3- I need to look for a job
Working in an unsatisfying environment can give you the impression that your initial career choice was wrong. In fact, your work environment, organizational values, relations with co-workers, the proximity of important services and the type of management style at work are also factors that can make work unsatisfying, even when you have chosen the right career. Managing your career often means finding a workplace you like, where you can practice the profession of your choice.
Looking for Job Offers
34- AllStar Jobs
With its 7,500 career links, AllStar Jobs contains everything from resumé writing tips to various specialized job banks. Its search engine allows users to look for jobs in locations across Canada as well as by keyword. You must register and create an on-line resumé to apply for jobs listed on this site.
Career Click houses hundreds of Canadian jobs that 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, the Calgary Herald, the Ottawa Citizen and others. You must register and create an on-line resumé 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 Web site also provides some very interesting articles on career management.
Looking for a teaching or administrative job in education? Schools, school boards, colleges, universities and First Nations districts from all Canadian provinces and territories post their openings on Education Canada's website. Using the site's search engine, candidates can look for jobs in specific parts of the country and for specific subjects that they wish to teach. Applicants do not have to post a resumé on this site; they can reach each employer directly.
The HotJobs search engine allows candidates to look for a job in most Canadian locations, as well as by keyword, by company or by staffing firm. As with most on-line services, job seekers are invited to open an account in order to post their resumés, 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 resumés. The Web site also has a section dedicated to volunteer positions.
Job Bank lets you search thousands of jobs posted by employers across Canada. You can search by job title, keyword, province and region. It is also possible to limit your search to student jobs and new listings posted in the last 48 hours.
Jobboom is Quebec's largest recruitment site and offers services in both official languages. The site has job postings in multimedia and IT, engineering, accounting and finance, administrative support, sales, and customer service. Other career opportunities are grouped in a general section. About 50,000 new job opportunities are posted yearly. Job seekers (more than 1,000,000 members in September 2003) complete a detailed registration form that allows them to receive relevant job opportunities via e-mail. They can also post their resumés 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 selected applicants). Jobboom also has a section dedicated to career guidance, with articles on topics such as self-learning, market trends and hot career paths.
Many Canadian companies and professional associations now have their own Web sites where they post job openings. Job Bus will allow you to visit hundreds of these sites. Browse through relevant categories such as advertising, communications, tourism and hospitality, publishing and translation and more. You can also perform a quick search using your favourite keywords. Very useful!
Monster.ca had more than 25,000 Canadian jobs posted on its Web site as of August 2003, and more than a million world-wide. Monster's search engine allows you to find a job by field or by 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 resumé for employers to read. You also have the option of searching for jobs by company, listed in alphabetical order. You can access American or international job banks from this same site. The "Career Resource Centre" contains articles and links, as well as tools for executives, human resources professionals, health and technology workers, and other people looking for a career change.
Jobs are organized by sector, including IT, engineering, education, finance, sales and many more. You can also browse through the job postings by region, by date or with the help of an employer directory (click on "Now Hiring"). As with other sites, you can submit your resumé for potential employers to view. This site also has a notification service called "Career Alert!" All of these features, along with the articles, make this a very complete site.
43- InnoVisions Canada Canadian Telework Association
Are you tired of wasting precious hours driving to your present job when you could be spending them with your family? Discover the world of telecommuting! This is a comprehensive Web site that offers the building blocks for your telecommuting needs. It has sections on the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting, the cost and tax benefits, the Canadian and US teleworking scenes, links to telecommuting job sites, and so much more.
44- Canadian Forces
Click on "Careers" to access an interactive Web site offering a variety of new features designed to help you explore full-time and part-time career opportunities with the Department of National Defence including the Navy, the Army and the Air Force as a civilian or as a military member. "Career Profiles" provides detailed information on specific positions in the Canadian Forces. 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.
This is still a relatively new service for Canadian job seekers, particularly useful for recent graduates. There were more than 3,100 jobs available through this Web site in August 2003, and more than 115,000 job seekers registered. As with many other Web sites, job seekers must first register and create a profile. They can then browse or search job listings and apply on-line. Job listings can be searched by occupation, industry or location, in addition to other criteria such as full-time vs. part-time or permanent vs. temporary. Career Owl also includes a "Virtual Agent" which notifies registered job seekers of any site postings which match their job-search criteria.
Jobpostings is both a job board and a magazine for young graduates and students. The site included over 250 job offers for entry-level or student positions as of August 2003. Young adults can, of course, post their resumés 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, governments, 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 grads that is full of helpful hints and corporate profiles of recent recruiters.
The Public Service Commission, which is responsible for recruiting people into the federal public service, offers all types of jobs. These can range from office clerks to farm workers and from administrative assistants to zoologists. This site offers links to employment opportunities (see "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 graduates, and career development programs such as the Management Trainee Program and the Accelerated Economist Training Program. The PSC also recruits students for work year-round through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), Co-operative Education (Co-op) and Internship programs.
Workopolis Campus is a special student division of Workopolis. You will find a wide variety of opportunities here including on-campus, part-time and summer jobs, as well as volunteer and field placement positions. You may also want to browse for career-related jobs and internships before you graduate. This service is free of charge and registration is fast and easy.
Skills for Your Job Search
49- 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.
Advice and Tips for Your Job Search
50- 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., resumé 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.
See Jobboom's sample resumés and cover letters, complete with tips from career counsellors.
Does the idea of writing your own resumé give you the jitters? This marvellous on-line workbook will guide you step by step. After you fill in the blanks and print your workbook pages, you will have all you need to create a great resumé! The Web site is full of tips and advice, provided just as you need it, as you work through the pages. Somebody should have thought of this sooner!
A Web classic, this site is put together by Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a best-seller 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 resumés, getting help and advice, finding job-market information and networking.
This site is another Web classic. Margaret Dikel's guide contains hundreds of links to other sites with job offers, career and salary information, job-search tips, resumé advice, employer profiles, sector growth forecasts and other relevant topics. Most of the information is specific to the United States, but Canadian job seekers will nonetheless find a wealth of useful information on this site.
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 articles on subjects such as changing careers, salary negotiation, networking, using the Net for a job search and other topics of interest. The articles are always well researched and highly informative.
56- Community Access Program Industry Canada
Industry Canada's Community Access Program (CAP) aims to provide affordable access to the Internet for all Canadians. CAP equalizes access between advantaged and disadvantaged areas and groups; fosters business and job creation; encourages and promotes the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and is working toward having public services provided through the Internet and other electronic means. More than 8,000 public access sites have been established across Canada in such places as schools, libraries, and community centres, where anyone can gain access to the Internet, its tools and services.
This site offers information on services and programs for children, families, youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, Canadians in the workplace and people looking for work.