Job opportunities are often limited for young people and finding a job can be frustrating if you have little or no work experience. Looking for a job can be overwhelming especially if you have never written a resume or applied for a job. You may be wondering how to fill out a job application or what to say in an interview. It is normal to feel uncertain and overwhelmed.
If you are not in school, you may be looking for a full-time job, a part-time job and/or financial assistance. If you are in school, a part-time job may work best with your schedule.
It can help to get some advice and support for your job search. If you are still in school, talk to a teacher or school counsellor, or attend employment counselling sessions at an organization in your community. Employment counsellors can give you advice on:
- finding a job
- filling out a job application
- writing a resume
- surviving an interview
You may also find jobs by:
- searching job bulletin boards in your school
- visiting drop-in centers, community agencies, street outreach services and shelters in your neighbourhood
- browsing job websites on the Internet
- looking at the classified ads in the newspapers
- contacting employment agencies, job finding clubs, or job placement centers like the Canada Employment Center or Human Resources Center Canada
- asking family and friends if they know of any job openings
Finding a job that will pay you enough money to live on can be difficult. Remember: persistence pays off, so don't give up!
Last checked: March 2010