August 9, 2009

It's been a tough summer for youth ...

Just take a look at the articles that recently appeared in Toronto Star and on CBC news.

It's not been an easy summer for students and youth searching for a job. The economic crisis, combined with historical employment difficulties for the 18-30 year-old demographic, have made it even harder to land a job during the summer of 2009.

However, there are still options ...

If you're still looking for a job, then you'll want to visit the upcoming CNE Hiring Fair, hosted by the Service Canada Centre for Youth - Toronto Dufferin location.

The job fair starts tomorrow at the CNE Dufferin gates, right near Medieval Times. Bring resumes and cover letters and arrive early to sign up for on-the-spot interviews.

But if you've decided that this summer you don't want to work, consider volunteering. Although it's not paid, it's a great way to gain valuable work experience and network connections. Plus, remember that if you're in high school, you have to complete 40 hours of community service in order to graduate - might as well get it done before the last-minute rush!

Or, take the remaining few weeks of summer to brush up on your transferable and soft skills. For example, consider learning a new language or improving your proficiency in an in-demand computer programme (e.g. Dreamweaver, HTML, Flash, Photoshop, etc.)

In sum, even though it's been a tough summer, there are still options for students and youth looking to make something of the last few weeks of summer - consider temporary job or volunteer positions, or improve on in-demand skills and knowledge that you'll need later in your career!

Be creative!

Good luck!

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