Meet Maija. YES matched Maija with her very first paying job. This match is a great way to illustrate some really important items you may want to think about when you are looking for a summer job. Here’s a top 5 list of what YES recommends that you may want to consider when searching for your first job based on Maija’s success.
- Look for jobs close to home and consider part-time work.
If you are used to having your whole summer off, jumping right in to full-time work can prove too much for some students. You want to set yourself up for success. Consider what you enjoy doing during the summer and ensure that you include some fun in your plans. Working part-time lets you ease into your first job. Also, don’t set yourself up for a long commute. Even a half hour drive or bus ride eats up an hour of your day. If possible, choose a workplace close to home. Maija lives near her new job so she gets to stay in the area she loves. She can even bike to work.
- Don’t limit your options.
If you are only applying for one or two jobs, you are limiting your opportunities for success. It can be competitive out there. There are many sites that advertise positions. Visit the YES E-sources web-page for quick links to job search websites including our own YES job bank. Apply for all of the jobs that interest you. Go to interviews. You can always turn down a job offer if it isn’t a good fit. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open in your own neighbourhood for help wanted signs and check social media. Many local employers post their opportunities on their social networks. Maija first saw her opportunity through a posting on Facebook.
- Follow up!
It is so important to follow up with an employer once you have applied for a position. Visit the workplace in person if possible, so the employer can put a face to the name. Even calling to see how the hiring process is going is often enough to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job. One phone call or visit at the right time can make the difference between getting hired and being passed by. Maija was familiar with her future employer so following up was just a matter of knowing who to contact and going to the store. When Maija came to the YES Summer Job Fair, , and we helped her see this employer as an opportunity, she was provided with their contact information. We encouraged Maija to meet the owners in person and the match was made!
- Clean up your messaging and social media
Not every employer will check your name against social media sites to find out more about you, but it’s becoming more common. Do a thorough online search to ensure that there are no inappropriate pictures or comments out there that could remove you from the running for a job if an employer were to see them. Don’t let this happen to you!
Even if the employer doesn’t do a social media search, they will contact you by e-mail or phone. Make sure your voicemail message is appropriate for employer calls. Also ensure that your e-mail address is appropriate for a resume. Something like: partyboy(at)allpartyallthetime(dot)com can put your resume in the “no” pile. Keep it professional.
- Be prepared!
YES provides pre-employment workshops to help you with everything from composing a resume to how to dress for the interview, to solving conflict at work. Maija attended the “Job search Basics” workshop that was held during our Summer Job Fair to make sure she was prepared to conduct an effective job search. For a complete list of workshops, visit the YES workshop page.
We want to thank all the students, their caregivers, and the employers who participated in our Summer Job Fair this year. Congratulations to all those who were successful in securing employment. If you are still searching for a job, check us out on the YES website or visit our Resource Area and chat with our helpful staff about programs and services.
Maija’s job match was offered through Youth Job Link, an Employment Ontario program that helps match students who are seeking employment with local employers who have positions to fill.
This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario.
A blast from our past. It was a sunny day in the Spring of 1993. The YES crew joined other community organizations in a shoreline clean-up called "Wake up the Waterfront". You may recognize Jack Cleverdon (centre) and Sharon De Benetti to his right who are still with YES. Lorraine Boland, former Executive Director (retired) is to her right. YES is celebrating its 35th year: 1981-2016. Watch for more YES photos and history on our Facebook page throughout the summer.
YES hosted a Job Fair for Lowe’s on June 29th. The rain didn’t prevent job seekers from attending. Our computer lab was filled to capacity with participants filling out online applications and meeting with Lowe’s representatives, Carly, Don and Sam. Our job development team is looks forward to working with the Lowe’s team and assisting them with their ongoing recruitment needs.