Now that we're firmly into February, summer job season is quickly approaching. Time to dust off and revamp your resume and cover letter as this job search season will be the most competitive yet.
And just like last year, I'll be restarting my Summer Job Spotlight (SJS) series. If you didn't follow my blog last year, the SJS series are posts that contain information on summer jobs currently available and on companies accepting applications.
Up first this week is the yearly recruitment for summer positions with Toronto Parks & Recreation.
The jobs available range from being a rink attendant, to working as a camp counsellor, to teaching a class. However, with such a large range of positions available, you need to read the district-specific brochures as they provide details on the jobs offered in each district along with the requirements for each position.
And while all jobs aren't offered in each district - North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke/York, and Toronto/East York - there is sufficient variety so that anyone, regardless of experience and/or work interests, can find something.
After deciding which jobs are of interest to you, download and complete the required application form. Keep in mind that you will need one application form for each position you are applying for.
In addition to the application form, you will also need a top-notch resume - and while there is no explicit requirement for including a cover letter, I recommend including one.
Completed applications - application form + cover letter + resume - should be dropped-off, mailed, or faxed to the attention of the Hiring Now Recruitment Coordinator for the district in which you would like to work:
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
55 John Street - 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 14th - it's a short time frame, but definitely doable if you devote a few hours of your time to read the guide, fill out the application form and create a targeted cover letter and resume.
INSIDER TIP: Don't just apply for the jobs you see in the book. There's also a Hot Jobs section with listings on jobs Parks & Recreation are currently looking to fill.
And because of the impending deadline, which falls on a Sunday for some reason, I recommend faxing applications as you can be sure it will arrive on time - for example, if you mail it, they likely will not receive it until Monday.
However, if you cannot apply by Sunday, do not despair as they do accept applications after the deadline - however, they look at those submitted before the deadline first.
For more information, see Toronto Parks & Recreation's Hiring FAQ section.