Finding a job is often an urgent task when one arrives to a new country. It is not as easy and naturally requires significant time and committed efforts for success. It is true that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself.
But while it is ultimately your responsibility to find a job, there are numerous organizations and services in place to help you be successful in this process.
The following organizations will coach and assist you to find a job in Leeds & Grenville.
Employment Counseling and Job Search
The Employment and Education Centre (EEC) offers services in Brockville and throughout the Leeds region. It offers a comprehensive package of employment services based on individual needs. These services include:
- Employment counseling offered through personal meetings with a trained counselor to develop an Action Plan to achieve your employment goals.
- Workshops that cover essential job search skills like understanding of local job market and your fit in it, utilizing hidden job market, effective resume writing and interview coaching.
- A Resource Centre with free access to the internet, computer programs, and a library for job search purposes.
- A Job Board for openings in the area.
- In certain cases advocacy with the employer on behalf of the client can be offered.
- Employment services tailored to the unique needs of each job seeker
- Employment supports for persons with disabilities
- PRIME! program for the mature job seeker 55+
- Employer resources and assistance
Services are FREE to all job seekers. CSE provides information and referral to community resources and self-help services including access to job boards, assessment tools and a resource library. Schedule one-to-one time with our professional, dedicated staff who will give you confidence and support during your job search. From resume and cover letter preparation to getting you ready for tough interview questions, CSE provides you with the tools you need to seek and keep a job.
Kingston Employment and Youth Strategies (KEYS) offers services in the Gananoque area.
Founded in 1983, KEYS has provided Kingston and communities in Eastern Ontario with a variety of dynamic employment programs and services. Their expertise in helping individuals to attain employment goals extends to a diverse population; including: adults, persons with disabilities, youths, students and newcomers to Canada.
Cornwall Immigrant Resource Centre (CIRC) operates in Leeds & Grenville region on outreach basis. This means that you should call CIRC to set up an appointment with an outreach settlement officer, who will then come and visit you in your community.
CIRC's employment related services include help with understanding how to file a job application in Canada, resume critique and referrals to community organizations that can further assist you.
Socially Assisted Employment
Ontario Works provides employment services to the individuals who receive social assistance including employment counseling, job search workshops and access to Employment Resource Centres. Ontario Works also provides financial assistance for employment related expenses, including clothing, transportation, childcare and classes of its clients.
Ontario Works has offices in Brockville, Prescott, Kemptville and Gananoque. For more information please call: 613-342-3840 ext. 2119 or 1-800-267-8146.
Career Services Brockville provides employment assistance to adults with disabilities in Brockville and area. Its services cover vocational assessment, career planning and preparation, unpaid placements/training and employment supports - job search, job coaching, job maintenance, and subsidy applications. Career Services helps to make volunteer and paid work a reality for individuals with special needs.
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (OMCSS) provides employment assistance to people with disabilities through its Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
The ODSP program offers Income and Employment supports to people with disabilities. The employment services include providing help to find a job that is right for the client, job coaching, on the job training, interpreter services, transportation assistance, software and mobility devices that can help clients do their job and more. For further information click here.
Service Canada is a one point information and referral stop for all government services. Call 1-800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) to find out what government funded employment services are available in your area that match to your particular situation and needs.
You can also visit your area Service Canada office. To find a Service Canada office click here.
In any Service Canada office you can receive free access to Government Service websites, including Job Banks, assistance to fill in Government Application Forms, including Employment Insurance Applications, and free Certification of documents.
Search for Additional Services
You can also access information on the available employment related services in your area by using the Find services in your area search tool of the Employment Ontario website.
The categories of services that you can search for cover skills development, career counseling, job banks, job connect programs and more.