Summer jobs for students and new grads: Ontario government jobs

May 8, 2009 | Frances

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More than 100,000 students will find work this summer through Ontario's student summer jobs programs. So can you! The 2009 Ontario Budget increased funding for the summer program by over 57 per cent or $32 million in 2009, to help you find summer work in your community.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • a student or new graduate in secondary school, college, or university. New graduates are eligible to apply for a period of six months after graduation.
  • eligible to work in Canada

    Deadline: You must apply by Friday July 3, 2009. Jobs are for 6 to 16 weeks.

    1.  What you should do right now! Submit your resume to the Student Resume Bank.

    Tips for submitting your resume:

  • Choose your location, then click on the Apply Online icon.

  • You will be asked to identify specific ministries that you would like to be considered for and your preferred city / work location. The field for ministries is marked with a red asterisk (compulsory to fill in). However, the Help says you don't have to choose. Try putting "any" or "all" if you get an error.

  • If you wish to be considered for more than 1 location you can upload additional applications and specify alternate city locations.

  • Your resume and cover letter must be together in one document. You can only upload 1 document and it must be less than 1MB in size.

  • To add an attachment, use the Browse button to locate the file on your computer.
  • Your resume must be in MS Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt) format.
  • Want to know what the different ministries do? Click on the burgundy red link from the left navigation bar on the Ontario government site.

    2.  Apply directly for posted positions.

  • Specific summer opportunities for students will also be available. If you are interested in a specific advertised regular summer student position, you must submit your application directly to the job posting in order to be considered.

  • If I were you, I would do both! Put your resume on the site now and then watch for specific jobs that appeal to you. You will maximize your chance of getting a job.  When you apply for specific jobs, edit your cover letter for the specific jobs.

    For more information, see Ontario regular summer student hiring

    3.  Check out other opportunities such as summer companies and internships.

  • Update June 2009 - check our new post on government-subsidized jobs.
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