March 20, 2015

Summer Job Spotlight ... Spend your summer working for the Government of Ontario

Earlier today, the Government of Ontario released its second batch of jobs offered through the Summer Employment Opportunities (formerly known as the Summer Experience Program) initiative. If you're looking for summer jobs with the Government of Ontario, this is your one chance to score a highly-coveted job.

The jobs vary from working on ministry projects to helping run tourist information booths to protecting our lakes and environment. Each opportunity gives you a chance to gain valuable skills and experience that will be incredibly beneficial in your future career - and public sector experience always looks great on a resume.

If you're interested in the opportunity to work for the Government of Ontario, be aware that this is the second and final posting and application window.

Jobs will be advertised - and applications will only be accepted - from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, April 5, 2015. 

In order to be eligible to apply, you must meet all four of the following requirements:

  1. You must have "student status", which the Government of Ontario defines as "someone enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) or graduated within the past six months(e.g. if a student graduated in December, they could apply for and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of the following year).
  2. You must be at least 15 years old on the first day of employment. And note that some jobs require that applicants be under the age of 24 (or 29 if the applicant has a disability) while others require that all applicants be over the age of 18. Check the job posting for further details.
  3. You must reside in the province of Ontario during the employment period.
  4. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). If you don't have a SIN, please visit the Service Canada website.

If you are eligible to apply, visit the Government of Ontario's Careers Website to search all summer job opportunities. In the "Select Region" drop-down menu, select the area of the province you live in and/or would be willing to work in. And in the "Select Career Level" drop-down menu, be sure to select "Student". Then press the "Search" button.

Once you've found a job you would like to apply for, scroll down and click on the "Apply Online" link under the "How to Apply" heading.

The application form isn't too long - a brief section for your personal details (name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) and about 20 questions with drop-down menus/checkboxes.

You can also upload your resume and cover letter. Please note that your resume and cover letter must be combined into a single document in  .DOC, .DOCX, .TXT, .RTF, or .PDF format and cannot exceed 5 pages.

Once you have completed the application form and uploaded your resume and cover letter (in a single document), click the "Apply" button and you will see a splash page confirming your submission along with a confirmation email.   

For more information, visit the Summer Employment Opportunities website and download the Applicant Tip Sheet (PDF).

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