best chances of success, be sure to use as many strategies as you can, including:
- Ask everyone you know about job opportunities and tell everyone you are looking. To learn more about networking in person, click here.
- Use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to search using key words for the kinds of jobs you want. To learn more about networking using social media, click here.
- Speaking of social media…clean up your social media profile; if there is anything public that employers could see and hold against you, get rid of it!
- Look for work in your own neighbourhood; walk/drive around with your resume in hand to different companies and ask if they are hiring; remember, lots of companies never bother to advertise jobs.
- Search job banks and try searching specifically for student jobs. For a list of job boards, click here.
- Use a variety of keywords when you are searching online, not only the word “jobs”. For example: Internships, co-op, summer job opportunity, temporary work.
- Visit your school career centre; all colleges and universities have one and they may have job postings, job search workshops, and can help you with your resume. If not, remember there are lots of organizations in Peel Halton that can help. Look under “Get Free Help” on this tip sheet.
- Learn more student job search strategies:
Maybe you have your eye set on an interesting community organization where you would like to give your time to a cause you believe in, and in return, gain valuable skills and experience. If you have the extra time, consider volunteering in Peel Halton.
- To get help finding a volunteer position, click on this link and look under “Volunteer Peel Halton”