Programs & Services

Job Search Counselling, Placement and Job Retention Services

COSTI’s Employment Services are an excellent starting point for newcomers, youth and adults looking to re-enter the workforce. The Job Search and Placement components provide individuals with the employment preparation skills and knowledge needed to find and keep jobs. Services are provided through a comprehensive and integrated service model that addresses each individual’s needs. Individuals clarify their employment needs and establish short-term and long-term goals. Employment Consultants provide individual counselling, pre-employment training, group workshops, and employment placement and referral services.

Services Available

  • One-on-one employment consultation
  • Job placement assistance, i.e. referral to job leads, access to job postings
  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Subsidized on-the-job training and/or direct employment placement
  • Development of an individualized employment action plan
  • Career exploration through job trials, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities
  • Registration in On-Line Services workshops and courses of interest
  • Access to employment start-up supports, i.e. transportation, work attire, etc
  • Matching for newcomer professionals with a mentor in their field
  • Followup and continued support for six months after hiring
  • Networking events, post-employment workshops and job fairs

Staff at the Brampton location speak Abrabic, Cantonese, English, Hebrew, Hindu, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu. Staff at the Missisauga location speak Arabic, Assyrian, English, Hindu, Italian, Konkai, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu. Staff at the Toronto-Caledonia location speak Amharic, Arabic Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Italian, Mandarin, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinia, and Urdu. Staff at the Vaughan location speak Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, English, Ga, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Punjabi, Romania, Spanish, Swahili, and Twi.

Who is Eligible

Services are available to unemployed Toronto, Region of Peel and York Region residents. Additional eligibility requirements may be necessary to access some services.

Program Intake

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

This Program is Located at:

Brampton Employment Services
10 Gillingham Drive, Suite 300
Brampton, Ontario
L6X 5A5
Phone: 905.459.8855
Fax: 905-451-4321
bramptonemployment@costi.org

Caledonia Employment Services
700 Caledonia Road
Toronto, Ontario
M6B 3X7
Phone: 416.789.7925
Fax: 416.789.3499
employ@costi.org

Mississauga Employment Services
6750 Winston Churchill Blvd., Unit 8A
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 4C4
Phone: 905.567.0482
Fax: 905.567.0144
mississaugaemployment@costi.org

Vaughan Centre
3100 Rutherford Road, Suite 102
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 4R6
Phone: 905.669.5627
Fax: 905.669.1127
vaughanemployment@costi.org

This service is free of charge.

COSTI's Job Search, Placement and Job Retention Services is an Employment Ontario Program, funded in part by the Government of Canada.

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Top Ten Things To Do Today to Get a Job!

Read over your résumé – remind yourself of your positive strengths.

Treat job search as if it was a full time job – start at 8:30 am, take breaks, finish at 4:30 pm. If you have to take time out for other activities, such as voluntary work, make the time up in the evening.

Find which Internet sites are best for the jobs you are applying for. Check them each day, but don’t spend more than two hours on this type of job search.

Eighty percent of jobs are never advertised. In general, you should spend eighty percent of your time on the hidden job market.

Put extra effort into developing a network of contacts who can help you look for work. This can include people you already know, people you are introduced to and new contacts that you created for yourself.

Ask your contacts for ideas, information, introductions to new contacts – avoid asking them for work too directly as this can be difficult for both you and your contact if there is nothing available.

Be sure to be positive about yourself and your accomplishments. It may seem strange to boast about your past work, but if you don’t tell people they won’t know.

When you get a job interview, focus your activities on researching the company, preparing answers to the questions you expect, preparing examples of your skills and experience, so that you present yourself in the best possible way.

Once you have put in your hours, take the rest of the day off. Give yourself weekends off as well. There’s more to life than looking for a job.

Find other activities – there are lots of free things to do in Toronto. Check out possibilities in free papers such as NOW or The Eye. Make sure you come back to job search refreshed and relaxed.

Recommended Reading and Online Resources

COSTI has a large library of reading, video, and on-line resources that can be accessed by you as you begin your job search. Check back soon for a full listing.