Jobs in St. Thomas-Elgin
Newcomers arrive with different education and work experiences and finding work in your desired field will depend on many factors. Manufacturing has always been an important sector in the local economy, currently accounting for 23% of total jobs in the area. However, communities have been diversifying their economies by prioritizing high-growth areas, such as creative industries, food and agri-business, green innovation, and tourism. Businesses in our region require skilled professionals and dedicated workers to succeed, creating job opportunities for hard-working and flexible employees.
Where to Look
Many newcomers focus on online job postings when looking for work. Some jobs can be found on local websites, such as Employment Services Elgin Job Board or Fanshawe College’s Southwestern Ontario Jobs Board, while larger employers may also post on national sites, such as Monster or Jobs Canada.
However, according to a recent local study, only 16% of employers in St. Thomas-Elgin advertised using online job boards in comparison to 21% that recruited for jobs using informal networks and referrals. Local employment services that are familiar with employers in the area may help you learn about jobs that are not posted online.
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How to Apply
Generally, employers in St. Thomas-Elgin request:
- A cover letter describing how your education and previous work experience relates to the job,
- A resume documenting your education and work experience chronologically, and
- Foreign credential assessments (if relevant to the position).
If you have completed any education or training overseas, you may need to have your credentials assessed before you can start work. You can find more about foreign credential assessment requirements on the Working in Ontario website. The Access Centre for Regulated Employment also guides workers in southwestern Ontario through these processes.
Once you are ready to apply to jobs, you will discover there are many differences between a Canadian-style resume and a CV or international resume. For example, Canadian resumes should not include a photograph or any demographic information, such as your age, gender, or marital status. Local employment service agencies, such as Employment Services Elgin and Fanshawe College Career and Employment Services, provide free assistance to job seekers and can help you create a Canadian-style resume.
The next stage of the hiring process is to attend an interview with the employer. Some employers may be willing to conduct an initial interview via telephone or Skype if you do not currently live in the area. Local employment service agencies in St. Thomas-Elgin are familiar with local hiring practices and can help you prepare for interviews.
If you have accepted a job offer in St.Thomas-Elgin – Congratulations! You will find helpful information about life in St. Thomas-Elgin in the Explore the Area section and on the Resource pages. We look forward to welcoming you into our community.
Rural Employment Initiative
Are you an internationally-trained professional currently living in the Peel Region of Ontario?
The Rural Employment Initiative connects unemployed and underemployed internationally-trained professionals living in Peel Region to work opportunities in their field in smaller southwestern Ontario communities, including St. Thomas-Elgin. The program involves a highly-individualized process of job matching to help you find the right community and job fit. For more information, contact the Newcomer Centre of Peel or the London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council.