Job search resources abound

By Charles Strachey

June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Working Wise:
I need a good summer job to help save for university. Is there any job search help for students who are looking for a summer job?
Signed, Hire This Student

Dear Hire This Student:

Congratulations on completing high school. Yes, help is available for students who are looking for summer employment.
1. ALIS (alis.alberta.ca) is a one-stop online career resource where you can explore your options, research post-secondary institutions, or look for a job.
The site includes links to Alberta Work Search Online, tips on writing resumés and giving job interviews, and links to job postings.
The site also offers a free online resumé review service plus a list of student job banks.
2. The Career Information Hotline (1-800-661-3753) is staffed by professional career counsellors who can help you write your resumé, prepare a cover letter, find job opportunities and market yourself to potential employers.
3. MyWorkQuest (myworkquest.alberta.ca) is a website for young Albertans who are graduating from school, looking for their first job, or planning their futures.
The site offers helpful tips on finding a job. 
4. The Canada-Alberta Job Bank (jobbank.gc.ca) has thousands of job postings that you can search by community, position or employment group (e.g., student).
The site also offers Job Match and Job Alert features that notify you when a new job is posted that fits your criteria.
5. Alberta Works social media sites give job seekers a place to find local employers who are hiring along with news about upcoming local job fairs.
Employers can also post free job advertisements on these sites.
To find your community’s social-media jobs site, visit humanservices.alberta.ca/regions.
6. The Job Fairs page at humanservices.alberta.ca/jobfairs lists all upcoming Government of Alberta sponsored jobs fairs.
7. The Alberta government’s Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) supports students in gaining valuable work experience and skills.
The program provides a wage subsidy to employers to hire students for summer jobs.
You can learn more about STEP at albertacanada.com/step.
8. The Alberta Public Service hires summer students.
For more information on summer student opportunities, visit: jobs.alberta.ca/students.
9. Alberta Supports / Works Centres (humanservices.alberta.ca/offices) are job-search centres staffed by Career and Employment Consultants, which offer free:
• Job-search tips and advice;
• Job postings and links to employers who are hiring;
• Resumé, cover letter and job interview workshops;
• Access to computers and photocopiers.
10. The Government of Canada’s Youth Canada website (youth.gc.ca) offers information and resources on preparing your job search, writing resumés and cover letters, job opportunities and how to gain work experience.
Other resources for student job seekers may be available in your community.
Check with your local Alberta Works Centre to find out what is available near you.
Good luck!
Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services.

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