March 2, 2009

Summer Job Spotlight ... Great summer jobs offered in Saskatchewan!

Just like Alberta, Saskatchewan also finds itself in an economic boom, fuelled by a substantial oil and gas industry. That means there's no shortage of summer job opportunities for students - and no, that doesn't mean all the jobs deal with the natural resources sector!

Here are some websites that will make your job search a lot easier if you live in good ol' Saskatchewan.

This is a great resource for students to find jobs. I did a quick search today and they have 51 postings up already - and many of them have multiple vacancies!

Compare that with the 0 job postings in Service Canada's Student Job Bank - it's easy to see where employers are looking for students.

The jobs listed on the page range from opportunities to work at a day camp to office work to retail.

One thing that I really like is that according to this website, if there is 'Y'-looking icon in the posting, it means that the employer is "Youth Friendly" - most often, the employer already has a job in mind and is looking for someone for a fixed period over the summer.

The Government of Saskatchewan Summer Student Program

If you want to get into the public service in Saskatchewan, then this is the programme for you. Much like the Federal Student Work Experience Programme (FSWEP) offered by the Government of Canada, this programme offers students a chance to gain valuable skills and experiences in the public sector.

Here are some quick facts about the programme:

- during the summer of 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan hired 600 students
- the salary ranges from $14.46/hour to $18.60/hour, but as it says on the website, "the wage is dependent upon the job and type of duties that will be performed"
- there are a range of positions available, including administrative and technical-based opportunities

In order to qualify for a position, you must be:

- a permanent resident of Saskatchewan
- legally entitled to work in Canada (that means having a SIN card)
- returning to school on a full-time basis in the next academic semester

The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to be called for an interview or test. Remember that you must have a good cover letter and resume, so check out my previous posts for tips on how to make your personal marketing tools stand out from the rest.

Student Employment Experience

This programme targets employers by offering a range of wage subsidies. Again, it is a good idea for interested employers to apply quickly as the deadline is quickly approaching.

And although it's not geared towards students, if there is a particular place you are interested in working for, let them know about this programme. Often, if an employer knows they are eligible for a wage subsidy, they really "perk up" at the opportunity to hire a student during the summer months that are often marred by staffing shortages as employees take their vacations.

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