Getting a job

Job hunting and applying for jobs can be really intimidating. Relax. Here are some tips that might help.

Finding work

Job hunting can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Here are some good places to start your search:


Many employers want to hire someone they already know. The next best thing is hiring someone who comes recommended to them by another employee—such as a parent, relative, or friend of a parent. Do you know anyone who can hook you up?

Job boards

Look for job postings on flyers and posters on bulletin boards at school, especially in the guidance office. You can also try looking for job boards at local community centres and libraries.


Whether it’s summer employment or a full-time gig you’re looking for, online job boards can help you focus your search. Youth Canada is a great place to start.

Employment Centres

Youth Employment Centres are places where young people can get help finding jobs. Help with housing and personal finance is also available. Find a centre close to you through Service Canada.

The perfect resume

This might surprise you, but nearly everyone gets freaked out about building their resume. Composing a resume can be stressful, but it’s a skill which, once you build it, you’ll always have. So, it’s worth learning how to do it properly now. Even if you’ve never had a job, you likely have plenty of skills and experiences that are worth bragging about on your resume. You can always bring your resume to a guidance counsellor, or have someone at a youth employment centre review it for you.

Cover letters

Do you need to write a cover letter? Yes, in most cases. Even with applications that do not require a cover letter, it’s a good idea to write one anyway, which you can attach to the application or bring with you on your interview. It’s important to be honest and straightforward in a cover letter. Don’t lie about your accomplishments or try to use big words. You don’t need to write a lot, you just need to be yourself. For more cover letter writing basics, check out Youth Canada.

Interview tips

Getting a call for an interview is super exciting, but if you’re like most, your excitement is quickly cut in half by anxiety. One thing to remember is that getting called in for an interview shows that an employer was impressed by your resume. It’s a good idea to anticipate some of the questions you might get asked in an interview and prepare a few notes on how you’d like to answer them. Some common interview questions are:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you like about our organization?
  • What are three skills that you think will help you in this position?

It’s also a good idea to get a good sleep the night before the interview, and stay away from caffeinated beverages—your adrenaline will be pumping right beforehand, and the extra caffeine will just make you babble. Visit TeensHealth for more interview tips.

Last Reviewed September 2012 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team
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