March 14, 2010

Summer Job Spotlight ... City of Toronto begins recruiting

Up until now, I've been quite surprised that the City of Toronto has not really begun recruiting for summer students for 2010 - after all, other municipalities have been actively recruiting for weeks now and I've only seen one position listed by the City of Toronto and that was almost a month ago!

However, things must have changed as it looks like the recruiting has picked up. On Friday, the City of Toronto posted 6 new jobs on its Summer Employment Opportunities job board.

Currently, the city is looking to hire staff for the following positions:

- Summer Trainee - Inspection/Survey (Reference #: 10SUM02)

- Summer Trainee - Clerical (Reference #: 10SUM03)

- Summer Trainee - Technical (Reference #: 10SUM04)

- Summer Trainee - Technical (Reference #: 10SUM05)

- Summer Trainee - Technical (Reference #: 10SUM06)

For all five positions listed above, applications are due by Friday, March 26, 2010.

- Work Term Student (Reference #: 10SUM07)

For the Work Term Student (Reference #: 10SUM07) position, applications are due within a week - on Friday, March 19, 2010.

All of the jobs are unionized, contract-based positions and last for approximately 4 months, from May - August 2010.

In order to apply, you must be at least 16 years of age old and you must be able to work in Canada. And take note if the position requires that you be a student before and after the contract - I did not see anything mentioned on the job ads, however, other government agencies and departments make it a requirement so before applying, ensure that you meet the academic criteria if there are any.

To apply for a position, click on the link above, scroll to the bottom, and click on the "Apply for this position" button. Clicking on the link will take you to a short online application form where you fill in basic details (e.g. name, phone number, address) and then cut and paste your cover letter and resume into the appropriate field.

INSIDER TIP: Because the City of Toronto uses Resumix, an online recruitment tool, you must ensure that you have a well-formatted and keyword-heavy resume along with a cover letter. As well, ensure that you format your resume correctly since special fonts and characters will not show up after you cut and paste your cover letter and resume.
For more information, check out a previous post I wrote on how to analyze job ads for specific keywords - I used a City of Toronto advertisement as an example and I recommend reading it before completing your application.

And if you still aren't sure what keywords to use or how to integrate them into your application, please feel free to send me a message via my Contact Me form or via email.

Good luck!

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