Employment in the T Dot

So I’ve been unemployed for about six months now. I’ve gone through job fairs, ad agency’s, third party recruiters, workopolis/monster etc., and still really no luck. I’ve come to the conclusion that not many of these avenues really work and to get decent employment in the city you have to network, and network and network some more. All the people that I know in the past year or so who have been looking for jobs have gotten it through someone else. Some friends mothers brothers nephew has a company and needs to hire. Nobody can really apply for an ad in the paper anymore. It’s as if it’s not even worth printing.

Also given a choice, if you’re living suburbia, would you prefer working downtown or working in towns such as Hamilton, Burlington, Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax etc. At this point in time, with me living in South Western Mississauga, and with traffic and commuting not improving anytime soon, it’s simpler for me to work in the Hamilton/Burlington area than it is in Toronto so I’m really thinking of looking for work there now rather than Toronto.

What are some of the avenues that you guys have used to find work?

4 Comments so far

  1. arvin (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

    Is prayer an avenue?

    I rely on my, mostly. I want to “make it on my own” though I do realize that that’s not always entirely possible.

    You hit it right in the head. As the cliché goes: No man is an island.

  2. Stephen (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm
  3. The Toronto Employment Directory (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am
  4. Brian Landon (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    As someone who has been involved or should I said, had been involved in the so-called recruitment agency for 10 years in Toronto, I can tell you that 99% of them, including the big 4, are bad—they hire no experience kids to do the job-pay next to nothing, and the turnover of their staff is enormous. Very few have any experience in the real world. Very few will ever get back to you.

    Headhunters or executive search companies are okay only if they have something specific for you. Avoid Career change agencies like Haldane–just cost you thousands of dollars for nothing.

    Best is to find your own lists of key individuals at the companies you target. Never send a resume to a resume@company.com This is a resume dump. Find out who the key people are–do some homework. Call and/email the directors of the areas you are interested in working at. eg. Director of Marketing–call/email directly.

    HR folks at companies are overworked, and usually their only training is in compensation/benefits–and really have no Real world recruiting experience.

    So go direct! And good luck!!


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