How do I apply for a job?

To apply for a job in Canada, usually you have to send a cover letter and a résumé to the employer.

Depending on the job, the employer might ask you for a portfolio or sample of your work, too.

Your cover letter and résumé are very important, because they create the employer's first impression of you. Everything matters, including spelling and formatting. Most résumés look similar, so the cover letter is a good opportunity for the employer to get a feel for who you are. The main purpose of your résumé and cover letter is to get you a job interview.

Usually, job postings have instructions about how to apply, or include information about the different ways to apply - by email, by fax, by mail, and so on. It is a good idea to follow these instructions.

Often, job postings will also have a deadline to apply. If so, you know when you need to submit your cover letter and résumé. But sometimes they do not have a deadline. This can mean different things. A job posting might say that the company is doing "ongoing recruitment," which means they are always looking for people to fill those positions. Or, they might say "immediate opening" or "ASAP" (as soon as possible), which means they might hire as soon as they find the right person. These kinds of words can help you decide when to apply.

It is a good idea to have someone look over your résumé and cover letter before you apply. Many community agencies can help you with your résumé and cover letter. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "employment services" in your area.

Find more information about cover letters and résumés.

For More Information

  • About Cover Letters - A collection of career resources, including feature articles, cover letter and résumé writing guides and interview preparation tips. From About.com.
  • How to Write a Good Resume - A guide to writing an effective resume. It includes information about how to increase your chances of being shortlisted with companies that use computerized recruitment systems.
  • Monster.ca - Comprehensive career site that includes cover letter and résumé writing guides, as well as industry-specific information.
  • eRésumés & Resources - Comprehensive information on posting and sending your cover letters and résumés electronically.
Last updated: September 16, 2015 4001062