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Looking for a summer job?

If you are looking for a job this summer, you should read the following helpful tips from the Common Ties Alumni Mentorship Program at UCC:

Resumes and cover letters

You need a resume to find a job. You should update the resume that you created last year for your Career Studies credit and customize it to suit the type of job you are applying for and the qualifications the employer is seeking (or you think s/he is seeking). There are many different ways to organize a resume based both on personal taste and the qualities that you want to highlight. A skills-based resume that highlights acquired skills rather than experience is often the best approach for young people. Skills are acquired through all manner of activities, including schoolwork, volunteering, sports, clubs, etc. You should also consider creating a cover letter to accompany your resume.

Browse the career resources that are available to you in the UCC library. There is a resume builder on your Naviance page. Career Cruising not only has a resume builder, but also excellent advice concerning cover letters and interviews. Check the Career Cruising website here. The user name is ucc and the password is 1829.

Job hunting tips

• Check out popular job posting websites (see below). Many even have a special section for students.
• Look through the help wanted ads in local newspapers and publications.
• Be proactive and distribute copies of your resume to stores or companies that you would like to work for.
• Make sure that everybody knows you are looking for a summer job. Tell your parents, siblings, teachers, friends, parents of friends, absolutely everyone, and ask them to spread the word.

There are two ways to look at summer job hunting. Do you just want a summer job or do you want to find a job that you will really enjoy? If you really want to find a summer job that you love and are willing to do some extra work to find it, consider the following:

• Assess your interests. For example, do you have a passion for theatre, music, sports? Focus on only one or two of these areas.
• Don’t rely solely on advertised jobs. Find your own opportunities. Investigate firms and organizations that operate in your field of choice. Contact them by telephone to see if they hire summer students.
• If you can’t find any job opportunities in your area of choice, think of ways to create your own. If your passion is writing, target a local newspaper and in particular one reporter that you admire. Contact the reporter and ask whether s/he would be willing to hire you as his/her assistant for a couple of weeks. Or better yet, offer your services for free. Use your summer vacation as a way to do something you love and gain valuable experience in the meantime.

Consider volunteering

This is a great way to do something you love, give back to the community, gain experience and keep busy this summer. Check out the Volunteer Toronto website here. The CAS office may also have some great leads.

Create your own job

Mow lawns, paint houses, do something you enjoy and be your own boss. Check out the Canadian Youth Business Federation website here.

Job websites:

Monster
Job-search engine

Jobboom
Job-search engine

Workopolis
Job-search engine

Jobpostings
Federal government job posting site

Job bank
Federal government job posting site

Toronto Youth
Job postings for youth and links to employment resource centres and volunteering

City of Toronto
Summer jobs with the city of Toronto

Planet Friendly
“Green” jobs

Go Abroad
Go Abroad – international volunteer positions and more