Helping young people
find employment

By Emily Grubb, youth service officer


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Before you know it, school will be finished for the year and you can begin planning your summer!

You may already have some exciting plans for the summer. But have you thought about how you are going to pay for these plans? If not, consider finding a summer job.

You may be thinking that looking for a job isn’t easy, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Well, we have the solution. The Walkerton Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) is here to help you with your job search! If you are looking for casual, part-time or full-time summer employment, the SCCY is a great place to start.

The centre acts as a link between youth and employers looking for summer workers. Our offices post job vacancies from employers and provide young people with easy access to these jobs. All of the employers who post jobs with our office are specifically looking to fill these positions with young people.

A thorough job search means researching more than one source to find job openings. In addition to the SCCY, there are many other sources of potential summer jobs. Other possible sources to consider when you are looking for a job include:

  • Telling everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Tell friends, neighbours, teachers, relatives, former employers and anyone else you can think of. Many positions are filled through personal contacts.
  • Check the yellow pages in the telephone book. Make a list of businesses that might have the kind of job that you are looking for and contact them yourself;
  • Read the want ads in newspapers. Many businesses and organizations advertise in the newspaper, so check it often.
  • Positions may be posted on bulletin boards right at the place of business. Keep your eyes open.
  • Drop off your résumé at places that are of interest to you. Many businesses and organizations don’t advertise publicly. They want applicants who are interested to come to them.
  • Do some research on the Internet. You can access job postings from any computer with an Internet connection and look for opportunities in your area or all over the country.
The Service Canada Centre for Youth will be participating in the Market in the Park, at Victoria Park, Kincardine, on June 28, July 12, and July 26.

We want to increase awareness of the services that the SCCY provides, reach employers and students, provide information on health and safety, and increase awareness of the job bank. 



The booth will mainly target employers, especially those wanting to post odd jobs. The market is in the middle of downtown, so many employers will be browsing the different booths, as will college students and high school students.

I want to get employers involved with our program and services, and make them realize that getting involved in the SCCY is a good opportunity to find young, hardworking people to fill their positions. I also want to provide health and safety information so employers know they can send their employees to the SCCY office to learn about health and safety rules and regulations.

Visit the Walkerton SCCY located at 200 McNabb Street is 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. 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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Friday, June 18, 2010