Step 1: Know what job you want

The first step in finding a job is knowing what job you want.

  • The best job to get, whether it be a part-time, summer or full time opportunity, is one that is related to your future career plans. Getting related experience while you are in university will allow you to gain the experience and skills that employers will want when you are starting your career.
  • If you are still trying to figure out what your long term career plans look like, visit Career Services during drop-in hours.  If you know which subjects you like, have some career ideas, but need to know about appropriate degree options, speak to a Career Consultant or check out our great online career library.
  • If you have never worked before, or have limited experience it can be difficult to get a first job. Employers often want employees to have experience, or to have references from previous experiences. A great way to get experience is to volunteer. Click here to learn more about how to volunteer and the benefits of volunteering.
  • Another great way to obtain related work experience while you are in university is through the many Co-Operative Education options available to students. Co-Operative Education allows students to work in career related jobs (and be paid!) while completing their studies. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Co-Operative Education.

Once you know the type of work you are looking for, it is time to start creating your job search documents. As highlighted in Step 2, be sure to also tailor your resume and cover letter in order to demonstrate your experiences and skills that are most relevant to each employer and position you are applying for.

Δ STEP 2: Market Yourself

The next step in finding employment is preparing a resume (or curriculum vitae) and cover letter that will introduce and market your skills to prospective employers.

Δ STEP 3: Look for Jobs

When you have completed your job search documents, you can start to look for opportunities.

Δ STEP 4: Get the Job!

Now that you know where to find and how to apply for positions, you need to be ready to talk to potential employers about yourself in an interview.

Δ STEP 5: The World of Work

Congratulations – you’ve found a job! This section contains information about the workplace, employer expectations and employee responsibilities and rights.

Community Career & Employment Resources
- list of community services for non-students

Are you a non-student searching for Employment Counselling off-campus?
Visit these links:
- MB Jobs & Skills Development Centres 
Manitoba 211 (Search keyword Employment Counselling)

Related resources:

Employment Rights, Equity & Diversity
- incl. information for Women, Aboriginal/First Nations Peoples, Visible Minorities, Newcomers to Canada, Persons with Disabilities and for individuals who identify as LGBTTQ*

- testimonials from graduates across Canada about their university experience and their journey to rewarding careers.

Learning to Earning 2012 (U of M)
- Alumni Advice

Career Compass

2018-2019 Academic Calendar Link

CACEE 2017 Excellence in Innovation, Student Engagement Award Winner Logo

Career Services at the University of Manitoba, along with 43 other partner career centres across Canada, co-won the Excellence in Innovation (Student Engagement) award at the CACEE conference for the It All Adds Up campaign.