Working in Toronto

Getting a Job

Professionals at work

Finding a job is one of the hardest and most time consuming tasks for newcomers. Toronto supports newcomers with a variety of resources, programs and services to help you find meaningful employment. We know that most individuals are hoping to find employment that corresponds with their education, training and experience. This section of the website looks at some of the services and information needed to get you started.

Social Insurance Number

The first thing you need to do is apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada. The SIN is also used for various Federal Government of Canada programs and is needed to receive government benefits.

Preparing Your Resume

The next step is to prepare a resume if you don't already have one, or update the one you last used. A resume is a personal summary of your professional history and qualifications, including information about your career goals, education, work experience, activities, honours, and any special skills you might have.

In Canada, many companies will not consider you as an applicant for a position if you do not submit a resume. It is very important that your resume is always current, ready to be sent out. Do not forget that volunteer work can also be included on your resume.

A resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. This cover letter introduces you to an employer and highlights how your achievements, work ethic and personality traits contribute to the job requirements.

The Ontario Ministry of Education's Employment Ontario provides useful information about resume preparation. This website has many excellent links that describe the most important points about writing a resume.

City Resources for Job Hunters

The Toronto Employment and Social Services division's goal is to help people find employment. We offer employment services and have staff who will work with you to help achieve your goals. Visit any of the 15 Employment Resource Centres, located across the city. Each centre is staffed with trained Career and Employment Information Specialists. Staff can provide you with the help you need to reach your education and employment goals. No appointment is necessary.

When you visit an Employment and Social Services Employment Resource Centre, you will find tools and resources to help you with your job search. Services are free and available to all Toronto residents.

The City of Toronto's Employment Information website lists jobs that are available with the City. The site also includes links for summer student employment, police and firefighter positions. Go Jobs is the Government of Ontario's employment website. Go Jobs lists available government jobs throughout the province of Ontario.