Helping young people
find employment

By Emily Grubb, youth service officer


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Are you wondering what to put on your résumé because you lack on-the-job experience?

You might not realize that all of the valuable skills you have gained through your education, recreational activities and volunteer experiences can help you promote yourself to employers. Though you may not have all the work experience listed on the job posting, employers may want to hire you! Instead of focusing on your lack of work history, try focusing on your transferable job skills.

Transferable skills are sets of abilities that are needed to do a broad range of jobs. You may have more career-related skills than you think. Things you do all of the time may be great transferable job skills. Do you have a positive attitude? Can you communicate effectively? You may already have many skills that employers find valuable.

Where do you get transferable job skills? You may naturally be an enthusiastic or organized person. Skills are also gained over time by experiences you’ve had. For example, as a student you have probably become organized and punctual. If you have played a lot of sports, you have probably learned to work well as a team member and are goal-oriented.

Employers realize that they need people with transferable skills to get the job done. This is your chance to get noticed! If you focus on your skills, employers will realize that you can be a valuable employee. Some common transferable skills in high demand are:

  • Problem solving and adaptability
  • Effective interpersonal communication
  • Organization
  • Effective teamwork

Define your strong points and build on them to promote yourself to potential employers. Did you know that there is an ever-increasing demand for a skilled and adaptable workforce? Your skills, talents, knowledge and creativity are key to your future success.


Skill requirements are changing rapidly, which means you have to continue building your skills and knowledge. Summer jobs are a great way to help you develop your skills and get the work experience you need to prepare for the rapidly-changing world of work.

 If you need help with resume or interview skills, please visit the Walkerton SCCY located at 200 McNabb Street, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.

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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Saturday, June 26, 2010