Finding Employment

There are a number of ways to identify employers who are interested in hiring qualified candidates who are deaf or hard of hearing. The best approach is networking with employers on a personal level. Most job opportunities are never advertised. Youth need to develop a number of tools that focus on employers' needs and be marketable to them.

The Canadian Hearing Society has an Employment Services Program that can assist you in identifying such employers. Leads on identifying potential employers include:

  • Top 45 diversity employers in Canada (external link).
  • Top 50 Employers for Young People in Canada (external link).
  • Employment Equity Programs for Federally regulated employers or service providers including:
  • federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations (almost 100 corporations)
  • chartered banks
  • airlines
  • television and radio stations
  • interprovincial communications and telephone companies
  • buses and railways that travel between provinces
  • First Nations
  • other federally regulated industries, such as certain mining operations
  • Private-sector employers that promote diversity (identify them on websites)
  • Job postings indicating interest in recruiting persons with disabilities
  • Networking with agencies working with deaf or hard of hearing job seekers. For example, The Canadian Hearing Society has Employment Services and has trained Employment Consultants to help you with job leads and job search strategies
  • Networking with career centres at colleges and universities
  • Newspaper employment stories about hiring persons who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Word of mouth regarding employers who have deaf or hard of hearing staff
  • Using various directories (i.e. yellow page, industry listing, Chamber of Commerce listings, etc.
  • Using various online search engines to identify specific jobs you are looking for