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Job Search Counselling, Placement and Job Retention 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.

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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 Arabic, Cantonese, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu.

Staff at the Mississauga location speak Arabic, Assyrian, English, Hindi, Italian, Konkai, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Staff at the Toronto-Keele 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, Cantonese, English, Ga, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, 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:

Employment Services, Brampton
10 Gillingham Drive, Suite 300
Brampton, ON L6X 5A5
Phone: 905.459.8855 |
Employment Services, Mississauga
6750 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Unit 8A
Mississauga, ON L5N 4C4
Phone: 905.567.0482 |
Employment Services, Toronto
2301 Keele Street, Suite 102
Toronto, ON M6M 3Z9
Phone: 416.789.7925 |
Employment Services, Weston
1885 Weston Road
Toronto, ON M9N 1V9
Phone: 416.588.2240 |
Vaughan Centre
3100 Rutherford Road, Suite 102
Vaughan, ON L4K 0G6
Phone: 905.669.5627 |

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.

Employment Services Flyer

Employment services still open for business. Your connection to employment.  We have five locations to serve you:

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