Stage One: Prepare A Resume And Cover Letter
Whether your child is looking for a full-time, part-time or summer job they will need a:
- Social Insurance Number
- Young Worker Readiness Certificate
- Resume & Cover Letter
What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
A SIN number is a nine digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. The fastest way to apply for a SIN number is to submit an application at a local Service Canada Centre. To locate the office nearest to you, call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca. Documentation indicating identity and status in Canada will be needed in the application process.
What is a Young Worker Readiness Certificate?
Effective March 31, 2010 all 14 and 15 year old workers are required to complete the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) and obtain a Certificate of Completion. These young workers must also provide their employer with: proof of age; written consent from parent/guardian; and copy of certificate. More information is available at: www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/ywrcc
What is a Resume?
A resume is a short, easy to read document that you give to potential employers in order to be invited for an interview. Your resume outlines your skills, education, work and volunteer experience and allows employers to quickly see how you can contribute to their workplace.
Writing A Resume
What should you tell employers about yourself? A resume is a short, point-form document that you give to employers to tell them about your experience, education and skills. Employers will expect you to have one. Don’t worry! There are lots of experiences, skills and interest areas that you can put on your resume, even if you do not have a lot of work experience. Some helpful tips for resume preparation are given below and at http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/resume.shtml.
What is a Cover Letter?
A cover letter is a short, well-written letter that accompanies your resume. The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself and to get an employer to read your resume. A cover letter should be tailored for each position or company that you are interested in. There are a number of ways to write a cover letter but three paragraphs is a good length. The following cover letter outline from Service Canada provides excellent information about what a cover letter should include and is typed in an appropriate format.
Other Cover Letter Tips:
- Use simple, direct language and correct grammar.
- Proofread carefully.
- Email, mail or hand-deliver your cover letter and resume. Make sure to keep a copy for your files
and the date that it was sent.
- Allow plenty of time for delivery.
- More cover letter samples can be found at: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/cover.shtml.