Job Seeking tips for Students

Don’t Be Shy

  • Tell people you know that you are looking for employment
  • Many jobs aren’t advertised and you may be able to get a good lead from a friend or family members

 Start Close to Home:

  • One good way to get experience is to start by working for friends and neighbours
  • Babysitting, mowing lawns, landscaping and waitering can all be included on your CV
  • The people you work for will also be able to give you a reference when you apply for other opportunities

 Keep an Open Mind:

  • Do not limit yourself to certain types of jobs
  • This is a tough market and you may not be able to find a job doing what you want to do
  • If you need a salary, keep an open mind when it comes to what you’ll do to earn any salary
  • The more flexibility you have, the more opportunities you’ll be able to apply for
  • Even if the job wasn’t your first choice, it may turn out to be better than you expected

Write a Resume:

  • A resume can help you stand out from the other candidates applying for the same opportunity
  • Even though you may not have much information to include, a resume shows that you’re serious about your job search
  • View our “Tips on how to set up a CV” page

Job Search Online:

  • Check websites that list local job openings for example Pnet, Careers24, Job Mail, etc.
  • Check your local Chamber of Commerce website (Google your city/town name and Chamber of Commerce to find it) to see if they list jobs.

Apply for Lots of Jobs:

  • Apply for as many jobs as possible, however read the specifications and requirements as you might not be suitable for the position advertised.
  • Keep applying, rather than waiting to hear back from one before you apply for another position
  • Spend as much time as you can applying and follow up by calling or emailing to check on your application

Dress Appropriately:

  • When you are applying in-person for jobs and interviewing, dress appropriately

Be Flexible:

  • Be as flexible as possible when it comes to your availability
  • The more flexible you are, the more likely you are to get a job offer
  • Also know when you’re available


  • Even though you won’t get a salary, volunteering is a great way to add experience to your CV which will help you find a paid position in the future
  • Check with your local non-profit organizations for volunteer opportunities

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