Thursday, February 21, 2013

Woes of Summer Job Hunting

Dude (or dudette, I really have no idea). I need to tell you something.

I want a job. I want one so very much. :( But you knew that.

Why won't they just hand me one on a silver platter? Why is this so hard? Why? WHYYYY?


Drama aside, summer jobs are very competitive. It takes a keen eye, dedication, and a lot of hard work to land one of the coveted roles for summer employment.

I've had 3 different summer jobs to date, and I've loved every single one! This post will be a few useful resources and job boards that I've either used personally, or that we have recommended at the AA&CC.

1. Work for the Government!

The first job I ever had was through the Summer Experience Program (SEP) with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. This job was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I've had to date. The government is a great place to work, and it quickly taught me many of the transferrable skills that I've been able to apply to every job I've had since.

Postings opened up on February 15, and will continue to be posted until early March! There are a lot of jobs being posted, so make sure to check the job board constantly: link

That job board is just for opportunities with the provincial government. The federal government has their own program! Check out the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) here: link

2. The internet is an amazing place (a.k.a. job boards are abundant).

Don't give me that face. Sure, sure you've "tried ALL the job boards."

But have you really? Have you?

There are so many job boards out there that I can guarantee you 100% there's a site you haven't looked at yet. Here's a tipsheet with links to a lot of different job boards (link), but trying going beyond this list.

Is there a certain industry you're looking for job experience in? Search up the industry name on Google, and you're bound to get a whole list of relevant companies. Stalk their personal job boards like a hawk. Postings for summer internship positions have already been posted, and will continue to be posted for the next few months.

3. Work with us!

The AA&CC is hiring Get Started Coaches for the summer. Check out the position and application here: link

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the greatest success.

Bye for now,