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Job banks on the Internet, however, are simply lists of jobs, jobs, jobs. They can allow you to find work without even leaving home (or the local library). In about the same amount of time it takes to open the newspaper to its classifieds section, you can search the job descriptions, locations, qualifications required and salaries for virtually thousands of openings across Canada. Here are some sites to start you off as you surf for work.
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Job Bank jb-ge.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/
The HRDC Job Bank bills itself as “an electronic listing of jobs, work or business opportunities provided by employers from everywhere across Canada.” Both English and French versions are available. Search options include jobs posted within the last 48 hours, job titles, region and key word. The job ads themselves are also posted at local Human Resource Centres.
Employers: Posting a job opening is free. It can be done through an online form, using your Revenue Canada Business ID Number. A form can also be printed, filled out and faxed.
Charity Village Career Centre
Dozens of job openings in the non-profit sector are listed for everything from part-time administrative assistants to full-time national directors. Many are disability-related organizations. A “Latest Additions” link allows you to view only the most recent jobs listed. Some listings link back to the employer’s home page to provide you with more insight into the organization.
Employers: Cost for a full-page display ad starts at $157. Ads are posted for a maximum of 30 days, and your logo and website link are included. Thousands of candidates browse daily.
“Many organizations that make a difference in our communities are looking for executive directors, support workers, communications and fundraising professionals, administrative workers and many, many other talented people just like you.” Over 70 positions are currently posted, many from disability-related organizations.
Employers: Every organization’s first posting on the site is free. Subsequent ads are $69 for 30 days. There is no word limit, and your logo and any links you require are included.
One of the larger job banks in North America, this technical career site carries about 20,000 postings (20% Canadian). Jobs are searchable by state/province, part-time/full-time, keyword or exact phrases to narrow down the search. Job seekers can apply online, submitting their résumé in ASCII format. Site also offers job matching and other employment services.
Employers: Cost is $90 for a job ad that will run for two months. For blocks of 10 or more jobs, there is a free one-time, one-month trial. Otherwise, cost is $295/mo. for up to 10 jobs, $395/mo. for up to 20, or $595/mo. for an unlimited number (at a single branch office only). Includes cross-posting to several other website job banks and access to the résumé database.
“Over 1,200 employers advertise all types of employment opportunities at particular universities and colleges each month. Search through these full-time, part-time, summer and/or internship opportunities.” A password is required to access one part of this site, available only to post-secondary students of a participating university or college (ask your career centre).
Employers: Costs start at $20 for a 30-day posting targeted to students of one participating university/college, and go up to $165 for a 60-day posting targeted to 40 or more schools.
To access this database of Canadian jobs, job seekers must register with a profile of their skills, education, salary expectations and area in which they are looking for work. Job Shark uses its JAWS software to search its job bank for suitable opportunities and e-mail them directly to the job seeker.
Employers: Costs range from $575 for a 30-day posting of one job to $350/posting for 30 jobs. Packages include prescreening questions, recruitment software and other services.
The Talent Gallery
A joint initiative between Industry Canada and the Cultural Human Resources Council, this is a specialized online recruitment network focusing on the Canadian cultural industry. It aims to help “artists, creators, producers, technicians and administrators… find jobs and recruit employees.” After registering online and obtaining a free password, job seekers can view career opportunities or take advantage of a variety of other employment services. Dozens of employers post new jobs every week.
Employers: No cost to post opportunities within your company, create your own customized profile and search the résumé database for eligible candidates.
Aboriginal Youth Employment Network
A job bank for Aboriginal youth. Searchable by province, with a page of job opportunities for each province. The site also includes a résumé bank and general information on job hunting geared to Aboriginal youth. Employers: Job ads are free and are posted through an online form. Employers are asked to classify the job under non-technical, professional or technical, and to provide other details such as job description, salary, location and qualifications.
This website allows users to search by keyword or location through a database of seasonal and part-time job opportunities, such as camp directors, hotel dishwashers and whitewater rafting guides. Although an international job bank, it carries mostly American postings (i.e. 300 U.S. jobs vs. 30 Canadian).
Employers: Posting is free. Read guidelines as to the kind of information to include, and then submit online form. Includes links to e-mail and website. Employers are responsible for deleting their own ads, or ads are deleted automatically after 90 days.
Choose from categories of jobs you can do from home, including web designers, writers, data entry and desktop publishing. Within the specified category, you will find lists of jobs — for example, in the writers category, there are requests for grantwriters, newsletter editors and magazine freelance writers. Postings mostly originate in the U.S., but because these are telecommuting jobs, they can be done from any location.
Employers: Posting your job ad is free. Employers are supplied with a password so they can modify their own ad in the future.
“The largest Canadian job index.” This is a search engine of online job banks, searchable by geographic region, date of posting, and keyword. Search brings you directly to the website where the posting is found. “ActualJobs daily reindexes more than 15,000 job offers from more than 200 Canadian sites.”
Employers: No cost to submit your website containing Canadian job openings to Actual Jobs, but no guarantee that your site will be listed.