Career Resource Library

Career development is the continuous process of learning and improving skills in order to progress through your career goals. It’s important to understand that this process will continue to evolve throughout your life.

Below, please find resources available to you that will help you through your career journey.

Tips for Cover Letters

  • Keep content to 1 page maximum
  • Make your cover letter brief
  • Highlight a few key points about yourself, the rest will be covered in your resume and interview
  • Include your interest in the position and/or knowledge of company
  • When possible, include the name of the manager or supervisor when addressing the cover letter

Tips for Resumes

Writing an effective resume is a seriously important skill. It can make or break your chance at getting an interview for a job you really want, no matter how perfect you are for the role.

  • Keep content to 2 pages maximum
  • Include bullet points to keep content easy to skim
  • Don’t use a generic resume for several employers – include the specific skills they are looking for
  • Only list relevant information to the job – don’t include your DZ drivers licence for an office role
  • Spell check!

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Tips for Video Resumes

A video resume is a short video created by you and uploaded to the internet or emailed to a hiring manager.  You share detailed information about your skills and experiences for employment purposes.

  • There are different styles: candidate talking to the camera, animated, whiteboard, stop-motion, etc.
  • Keep it professional, as this is a marketing tool.
  • Prepare what you want to say.  You are pitching yourself, what you can bring to the organization, your goals, skills, work history and accomplishments.
  • Be creative.  Think outside of the box, be unique and be yourself.
  • Keep the video between 30-90 seconds.  Remember attention spans are short and this is your elevator pitch.
  • Seek feedback from those you trust and make edits accordingly.


This is an optional tool for you.  For those folks looking to break into visual or creative fields, this can be a valuable tool to highlight your skills and personality.  This can include, but is not limited to acting, teaching, presenting, client facing roles, etc.

If the role you are applying to is not overly visual, then really think about if this would be beneficial or not. 

Tips for Online Job Applications

  • Always include a cover letter, even if they don’t ask for one
  • Use the job title or reference number in your email subject line, and in the body of your email, include your name and what documents you have attached
  • Follow the instructions exactly
  • Send applications electronically in a format that can be universally opened

Tips for Interviews

  • Prepare for an interview by doing some practice questions with a friend or family
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes early for an interview
  • Always dress professionally
  • Research the organization and role expectations
  • Prepare a few questions of your own for the employer
  • Do not bring up salary in the first interview

Professional Networking 

Networking is building relationships with people who share your profession, industry, and interests. The goal is to make and sustain connections that help you learn more about your interests. Consider utilizing the following resources to help build those connections:

NU Café:  Here student's can connect with professional staff and Nipissing Alumni to chat about future careers, post-graduation, and build a network with like-minded individuals. Students may gain insight into different options and pathways available to them with their degree. 

LinkedIn: LinkedIn gives you the ability to highlight your profile, expertise, and make connections. Consider making a profile that markets your skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Job Search Resources

Finding a job can be tricky! Below, please explore the various job search databases available to you.

Job Search Databases

Access Employment: Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services is a registered charity that helps individuals in Canada to find employment. Another notable fact is that this site has a tab on programs that can help individuals find employment, such as assisting people who have accreditations in other countries reinstate them in Canada as well as mentoring and job search workshops.  

Canada Job Bank: Job Bank offered through the Government of Canada intended to help you develop your skills, find gainful employment, and plan your career.

Canada Jobs: Job search database.

Career Beacon: Job search database and resources for job searchers.

Charity Village: A specialized job and volunteer board for Canadian nonprofit professionals helps thousands of organizations find exceptional talent.

Community Outreach Canada: A non-profit organization helping Canadians get connected with leading diversity employers.

Glass Door: Job search engine.

Indeed: Job search engine. Job search engine.

Job Postings: Job search engine.

Jooble: Job search engine.

Monster: Job search engine.

Record of Student Development: The RSD is a co-curricular transcript that students actively build throughout their studies by participating in workshops, training, volunteering, leadership roles, or on-campus employment and logging in to record their involvement on their online RSD account.

SimplyHired: Job search engine.

Talent Egg: A job search engine and career resources hub.

Workopolis: Job search engine.

Equity Resources

We recognize that there are many barriers and challenges that exist in regard to equity and inclusion in the workplace. As you navigate your own career journey, we hope that you will review the resources below so that you may feel empowered as you explore your next steps.

Resources for Indigenous Students

Aboriginal Careers:  Assisting Indigenous Job Seekers in researching and acquiring opportunities to develop their careers.

Aboriginal Job Board: Specialized online employment network focused on helping members of the Indigenous community find suitable employment.

Diversity Canada: They bring outstanding Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, women and visible minorities together with employers who have career opportunities.

First Nations Jobs Online: It is their mission to serve all underrepresented Aboriginal groups, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and help people in these communities find opportunities in their desired locations and industries.

Government of CanadaThis Government of Canada webpage lists external links that assist Indigenous students and graduates (of both high school and post-secondary) in finding work. They also have a section geared towards training services for Indigenous peoples.

Grand River Employment and Training: An Indigenous non-profit organization providing employment and training support to Six Nations band members regardless of their residency, job seekers, and employers across Ontario.

Indigenous CanadaThis link is targeted towards the Indigenous community in Canada. They have listings for job opportunities specific to the Indigenous peoples as well as frequent job fairs that allow participants to contact employers directly. 

Indigenous Careers: Indigenous Careers is a fast growing network of Indigenous Candidates and inclusive employers-of-choice.

Indigenous Professional Association of Canada: The Indigenous Professional Association of Canada is dedicated to advancing Indigenous leadership in the private, public and social sectors.

Miziew Bilk Aboriginal Employment and Training: They work with Indigenous community members in the Greater Toronto Area to support them in navigating employment and training services.

Nation Talk: Nation Talk is Canada's Premier Aboriginal newswire, employment, event and tender service.

Ontario Native Education Counselling Association: ONECA is an organization comprised of First Nation Education Counsellors and has a job board.

Six Nations Council: Six Nations of the Grand River job postings.

Resources for BIPOC Students

Black Jobs: Their website features the latest well-paying job opportunities for African American job seekers from companies who are sincerely dedicated to diversity hiring in Canada & USA. is an innovative online magazine serving the Black Canadian community funded by the Government of Canada. It contains a list of Black Canadian businesses, events, and other information to support the black community.

Canada's Best Diversity Employers: Canada’s Best Diversity Employers is a competition among Canadian employers that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs, including programs for members of visible minorities. They offer an online tool for finding jobs at some of these companies.

Cee Centre for Young Black Professionals: This Toronto-based charity offers training programs and an online job board as part of its mission to address economic and social barriers that affect Black youth (ages 14+) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). The organization works with Black youth, their families, employers and the community in the following areas: career training, sector growth and social enterprise. 

Diversity Canada: They bring outstanding Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, women and visible minorities together with employers who have career opportunities.

Diversity Job Board: This is a popular online destination for diverse job candidates. This platform promotes job opportunities and companies that embrace diversity and inclusion.

James Clark School of Engineering - Diversity & Inclusion Resources for Career Development: James Clark School of Engineering provides a list of external job boards that features companies that support diversity and inclusion, including the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) community.

Muslim Link: This website is targeted specifically to the Muslim population of Canada. They have listings for job opportunities in and around major cities in Canada as well as an events pages showcasing events for the Muslim community to attend; including holiday markets, talks for empowering Muslim women, and how to interact with family after converting.

NexGen Builders Mentoring Program (Toronto Community Benefits Network): This mentoring program supports Black, Indigenous and newcomer communities (with priority for women and youth) who are preparing for work or have been recently employed as apprentices or professionals in the construction industry. NexGen Builders also has an online job board.

Onyx Initiative: Onyx Initiative aspires to be a catalyst for the professional growth and development of Black Canadians as they launch their careers after university/college, helping them through access to placements, mentorship and professional development.

Resources for Students from the 2SLGBTQI+ Community

Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2024: recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for LGBT employees.

Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce: supports LGBT+ businesses, entrepreneurs, students and allies, and helps Canada’s corporate world connect with the LGBT+ business community. It is a leader in supplier diversity and the certifying body in Canada for LGBT+ businesses.


EngiQueers Canada: a nationwide non-profit organization that represents over 30 similar member groups at engineering schools across the country.

exeQutive: A forum for Toronto/GTA-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) leaders — current and aspiring professionals, executives and entrepreneurs.

Human Rights Legal Support Centre: The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code.

LGBT Job Board: a specialized online employment network that highlights employers who are dedicated to providing unique, interesting, and fulfilling experiences to our growing network of LGBT job seekers.

Ontario HIV Treatment Network Employment Support: Employment support services for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Ontario LGBTQ2+ Chamber of Commerce: a federally chartered, non-profit organization with the goal to create an environment in which LGBTQ businesses and professionals can thrive through the sharing of knowledge and resources.

Out and Equal: Out & Equal is the premier nonprofit organization working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equity, inclusion, and belonging.

OUT for Work: OUT for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation and implementation of career plans and opportunities.

Out Professionals: Out Professionals is the leading nonprofit networking organization for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) professionals in the USA.

The Pink Pages: Toronto’s Lesbian and Gay Community, listings of services, retail and community groups that are LGBTQ friendly.

Pride at Work Canada: Pride at Work Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation and offers a job board.

Start Proud: facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQ+ community.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

AMI TV Paid Internships for Students with Disabilities: Exciting opportunities await students who have a passion to make a difference every day. AMI will provide a challenging and rewarding experience in the Broadcast industry. 

BMO Internship (Partnered with Lime Connect Canada and Career Edge): Creates opportunities for students and new grads with disabilities through its partners Lime Connect and Career Edge.   

Career Edge: The Career Edge paid internship program aims to help individuals facing barriers to employment connect with top employers in Canada, secure employment opportunities, and launch meaningful careers.

DiscoverAbility Network: An online platform that matches job seekers with disabilities with employers looking for skilled candidates. The aim is for employers to outreach to this demographic and find, hire and retain talented candidates who happen to have a disability. They have a variety of types of opportunities including internships.

Diversity Canada: They bring outstanding Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, women and visible minorities together with employers who have career opportunities.

Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities: a national program that offers internships to Canadians with disabilities. Interns will have the opportunity to develop their work skills and increase their employability. This program will offer 2-year internship opportunities in the federal public service to 125 persons with disabilities between 2019 and 2024. 

Lime Connect: A global not-for-profit organization that's rebranding disability through achievement. They do that by attracting, preparing and connecting high-potential university students and alumni who happen to have disabilities for internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program and full-time careers with their corporate partners - the world's leading corporations. Lime Connect also offers scholarship and leadership-building opportunities for students with disabilities.  

Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports: A Provincially funded one-on-one employment supports service for persons with disabilities providing help to get ready for work and find a job or start up a business. Choose a service provider in your local area and get supports to get working or start a business.

TD Canada Trust Diversity: TD Canada Trust embraces diversity and hires people from a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and abilities.

Resume Resources This website has different industry resumes, formatting and layouts, and allows you to create your own resume.

Resume Builder: This website can help you create a resume.