Job Search Tips by the StFX Student Career Services
- Self-care. This is a stressful time for job seekers and employers. If you are experiencing anxieties, please visit the StFX Health & Counselling Centre website for additional resources.
- Conduct an inventory of your skills, strengths, interests, values, goals, etc. During the academic year, students are busy with school and other activities. Once April exams are finished, take time to conduct a personal inventory using the resources described above.
- Take time to build your skills. Check out the many free resources online that can help you build your skills
- Polish your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and interview skills using the Toolkit resources below. Your resume is the first introduction to a potential employer. To increase your chances of being selected for an interview, ensure your resume is up to date and professional. Update your LinkedIn profile as well. LinkedIn has many great online resources for building a professional profile.
- Network virtually and take initiative. Grow your network and connect with individuals via LinkedIn. Connect with alumni, family, and friends. Conduct a virtual informational interview where you can learn more about a potential role or company. Remember there will be some employers who are not hiring right now. If you noticed that a job and employer that you wanted to work for is not hiring right now, keep them on your radar for later. You may need to be more open to potential work. Networking could also involve volunteering. Finally, say thank you to your connections.
Maintain a positive attitude and personal motivation. With the new COVID 19 reality, job searching during this time will be challenging. It requires patience, flexibility, and compassion.
This page contains links to popular online job board, federal and provincial government resources and job search inforamtion.
General Information on Using the Internet in the Job Search Process
- How to use the Internet in Your Job Search (Myperfect Resume)
- Guidelines to a Safe Job Search (indeed)
In-person & Online Job Search Information Providers
- StFX Student Career Centre Listserv | Get jobs (on-campus, summer, new grad) emailed to you!
- Nova Scotia Works & Career Connections Antigonish
- Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
- Mi’kmaq employment training secretariat (Nova Scotia)
- Aboriginal Employment, Training, Skill and Labour Market Centres S
- African Nova Scotian Employment Centre (ANSEC CENTRE) Sydney, Nova Scotia | (902) 562-6656
- The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA) Amherst, Nova Scotia | (902) 661-1509
- The Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association (VANSDA) Kentville, Nova Scotia | (902) 678-7410 As part of the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services system,
- Black Business Initiative BBI
Job Search Online Help Workbooks
Canadian public-access sites oriented to post-secondary students:
- Job Postings
- Aspire | Aspiring to attract the next generation of talent by uncovering the diverse, challenging and innovative nature of Financial Services for students, and facilitating access to opportunities in the sector.
- Magnet- Join Magnet to search for employment opportunities.
- Discover Ability Network, funded by the Government, is an online platform which connects employers to persons with disabilities who are seeking employment. The platform hosts a variety of opportunities available for student internships, roles within the financial sector, and general labour opportunities.
Major sites with Job Postings across Canada
- Job Bank
- Nova Scotia Summer Skills Incentive -
- Canadian COVID19 List of Hiring Companies
- Canada's Job Bank
- Monster Board
- Indeed Canada
- JobGurus Canada
- CharityVillage (job postings in the non-profit sector)
- ECO Careers | Environmental related jobs)
- Workcabin Environmental related jobs)
- Glassdoor An inside look at jobs and companies. Anonymous reviews and salary data from companies and interview candidates.
- LinkedIn Jobs Leverage the world's largest professional network to connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network and get hired. LinkedIn Jobs surfaces insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.
- Canadian Annual Reports
- Strategis (Industry Canada)
- D & B Hoovers.
- Federal Government Departments and Agencies Directory
Government programs oriented to youth (summer & new grad)
- Federal Student Work Experience Program (Summer Employment)
- Post-Secondary Recruitment, Federal Government (typically Sept/Oct)
- Federal Youth Employment Strategy
- Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Government Student Resources
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Government Student Resources
- Nova Scotia Provincial Government Student Resources
- Nova Scotia Summer Skills Initiative
- New Brunswick Provincial Government Student Resources
- Quebec Provincial Government Student Resources
- Ontario Provincial Government Student Resources
- Manitoba Provincial Government Student Resources
- Saskatchewan Provincial Government Student Resources
- Alberta Provincial Government Student Resources
- British Columbia Provincial Government Student Resources
- Yukon Provincial Government Student Resources
- Northwest Territories Provincial Government Student Resources
- Nunavut Provincial Government Student Resources
- Check with your town/city regarding summer or new grad recruitment.
Networking (80% of the jobs are never advertised)
Networking Online Resources
- Networking Tips (Nova Scotia Works)
- How to Build Your Job Search Network (Monster)
- Networking for Employment (Skilled Immigrant Infocentre)
- Networking Isn't Job Searching (workopolis)
Social Media Resources
- Best Social Media Sites for Job Searching (Balance Careers)
- How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search (Forbes)