April 30, 2010

Summer Job Spotlight ... Over 550 jobs with the Ontario government

Are you still looking for a summer job for 2010?

Do you want to start a career in the public sector?

Are you looking to gain valuable work experience while having an opportunity to improve your French language skills and networking skills?

If you answered 'yes' to all three questions, then take a look at the
Government of Ontario's Summer Experience Program.

Each year, thousands of students across Ontario are hired into the Ontario Public Service through the Summer Experience Program.

Typically, contracts last about 7 weeks and occur between May and the end of August.

The salary is a respectable $10.25 per hour and while it's not as high as in other sectors, considering the invaluable experience successful applicants get, the lower salary is worth it in the long run.

Other benefits include:

- A chance to improve your French language skills
- Networking opportunities
- Career growth within the Ontario Public Service
- A chance to have fun and make a difference

Currently, the Summer Experience Program database lists more than 550 jobs throughout Ontario, including:

- Administration of Justice and Law Enforcement Assistant
- Court Support Officer Summer Assistant
- Environmental Research Assistant
- Financial Officer Assistant
- Geological Assistant
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Assistant
- Help Desk Assistant
- Human Resources Assistant
- Lab Assistant
- OPP Summer Marine Student
- Assistant Public Relations Clerk
- Assistant Tourism Advisor
- Veterinary Science Researcher Assistant

In order to be eligible for the program, you must be:

1. By the first day of employment, 15 to 24 years old - or up to 29 if you are a person with a disability
2. A permanent resident of Ontario
3. Eligible to work in Canada

To apply for a job under the 2010 Summer Experience Program, you must first search the database for available jobs. Currently there are more than 550 positions across Ontario in both big cities and small towns.

Once you have decided which position(s) are of interest, download and complete the 2010 Summer Experience Program application form. The form itself is available in either MS Word of PDF format and you can fill it in directly on your computer and then save it.

You will have to fill in one form for each job you'd like to apply to. Also, ensure you include a cover letter, addressed to the person specified in the job ad, and your resume.

Once you have all three documents, you can send them to the contact person listed in the job ad. Remember to create a work-only email address (e.g. firstlastname@gmail.com) so that you not only give off a professional image, but that your email does not get screened into the hiring manager's junk mail folder.

INSIDER TIP: If you're applying for multiple jobs, make sure that you track which jobs you have applied for. Download my free 2010 Summer Experience Program Tracking Sheet. If the phone number is not included in the job ad, use the Government of Ontario's Staff Directory to find it. Tracking your applications will also make it easier to follow-up with the hiring manager.

For more information on the program, check out the Summer Experience Program FAQ section.

If you have any general questions about the program, you can send them to the Summer Experience Program office at sep@ontario.ca.

If your question is more job-specific, send them directly to the contact person listed in the job ad.

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