3. I Need to Look for a Job

Whether it’s your first job hunt or you are just up for an exciting challenge, new opportunities are right here. Some of these sites offer advice for getting work. Others draw on huge databases of jobs listings to help you find the opportunity you want in the location of your choice. Some allow you to register and send relevant job posting to your e-mail account. You can even post your resume on many sites, allowing potential employers to contact you directly. For a thorough search, familiarize yourself with a broad network of search options – the broader your search, the better your chances!

Looking for Job Offers

1. Job Bank – Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)


Job Bank lets you search thousands of jobs posted by employers across Canada. You can search by job title, keyword, province, or region. It is also possible to limit your search to student jobs and new listings posted in the last 48 hours.

Tip: If you search by Job Title, make sure to click the “Save your profile” button at the bottom of your results page. Job Bank will assign you a password. In your next visit type it in the appropriate box at the bottom of the “Search” page. Job Bank will then show you any jobs that have arrived since your last visit.

2. Jobs, Workers, Training & Career


Jobs, Workers, Training & Career gives you one-stop access to the information and services you need to look for work, make career decisions, explore learning options or deal with workplace issues. Use the “Find a Job” feature to search thousands of current job listing in both the public and private sectors. Create a multi-purpose resume or apply on-line federal government jobs open to the public with the site’s “Resume Builder”. Register with “Job Alert” and receive automatic e-mail notification of job posting that match your criteria as soon as they become available. If you are going through a particular transition in your life, the “What If…” section can bring together the information you need when you are considering a career change, returning to the workforce, considering returning to school or recently out of work.

CIP: Jobs, Workers, Training & Career is part of the Canada Web site. The Canada Site is the primary internet portal for information on the Government Of Canada, it’s programs. Services. New initiatives and products, and information about Canada.

3. Jobboom.com


Jobboom is Quebec’s largest recruiting site, and offers service in both official languages. In september 2002, the site had more than 1,300 job offers in multimedia and IT, engineering, accounting and finance, administrative support, sales, and customer service. Other career opportunities are grouped in a general section. Applicants (more than 732,00) complete a detailed registration form that will allow them to receive relevant job offers via e-mail. They can also post their resume’s on the site and reply directly and confidentially to any interesting offer. Employers post job offers on an electronic billboard, or “Broadcast” them (i.e., send them instantly, via e-mail, to select applicants). Jobboom also has a section dedicated to career guidance, with articles on topics such as self-knowledge, market trends and hot career paths.

4. Monster.ca


Monster.ca had more than 25,000 Canadian jobs posted on its Web site as of September 2002, and more than a million worldwide. Monster’s search engine allows you to find a job by field orby region. You can create your own account (My Monster) that will allow you to apply on-line, receive e-mail notifications when new and relevant offers appear on the site, and post your resume for employers to read. You can access its American or international job banks from this same site. The Career Resource Centre contains articles and links, as well as tools for executive, human resources professionals, health and technology workers, and other people looking for a new career change.

CIP: Do you know somebody who wishes to immigrate to Canada? Monster offers useful tools that will allow them to explore that possibility.

CIP: Monster also offers a simulated employment interview.

An excellent way yo get ready for the real thing!

5. Workopolis.com


In September 2002, there were more than 31,000 jobs listed on this site. Jobs are organized by sector, including IT, engineering, education, finance, sales and many more. You can also browse through the job posting y region, by date or with the help of an employer directory (click on “now hiring”). As with other sites, you can submit your resume for potential employers to vies. This site also has a notification service called “Career Alert!” all of these features, along with the articles, make this a very complete site.

CIP: On Workopolis, there are articles for executives, sales professionals, newcomers to Canada and others.

CIP: Thinking of an MBA? Explore programs using the Workopolis “MBA Program Search”.

6. Job Shark Canada


More than 10,000 companies had recruited on Job Shark as of September 2002, and the site had more than 578,000 registered applicants. At registration, applicants created a profile that allows “Jaws”, an automated search agent, to match their skills to relevant job offers. They can also post their resumes. A search engine allows them to look for employment by company, location or category (e.g., accounting, and electronics). Applicants can also view profiles of the recruiters and query their job offers directly from the descriptions (click on “Now hiring”).

7. HotJobs.ca


Hot is right! In September 2002, there were more than 2,800 Canadian job offers on HotJobs. The HotJobs search engine allows candidates to look for a job in most Canadian locations, as well as by keyword by company r by staffing firm. As with most on-line services, job seekers are invited to open an account in order to post their resumes, apply on-line and receive e-mail alerts when new jobs are added to the site. Users can specify the types of companies they want looking at their resumes. The site also has a section dedicated to volunteer positions.

9. Career Click


Career click houses hundreds of Canadian jobs, which are also listed in the Careers section of newspapers published by CanWest. In addition to the National Post, these include the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Journal, theCalgary Herald, the Ottawa Citizen and others. You must register and create an online resume to apply for openings on this site. Once you have done so, the “Job Alert” feature will advise you of any new ads that match your qualifications. This site also provides some very interesting articles on career management.

Jobs for Students and Recent Grads

10. Public service Commission of Canada (PSC) – Jobs in the Government of Canada


The Public Service Commission, which is responsible for recruiting people into the federal public service, offers all types of jobs. These can range form office clerks to farm workers and from administrative assistants to zoologists. This site offers links to employment opportunities (se “Jobs Open to the Public”), and to PSC programs designed to help recruit people into the federal public service. There are programs for new and recent university gradates, and career development programs such as the Management Trainee Program and the Accelerated Economist Training Program. The PSC also recruits student for work year-round through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), Co-operative Education (Co-op) and Internship Programs.

Tip: Search the “Jobs Open to the Public” inventory by job category or by region. You can view job description and statements of qualification, and even apply on-line. The PSC also maintains an inventory of IT/IM specialists. For more information or to submit your resume, visit the “Technology Recruitment” section of the site.

11. Youthpath


Link to Web sites on jobs, education, health and environment issues for youth.

12. Career Owl


This is still a relatively new service for Canadian job seekers and it’s particularly effective for recent graduates. There were more than 3,000 jobs available through this site in September 2002, and more then 96,000 job seekers registered. As with many other sites, job seekers must first register and create a profile. They can then browse or search jobs listings and apply on-line. Occupation, industry or location, in addition to other criteria such as can search Job listings full-time vs. part-time or permanent vs. temporary worker. Career Owl also includes a service, Virtual Agent, that notifies registered job seekers of any postings on the site that match their job-search criteria.

CIP: Student will find a list of university career centres and placement services at here clicking on “Career Centres”.

CIP: Need help writing your resume? This site offers a step-by-step tutorial.

13. Jobpostings


Jobpostings is both a job board and a magazine for young graduates and student. The site included some 135 job offers for entry-level or student positions as of September 2002. Young adults can, of course, post their resumes to apply on-line for jobs. The site also contains very interesting articles from the last print issues of Jobpostings, dealing with employment and recruiting in finance, administration, teaching, health care, government, hi-tech and more. Some tackle practical issues such as interview preparation or getting the most out of an internship. The site also contains a career resource centre for students and graduates that is full of helpful hints, and cooperate profiles or recent recruiters.

CIP: Looking for that elusive first job? Want a job search guide made specially for young graduates? You’ll find one here.

14. Canadian Forces


This site offers a variety of new features deigned to help you explore career opportunities with the Canadian Forces, including the Navy, Army Air Force and Reserves. “Featured Profile” highlights a number of the many interesting careers within the forces, while “Career Profiles” provides detailed information on specific positions. If you are not sure where to start, you can answer a few short questions and the “Career Chooser” will suggest some career options based on your interests and skills. You can also learn about entry-level subsidized education programs that are available.

Skills for Your Job Search

15. University of Waterloo Career Development eManual


This site will guide you through the different stages of career planning and effective job hunting. You will find self-exploration exercises, information on market trends, advice on how to evaluate a job offer, tips on efficient decision making and many other helpful hints.

Tip: Do not simply browse through this site. Follow all the stops in order. It may require some discipline, but after a thorough visit you will be better prepared to start planning our career. Keep track of where you have been so that you don’t have to repeat steps unnecessarily.

Tip: Do you know what an information interview is? If not, click here.

16. WorkSearch – Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)


WorkSearch provides you with all the information you need to create your very own job-search strategy and will take you through the different processes stop by stop. The site includes exercises on self-assessment, information on education and training, job-search techniques and strategies, career exploration, marketing skills and self-employment. A search engine allows you to look for job offers on Job Bank and on the Public Service Commission Jobs Site (see listings 27 and 36).

Tip: To make your visit to this HRDC site more efficient, use the “Career Assistant” to create an account. This will enable you to keep track of the work you have done on the site. The “Career Assistant” also has several way to help you tour the site. Choose the one that suits you best and see what you can learn.

17. ResumeTutor


Home page: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html

Ever had the jitters at the idea of having to write your resume? This marvellous on-line workbook will guide you step by step. After you fill in the blanks and print your workbook pages, u will have all you need to create a great resume! The site is full of hints and advice, given just as you need them, as you work through the pages. Somebody should have though of this sooner!

Advices and Tips for Your Job Search

18. Quintessential Careers


This Web site holds a mountain of resources for all career changers and job seekers. Not only will you find tips and advice on the usual issues (e.g., resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking), but there is also advice on salary negotiation, help in researching potential employers, career assessments, tests and quizzes, and much more. You will also find employment resources for specific jobs, in specific industries and regions. Use the pull-down menu in the centre of the home page to access a wealth of information.

CIP: What does the “domino effect” have to do with looking for work? Find out here.

19. The Riley Guide


This site is a Web classic. Margaret Dikel’s guide contains hundreds of links to other sites with job offers, career and salary information, job-search tips, resume advice, employer profiles, sector growth forecasts and other relevant topics. Most of the information is specific to the United States, but Canadian jobs seekers will nonetheless find a wealth of useful information o this site.

Tips: You can use the “A-Z Index” to find information on a specific topic. A visit here will show you just how much information is available on this site.

CIP: Students who want to know more about specific occupations will find a great deal of information here

20. What Colour Is Your Parachute? – The Job Hunter’s Bible


Another web classic, this site is put together by Richard Bolles, author of What Colour 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, on-line resumes, getting help and advice, finding job-market information and networking. There are many useful tips on this site. It is a must-visit for anyone looking for work!

Tip: In the “Just the Links” section Bolles marks the sites that he likes best with a parachute icon. Take a moment to visit his top picks.

CIP: If your job hunt is not going well, check in here where you’ll find some helpful advice.

21. The Canadian Careers Page


This site is so rich in information, it is best described as a Canadian virtual employment library. You will find links to pages on job hunting, resume and cover letter writing, and links to job boards for a variety of occupations and career domains. Students will also find a wealth of information on specific career and educational opportunities. Take the time to explore this site in depth!

CIP: Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to apply for a job by e-mail? Find out the answer here

22. Wall Street Career Journal


The Wall Street Career Journal is the Web’s best source of information on the job market, recruiting and career trends. Here you will find a number of timely article on subjects such as changing careers, salary negotiation, networking, using the Net for a job search and other topics of interests. The articles are always well researched and highly informative.

CIP: Recent graduates starting their career will enjoy the partner site. You can access it from the Wall Street Career Journal’s home page (in the “Related Sites” section).

23. Youth Employment Information


Learn all about career planning, employment resources and internships for youth.

Finding Help

24. National Web Site – Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)


Human Resources Development Canada is one of the largest federal departments in both scope and mandate. It provides services and programs for children, families, youth, seniors, person with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, Canadians in the workplace and people looking for work. This site just keeps getting bigger and better! It offers information on programs and services, including direct links to the Canada Employment insurance commission, HRDC sites across Canada and Web services to help you look for work. These services include Job Bank, Job Futures, Labor Market Information and Youth employment Initiatives. The index will also link you to programs and services on job searching, labor market information, learning opportunities and entrepreneurship resources.

Tip: Don’t forget: you can learn more by visiting your local Human Resources Canada office. To get a province-by-province listing of HRDC office, click here.