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|