First, a quick update from my end. I apologize for not posting over the past few months. I moved to a new job that comes with lots of new and interesting responsibilities. And I've been busy working with a number of students on developing their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills for what looks to be an exceptionally tough summer job market.
But enough about that - let's just jump right in and talk about how to find a summer job in 2012.
First, as I'm sure many of you have heard, the federal government recently announced that it would be closing summer job centres across Canada . This will undoubtedly make finding summer employment more difficult as these centres were a great source of information for students and youth looking for their first job.
In response, the government has referred students to the Government of Canada's youth.gc.ca website. Personally, I'm not a fan of the site as I find it's difficult to navigate and some of the information isn't all that helpful.
So instead, here are some summer job websites that I recommend you visit:
Service Canada's Youth/Student Job Bank: this is a great resource because summer jobs funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program are listed here. I recommend visiting the site every day.
City of Toronto Summer Jobs: surprisingly, the City of Toronto is still recruiting for a variety of summer jobs. There could still be jobs advertised in the coming weeks, although I personally wouldn't count on it.
RAMP for Youth: this site, run by the Toronto Public Library, provides a number of links to interesting organizations and businesses that hire many students, including summer camps that are still looking for staff.
Charity Village: targeting the non-profit sector, this site offers a number of summer jobs from non-profit organizations who have secured guaranteed government funding to hire students.
Mosaic: I usually don't advocate for a single company on my blog, but Mosaic hires a number of students and they have positions that range from a few days to a few weeks/months. If you just simply need cash and you don't care what you do, check out their website to see if they have an opening that interests you.
Note: if you have any summer job websites that you've used and found useful, please let me know and I'll be sure to include them on the list.
Even though the above list includes a link to the City of Toronto, it's worth mentioning that most governments have finished hiring for the summer. Due to budget cutbacks and a large number of applicants, I noticed that recruitment time lines have been shortened and the number of available positions significantly slashed.
Within the next couple of days, I'll be posting information on how to find a summer job in a retail store and how to find a summer job with the CNE.