DO I FIND WORK?
Where do I start?
The Riley Guide
This site is a web classic. Margaret Riley's guide contains hundreds of
links to other sites with job offers, career and salary information,
job-search tips, resume advice, employers' profiles, sector growth
forecasts, and many other topics. Most of the information is specific to
the United States, but Canadian job seekers will nonetheless find a
wealth of relevant information on this site.
(CIP) Students who want to know more about a specific occupation
will find a great deal of information at:
What Color is Your Parachute? The Job Hunters' Bible
This site is put together by Richard Bolles, author of the book What
color is your parachute?, a bestseller on career planning and job
searching. Bolles evaluates the usefulness of a number of web sites and
presents topics such as finding job opportunities, online resumes,
getting help and advice, and networking. There are many useful tips on
Tip: Bolles marks the sites that he likes best with a parachute
icon. Take a moment and visit his top picks.
(CIP) If your job search is not going well, then check in at:
... where you will find some helpful advice.
The Canadian Careers Page
This site is rich in information; it is best described as a Canadian
virtual employment library. You will find links to pages on job
searching, resume and cover letter writing, as well as resources for
recent graduates looking for their first job. There is a very
interesting and helpful section with information on a variety of
occupations and activities. You will also find a number of job offers on
this site, and a "Job Board," listing several web resources with job
listings in specific fields.
(ClP) Have you
ever wondered whether it's possible to apply for a job via e-mail? Find
out the answer at:
Get Wired, You're Hired: The Canadian Guide to Job Hunting Online
Based on the book with the same title, this site contains several useful
lists of links for job seekers. One of these lists is aimed at recent
graduates looking for their first job. A second list contains resources
for people who are in search of a new job. There are also links for high
school students who are choosing a career. Topics include
self-exploration, job descriptions, identifying new opportunities,
networking, and tapping into the hidden job market.
University of Waterloo Career Manual online
This site will guide you through the different stages of career planning
and effective job searching. You will find exercises of
self-exploration, information on market trends, advice on how to
evaluate job offers, tips on efficient decision-making, and many other
Tip: Do not simply browse through this site. Follow all the steps
in order. It may require some discipline, but after a thorough visit you
will be better prepared to begin a career.
(CIP) Do you know what an information interview is? If not, see:
WorkSearch - Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
WorkSearch is full of helpful tips. It can provide you with all the
information you need to create your very own job search strategy. The
site includes exercises on self-knowledge, job-search techniques, career
exploration, marketing skills, and self-employment. A search engine
allows you to look for job offers in Canada's National job Bank and in
the Public Service Commission Job site.
Tip: To make your visit to the HRDC site more efficient, make use
of the "Where you have been" frame, in the bottom left corner of each
page. Or if you prefer, choose the "no frames" version of the site.
(CIP) The site includes a questionnaire named "Personal
Shortcut", available from the home page. Once completed, WorkSearch will
suggest which information and exercises may be most useful to you based
on the results.
Wall Street interactive Career Journal
This site has many job offers for executives and professionals in the
United States and abroad, but this is not its most important feature.
This site contains some of the best article on careers anywhere on the
Internet. There are so many of them, it's practically a job-search
university. Topics include tips for the job-hunter, advice on salary
negotiation, evaluating job offers, career planning, life at work,
relocation, working abroad, and much more. All job seekers will find
something of interest in these pages. Some articles specifically target
Writing your resume
This section of the JobStar site deals specifically with cover letters
This site presents the different types of resumes - chronological,
functional, and electronic, - in a clear fashion. The language is simple
and straightforward, and there are many sample resumes. The site
includes links to a number of other resources for advice on
resume-writing for a number of different careers.
(CIP) New graduates looking for their first job may be especially
interested in this link. See:
The Damn Good Resume Web site
Yana Parker, a well known resume expert who also contributed to the
previous site, gives some solid advice on resume writing and preparation
at this address. On this site, you will find samples, tips, and answers
to some tough questions. The questionnaires can be used to help you
decide what to include on your resume. A very helpful site!
Large Canadian career site for college and university students and
recent graduates. Resources include career postings, a resume wizard,
career center, and relocation tools.
McMaster University Engineering Career Services - Resumes
This is a simple and straightforward site covering the essentials of
good resume-writing. You can use the Functional Skills list to draw a
thumbnail sketch of yourself, but do not limit yourself to it.
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) - Program and Services
Visit this site to find out about the various programs and services
offered by HRDC, including Employment insurance, the Canada Pension
Plan, and other services offered to job seekers.
Tip: Don't forget you can learn a lot more by visiting your local
Human Resources Centre of Canada (HRCC). To get a province-by-province
listing of HRCCs, go to:
WHERE CAN I FIND JOB ADS?
Don't miss these!
Career Mosaic Canada
Career Mosaic is one of the most important online employment services in
North America. Thousands of job offers are listed, from Canada, the
United States, and around the world. You can use this site to submit
online resumes to potential employers. Career Mosaic has a notification
service that will inform you, via e-mail, when a job that matches your
qualifications is added to the site.
(CIP) New graduates looking for a first job Wild a lot of useful
National Job Bank - Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
The National Job Bank contains thousands of jobs across Canada. The Bank
offers many ways of sifting through job opportunities. With the "Quick
Search" option you can limit your search to the jobs available in a
certain area, for example. It is also possible to view only the jobs
posted in the last 48 hours. The most extensive search option, "Search
by job Title", requires you to type in a job title, that best fits your
abilities, and to choose one or more areas where you wish to work. The
Bank will first help you determine a more precise job title and then
list the appropriate job offers.
Tip: If you search by 'Job Title, ' make sure to click the "Save
Profile" button, at the bottom of your results page. The Bank will
assign you a password. On your next visit, type it in the appropriate
box on the home page. The Bank will then show you any job offers that
have arrived since your last visit.
Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) - Human Resources Development Canada
The ELE is a sophisticated system that matches employers and jot
seekers. Complete a profile of your skills and advertise yourself to
thousands of potential employers. The profile is stored in a database
and is accessible to employers.
Tip: Once you have created your skill profile, you can ask the
ELE to save it. Click the 'Save profile' button and create your own user
code. Next time you can simply log on as a returning user. Just type in
that password in the appropriate box on the home page next time. The ELE
will recognize you and match your profile to new job offers.
The Monster Board
In October of this year, Monster.ca had 4,000 job offers on its site.
The search engine allows you to find a job by field or by region. You
can upload your e-resume for employers to read. This site also has its
own notification service called "My Monster". You also have the option
of searching for jobs by companies listed in alphabetical order, or
clicking on a map of Canada to browse through the jobs in each province.
(CIP) The Career Resource Center of The Monster Board contains
career articles and links, as well as tools for executives, Human
Resource professionals, and people seeking a career change.
JobSat - Online Employment Database
Jobsat is a private employment warehouse containing thousands of jobs
offered in Canada and around the world. To explore the job offers, you
will first need to create an online resume. The site will match your
resume with the job offers available. The site includes a notification
service, which e-mails you when a new offer that matches your
qualifications has been added to the site.
In October 1999, there were 7000 jobs listed on this Canadian site. A
powerful search engine allows you to find the right job by choosing a
category, an industry, and a region. Or, you can simply browse the jobs
according to when they were posted. Like other sites, you can submit
your e-resume for potential employers to view. This site also has a
notification service. All of these features, along with its career
articles, make this a very complete and comprehensive site.
iJive.com - Canada Jobs
This site provides job seekers access to over 2000 links to employers
with job postings online, employment agencies, job banks, newspaper
classifieds and other career resources. The resources provided are
broken down to the city and region in which they are relevant.
This impressive directory collects all the Canadian job postings
available on the Internet. If it has an URL, is Canadian, and contains
job offers, it's here: newsgroups, specialized web sites, and corporate
sites are just a few of the resources available. A few interesting
international resources are also included. Local job lists are available
for specific cities including Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver,
with more cities to be added in the future. Job seekers that are looking
for job listings specific to a field of employment will find this site
A user-friendly website for
the Toronto and surrounding areas only! Updated every Friday at 4PM plus
free resume posting and live help!
Reading the classifieds
This site allows you to search the want ads in the newspapers published
by Southam Inc. The "Job Alert" feature will inform you of new ads that
match your qualifications. You need to register and create an e-resume
to use the site. This site also provides articles on the job market.
NewsDirectory.com: A Guide to English-language Media - Canada section
Interested in working in another city or town in Canada? Get a feel for
the area and the kind of job opportunities it has to offer by looking at
local newspapers. Click on the province or territory you are interested
in and you will be able to link to the newspapers of that area. They are
sorted by region (area code) and by schedule of publication (daily,
Tip: There are a lot more newspapers published at this site than
at the previous one, hut you'll have to dig for those job offers.
For students and recent graduates
Public Service Commission (PSC) Jobs Site
This site lists all the job openings in the Government of Canada. The
Public Service Commission runs a recruiting campaign of new university
graduates in the fall of every year. It also recruits students for
summer jobs under the Federal Student Work Experience Program. Through
the PSC over 5,000 co-op students intern in various federal departments
every year. This is a good site to know about, especially if you are a
Tip: The Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign (PSRC) is quite
popular, but also very short. You should start checking this site in the
month of August. The Campaign ends sometime in October. Details are
RND Campus Work Link
Made possible by Industry Canada and the Canadian Association of Career
Educators and Employers (CACEE), RND Campus Work Link is an
employment-matching service for recent graduates. The site has over
40,000 registered employers and more than 85,000 resumes from job
seekers across Canada. Students must register with their school's career
placement services to receive a password. They can then create and post
their resume as well as find the job offers on RND Work Link and apply
online. News is also available about recruitment campaigns and
This is still a brand new service for Canadian graduates looking for
employment, but since October 1999, there have been 2,485 jobs available
through this site. As with Campus Work Link, graduates must register and
create their e-resume and can then browse or search job listings. They
can also apply for jobs online. Career Owl includes a service that
notifies registered graduates of any posting on the site or at
participating university career centres that matches their job search
For a different kind of job
Charity Village Career Center is a site for individuals seeking
employment with a Non-Profit Organization in Canada. It offers job
postings, as well as news of the non-profit sector and links to
non-profit organizations. You can browse the most recent jobs, look at
all the available jobs, or search the site by keyword. The resource
section lists a number of web tools that can help anyone seeking this
type of job.
HOW CAN I GET EXPERIENCE?
Experience Canada offers paid internships in another province to recent
graduates. Each intern is paired with a mentor who is an experienced
worker in the field. You can submit an online application.
On Site offers internships to recent graduates, who receive, have
received, or are eligible for Employment Insurance. The El recipients
are eligible for the benefits during their internship. The site outlines
the internship opportunities in seven fields. Applicants must complete
an online questionnaire.
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) National Youth Site
This site describes the activities of HRDC's Youth Employment
Initiative. The various programs listed here include paid internships,
employer subsidies for summer job creation and development of youth
employment services. This is a site to visit often when looking for new
youth employment programs or services. One of these opportunities may be
right for you!
Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn new skills, and
acquire work experience. Volunteer centres listed on this site recruit
volunteers for all kinds of community services. To find one near you,
simply click on the map of Canada on your province or territory. Some
centres have their own web site.
Opportunities abroad for students
Campus Access.com - Internships and Volunteer Work
Interested in getting experience in another country, but don't know
where to look? This site provides listings of internships and volunteer
opportunities available through Canadian, American, and international
organizations in eight categories. Each organization describes in detail
the opportunities it offers, explains application procedures, and
provides contact information.
Queen's University - International Center
This site is filled with information to assist students who want to live
abroad while obtaining their university degree. Go to the "Canadian
Study Abroad Listing", click on any part of the worldmap, and a complete
list of study-abroad programs sponsored by Canadian universities will
appear. The information on each program includes costs, application
procedures, contact information, and direct web links where possible.
This site also contains a search engine that will allow you to explore
(CIP) Go to:
for links to sites with more information on studies, work, travel,
volunteering and internships abroad.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Youth
International Internship Program
This site is a must for Canadian youth who would like to travel abroad.
It describes many international youth programs: summer work abroad,
academic exchange programs, international internships, and more.
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada - Official Language
Have you ever considered learning Canada's other official language
during the summer? If so, then this program is for you: an intensive
five-week course at an accredited institution in Quebec. Summer
internships and part-time employment opportunities are available to
individuals who speak French fluently. There is also a program designed
especially for francophones who live outside Quebec.
University of Waterloo - Career Development Manual - Hands-on
A variety of experiences may help you discover the type of work for
which you are best suited. This site provides information to help you
access cooperative education, seasonal employment, contract work,
permanent work, work-study, internships, or volunteer positions. The
manual describes each of these options, including benefits and possible
WHAT IS THE JOB MARKET LIKE?
Understanding the market
Here is a site that young people will love. It is upbeat and full of
great ideas! This webzine contains articles on topics such as youth
employment, the new job market, skills sought by employers, jobsearch
techniques, personal development, career choices and opportunities. The
exercises in the 'zine will help you start to think about your future!
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Human Resources Office for
Although this site is mainly for employers and Human Resource
professionals, job-seekers will also find it interesting. Not only will
it help them gain a better understanding of employers' recruiting
strategies, but the site also contains valuable information on
employment standards, worker compensation, occupational safety,
salaries, benefits, and a lot more. Check it out!
Labour Market Information Handbook
Have you ever been confused by employment statistics? As you will see,
they are not difficult to understand. This site will set you on the
right path, once and for all! It offers brief explanations of statistics
as well as definitions for the terms that often appear in career
information. It might not be a bad idea to start your information search
Tip: When looking for the meaning of a specific word, use the
table of contents at:
Making sense of Labour Market Information
The authors of this site stress the importance of choosing your career
information sources carefully in order to make intelligent career
choices. They advise job seekers to constantly keep an eye out for new
information to keep up-to-date. This site introduces the labour market
and how it works. The different sections discuss global market trends,
jobs in the new economy, skills in demand, and other topics. It explains
how to find and use good career information and the importance of the
information in making career decisions.
Tip: When the resources and some references in the text are now
dated, the document is still a useful explanation of changes happening
in the workplace.
Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
Here you will find many of the web resources and other tools created by
HRDC to help young people make better career decisions in today's job
market. These resources include the Edge Webzine, the Career Move
Series, Career Directions, Catching the Waves, and more. Each of these 'zines
is clear and straightforward, addressing many issues young people face
when choosing a career or planning their future.
Occupational information is often a little, well... dry! JobProfiles.com
is career information with a personal touch! On this site, real people
discuss what they do every day and what they like and don't like, about
their jobs. They describe the challenges they face and share the wisdom
of their experience. Browse through the list of occupations or select
one of the categories, such as Arts and Sports or Education and Social
Services. It may be a bit of an eye-opener.
The Princeton Review-Career Find-O-Rama
On this site you can consult useful and accurate descriptions of many
occupations. Just click on the "Career Search" button and type the name
of the occupation that interests you. The site's search engine will then
suggest some specific occupational tides. Click on one to find a very
down-to-earth description, including the tasks usually performed, the
trends affecting this occupation, and the training required. You will
have to register (free of charge) before using the site, but it's well
worth the trouble!
Career and Educational Guidance Library - Career Exploration Links
This American database provides information on over 700 occupations. The
"Career Information" section is organized into a virtual library. Just
click on the field that interests you (biological sciences, media, etc.)
to find links to web sites describing one or many occupations in that
field. T his is a very good source of information on a variety of
occupations! It also contains links to educational options and
professional associations in the United States.
University of Manitoba - Career Resource Center
Looking for more information on a specific occupation? This site lists
occupations alphabetically and offers a comprehensive description of
each, including the responsibilities, working conditions, and pay. You
can also read about the different educational requirements and
professional associations for each occupation.
Another great place to find occupational information! A major benefit of
this site is that the information is organized under three main
headings: Canadian, American, and overseas sources. This site provides a
number of resources to help you understand the ins and outs of the
occupation that interests you. Many of these descriptions are hard to
Job Futures - Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
Wondering how the job market will look over the next few years, or what
it's like for recent graduates? Job Futures provides employment facts
and trends for over 200 occupations and over 150 fields of study. The
information covers where to find work, education/training requirements,
earnings, growth in employment, unemployment rates, the breakdown of
youth in different jobs, and much more.
Tip: Job Futures is designed as a resource tool and is a general
guide only. Labour market conditions may vary dramatically across the
country and can change quickly due to unexpected and uncontrollable
factors. Individuals should research and compare numerous information
sources, in addition to obtaining first-hand information from people in
the field, educational institutions, employers, and professional
organizations before making any decisions.
Knowing your business
Strategis-Canadian Company Capabilities
Understanding the labour market means understanding the businesses that
may need your services. Every job seeker should make a list of potential
employers and try to learn as much as possible about them before
applying. To do that, you need a business directory, and this is one of
the best around. Use the detailed search option to find businesses in
any manufacturing sector or city in Canada. Other business directories
are linked to this site.
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) - Sectoral and Occupational
HRDC sponsors a number of Human Resources Studies that investigate
trends in different employment sectors. On this site, you will find
summaries of these Human Resources Studies. Each will give you a better
idea of the recruiting needs and of the skills employers are looking
(CIP) Many sectoral councils have their own web site where you
can find more information and special program. Links are listed at:
you will find a lot of information on emerging industries such as
multimedia, biotechnology, and the environment.
This site will allow you to complete your research on business and
industry trends. It provides detailed information on most sectors,
including number of employees, labour needs, and, in many cases, a fist
of the most important employers.
Prospects Today: Canada's Daily Labour Market News
Everything you need to know about the Canadian labour market in brief
but informative articles. At the end of each article there are links to
related sites, as well as to job postings on the Campus Work Link site.
Canadian Business Directory
The Canadian Business Directory is exactly that. It is a great tool for
finding potential employers. Click on the province and then on a
category - multimedia, for example - and you will get a list of
businesses in that field. Very easy to use!
The local market
Labour Market Information Service - Human Resources Development
Find out what's happening in the job market at a local level throughout
Canada. Get detailed information on occupations, wages, employment
trends, industries, communities and labour market conditions.
Tip: Click the 'Glossary" button and take a minute to read the
explanation of the terms used in the description.
(CIP) For many regions, you will also find a list of the main
employers with each job description. A very important tool for job