High school and post-secondary students searching for work for the first time might be feeling a growing sense of pressure. You might be wondering how to navigate all the different parts of job searching and what to prepare first.
Are you eligible to work in Alberta?
To work in Canada, you must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This is a 9-digit number that is a unique identifier. If you don’t have one, then you can get one from Service Canada. As well, people who are 12 years of age and under require special permission to work. They must apply for a permit from the Director of Employment Standards of the Government of Alberta.
Those who are 13 and 14 years of age are able to work the following jobs without a permit:
Young people aged 13-14 cannot work during normal school hours. They cannot work before 6:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. They can only work 2 hours on school days and up to 8 hours when there is no school.
Young people aged 15 to 17 cannot work at the following places between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. under any circumstances:
Young people can work at the above-listed places from 9:00 p.m. to midnight if they work with or are in the continuous presence of an individual 18 years of age or older.
Young people can work at any place (other than those in the list above) between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. if:
Now that you know where you can and can’t work – let’s get you started on the job search journey!
There are plenty of resume templates out there to help you create a good resume. You can find some through Microsoft Office or through Canva.
Once you pick a template you like, you will see key sections that you need to fill out with your information. This will likely include:
You can find more resume-building tips from the Government of Canada here.
You’ll want to showcase what skills and experience you do have, even if it’s not considered formal work experience. To do this, consider including the following information:
You can also add a personal statement near the top of your resume. This shares what areas you’re interested in and what skills you’d like to develop.
You can also go for something more specific to the type of job you’re applying for.
Some employers ask you to submit a cover letter with your resume. This is an opportunity to detail your experience, show a personal side, and demonstrate why hiring you is a smart decision.
You can look up cover letter templates. Be sure to edit them and make them your own. Then, when a job that you want to apply to asks for a cover letter – you are ready. From that point, you can customize the letter for that specific employer.
Before you look at job posting websites like Indeed or LinkedIn – ask yourself what kind of job you are looking for. This will help you do a more targeted search using keywords and filters. You will be able to focus your time and energy on applying for jobs that are right for you.
Once you know what kind of opportunity you’re looking for, here are some excellent places to start looking for jobs to apply to.
Here are some tips on how to start.
The tough part’s over. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get the job – as you can see, this is just the start!
Want more tips on how to start the job search process? Check out these resources by the Government of Alberta.
Government of Alberta ALI Work Search Basics
Government of Alberta ALIS Getting the Most Out of Job Fairs
Government of Alberta Employment Standards Rules – Youth Employment Laws
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