Job Searching and Skills Upgrading During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a widespread effect on the Canadian economy. The good news is that there are current openings in the job market. Some recruiters and employers are doing online interviewing.

We suggest taking this time to move to online networking (LinkedIn and social networks), searching for groups, and connecting with people in your profession to get some advice. 

The second thing you can do is to find online training and upgrade your skills and knowledge in your industry. If you’re in isolation, this may be a good time to take an online course, attend a professional development webinar, or even improve your typing skills.  

In summary, make sure not to take yourself out of the market. Keep searching and keep applying, updating your LinkedIn profile, and using social networks to learn about new opportunities. Follow your targeted company and learn about their next project, follow up on your application and talk to employers regarding their situation on hiring. 

Below are some FREE resources that may help you job search or build your skills at home during this difficult time.


Job Searching Websites

Indeed - All Sectors 

Career Builder - All Sectors 

Glassdoor - All Sectors  

Government Job Bank

Charity Village - Non-profit Sector  

Robert Half - Finance, Admin., Marketing, Legal and Tech Jobs

*Remember, you can also look for job postings directly on a company’s website. Research companies and organizations in your field and check their websites regularly for postings.


Webinars for Professional Development

Charity Village 

Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling

Human Resources Professionals Association


Tips for Online Networking

Networking Basics – GCF Learn Free

How to Make Online Networking Work for You

7 Tips for Social Networking Online

Tips for Building a LinkedIn Profile


Online Courses/Skills Upgrading

LYNDA – Toronto Public Library - Over 3500 Tutorials ranging from web design to project management

Coursera - Courses, certificates and degrees online

Class Central - Thousands of free online courses from universities like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard

Free Code Camp - 450 Ivy League Courses online

The Open University - Languages, Science, Sports, Psychology and more courses

GCF Learn Free - teach yourself technology, math, reading and more

Learn Something New - Links to tons of online learning resources 


English Language Skills 

A4ESL – Activities for ESL Students

Learn English – Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar

Dave’s ESL Cafe

GCF Learn Free – Learn English Online

Learn Something New – A list of many great apps and websites for learning languages


Improve Your Typing Speed 

10 Fast Fingers – Test and Improve your Typing Speed

How to Type – Learn and Practice Typing + Tests

Speedy Typing Online – Improve Speed and Accuracy

Touch Typer – Typing Practice


If you need assistance with your job search please contact us.

We will continue to offer phone and email support to our clients during this time.

For more information contact us at [email protected] or 416-537-6532

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