Job Search Links
For many job seekers, when looking for a job it can be difficult to know where to start. If you do not have access to job fairs or community bulletins, the following websites are excellent ways to explore the opportunities available to you. Keep in mind that this directory is only a starting point and if you are looking for employment you have to check them often. You may also find that other pathways or websites suit your needs better.
Job Bank: Recently revamped by Service Canada (SC), this website offers an extensive list of current opportunities based on the criteria you set. It also provides tools and tips to help you find a job, choose a career, assess your employable skills, and more. According to Service Canada, up to 3,000 new opportunities are posted to Job Bank every day.
Aboriginal Careers Job Board: This website features job postings from employers who have partnered with Aboriginal Link’s Diversity Recruitment Program. Job seekers can browse Aboriginal specific posts via location. They can also browse through the board or subscribe to e-mail updates.
Working Warriors: Created by Running Deer Resources, this online tool connects Aboriginal job seekers with employers in the resource development industry. WorkingWarriors.ca features a unique skills inventory approach that allows communities to build a database of their members’ capabilities. A resume builder is also available through WorkingWarriors.ca, so job seekers can engage with employers individually.
Eluta.ca: Managed by the Canada’s top 100 Employers Project, this job search engine offers postings that have been indexed directly from employer websites. In doing so, users are able to access job postings that other job boards do not display. This website is a great alternative to other unmediated job sites.
Charity Village: A recruiting and job advertising site for Canadian non-profit organizations that allows users to search for opportunities based on job title and postal code. This website also features an eLearning centre where job seekers can access job search related courses and webinars from a variety of topics.
Your resume is your first point of contact with a potential employer and it is important to highlight your expertise and skills to boost your chances of obtaining a face-to-face interview. Listed below are some resources to help you write an effective resume.
Resume Writing Guide: A comprehensive guide to writing resumes and cover letters that are tailored to the specific job you are applying for. This guide includes information on which resume format to use, which references to use, and templates.
How to Write a Winning Resume: Written by Job Connect, this document discusses how to create resumes that effectively market your skills and education. This guide also provides other links that will assist you in writing or updating your resume.
Many websites like Job Match and CareerBuilder.ca feature resume builders that allow users to upload or input their past work experiences, education, and skill sets. A resume builder will help you capture the relevant highlights of your work history by providing you with a template or guideline. Often, a resume builder will give you the option of uploading your resume from your computer. In these cases, it is important to make sure that the formatting has not been skewed and that pertinent information relating to your work/educational history is uploaded.
One of the most important steps in the hiring process is the interview. The interview is your chance to prove to the employer why you are the right person for the job. A candidate who knows about the company, the job, and has made an effort to plan their responses will make a much better impression. Because of this, preparing beforehand is essential. The links below will provide information on what to consider before the interview.
How Do I Prepare For An Interview?: A step-by-step walkthrough on planning, rehearsing responses, and gathering materials before an interview. As mentioned above, adequate preparation before an interview will help boost your confidence.
CanadianCareers.com: This link provides more information on conducting research before an interview, first impressions, and sample questions.
Responding to Interview Questions: This is a short video and article by Randstad about how to respond to difficult interview questions, such as, “Tell me about yourself?” and “What are your weaknesses?”
Answering Behavioural Questions: This is another resource from Randstand that covers behavioural questions in interviews. Most interviewers will ask you to describe past experiences about how you handle work situations. Because employers will assume that your past actions will predict your performance in the work place, it is essential to have responses prepared. This video and article offers advice on how to prepare for these types of questions.
Accepting and Preparing for a New Job
You’ve been offered the job—before you sign on the dotted line there are a few things to consider. The following links will give you some questions to consider after you have received an offer.
Accepting Your Job: JobCentral.ca offers a few links on what to consider before accepting a job offer, including a guide on how to negotiate a salary.
Are You Ready For Work?: An article by the Ontario Ministry of Education about job safety and questions to ask your employer before starting your new job. This page is especially useful to those who are considering jobs that require physical labour or handling dangerous materials, such as construction or waste management.