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Frequently Asked Questions

Job Search

Where can I find a listing for the jobs that are available in my area?

When you need to find a job close to home, utilize the Job Search Sources that focus on local jobs in your area, such as local newspapers, job banks, and local industries and associations that offer job matching services. It is also helpful to attend local job fairs, information sessions and training events related to the type of employment you want.

Where can I get a job for this summer?

Each summer hundreds of students compete for summer jobs. There are many avenues for student employment as organizations and businesses apply to receive various sources of funding to hire students during the summer months. Some agencies provide summer placements for post-secondary students who are studying programs related to their services. The Service Canada Centres for Youth also assist students in their search for summer employment by connecting them with local employers and helping them prepare their resumes. There is also variety of employment programs just for youth that might prove useful in your job search. The general Job Search Sources also lists a wealth of resources that are helpful. The Hidden Job Market is also a useful resource for identifying potential employers.

Are there any online sites where I can post my resume?

Many employers offer job matching services, as do various industry and sector groups and professional associations. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently developing an International Registry, to link employers to job-seekers.

Are there any services or programs available to help older workers find jobs?

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) supports unemployed older workers living in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador affected by significant downsizing or closures or who are experiencing long term unemployment. The primary objective is to help participants explore their options and gain new skills to enable them to access new and immediate employment within their communities or regions.

I have an interview next week and I am so nervous. What am I going to do?

Job interviews are never easy, whether it’s your first interview or one of many. A job interview is an opportunity for an employer to get to know you better and find out if you are the right person for a particular job. Preparation is a big part of the interview process. You will -- or should! -- spend more time getting ready for the interview than you will at the interview itself. Proper interview preparation can help alleviate some of the stress involved in the job interview and help you give a strong interview.

I need some help developing my resume and cover letter. Where can I go?

Cover letters and resumes are an essential part of your job hunting tool kit as they are often the first point of contact between employers and job seekers. The resume is a selling tool outlining your skills and experience so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to their workplace. Your cover letter often determines whether a potential employer will read the attached resume. Staff at any of our can assist you in developing cover letters and resumes for specific job openings.

Career Planning

I dropped out of high school. How can I go about getting a high school diploma now?

You can never be too old to drop back into school. Many high school students experience difficulties learning to their fullest potential within the traditional high school system and have therefore opted out of high school. There are other alternatives available to help an individual obtain a High School Diploma. Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a provincial program for adult learners and is made up of three levels: Level I, II and III. A number of non-profit community-based centres have contracted with the Department of Education to offer the ABE Level I program. Level I is also offered through a limited number of College of the North Atlantic sites and some private training institutions. ABE (Level II and III) is also offered through many of the College of the North Atlantic sites as well as through some of the private training institutions. An additional option to obtaining High School Equivalency is the successful completion of the (GED) The General Educational Development exam, which is an international high school equivalency testing program for adults.

How can I find out what organizations in my area offer labour market, job search and career information services?

You can locate information about the many government departments and community agencies that provide free labour market, business development and career development services in each community throughout the province at Services Near You, a directory of services that is searchable by community or by category.

Where can I get some assistance with choosing the right career for me?

Choosing a career is an involved process that involves self-assessment and getting to know yourself. Your values, interests and skills, in combination with certain personality traits, will make some careers especially suitable for you and some particularly inappropriate. The Career Guide includes information to assist individuals who are in the process of choosing a career path or considering a career change, including information about occupations and training supports and services that are available. Once a career decision is made, individuals need to develop an action plan to help them achieve success in reaching their career goals. There is a wealth of information to help with this at Career-Decision Making and Developing an Action Plan. When making Career Decisions that will affect the rest of your life, it is often helpful to meet with a person who has been trained to provide .

How can I locate information about the colleges/universities and their course offerings in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond?

Post-secondary institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador, both private and public fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education. A complete listing of training programs available in this province can be located at Post-Secondary Offerings List. Comprehensive information on colleges and universities throughout Canada, including tuition, facilities, programs and admission requirements can be found at School Finder.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Where can I find information about occupations, such as salaries, required training, job prospects, and job descriptions?

There are several sources that will provide comprehensive profiles with specific information about jobs, skills, unions, work environments, etc. including Occupational Works, National Occupational Classification (NOC) and Labour Market Information.

Where can I locate customized labour market data for my report?

Students, policy analysts, researchers, community planners and others access a wealth of labour market data for communities and regions in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as other provinces in Canada on our LMI DataWorks, which includes data about the labour force, working age population, industries, occupations, employment, and more. Data is also available for various age groups and by gender. LMI Data Works allows users to create and manipulate customized data tables, create charts and carry out their own analysis.

Are there any publications available on employment trends?

There is information available on Labour Market Trends using key indicators for the past 30 years. There is also comprehensive labour market information available for 9 regions across the province in . Provincial, National and International information is also available in Research and Publications, which lists hundreds of labour market and career-related publications, reports, research articles and other information resources.

Employers

Where can I find information about upcoming labour market event or job fair?

The Upcoming Events Calendar which is a feature of our LMIworks.nl.ca labour market website will help you keep track of what is coming up in your area, including job fairs, information sessions, trade shows and training events. You can even add an event if you know of one that is coming up but has not yet been posted for others to see. You can also contact a provincial in your area or the Labour Market and Career Information Hotline to obtain the most current labour market information on a variety of topics.

Where can I find information on employment legislation?

There is much information available for employers, employees, and individuals who are thinking about starting a business. Information on recruitment and retention, workplace safety, benefits and payroll, workplace training and more can be found at Benefits, Payroll and Employment Legislation.

I am an employer who is setting up a business in Newfoundland and Labrador and I will be hiring staff. Where can I advertise for these positions?

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently developing an International Registry, to link employers to job-seekers. Any employer who wishes to post a job vacancy for a position in Newfoundland and Labrador can use this service free of charge.

I am thinking about starting my own business. Is there anything available to help me get started?

Employment opportunities are not restricted to finding a paid job with an employer. Many individuals pursue self-employment or establish their own business. Whether you're just starting out or already running a business, Entrepreneurship can be risky, however there is a broad range of tools and resources available to help develop and maintain your business. In addition, there are many resources to help employers with challenges such as finding and keeping employees, payroll, benefits and employment legislation and health and safety.

Youth

How can I find out what organizations in my area offer labour market, job search and career information services?

You can locate information about the many government departments and community agencies that provide free labour market, business development and career development services in each community throughout the province at Services Near You, a directory of services that is searchable by community or by category.

Are there any online sites where I can post my resume?

Many employers offer job matching services, as do various industry and sector groups and professional associations. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently developing an International Registry, to link employers to job-seekers.

What services are available for Youth in NL?

There are many services available to assist youth in this province, from employment programs and career planning to post-secondary programs and youth organizations. Government is developing a Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador to help make this province a province of choice for our youth to live and work.

Where can I get a job for this summer?

Each summer hundreds of students compete for summer jobs. There are many avenues for student employment as organizations and businesses apply to receive various sources of funding to hire students during the summer months. Some agencies provide summer placements for post-secondary students who are studying programs related to their services. The Service Canada Centres for Youth also assist students in their search for summer employment by connecting them with local employers and helping them prepare their resumes. There is also variety of employment programs just for youth that might prove useful in your job search. The general Job Search Sources also lists a wealth of resources that are helpful. The Hidden Job Market is also a useful resource for identifying potential employers.