Essential Skills Quebec

By The Learning Exchange

Job Search

Use these helpful links and resources to assist you in your job search, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and career planning.

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Resume Writing Tutorial

Everyone needs a resume when job hunting. Learn which resume formats the experts prefer and how to effectively write summary statements, your employment history, and other sections. Then browse GFC's Learn Free sample resumes and use the resume template to write your own.

Search for Jobs

Connecting Literacy and Employment through Essential Skills: Interactive workbook series by Literacy Link South Central.

 
Trades Info

TradesInfo.ca is a resource that helps you work or become certified in the trades in Canada. It is free of charge and available in English and French. 

 

Types of Cover Letters

Different cover letters serve different purposes. Choose the cover letter type that matches your situation.

 

Invited Cover Letter

Use this format when responding to an ad or other listing. It matches your qualifications to the position requirements.

> Invited Cover Letter Sample (41KB, .pdf)
> Invited Cover Letter Sample - No Paid Work Experience (48KB, .pdf)
> Posted Ad Cover Letter Sample (59KB, .pdf)

 

The Cold-Contact Cover Letter

Use this format to contact employers who have not advertised or published job openings. 

> Research the employer to find out specifics about the company. Then focus the cover letter on matching your qualifications with that research.

> Cold-Contact Cover Letter Sample (40KB, .pdf)

 

The Referral Cover Letter

Use this format if you were referred to a job opening through networkinginformational interviews, or contact with employers. A referral may be to a specific job opening (advertised or unadvertised) or to an employer who may or may not be hiring now. Make sure you mention the person who referred you.

> Referral Cover Letter Sample (44KB, .pdf)

 

The Job Match or "T" Cover Letter

Use this format to match the specific requirements of the job with your qualifications. You can learn about the requirements from a job ad, position descriptions, phone conversations, career research, and informational interviews.

> Job Match Cover Letter Sample (70KB, .pdf)
> "T" Cover Letter Sample (50KB, .pdf)

 

Writing Cover Letters

Writing a smart cover letter can get your foot in the door, even if you have a weak resume. This guide will help you to write the best cover letter possible. 

Your Employment Skills
 

The purpose of the STEP AHEAD resources is to help job seekers become more prepared and confident with the job search process. Although STEP AHEAD is a program designed to support people with convictions to successfully transition into the community and into employment it is a great tool to help anyone wanting to develop the skills needed to obtain employment. Some of the specific skills include: writing a quality resume, answering interview questions, and filling out online applications. 

 

 Use the links below to help know your skills, interests and work values:

> Identify Your Work Skills
Understand what a skill is, what are strengths, and what employers want to know about you.

> Soft Skills
Being a good employee often means having soft skills.

> How to Match Your Skills to Occupations
Learn what skills are needed for careers that interest you.

> What Are Your Interests?
Understand the big role interests plan in your job satisfaction.

> Matching Interests to Work Options
Match your interest to different careers.

> Why Values Matter to Your Career
Learn more about values and the different types of values.

> What Are Your Work Values?
Rate your work values. See how they might help you decide between careers that are a good fit and those that are not.