October 28, 2010

Summer job season starting already!

Hard to believe, but the summer job season is already upon us. I know, it's shocking - summer just ended.

But believe it or not, many large organizations are already confirming their plans for next summer. And if you want to maximize your chance of landing your ideal summer job, you need to start your search early.

And if you want a Government of Canada summer job, then check out the recently-launched Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

In a nutshell, FSWEP is the federal government recruitment program that provides thousands of full-time students with part-time and full-time jobs at a range of government ministries and departments. I myself started out in the public sector after being hired at Service Canada through FSWEP and the experience I had and skills I gained have been invaluable throughout my career.

In order to be considered for the program, you must meet the following four (4) requirements:

1. Be a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution either in Canada or abroad

2. Be currently recognized as having full-time student status in the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled

3. Be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term

4. Be at least the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job exists

As for the types of jobs available, they differ each year and range from providing client service in an Employment Insurance office to working at a border crossing to acting as a tour guide in Vimy Ridge, France. Examples of the various jobs can be found in the Featured Jobs section.

INSIDER'S TIP: Check out the range of Departmental Programs page for even more jobs that you can apply for. The main difference between these jobs and the general ones offered through FSWEP is that with these positions, you need to declare you want to apply for them and complete a specific online application form and/or questionnaire. The list could change as more departments have their summer budgets approved so check back often.

In terms of compensation and pay, because of the range of positions available, the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has developed a table of pay rates based on education level. Some of the above-mentioned Departmental Programs offered a specific salary, while other positions offer salaries based on a variety of other factors. And keep in mind that these figures are current as of now, but will likely change in 2011.

In order to apply for the 2010-2011 FSWEP campaign, you will need to create a My Jobs file, complete an online application form, and upload a keyword-heavy, plain-text electronic resume. I recommend devoting at least an hour to ensure that you complete all the relevant sections - and make sure that you save your application periodically otherwise it may get lost.

For more information on the program itself, the jobs available, the application process, or the rates of pay, visit the FSWEP website and read the
free online job search guide.

Good luck!

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