April 27, 2009

Summer Job Spotlight ... Service Canada Centres for Youth opening soon!

Here's one of my favourite life equations that applies to many post-secondary students:

the month of April + exam and essay crunch time + all nighters with coffee + sleepless nights
little attention paid to your summer job search

Of course, this formula doesn't apply to everyone. But you would be surprised at how many students end up following it each year, regardless of how much pre-planning they say they will do.

But do not despair - just because it's April doesn't mean you're out of luck this summer.

On the contrary ... the federal youth employment programme that I used to work for, the Service Canada Centres for Youth (SCCY) initiative, is just getting started.

These centres, located throughout Canada, offer a number of free services to students, including:

- Student job postings
- Assistance in developing resumes and cover letters
- Help with job interview techniques
- Casual labour/Odd Job opportunities
- Volunteer experience opportunities
- Information on health & safety regulations and employment standards

Plus, the SCCYs are also instrumental in maintaining the Service Canada Job Bank specifically designed for students. This easy-to-use database lists the job openings available for students and youth across Canada.

The best part is that most offices have computers, fax machines, telephones and photocopiers which you can use free of charge. That means you can do your entire job search in-office and with the help of specially-trained SCCY staff!

And employers should also take note - SCCYs also offer a number of employer-related services including:

- In-office and online job-posting services
- Immediate access to enthusiastic students from all fields to help fill employment opportunities
- Flexible staffing options to suit individual business requirements (i.e. casual labour, long or short-term employment)
- Posting services for volunteer opportunities
- Information on health & safety regulations and employment standards
- Labour Market Information
- Information on federal/provincial/territorial government programs and services.

For a list of all SCCYs across Canada, click
here - keep in mind that most offices will be soon be opening in May and more locations will be added to the list shortly.

For more information on the SCCY programme and the other youth-focused programmes run by the Government of Canada, check out Youth.gc.ca website.

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