Recent College Graduate? Here’s How to Find a Job in Ontario

There you are, with your freshly minted degree. Four (or more!) years of hard work and there you stand in your cap and gown, with the ink on your degree barely dry. The world is your oyster! Now it’s time to find that dream job, right?

Not so fast!

The Ontario economy has seen better times. A high cost of living and tight labour market make it tough to find a job you love and a salary you can live on. What’s an entry-level professional to do?

Think outside the box.

You may not have considered temporary jobs, but they are a great way to launch your career. Here’s what temporary jobs allow you to do:

Try something new. You’re just beginning your career. You may not know exactly what job will be your ideal fit. Chances are there are a variety of industries your skills can be used in. Try a few different fields to see what suits you best. Take a short-term gig at a startup to see if you enjoy the pace and innovative atmosphere. Work at a major corporation for a while to find out if you enjoy the structure and clear promotion paths.

Get your foot in the door. What if you know exactly where you want to work, but can’t get the time of day from their hiring manager? Temporary and temporary-to-hire jobs allow you to impress on the job, essentially coming in through the backdoor if you can’t get in the front.

Wait to settle down. If you’re still living with your parents or crashing in an apartment with multiple roommates, you’ve got a great advantage over a lot of older job seekers. You don’t have to worry about choosing the best school district or selling a house. You can try out a bunch of different areas to figure out which feels like home before deciding where you’d like to live long term.

What’s the best way to find a temporary or temporary-to-hire position?

Partner with a staffing firm. Work with a firm that has plenty of employer clients, understands the local job market and is experienced with entry-level job seekers in your field.

The Niagara region recruitment experts at Employment Professionals Canada can help you get your career off the ground and headed in the right direction. They can make sure your resume is on point, your interviewing skills are polished and find an assortment of jobs for you to try. If you’re ready to get started, check out our current jobs, or contact us today to learn more.