Helping young people
find employment

By Emily Grubb, youth service officer


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In order to get a summer job, you need to know where to look. Networking can help you to find job opportunities. It can be described as talking with people who can help you reach your career goals, and it can be formal or informal. An informal chat with a neighbour or a formal scheduled meeting with a company manager are both examples of networking.
You can learn to network effectively by following a few simple rules:

  • Keep your visits brief.
  • Appear enthusiastic about the information your contact is sharing.
  • Never ask your contact to do your job search for you.
  • View the meeting as an opportunity to gather information rather than as a job interview.

Some questions you might want to ask your contact are:

  • How did you break into this field?
  • Do you know of any companies that are expanding rapidly?
  • Can I keep in touch with you?

The more people you network with, the better your chances are of finding a lead on a job. Everyone you have contact with can be part of your networking circle: family members, social acquaintances, co-workers or former co-workers, supervisors, graduates from your school, teachers and professors. Networking opportunities are endless.

Networking can help you find great jobs to match your interests and skills. Your contacts can help you learn what it is like to work in a particular industry. You can find out about different companies. Your contacts can help you research the training necessary for the job or career you want! This information and experience can be invaluable during a job search.


If you would like to find out more about networking, please contact your local Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY). The Walkerton SCCY, located at 200 McNab Street, is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach the centre by phone at (519) 881-2305, by fax at (519) 881-0377or by E-mail at emily.grubb@servicecanada.gc.ca. Job postings are available online at www.jobbank.gc.ca, under “Student/Youth Job Search”, “Ontario” and then “Walkerton and area.”

For information on the Government of Canada summer work experience programs, call 1 800 O-Canada (TTY: 1-800-926-9105) or visit servicecanada.ca/sccy.

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Monday, July 12, 2010