You’re on the job hunt! Whatever kind of job you are looking for – summer, part-time, full-time, academic, working on campus or abroad – here are some steps to get you started.

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Narrow it down Target the job you really want
Do your research Examine the current labour market
Job boards Resources to help you find a job

Narrow it down

Whether you are looking for full-time, part-time, summer, or academic positions, or you would like to work abroad, one of the most essential first steps is to determine the type of job you want and where you’d like to work. This is a much better approach than sending out many resumés for positions that you’re not really interested in or qualified for.

 

Know what you are looking for

Investigate the labour market (see below) and conduct informational interviews with professionals to determine:

  • Types of career-related positions to target

  • Your top companies (small, mid-size, large company or startup)

  • The growing industries

  • What kind of work environment suits you

  • What you want to learn and what skills you would like to develop

  • What part of the world you would like to work in

  • Whether you would like to start your own business

 

Know your rights

Before you start any job, know your rights.

 

International student work permits

If you are an international student, learn about how to obtain work permits to work off campus by contacting the Centre for International Experience.

 

Need more help?

You can sign up for one of our workshops held here at the Career Centre.  Find full-time, part-time, summer, academic and volunteer opportunities through networking and on our Career Learning Network.

Do your research

Researching the labour market is useful when exploring careers, deciding on whether to go back to school, and job searching.

When researching the labour market, you will learn about:

  • Occupational, skills and local labour market trends
  • Salaries, labour supply, and labour demand
  • Educational and skill requirements for specific careers
  • Available jobs

 

Global labour market facts

  • Vault Career Insider (access through the CLN) is a collection of career guides, job descriptions, data on workplace culture, and information on résumé and interview preparation by industry. If you are a first-time user, you will need to create an account.

  • Going Global (access through the CLN) provides information on working abroad. It includes internship listings, career guides with information on job search, resources, trends, interviews and more. It also includes an international employer directory spanning 33 countries and thousands of organizations.

  • Rotman – Business Information Centre (BIC) Databases has an extensive list of organization/industry databases to choose from. Depending on which database you select, you can access organization and industry profiles reports, news and journal articles. Only current U of T students have access to these databases. Alumni can pay to have access to some databases through the alumni services at the U of T Libraries.

  • Glassdoor offers an inside look at jobs and organizations. It provides "employee generated content" – salaries, reviews of organizations, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies and organizations themselves.

  • Globe Investor – Company Snapshots enables you to view company profiles. 

Working in Canada

The Canadian perspective

  • Working in Canada is a source of job listings, labour market information, and occupational and career information like educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends, and outlooks. The site also outlines jobs in demand.
  • Statistics Canada provides statistics on employment, job and industry trends.
  • Industry Canada is Canada’s business information website.  Use the Canadian Company Capabilities directory or the Canadian Business Map. You can find them using the site map.
  • CNW Group delivers news releases and multimedia to news media, financial and online audiences.
  • U of T Libraries and public libraries have a selection of resources that provide information about organizations, industries and the labour markets. If you are an alumna/alumnus and you don’t have access to U of T’s internal databases, your local public library will have some options for you.

 

Calling all entrepreneurs!

  • Canada Business Network includes many programs outside of U of T that are there to help people start their own businesses.

Job boards

Job boards alone are not the most effective way to find work, but they do help people find jobs!  If you are going to use job boards, combine this with other methods to find your job.

New boards are created regularly, so be on top of the ones that are used most in your industry and profession! Ask people in the field which ones they recommend. Start with job boards on company websites. 

 

Job boards just for students and recent grads

  • Career Centre  advertises career-related full-time positions, academic positions, part-time and summer positions, work-study and research positions and volunteer opportunities.  Positions can be on or off campus.

  • TalentEgg advertises career-related entry-level positions, part-time and summer positions, co-ops and internships for students and recent graduates.

  • Workopolis Campus advertises career-related full-time positions, part-time and summer positions, and internships for students and recent graduates.

  • Magnet is an online service that connects people with jobs and opportunities using a cutting-edge technology platform.

 

Job boards for all job seekers

  • Eluta – specializes in finding new job announcements from employers across Canada.
  • Indeed – allows you to search company websites and job boards simultaneously.
  • Charity Village – lists postings for the non-profit sector.
  • Service Canada, Job Bank – offers a web-based network of job postings available to Canadians, with over 2000 new opportunities posted every day.

 

Need more help?

You can sign up for one of our workshops held here at the Career Centre.  Find full-time, part-time, summer, academic and volunteer opportunities through networking and on our Career Learning Network.