If you are planning to get summer jobs and have not been hired by now, you might have realized that it’s a little late and the summer job market is pretty saturated. But, as Og Mandino, author of The Greatest Salesman in the World, said “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late”. The question is – what can be done before it’s too late?
Besides realizing that next year it is worthwhile to begin looking for summer work in February, there are some jobs out there. Not all hires work out, and not all hiring happens early.
So here are some suggestions for tackling the summer job market:
- Search traditional job boards as well as Google, using keywords such as summer+jobs.
- Get onto Twitter, search #summerjobs #Toronto.
- Specialized job boards such as JobPostings.ca and Talent Egg have made a special effort to help with finding summer jobs
- Various government agencies offer specific job boards: the Job Bank, a Federal government job board, offer specific searches for students. The Government of Ontario has a Summer Employment Program, which has also mostly completed hiring. They describe their jobs as “full-time, temporary positions ranging from 7 – 16 weeks between May and Labour Day. The wage for these opportunities is either $10.25 or $11.10 per hour, depending on the job“. Check out their sites for other links to provincially funded programs which may be hiring (e.g. Ontario Science Centre). The Federal Government has hiring programs, most of which have completed their hiring by now, but some continue to be open; Check out Parks Canada, as an example.
- Some of the classifieds listings such as Kijiji; traditional job boards such as Workopolis have set up specific student searches. Similarly, the “vertical” job boards such as Indeed.ca have specific student/summer searches.
- The City of Toronto is a great source of summer jobs; they hired students to start in April, but still have their website up. It is late, but it is worth to go back and check – a small number of positions were still available when we posted this blog . Check the City for ongoing hiring — some might be for summer.
- Think of which employers are busiest in summer. For example, Toronto Parks & Recreation department has a hiring page for “recreation jobs”. Check for specific programs in the city that might appeal to you — for example, Centre Island hire many for summer. Camp Page and Ontario Camps list jobs in local camps, though there may be more posted on the actual websites of each camp as they arise which might not be posted here. In the city, some of the larger employers such as The EX or Canada’s Wonderland are hiring. Think of who else is active in the summer: companies that deal in promotions and marketing, hotels, restaurants, car rental companies, golf courses and a range of other service sector employers. Google the companies, check out their websites and see if they’re hiring.
- Remember that you can also create your own business and offer pet sitting, gardening, baby sitting, elder care, house sitting services, for a fee, to friends and family.
- Keep in mind that temp agencies might be ramping up their hiring to fill positions of employees away for summer. You’ll find a list of job boards through out our blog.
- There are services for youth to help with jobs — they often know about positions available in the community, and more usefully — might be able to help you ramp up your job search so you can do it yourself.
Good luck with your search! There are jobs out there to be found and created – it just might take a more effort.