If you’re looking for a job because you need the money, want to learn new skills, or want to improve the skills you already have, there are a few things you will need to know.
What do I need to find a job?
- A Social Insurance Number (to get paid)
- A reliable phone number with voice mail
- A résumé
- Help, if you want it!
Your SIN will allow you to work legally in Canada. You will need a phone number to call potential employers and to get calls from them. Your résuméYour résumé is a short document that lists your job experience, skills, and education. Employers look at this to see if you are qualified for a job. will help employers decide if you are the best person for the job.
A quick note about your phone: If you plan on giving potential employees your cell-phone number, make sure you change the message to something that sounds professional and serious. Instead of "Hey this is me, you know what to do at the BEEP!", try "Hi, you have reached [your name]. Leave me a message and I will respond to you as soon as I can. Thank you!"
If you need help getting your SIN card, read these articles:
Who can help me find a Job?
If you are still in school and looking for a part-time job, your school’s guidance counsellor, career centre and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program are good places to start.