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Dear Working Wise,

I’m nearly finished high school and I’m headed to university next year. I want to keep my student loans as low as I can and so I need a good summer job. Is there any help for students who are looking for a summer job?
Signed, Hire This Student

May 4, 2016

Dear Hire This Student,

Congratulations on completing high school. Yes, help is available for students who are looking for summer employment.

  1. The ALIS website is a one-stop online career resource where you can explore your career options, research post-secondary institutions, or look for a job. The site includes articles on writing resumés and giving job interviews, and provides links to job postings. The site also offers a list of student job banks.

  2. The Career Information Hotline (1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton) is staffed by professional career counsellors who can help you write your resumé, prepare a cover letter, find job opportunities, and market yourself to potential employers.

  3. MyWorkQuest is a youth employment website for young Albertans who are graduating from school, looking for their first job, or planning their futures. The site offers helpful information on finding a job.

  4. The Canada-Alberta Job Bank has thousands of job postings that are searchable by community, industry and keyword. The site offers Job Match and Job Alert features that notify you when a new job is posted that fits your criteria. You can search for summer student jobs by using the Advanced Search function and checking "Alberta" and "Student and Youth Jobs".

  5. The Government of Canada’s Youth Canada website offers information and resources on preparing your job search, writing resumés and cover letters, job opportunities, and how to gain work experience.

  6. Alberta Works social media sites give job seekers a place to find local employers who are hiring along with news about upcoming local job fairs. Employers can also post free job advertisements on these sites.

  7. The Job Fairs page on the Alberta Human Services website lists all upcoming Government of Alberta sponsored jobs fairs.

  8. The Alberta government’s Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) supports students in gaining valuable work experience and skills. The program provides a wage subsidy to employers to hire students for summer jobs. 

  9. The Alberta Public Service hires summer students. Visit the Students and Graduates section on the Government of Alberta's website for more information on summer student opportunities.

  10. Alberta Works Centres are job-search centres staffed by Career and Employment Consultants, which offer free
    • Job-search tips and advice
    • Job postings and links to employers who are hiring
    • Resumé, cover letter and job interview workshops
    • Access to computers and photocopiers

Other resources for student job seekers may be available in your community. Check with your local Alberta Works Centre to find out what is available near you.

Good luck!

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Working Wise is a syndicated newspaper column prepared by the Government of Alberta to answer work-related questions from Albertans. Do you have a work-related question? You can send it to Charles Strachey (, a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services.

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