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Find a Student Job

Working during your studies can have its perks—as long as it doesn't keep you from studying! You can:

  • make some money
  • pay for school
  • gain experience
  • boost your resume
  • hone your skills
  • get to know the job market

Six Tips for Finding a Summer Job

  • Start early. Employers have a good idea of their needs as early as the beginning of April.
  • Make the most of your network of contacts (parents, friends of the family, parents of friends, local shop owners, etc.). Don't forget: 80-90% of available jobs never get advertised
  • Look in fields that interest you.
  • Play up your talents and skills and stay a step ahead.
  • Ask yourself about your interests: Do you want to work with the public or not? In an office or outside? Are you willing to travel? Etc.
  • Put your best foot forward:
    • have a positive attitude
    • be dynamic
    • speak clearly
    • listen attentively
    • ask questions
    • demonstrate self-confidence
    • show interest and a willingness to learn
    • talk about your strengths and accomplishments
    • know your interviewer's name
Bonus—A Few Contacts for Finding a Student Job
Job Bank for Students www.jeunesse.gc.ca
Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES) www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Placement étudiant (Quebec's Student Placement program) www.emploietudiant.qc.ca/en/accueil.asp
Quebec's local employment centres www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/index_en.asp
Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (RCJEQ) (Quebec network of youth employment hubs) www.cjereseau.org
Chantiers jeunesse (Volunteer programs in Quebec and abroad) www.cj.qc.ca
Youth Canada Works www.pch.gc.ca

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