How do I find an employer in the designated skilled trades?

To find an employer in the designated skilled trades, you can try the same methods as finding an employer in any occupation. Here are some helpful suggestions:

• Ask friends and family -- anyone you know - if they can identify someone looking to hire people in the trade that you are interested in. Tell them that you have a keen interest in learning and working in a specific designated skilled trade, and have many resumes available to pass out.

• Go to your local Career Resource Centre or school co-operative education teacher (or school guidance counselor if still in high school). If you are unsure of where to find the Career Resource Centre, look in the Yellow Pages under 'careers' and 'employment'. If you are not attending school, ask about work placement programs in the designated skilled trades. If you are chosen to participate in a work placement program, it is a great opportunity to demonstrate to an employer that you would be a good employee.

• Visit your local Human Resource and Skill Development Centre and/or visit the website ( ). You can find more information in the Government Blue Pages under 'employment'.

• Approach employers at local and/or school career fairs and ask if they are hiring. Be specific about what kind of opportunity you are looking for and why you are interested in a particular trade.

• Enroll in a cooperative education course at your school. Your co-op teacher will organize your volunteer placement. This is a great opportunity to develop a relationship with an employer who might be willing to hire you as a youth apprentice.

• Check out the Internet! Here are a few web
sites you can visit:

Career Beacon

Nova Scotia Job Shop

National Job Bank

Jobs Press


Contact the Sector Council (see the Sector Councils page on this website) who work with employers in your preferred trade.

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