As promised, this is the first posting in The Job Jumper's new series, "Summer Job Spotlight".
For those of you who haven't heard already (or missed my last posting), to make your job search easier, I'll be researching a list of positions and programmes available across Canada. Of course, the list will not be exhaustive, but hopefully it will put you on the right track towards finding your ideal summer job.
And so, without further ado, here are the positions available with the City of Toronto, my former summer employer - that is, before I packed up for school in Europe.
Now, keep in mind that the City, like many other employers across Canada, is in cutback mode so there will not be a huge range of positions offered. In fact, as of today, there is only one position available on the full-time board - that of Receptionist.
However, I encourage you to check the site often and apply to any position you think might suit you. Recruitment strategies differ across departments and in some cases, you will have to complete a test, while for others, you'll have a face-to-face interview.
In terms of summer employment, the City of Toronto offers two different employment programmes:
1.) City of Toronto Full-Time Summer Employment: The positions listed on this website are for full-time, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, positions with the City of Toronto.
In order to apply for a position, you must fill out an online application and attach a resume.
Each job has its own requirements; however, in order to apply, you must be over the age of 16.
The positions begin on or after April 15, 2009 and will end no later than September 15, 2009.
Currently, my former division is hiring. They are looking for Receptionists to assist in general office administration duties. With a starting salary of $21.63/hr, a mid-May start date, and a contract that ends the last day of August, it's a great position for those facing hefty tuition fees - or those who just want to earn some serious coin, even with a depressed economy!
2.) City of Toronto Parks & Recreation Employment Opportunities: The positions listed on this section of the City of Toronto's website deal with employment opportunities with the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation department.
They range from camp counsellor to dance instructor to rink attendant.
In order to apply, visit the website, read the application guide book and print off the application form. Submit the completed application form, along with a cover letter and resume to your local civic centre.
For these positions, the main requirement is that you be at least 14 years old. However, many of the positions also require certification in emergency or standard first aid.
In case you're wondering, although the general deadline is February 14, apply anyways, as they will still consider your application and who knows how good the first lot of applications are.
And with the wide range of programmes offered, there are many positions that even go unfilled. For a listing of the current jobs and vacancies with the division, visit the Hot Jobs listing - at last count, there are more than 20 positions vacant across Toronto.
Remember to visit all of the links often - the jobs change and if you time it right, you may just find your perfect summer job months before everyone else starts panicking!