Finding A Job

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Finding A Job

There are a number of steps in finding a job:

Almost all Apprenticeable trades require a grade 12 or a GED (General equivalency Diploma).  It varies by trade, click the TRADES button on main menu to research your trade for entrance requirements and training programs. 

 

Don't have a GED?

If you do not have a grade 12 or GED, you can research available upgrading and night school program in your area by visitng the INSTITUTES button on the main menu for access to their sites and listings of their programs.

 

Still in Highschool?

Step 1: SIN

Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN). a SIN is a nine-digit number you need to work or to receive Canadian government services. Visit Sevice Canada's website for information on how to get a Social Insurance Number.

Not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident?

You will need to be authorized to work in Canada and obtain a work permit. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website will give you the information on who is eligible and how to apply.

You can also view the Foreign Workers page for more information.

 

Step 2: Career Plan

Develop a career plan that includes:

  • A resume that is up to date and job specific.
  • A cover letter detailing your goals can be extremely helpful.
  • Visit  SaskCareers.ca - it is a great resource to explore your abilities and interests and will assist you with the development of a portfolio, resume and cover letter.
  • Develop a list of your certifications or special training you have completed.  A drivers license is almost essential in most trades

 

Step 3: Pick a Trade

Pick a trade from the TRADES menu that interests you and research it!

This will ensure that you are maknig an informed decision, and nothing impresses employers ore than a candidate who has done their homework.

 

Step 4: Find Employers

  • Make a list of employers from the phone book or search the web. 
  • Talk to friends to see if they know of companies that are hiring. 
  • Saskjobs.ca lists current jobs within Saskatchewan.
  • Contact one of the 19 Canada – Saskatchewan Labour Market Services offices for career and employment services.  This provincial service provides information on career and job opportunities, as well as training and/or education options that enable participation in the provincial labour market.

 

Step 5: Be Healthy

Make sure you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Employers and the industry is ever more cautious of safety and support for their employees; drug testing may be a condition of your employment.

 

Step 6: Suit Up

Special tools and clothing maybe required by your employer and necessary for your trade.  You will likely need a good pair of steel toed work boots, and typically employers will advise you of any tools or special clothing you may need before starting work.  It is a good question to ask at an interview.

 

Step 7: Apply

Now the boots hit the ground!  You can mail, email, or fax your resume to prospective employers but it is better to visit the company offices and leave your resume with them. 

Most companies have their own application forms.  Always try to talk to the human resource people about the company job opportunities.  

Follow up on your application with companies in a week or two to see if there are any job openings. Enquire about pre-employment programs that train you and give you work experience. 

We list several institutes that pay you to train and offer a work experience component.   The SCA also offers similar programs.  You may have to look outside of your community but there are jobs for you in Saskatchewan.