9. Where Can I Find More Information?
By the time you get here, you’ve probably done a lot of surfing and exploring through most of the top 100 sites for learning and employment. Not every site will suit everyone, but hopefully you have hit upon many that are right for you. If you want to know even more, here are some other interesting sites.
1. Youth Employment Information Web Site — Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
The Youth Employment Information (YEI) Web site offers a number of useful publications with information that can help you plan your career, discover training and learning opportunities, and apply for and find employment.
- Looking for a Job is a publication targeted at the first-time job seeker, but it is equally useful to job changers and people wanting to get back into the labour force. It is easy to use and understand and gives handy information on self-assessment, job searching, resumé writing, applying for jobs and the interview process. The publication is available in both print and electronic versions.
- Youth Link is a major information tool of the federal Youth Employment Strategy (YES) and offers information on more than 250 programs and services that can help youth make the transition from school to work. Youth Link provides information on financial assistance, entrepreneurship and the Canadian outlook on jobs, and features contact information, Web site addresses and an index of programs and organizations.
TIP: Although these publications were written for youth, there is a lot of information that could be of interest to you in your work life, whether you are a first-time job seeker, are looking to change your career or want to get back into the labour force.
2. Official job search engine of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project
Eluta.ca is an easy-to-use Internet portal to a wide variety of federal programs and services for youth, including employment, education, travel and finances. Search eluta.ca alphabetically for links to organizations, career planning tools, Web sites and more.
TIP: Visit this page frequently; new information shows up continually.
3. WorkinfoNET (WIN)
WorkinfoNET is a Canadian virtual library on careers, training and employment. Links are presented under seven headings: jobs, work and recruiting; occupations and careers; learning, education and training; labour market information and outlook; self-employment; workplace issues and support; and financial help and issues. You can browse the entire Canadian database or visit only the links relevant to your province. A very good starting point for your on-line job hunt!
TIP: If you are interested in local information, use the map at this website to access the provincial WorkinfoNET sites.
4. Career Bookmarks — Toronto Public Library
This mega-site is an interactive career and job search gateway. Here you will find links to on-line resources, as well as listings of print resources (after all, it is a library!) for all aspects of career development. The information is divided into six sections, each with several subcategories: Strategies, Self-Assessment, Career Choices, Market Yourself, Jobs and Success on the Job. This site is full of solid information and is easy to use.
TIP: As you browse the different sections, you can choose those of particular interest and add them to your “file box”. This way, you can store your information in one place.
CIP: The site includes guides for specific audiences such as Aboriginal people, older workers and workers with disabilities, to name but a few. You can access the guides here.
5. Career Resource Center
If you are still hungry for career information, this American site serves up thousands of links. The Career Resource Centre is an extensive index of career-related Web sites. You’ll find a lot more information on everything we’ve discussed so far: job postings, career planning, self-employment etc. Note that these lists focus on U.S. sites, though there is some good Canadian content.
6. The Work Place — Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
You don’t have to be looking for a job or a career to appreciate this site. A wealth of information can be found here. It starts with an introduction to the Internet, goes through all aspects of career-related information, news sources, government offices and statistics of all kinds, then finishes with some general reference resources like postal codes and dictionaries. You have to see it to believe it!
7. Community Access Program — Industry Canada
Working with community-based partners, the Community Access Program (CAP) provides Canadians with affordable public access to the Internet and the skills to use it effectively. To date, a network of 8,800 public Internet access centres in rural and urban communities across Canada has been established. The CAP Web site provides information on CAP funding, setting up your own CAP site, locating a CAP site, the CAP Youth Initiative and the CAP newsletter and Web Board.
TIP: CAP sites are found in public libraries, educational institutions, recreational facilities, hospitals, government offices, social service agencies and small businesses.
8. Red Seal Program
Learn more about apprenticeship, trades and mobility opportunities for skilled workers.