March 7, 2011

Second round of Ontario government hiring begins

Since we're now firmly into March - and the first day of spring is just weeks away - the second round of hiring for summer jobs with the Ontario government has just begun.

As part of the Government of Ontario's Supper Experience Program (SEP), this round of summer jobs focuses specifically on summer jobs with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources.

These jobs will be advertised from March 7th to March 21st - two full calendar weeks. Take note that applications are due by 11:59pm on March 21, 2011.

The salary for summer jobs with the Ministry of Natural Resources is fixed at $10.25 per hour. And in terms of contract length, the jobs offered are between 7 and 11 weeks in length.

In order to be considered, applicants must the individual requirements of each job, along with the following four (4) conditions:

1. You must be considered a "student". As defined by the Ontario Public Service, a "student" is someone "currently enrolled in secondary or post-secondary institutions or within six months of graduation (e.g. if a student graduated in Dec. 2010, they could apply for an OPS summer student position up until May 2011)".

2. Some jobs require students to be between the ages of 15 and 24 (or 29 for students with a disability as defined under the Ontario Human Rights Code). Other jobs do not have an age requirement.

3. You must be a resident of Ontario.

4. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

To search for and apply for summer jobs with the Ontario government, visit the Government of Ontario's jobs portal. Under the "Select Job Category" menu, select "Student Summer Employment Opportunities - MNR/Parks". When you find a job you'd like to apply for, click the "Apply Now" link at the bottom of the job call.

For the application form itself, you'll need a top-notch resume and cover letter that highlights your experience and skills. If you don't have a resume or cover letter, download the resume and cover letter templates I've developed.

Complete the online application form with your personal details and upload your cover letter and resume.

INSIDER'S TIP: Make sure you combine your resume and cover letter into one MS Word document. You can only upload one document so make sure whatever you want the recruiters to see can be found in the document you chose to upload

Once you've completed the application form and uploaded your one document, take some time to fill out the supplementary questionnaire - found below the box where you browse and upload your cover letter and resume. If you don't complete the screening questions, your application may not be viewed.

This is especially important as many of the job calls feature multiple vacancies across Ontario and the screening questionnaire is used to determine your location preferences.

Further information on the application process can be found here. And for more information, check out the Summer Experience Program's FAQ section.

Good luck!

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