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When you still haven’t found what you’re looking for…

By Matt King

As summer ambles towards Alberta, and the schools begin to close for the season, many young workers will be searching for work to fill their empty pockets. But, you may ask, how does one go about such a job search?

Well, we at Heads Up want to help you with your search. Here are three ways you can look for some summer work (and beyond)!

1. Job Bank websites
A quick Google search will show that there are loads of different websites to which employers post job notices. Many of these sites even allow you to get specific with exclusive categories for student or summer work. Here’s a list of some of those websites:

Job Bank (Government of Canada)
Monster
Working.com
Workopolis
Alberta Job Centre

There are also sites that compile job postings from websites like the ones listed. One of the best of these is Indeed, which finds postings all over the internet and matches them to your search.

2. Your school’s career services
Depending on what university, college or high school you attend, your school likely has a career services department or unit that is there to help you find work. Often, these places will not only post jobs, but will also help you with your resume or cover letter, amongst other things. Here are a few of them to guide you:

Edmonton
University of Alberta
Grant MacEwan University
NAIT

Calgary
University of Calgary
Mount Royal University
SAIT

Keyano College (Fort McMurray)
University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge)

3. The good ol’ tried and true
If these things don’t work, then it might be best to go with some of the good ol’ tried and true routes. Open your local newspaper and flip to the classifieds section. You’ll find a wealth of job postings for all sorts of employers there. Another way is to simply visit the website of whatever employers interest you, and see if any positions are posted there. You could also call the employer as well, and ask personally. Finally, you can always simply drop off a resume and cover letter to an employer; even if they don’t have a job available, they will likely keep your information on file for future positions.

Whenever you are looking for a job, or are interviewing, just remember to always keep safety at the forefront of your mind. Being safety-conscious when job hunting will ensure you spend your summer injury and accident free. Make sure to ask questions and trust your gut.

Happy job hunting!

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