If you aren't familiar with the SEP initiative, in a nutshell, it's the program that coordinates the hiring for the summer government jobs with the Government of Ontario. These summer jobs not only provide invaluable experience, but they also provide an excellent opportunity to learn about career prospects with the Ontario Public Service.
The jobs available range from customer service with the Ministry of Transportation to working in translation with the Legislature to working as an assistant with the Ministry of the Environment.
The salary for summer jobs with the Government of Ontario range from $10.25 to $11.10 per hour depending on the nature of the job. And in terms of contract length, the contracts will be at most twelve (12) weeks long.
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". 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 be screened out and not forwarded for consideration.
Further information on the application process can be found here. And for more information, check out the Summer Experience Program's FAQ section.