With much of the winter behind us, the month of March brings thoughts of summer. Employers, too, are beginning to plan ahead for summer and are thinking of ways of accommodating staff vacation requests for July and August. By now, the federal government has already closed the employer deadline for Canada Summer Jobs, and job postings are appearing online for all levels of government and other employers in the various industries that hire for the summer. Job seekers should keep in mind that even though summer hiring focuses on students, it could benefit anyone who is available to work, and may even provider opportunities than might turn into full-time permanent work for some.
WHO hires for summer jobs?
Hiring occurs in a range of sectors, including those obviously related to the season such as amusement parks, summer camps, resorts, and camp grounds, as well as seasonal sectors such as landscaping, tourism, and agriculture.
Government, on all three levels, municipal, provincial and federal, post jobs for students in a range of departments. In addition, many employers are seeking to hire staff to temporarily fill positions left open by vacationing staff.
WHERE and HOW do I find the jobs?
The best place to initiate any online search is always Google. Use suitable keywords such as summer, jobs, a job title (e.g. landscaper), and location (e.g. Toronto). Set up alerts for the searches that produce the best results, so that you can be notified by email every time more matches appear.
Use social media — make sure you have a good profile on each site, and set out to locate employers. For example, the City of Toronto has a presence on Facebook (Employment and Social Services), Twitter and LinkedIn. Search Twitter for keywords such as #summerjobs and #toronto.
On all levels of government, including the municipal, provincial and federal, special sites have been set up for summer recruitment:
- The City of Toronto has its Toronto Public Service Summer Employment Opportunities site, where potential employees can register and apply online. 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.
- The Government of Ontario has set up a Summer Employment Opportunities site, where recruiting is occurring for the main Ontario Public Service. There are related services such as the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, the Ontario Science Centre, the Ontario Provincial Police, and a range of Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities services such as youth and student employment opportunities in Ontario, Summer Company, Summer Law Student Opportunity, and Employment programs for people under 30.
- Most of the Federal Government‘s hiring programs (Federal Student Work Experience Program — FSWEP) have completed their hiring by now, but some continue to be open; use the keyword “Summer Job” in the Government Job Bank. Jobs still can be found at Canada Post and the Bank of Canada, for example.
Check out classifieds listings such as Kijiji or traditional job boards such as Workopolis have set up specific student searches. Similarly, the “vertical” job boards such as Indeed.ca have specific summer searches.
Think of which employers are busiest in summer. For jobs in camps, check out Ontario Camps, who list jobs in local camps. In the city, some of the larger employers such as The EX or Canada’s Wonderland are hiring. Ontario Power Generation have created a summer recruitment site, as well.
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 on this blog.
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. Contact them directly and find out about future opportunities.