Looking for work is easier when we have guidance!
Our counsellors have in-depth knowledge about the challenges encountered by women in the job market: showcasing your skills, career choices, salary negotiation, etc.
Customized services: in person or online.
The bilingual multidisciplinary Orientation and services for employment (OSE) team offers a wide range of free services adapted to your situation.
Whether you want to change jobs after a burn-out, are in search of a better salary, or are a new immigrant, our team of counsellors is there to support you in your career development.
The program is structured in 3 units:
Looking for work
- Personalized analysis and optimization of your career path:
Based on the job you are looking for, you will learn how to showcase your skills and experience in your CV and your LinkedIn profile. You will learn how to write a relevant and goal-oriented cover letter that will catch the eye of recruiters.
- Preparing for interviews
Through job-specific interview simulations and by preparing the appropriate questions, you will be equipped for a real-life interview and able to present your expertise to your future employer.
- Looking for work in Montreal
Knowing the job market and discovering local networking technology is essential to getting the ideal position. You will also discover job opportunities in Montreal.
Career orientation *
- Take stock of your skills and your interests
Use psychometric tests to define your key areas of expertise and interest. Use adapted and inclusive tools.
- Define your professional project
Identify a job adapted to your needs and ambitions. Obtain support on the means that need to be put in place to work in your desired field
- Obtain guidance in your decision-making.
Educational and professional information
- Navigate the Quebec education system:
A trained employment counsellor will help you understand the Quebec education system
- Support in researching diploma equivalences and having them recognized:
Did you study outside of Quebec? Our counsellors can help you find resources to access equivalences of diplomas obtained outside of Quebec so you can pursue your desired career.
- Help in transferring skills:
Do you have extensive job experience but not necessarily the corresponding diplomas and this is holding you back in your career progression? Our counsellors can help you find out which steps you need to take.
Take part in our workshops of Dynamic Method of Job Search!
Innovative and inspired by neuroscience, our workshops are designed to stimulate the mind, the driving force behind all success.
We will cover the important aspects of the job search (self-presentation, the job market, the job search in Montreal, the interview simulation) but these workshops will also allow you to put your finger on the obstacles that are slowing you down in your quest for the ideal job or your career evolution.
These workshops are offered regularly, contact us!
Other program benefits, depending on your needs
- Psychosocial counselling
- Mentoring services
- Volunteer support services
- Language courses and digital skills courses
- Financial support provided by Services Québec – some conditions apply.
The YWCA is a multi-service organization that can also meet your secondary needs: French language courses, support groups for caregivers and victims of domestic violence, Legal Information Clinic, community activities, volunteer centre, etc.)
*Professional orientation services
YWCA Montreal’s professional guidance counsellors belong to the Ordre professionnel des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec (OCCOQ).
This program is funded by Services Québec. To benefit from these services, you must meet the eligibility requirements of the Quebec ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.
You must, among others:
- Be without a job or working/studying part-time;*
- Be a resident of Montreal Island;
- Be legally authorized to work in Quebec;
* Under certain conditions, this program is also available to women working 35h/week if they are working under precarious job conditions or holding a position below their education level
To learn more about the
Orientation and Services for Employment (OSE) Program
514 866-9941, ext. 416