Employment Resource Centres

June 12, 2009 | Elle

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Employment Resource Centres can help you learn about careers and how to find a job. They can:

  • Help you find out which jobs are in demand
  • Give you job searching tools and information
  • Build your job search skills
  • Suggest other services that may help you.

These centres have telephones, computers, fax machines, printers, photocopiers which you can use for free. Services are also provided free of charge. In addition, some centres also provide workshops on how to look for work, make career decisions, and perform well in a job interview.

Who Is It For?

Anyone who is looking for help with job hunting. You do not have to be unemployed or receiving Employment Insurance to use them. You can be underemployed or considering a career change. Some Employment Resource Centres has services especially designed for newcomers.

How Can I Learn More?

Contact any of the following:

Ontario Employment Resource Centres - sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Help is available in 25 languages.

Service Canada - offers single-window access to a wide range of Government of Canada programs and services for citizens through more than 600 points of service located across the country, call centres, and the Internet.

211Toronto.ca - A directory of over 20 000 community, social, health and government services. In the search box on the homepage, enter the words "employment resource centres."

City of Toronto's Employment Resource Centres - There are 14 centres across the city. Each centre is staffed with trained Career and Employment Information Specialists. Staff can provide you with the help you need to reach your education and employment goals. Services are free, available to all city of Toronto residents. 

Settlement.org - Provides help on employment standards (example: health and safety at work), finding a job, job listings, labour market information, starting your own business, getting your Social Insurance Number and other documents, and volunteering.

Take heart, you are not alone!