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How to Get Your First Job This Summer

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School’s out for summer!

Students couldn’t be more excited for the dog days of summer to start–especially after such a long and wet winter.

Although it’s tempting to spend the entire break enjoying the local beaches and parks, summer is a great opportunity to get a job and gain valuable new skills and a competitive advantage that will make an impact later in life.

A UBC Sauder School of Business study shows that students who work at summer or evening jobs progress to better-suited careers, enhance their soft skills, acquire better references and learn how to job-hunt more successfully. Not to mention the financial benefit, there is nothing like receiving a well-deserved pay cheque!

Finding a first job with no work experience can be challenging and intimidating. Even putting together a resume may be something that a student has never done before. At the same time, your first job is something you’ll never forget. Ask anyone of any age what their first job was and not only will they remember it, but they’ll likely be able to describe it in detail.

With this in mind, our youth employment centres have some good news for students:

We have hired two Summer Student Placement Specialists through the Canada Summer Jobs grant: Nicholas Yee, at the One Stop Career Shop in North Vancouver and Preet Sanghera, at the Career Zone in Downtown Vancouver. They are both enthusiastic post-secondary students who have already gone through the challenges of finding their first job and are very keen to help with resumes, cover letters, interview skills and tips that will help you secure a memorable summer job.

Are you a student interested in getting a taste of adulthood and work this summer

Students in Vancouver, contact:
Career Zone
2nd floor – 1256 Granville Street, Vancouver BC
604 605 4666

Students on the North Shore, contact:
One Stop Career Shop
109 – 980 W 1st Street, Vancouver BC
604 988 3766


If you’re looking for services and support in your job search, visit one of our WorkBC centres to get started. All our employment services are FREE.

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